October 25, 2016, Avalon, CA – “Art Nouveau and Graphic Art: The PAN Publications, 1895-1900” opens to the public at the Catalina Island Museum on Saturday, October 29. All members of the museum are invited to preview the exhibition before anyone else on Friday, October 28, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Both of the exhibitions are the first of their kind to be presented on Santa Catalina Island.
The first of its kind to be presented on Santa Catalina Island, Art Nouveau and Graphic Art features more than 50 printed works of art from PAN, the first art magazine of the 20th century.
Published for only a short period of time (1895-1900), “PAN” attracted the most important painters and graphic artists of its era to decorate its pages. Artists such as Aubrey Beardsley, Peter Behrens, Auguste Rodin, William Morris and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec contributed to the visual art magazine. Numerous plates, illustrations and vignettes presented in a multitude of printmaking processes in both black and white and full color filled its pages.
The German-based publication documented the collision of artistic movements present at the end of the 19th century. Art Nouveau, French for New Art, was the most recent of these art movements. Placing an emphasis on nature, sensuality and curvilinear design the style swept across Europe and into the artistic disciplines of painting, printing, furniture and industrial design and architecture.
This exhibition documents the intent of PAN to shepherd its viewers into a new era of art making at the turn of the century, and the vision of PAN’s founders to elevate graphic arts to a level on par with academic fine art of its day. In our present era where graphic art and design surround us daily, the legacy of PAN is more relevant than ever before.
Art Nouveau and Graphic Art: The PAN Publications, 1895-1900 is organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA in association with Denenberg Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA and will be on view from October 29, 2016 – March 5, 2017.
Member Preview: Members of the Catalina Island Museum are invited to preview its new special exhibition, Art Nouveau and Graphic Art: The PAN Publications, 1895-1900, before it opens to the public. Mingle with fellow members during a reception in the Hinchliffe Family Atrium. A no-host bar will feature wine and beer.
The Catalina Island Museum is open every day – except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day – from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum’s new Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building is located in the heart of Avalon at 217 Metropole Avenue. Adult admission is $7.50, seniors (60 years and over) and members of the military are $5, and children (15 years and under) are free with a paid adult admission. Special exhibitions and events are held throughout the year including evening hours each month for First Fridays at the Museum.