Samuel Adler

Collage: Moving Beyond Paper

January 29 - March 26, 2016

Curator: Kathryn Koca Polite

Collage is an art form typically associated with the beginnings of modernism in the early 20th century, when cubists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque created their papiers collés using everyday materials—from newspaper clippings referencing current events to found materials such as rope and cloth— to break down the division of high and low art.

Collage offered a new perspective on what constitutes art; the union of scraps or patches with a painted surface proposed a methodical reexamination of the relation between painting and sculpture. Whereas early cubist works are examples of objects deconstructed to understand their physical, planar relationships, papiers collés are three-dimensional objects constructed of disparate physical objects on a flat surface.

Artists continued to experiment with the collage technique and broadened the materials—from the photomontage of Berlin Dada in the 1920s and 1930s to the British pop artists of the late 1950s and early 1960s who relied heavily on fragments from popular print culture.

Featuring works from the museum’s permanent collection from the latter half of the 20th century, Collage: Moving Beyond Paper emphasizes the continual evolution of collage, beyond the traditional cutting, gluing, and reassembling of images on paper or canvas. This exhibition explores issues of materiality as artists experiment with three-dimensional assemblage.

Featured artists include Samuel M. Adler, Arman, Don Baum, Willie Cole, Francois Deschamps, Nancy Grossman, Jess, Kenneth Kerslake, Jenni Lukac, Robert Motherwell, David Salle, Salvatore Scarpitta, Frank Stella, John Stezaker, Allen Stringfellow, Andrew Topolski, and Ulfert Wilke

This exhibition is sponsored in part by Fox Development Corporation and is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency


Exhibition Events

January 28
Opening Night Preview for Museum Members
| 5–6 pm
With reception catered by Michaels' Catering
Please RSVP to Chris Schaede at 217 244 0516 or by Friday, January 22.

Public Opening Reception | 6–7 pm
Opening comments by Time / Image curator Amy L. Powell at 6 pm
All exhibitions open until 9 pm
Cash bar provided by Michaels’ Catering; Hosted by Krannert Art Museum Council

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Samuel Marcus Adler

Cabala (detail), 1970
Painted wood relief
Gift of Samuel M. Adler in honor of Allen S. Weller