M.C. Escher: Infinite Variations examines the mind-bending, mathematical, and metamorphic works of world-famous Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher. This exhibit features an extensive collection of drawings, mezzotints, lithographs, and woodcuts, which blend and blur constructs inspired by impossible worlds, the intricacies of nature, and the infinity of chess.
Over 100 pieces, on loan from the Herakleidon Museum in Athens, Greece, showcase Escher’s varied and groundbreaking techniques and subjects from his early Italian landscape sketches, self-portraits, and book illustrations to his iconic images of impossible spaces, tessellations, infinity, and his metamorphosis series. Despite his massive fame in popular culture, Escher never fit into one style of art nor was he recognized as an important artist by the art community during most of his lifetime.
However, he was venerated by the mathematics community and the American counterculture of the 1960s, who viewed him as a pioneer of psychedelic art. In an almost six-decade career, Escher created over 450 prints and over 2000 drawings and sketches. To this day, he remains one of the most popular and most reproduced graphic artists of the 20th century. His captivating illusionistic spaces, staircases that lead to nowhere, and his endless reflections are so recognizable though most viewing them do not realize the decades of studies he labored over to create these seemingly playful scenes. It is an honor to present M.C. Escher’s work in this satellite exhibition of the World Chess Hall of Fame’s show M.C. Escher: Infinite Variations. We hope that viewers will get lost in the endless spaces that he has created.
M.C. Escher: Infinite Variations is curated by Shannon Bailey, Chief Curator, World Chess Hall of Fame, with Emily Allred, Associate Curator, World Chess Hall of Fame.
Exhibition Date: May 2, 2019 - September 22, 2019
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