2015—Reviving the Past

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Detail of Return to Classicism, Young Girl Reading by Ye Wang, oil on canvas

August 14 – September 27, 2015
Sabatini Main Gallery

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Death Walks Into A Bar (2011)
by James Ehlers, engraving
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The history of art is a long chain of styles, ideas and techniques. Art training includes the study of those ideas, and beginning artists copy works by other artists to learn their techniques.

Today’s artists still reference art from the past. Ideals of beauty and perfection or symbolic meaning get re-interpreted to new standards.

This exhibit features work by seven Kansas artists: Dan Kirchhefer, James Borger, James Ehlers, Betsy Knabe Roe, James Bass, Margie Kuhn and Yeqiang Wang, as well as a few artists from the library’s collection. These artists use historic images and techniques to adapt the figures, styles, ideas and symbols to reflect 21st-century themes.

Related Events

First Friday Artwalk and Opening Reception
Fri | August 14 | 5:30-8:30 PM | Sabatini Gallery
Join us for refreshments, meet the artists, and learn more about their inspiration and ideas. Free and open to the public.

Gallery walk with Betsy Knabe Roe and Jim Bass
Sat | August 22 | 2-3 PM | Sabatini Gallery
Join two featured artists for an informal tour of Reviving the Past and learn about their inspirations from Modern art. You can ask them about your favorite pieces, and really “get” the art! Free and open to the public.

Gallery walk with Borger, Ehlers, Kirchhefer, Kuhn, and Wang
Sun | September 13 | 2-3 PM | Sabatini Gallery
Join some of the featured artists for an informal tour of Reviving the Past and learn about their inspirations from Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical art. You can ask them about your favorite pieces, and really “get” the art! Free and open to the public.