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THE ART OF WALTER ANDERSON – Southeastern Louisiana University’s
Clark Hall Gallery will host an exhibit of works by the legendary late
artist Walter Anderson June 1-Aug. 18. Anderson created approximately 300
linoleum blocks, such as this goose, in the years from 1945 through 1949.
He printed the artworks on ordinary wallpaper and sold them cheaply to
make decorative art available to all.
SLU’S CLARK HALL GALLERY TO
WORKS OF WALTER ANDERSON
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University’s Clark Hall Gallery will host an exhibit of the distinctive
and timeless works of the late Walter Anderson, whose depictions of the
plants, animals, and people of the Gulf Coast have placed him among the
finest American painters of the 20th century.
The exhibit is scheduled from
June 1 until August 18. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays.
Anderson spent most of his life
exploring the wonders of the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, absorbed in the
haunting ambiance of the water, marshes, and woods. His "oneness with nature"
and his expression of that unity have made Anderson a legendary figure
on the Gulf Coast.
Anderson was born in 1903 in
New Orleans and died in 1965. He studied at the Parson's School of Design
and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he won several awards,
including the prestigious Cresson Award for travel in Europe. He traveled
extensively in Europe and Asia before adopting a reclusive existence, spending
much of his time on his beloved Horn Island.
Anderson's output was staggering.
He worked in oil, watercolor, pen and ink, and pencil. He sculpted in wood,
crafted furniture, carved and decorated pottery, and cut large linoleum
blocks for print making. He also produced stained glass and hooked rugs.
For Anderson, art was not a product but a process, a means of experiencing
the world. His drawing, prints, and watercolors celebrated the natural
rhythms of the weather, the seasons, the sea, and the cycles of plants,
flowers, and animals. His abiding interest in nature combined with his
strong sense of design and color, his avid intellectual curiosity, and
his bold imagination have made his works distinctive and timeless.
Anderson created nearly 300 linoleum
blocks in the years from 1945 through 1949. He printed these on the back
of ordinary wallpaper and offered them for sale at one dollar per foot,
intending to make available good decorative art that anyone could afford.
The original blocks are now safeguarded by the Walter Anderson Museum of
Art, a gift from the family of Walter Anderson.
Recognition was meager during
Walter Anderson's lifetime. But, since his death in 1965, his art has been
the subject of numerous books, films, and articles. Major retrospective
exhibits at the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts, the Brooks Museum in Memphis,
and the New Orleans Museum of Art have received tremendous critical acclaim.
In 1991, the Walter Anderson
Museum of Art was established to archive and exhibit Anderson's monumental
achievements. It also serves as a center from which Anderson's genius emanates
to an ever-broadening circle of artists, art-lovers, scholars, scientists,
naturalists, and environmentalists.
For additional information, contact
Southeastern Visual Arts, 985-549-2193.
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