Malcolm Myers Prints: A Retrospective
October 18 - November 5, 2016
This exhibition surveys the printmaking career Malcolm Myers, a Minnesota artist who taught and mentored several generations of students at the University of Minnesota. Malcolm Myers (1917-2002) was born in Lucerne, Missouri. In 1939 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wichita, Kansas; in 1941 he received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa; and in 1948 he received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa. He was hired in 1949 to organize the printmaking area in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota, which followed the renaissance of printmaking in the United States in the post-war era. Myers received two Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships for his creative work in the graphic arts. Work by Malcolm Myers is included in the permanent collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, The Brooklyn Museum, Cincinnati art Museum, City Art Museum of St. Louis, Library of Congress, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, New York Public Library, Seattle Art Museum, Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, and many private art collections.
As regards my approach to printmaking, particularly in later years, I do not make any drawings nor do I have a definite composition in mind when I start to work on the copper. I change the lines and shapes -- usually many times -- until I feel some image that I like is emerging. I have been a devotee of progressive jazz for a long time and like to think that my attitude about executing a print has something in common with the improvisational aspects of good jazz music. As I paint a great deal, color has become important in my print production; I tell students, however, that it is more difficult to do a good print in black and white. - Malcolm Myers
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