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Current Exhibit:

On display in the Special Collections Department, Norlin Library Room N345:


Twentieth Century Art: selected lithographs and intaglio prints


Department Hours: Wed., Thu. and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Call 303-492-6144 for more information.




These prints are part of a larger collection of twentieth-century art donated to Special Collections in 1982 by the Martin S. Ackerman Foundation.



Annesley, David. Red, Yellow, Blue, Turquoise.


David Annesley (1936- ), is a British sculptor and painter. From 1958-1962, he studied at the St. Martin's School of Art. He began in painting, then moved to sculpting, where he was taught by well-known sculptor Sir Anthony Caro. His work can be found in public collections around the world, including the Tate Gallery in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


Bayer, Herbert. Yellow Center.


Herbert Bayer (1900-1985), was an Austrian architect, graphic artist, photographer, and painter. He was a highly important member of the Bauhaus in the 1920's and 30's. He served as design consultant, director, and creator for numerous exhibitions. Bayer was a consultant for the town of Aspen during its transformation from mining town to ski resort. He died in 1985 in Montecito, California. His works can be seen on permanent display at the Denver Art Museum. Coloradoans may be familiar with his soaring Articulated Wall sculpture near the Denver Design District.


Blake, Peter. "Just at this moment, somehow or other, they began to run."


Sir Peter Blake (1932- ), is an influential British artist known for Pop art. His most famous work was the cover design for the Beatle's 1967 album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. This print shown is from a suite of illustrations based on Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass. In 2002, he was knighted as a reward for his services to the arts. Now in his seventies, Blake remains an active part of art community.


Gottlieb, Adolph. Black Sun.


Adolph Gottlieb (1903-1974), was an American Abstract Expressionist painter. He studied at the Art Students' League in New York, the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, and the Parsons School of Design. Gottlieb helped found the group The Ten, devoted to abstract and expressionist art, in 1935. He was partially paralyzed in 1970 after a stroke, but continued to work until his death four years later.


Hayden, Henri. Untitled Blue Landscape; and Nature Morte Brune.


Henri Hayden (1883-1970), while commonly known as a French painter, was Polish-born. He moved to Paris at the age of 24. His work was influenced by artists such as Picasso, Gauguin, and Paul Cézanne. Hayden remained in Paris until his death, only leaving during WWII to seek refuge from the Germans. His best known work, Three Musicians, can be seen in the National Museum of Modern Art, Paris.


House, Gordon. Triangle D.


Gordon House (1932-2004) was a British painter and graphic designer. He was significant in the development of the environments of art galleries and museums, helping their presentations become less cluttered and more coherent. House also had a hand in the Pop world, designing the Beatle's White album and the back cover of their Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (for which his good friend, Peter Blake, designed the front).


Hoyland, John. Small, Green, Curwen.


John Hoyland (1934- ) is a British abstract painter and printmaker. He studied at the Sheffield College of Art. He also received a diploma from the Royal Academy Schools, London, although the President of the Royal Academy originally ordered his display of abstract paintings in his Diploma Presentation removed. He travelled extensively and taught at various schools around Britain, including the Royal Academy Schools and the Slade School of Art, London. His exhibitions are seen around the world.


Hughes, Patrick. Allsorts.


Patrick Hughes (1939- ) is a self-taught British artist and writer. His works frequently play with optical illusions, perspective, and surrealism. Hughes's art reflects his interest in puns, paradoxes, and oxymorons. He wrote several books on these subjects. Today his paintings are extremely popular and found in both travelling and permanent exhibits.


Motherwell, Robert. The Basque Suite: Untitled, Proofs E and H.


Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) was an American Abstract Expressionist painter and printmaker. At the age of eleven, he received a scholarship to the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. He painted for a short time at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, as well as earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford. Motherwell helped found the Eighth Street School, originally known as the Subjects of the Artist School, with other well known Abstract Expressionist painters. During his lifetime his works were shown throughout the United States and internationally. His popularity continues today. Motherwell died in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in 1991.


Smith, Richard. Untitled.


Richard Smith (1931- ) is a British abstract painter and printmaker. He attended the Luton School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. Afterwards, he shared a studio with another student from Royal College, Peter Blake. Smith's works are heavily influenced by American art. He has had several important commissions, including a piece in the JFK airport.


Stamos, Theodoros. [Untitled] Infinity Field.


Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997) was part of the first generation of American Abstract Expressionist painters. He studied sculpture at the American Artists School, where he received a scholarship. Later, he dropped out of school and focused on painting, supporting himself through several jobs. At the age of 20, he received his first solo exhibition. Although he never graduated, he went on to teach at several institutions, including as a full professor at Brandeis University. He died and is buried in Lefkada, Greece. Stamos's paintings can be found in major museum galleries around the world.