January 2018 Newsletter

 
 
 
 
 
EXCLUSIVE EXHIBITION: 
THE MAGICAL WORLD OF M. C. ESCHER
 
 
 
 
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS

* “The Magical World of M. C. Escher” will be on exhibit Jan. 27 through March 25, 2018, at the Museum of Art – DeLand Downtown, 100 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday (special extended hours for the Escher exhibit).

Regular gallery admission is $10, free for museum members and children 12 and younger. Information: 386-734-4371 or moartdeland.org.  Special group rates are available by scheduling in advance, contact 386-734-4371 and ask for Pam Coffman, curator of education.

* January 25:  A Vernissage for “The Magical World of M. C. Escher” will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, 100 N Woodland Blvd. Admission is $50 non-members, $25 members. Reservations are required by calling 386-734-4371 or clicking here.

* January 26:  An Opening Night Reception for "The Magical World of M. C. Escher" will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, 100 N Woodland Blvd. Admission is $20 non-members, free for members. Reservations appreciated by calling 386-734-4371 or clicking here

* February 2:  Free Film Friday will host The Life and Works of M. C. Escher February 2, 2018 from 7-8:30 p.m. The Life and Works of M. C. Escher takes an in-depth look at the artist and traces his career path and personal life, from the early years in Italy to his move to Switzerland and subsequent turn inward for inspiration.  100 N Woodland Blvd

Also Happening at the Museum:

* “Yozo Hamaguchi:  Master of the Mezzotint and 100 Years of American Prints from the Butler Institute of American Art” will be on exhibit Jan. 19 through March 18, 2018, at the Museum of Art – DeLand, 600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday.  

* January 19: An Opening Night Reception for Yozo Hamaguchi: Master of the Mezzotint and 100 Years of American Prints from the Butler Collection will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, 600 N Woodland Blvd. Admission is $20 non-members, free for members. Reservations appreciated by calling 386-734-4371 or clicking here.  

* January 20:  Family Fun Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission, children must be accompanied by an adult.  Share a great family moment through a variety of hands-on activities.  600 N Woodland Blvd

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by Rick de Yampert

Maurits Cornelis Escher wanted to capture infinity and cast it onto paper.

To that end, the Dutch graphic artist created lithographs, woodcuts and mezzotints of interlocking reptiles, strange creatures and birds in flight that metamorphosed in and out of each other. He depicted twisted dragons, and ants crawling eternally on a Mobius strip. He created “impossible constructions” that depicted buildings, staircases and spheres that seem geometrically precise yet, upon close inspection, are as surreal as anything by Dali, Bosch or Kafka.

“It can apparently happen that someone . . . can feel ripen in oneself a conscious wish to use his imaginary images to approach infinity as purely and as closely as possible,” Escher wrote in his essay “Approaches to Infinity,” published not long before his death in 1972.

“The Magical World of M.C. Escher,” on exhibit Jan. 26 through March 25 at the Museum of Art – DeLand, includes more than 150 of the artist’s works. The exhibition features not only the Dutchman’s self-described “more or less fantastic pictures” but also his realistic graphic works inspired by trips into the Italian countryside when he lived in Rome from 1923 to 1935.  To continue reading this article, click here.
 
 
 
 
 
Left:  Yozo Hamaguchi, Twenty-two Cherries (yellow), 1990, Color mezzotint, 21 1/2" x 9 3/8"
Middle:  M. C. Escher, Rind, 1955, woodcut and wood engraving from four blocks, 13 5/8" x 9 1/4"
Right:  Raphael Soyer, In the Studio, undated, lithograph,12 1/4" x 9 1/2"