Maine Crafts

November 30, 1960 - December 23, 1960

The show will include ceramics, textiles-printed and wove-jewelry, and metal work. A special exhibition to call attention to the finest work being produced by maine craftsmen at a time of year when members, students, and the craftsmen themselves might benefit by becoming well acquainted. The show will include ceramics, textiles-printed and wove-jewelry, and metal work.

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The present exhibition comprises a very small selection of current European and American paintings–a baker’s dozen of artists from each of the two continents. Just enough, it is hoped, to give a flavor of the creative work now so active on both sides of the Atlantic. At no time in the world’s history has there been such a resurgence of artistic creation–in music, literature, especially poetry, sculpture and painting. At no time have there been so many painters-more in Italy, France and the U.S. today than wielded brushes for 2,000 years prior to 1900. At no time has the performance of the avant-garde artists seemed to break so sharply with past tradition or to be so removed from the “understandable” or “recognizable” art of the majority. In selecting paintings for this exhibition, The Olsen Foundation has endeavored to bring together works of artists from both sides of the Atlantic which are of comparable achievement, expression and recognition.

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Shaker Inspirational Drawings

September 29, 1960 - October 15, 1960

Dr and Mrs Edward Deming Andrews, whose collection of Shaker arts, crafts, and documentary material is the outstanding private collection of its kind, have been extremely generous in lending their Shaker inspirational drawings. These drawings are done in pen and watercolor and exhibit the same fine taste which characterizes the well-known furniture produced by the Shakers in the nineteenth century. At the same time they reveal other aspects of the genius of this relatively small religious group–their devoutness and their ability to invent images. Like their furniture the images are functional, though not in the same way. These decorated pages seem to be directed toward generating the spirit of love among the members of the group and to this end employ freely the symbols of dove, flowers, and trees. The pages are completed with the religious text which is executed in the most exquisite calligraphy.

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Maine Sculptors

August 11, 1960 - September 3, 1960

This exhibition shows the sculptures of Maine artists in the Montague Sculpture Court outside of the new Bixler Art and Music Center. Artists include Robert Cronbach, William Zorach, Mike Nevelson, William Muir, George Curtis and Robert Laurent.

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An exhibition of sculpture and painting by two of Italy’s foremost contemporary artists–Giorgio Morandi and Giacomo Manzu. Seventeen paintings or etchings by Morandi are presented, as well as eight sculptures in bronze by Manzu. According to Professor James M. Carpenter, chairman of the Colby Department of Fine Arts, “These men are unusual in that they are neither abstract or expressionistic, but deal directly with reality and bring to it a serene poetic quality.” The pair are credited with leading a revival of artistic activity in modern Italy. The exhibition, which is provided through the courtesy of the World House Galleries, will continue on to a showing in New York after its tenure at Colby.

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Religion and the Fine Arts

February 21, 1960 - February 23, 1969

This year’s theme for Convocation has been chosen in recognition of the recent opening of the Bixler Art and Music Center. The purpose of the Convocation is to become better acquainted with the implications for religion of current trends in various fields of art and poetry. Some of Clark Fitz-Gerald’s sculpture, and a religious architectural exhibit arranged by Dean Betts, are in the art museum.

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Sculpture and Drawings by Auguste Rodin

February 14, 1960 - March 12, 1960

Auguste Rodin has had a greater influence on the sculpture of our century than any other man. Like his contemporaries, the Impressionist painters, his art has continued to offer a source of forms for artists of later generations even though these artists may have very different ideas to express. The display includes 18 pieces of sculpture as well as numerous drawings and watercolors. Except for one work in marble all of the sculptures are in bronze. For the privilege of showing the art of Rodin at Colby College we are grateful to the World House Galleries, New York, and to the Friends of Art at Colby.

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Paul Klee

January 11, 1960 - January 30, 1960

An exhibition of works by Paul Klee, Swiss-German pioneer of modern art, will continue throughout the month of January. Watercolors and drawings in pencil, pen, brush, and crayon are included. There are also several oil paintings and pastels. Klee, whose work is recognized as among the most important contributions to art of the 20th century, has been represented in museums and private collections throughout the world. The Colby exhibit contains numerous paintings displaying the unique talent which once led a critic to describe Klee’s outlook as “a blend of realism and fantasy.” His tremendous influence on contemporary painters can also be easily detected in these examples.

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