Käthe Kollwitz: Making Human
"Her silent lines penetrate the marrow like a cry of pain," German novelist Gerhart Hauptmann wrote of Käthe Kollwitz's etchings. The suffering and desperation of early-20th-century victims of poverty and war were the artist's subjects. While she treated them, at times, with evocative empathy, other times she exaggerated their expressiveness into a physicality verging on the grotesque. Controversial during her lifetime, Kollwitz's now iconic artworks conjure in graphic detail the social inequities we continue to live with today. This weekend, the Weisman Art Museum opens an exhibition exploring Kollwitz's work within the context of her contemporaries (George Grosz, Otto Dix), and in comparison to work by Eduardo Kac (bio-art), Tom Arndt (photography), and Andy Warhol that investigates the body in art. (Kathe Kollwitz, Selbstbildnis mit hand an der stirn)
March 3-July 1, 2012
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