Since ancient times, wine has played an important role in people's lives, as a part of religious ceremonies, public celebrations, entertainment, and family gatherings. It is therefore fitting that artists, reflecting the life and customs of the times in which they lived, would incorporate images of wine, winemaking, and grapes into their work.
Pressing Matters: 500 Years of Wine in Art from the Sterling Vineyards Print Portfolio, opening September 3, and continuing through October 16, shows the many ways in which artists have used wine as subject matter. Selected from the extensive collection of the Sterling Vineyards Portfolio of Wine Art and History, the exhibition presents examples of the printmaker's craft as well as a cultural appreciation of wine through centuries of art.
The 50 prints on view explore the beauty, humor, and social aspects of wine culture throughout history. The exhibition includes early 16th century engravings by Lucas van Leyden and Bernardo Daddi, hand colored engravings by major figures from the golden era of botanical art, a satirical 1801 etching by Thomas Rowlandson, color lithographs by Picasso, several woodcuts by Aristide Maillol, and a rare 1878 hand-colored wood engraving of the Napa Valley depicting harvesting and pressing of the grapes by Bohemian Club artist Paul Frenzeny. Some of the other major artists in the exhibition include Pierre Bonnard, Marc Chagall, Honoré Daumier, Marsden Hartley, Oskar Kokoschka, and Pierre Renoir.
A selection of paintings, artists' books, prints and decorative objects from the Saint Mary's College wine-related collection will also be on view.
Pressing Matters, funded in part by generous support from Sterling Vineyards, is organized and toured by ExhibitsUSA. The purpose of ExhibitsUSA is to create access to an array of arts and humanities exhibitions, nurture the development and understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, and encourage the expanding depth and breadth of cultural life in local communities. ExhibitsUSA is a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1972.
ExhibitsUSA is generously supported by Altria Group Inc.; James H. Clement, Jr.; ConocoPhillips; the Cooper Foundation; Maureen and Robert Decherd; Douglas County Bank/Ross and Marianna Beach; DST Systems Inc.; The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation; Edward Jones; the Helen Jones Foundation; the William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank, trustee; Mrs. Tom Lea; the National Endowment for the Arts; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Society of North American Goldsmiths; Sonic, America's Drive-In; Sterling Vineyards; the Summerlee Foundation; the Courtney S. Turner Charitable Trust; Valmont Industries; the Woods Charitable Fund; and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.
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Contact: Heidi Donner (925) 631-4069 or [email protected]