Exhibition Closed October 2009
This captivating exhibition features a diverse selection of work by French printmaker Erik DesmaziÃ¨res including architectural views, building interiors, grotesque figures, and still lifes. Although major one-person shows of DesmaziÃ¨res’ prints have recently been mounted by museums in France, Switzerland, Italy, and the Netherlands, Constructs and Inventions marks the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States.
DesmaziÃ¨res is considered to be one of the finest printmakers of his generation, boasting a body of work remarkable for both its sheer technical brilliance and its unrelenting originality. Defying simple categorization, his work is influenced by a host of old master artists including Giovanni Piranesi, Jacques Callot, Albrecht Durer, and Rodolphe Bresdin. A skilled draftsman with a sophisticated command of process and technique, DesmaziÃ¨res manipulates space, atmospheric light, and shadow to evoke an otherworldly realm of fantasy and imagination. His subjects range from elaborate architectural perspectives and fictional vistas; to domestic interiors and lush garden scenes populated with goblins and gargoyles; to grotesque dreamscapes in the tradition of Bosch and Goya.
This exhibition was organized by Telfair Museums with assistance from Fitch-Febvrel Gallery and Childs Gallery.
Images from top to bottom: Erik DesmaziÃ¨res (French, b. 1948) Imaginary City (detail), 1990; Etching, aquatint and roulette, 7 x 18 3/4 inches; Fitch-Febvrel 124; Courtesy Fitch-Febvrel Gallery. Erik DesmaziÃ¨res; Galerie Vivienne (detail), 1990. Etching, aquatint and roulette, 24 â…œ x 17 â… inches. Collection of Erik and Jody Saarmaa, Boston, Massachusetts.
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