• Janet Fish (American, b. 1938)
    Roses and Roofs, 1987
    watercolor on paper
    30 x 23 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, 1995.30
    © Janet Fish/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photo: courtesy of Robert Miller Gallery, New York

    Janet Fish (American, b. 1938)
    Roses and Roofs, 1987
    watercolor on paper
    30 x 23 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, 1995.30
    © Janet Fish/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photo: courtesy of Robert Miller Gallery, New York

  • Ana Maria Hernando (Argentinian, b. 1959)
    Cloud Flower 1, 2010
    vellum, ink, collaged paper on paper
    60 x 40 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of the artist, 2011.17
    © Ana Maria Hernando

    Ana Maria Hernando (Argentinian, b. 1959)
    Cloud Flower 1, 2010
    vellum, ink, collaged paper on paper
    60 x 40 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of the artist, 2011.17
    © Ana Maria Hernando

  • Elizabeth Layton (American, 1909–1993)
    Give and Take, 1990
    colored pencil on paper
    22 1/8 x 30 3/8 inches
    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. R. Crosby Kemper, Jr., 2014.22
    © Estate of Elizabeth Layton

    Elizabeth Layton (American, 1909–1993)
    Give and Take, 1990
    colored pencil on paper
    22 1/8 x 30 3/8 inches
    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. R. Crosby Kemper, Jr., 2014.22
    © Estate of Elizabeth Layton

  • Linda Lighton (American, b. 1948)
    Mapped Flower, 1995
    white earthenware, glaze, china paint,
    11 1/4 x 31 x 22 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Museum purchase made possible by a gift from the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, 2007.16
    © Linda Lighton, 1995. Photo: E. G. Schempf

    Linda Lighton (American, b. 1948)
    Mapped Flower, 1995
    white earthenware, glaze, china paint,
    11 1/4 x 31 x 22 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Museum purchase made possible by a gift from the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, 2007.16
    © Linda Lighton, 1995. Photo: E. G. Schempf

  • Judy Pfaff (American, b. 1946)
    The Bagh, 1999
    encaustic, oil, fern fronds on paper
    14 x 90 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee, 1999.16
    © Judy Pfaff/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photo: Dan Wayne

    Judy Pfaff (American, b. 1946)
    The Bagh, 1999
    encaustic, oil, fern fronds on paper
    14 x 90 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee, 1999.16
    © Judy Pfaff/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photo: Dan Wayne

  • Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925–2008)
    Untitled, 1979
    collodion transfer and fabric collage on paper
    31 x 22 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee, 1995.64
    © Robert Rauschenberg/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Phot: Ken Cohen Photography

    Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925–2008)
    Untitled, 1979
    collodion transfer and fabric collage on paper
    31 x 22 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee, 1995.64
    © Robert Rauschenberg/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Phot: Ken Cohen Photography

  • Joseph Stella (American, 1877–1946)
    Dance of Spring (Song of the Birds), 1924
    oil on canvas
    43 3/8 x 32 3/8 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, 2003.3
    No known copyright restrictions

    Joseph Stella (American, 1877–1946)
    Dance of Spring (Song of the Birds), 1924
    oil on canvas
    43 3/8 x 32 3/8 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, 2003.3
    No known copyright restrictions

  • Paul Wonner (American, 1920–2008)
    Flowers, Watches, Dark Day, 1991
    acrylic on canvas
    48 x 48 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee, 1995.80
    © Estate of Paul Wonner

    Paul Wonner (American, 1920–2008)
    Flowers, Watches, Dark Day, 1991
    acrylic on canvas
    48 x 48 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee, 1995.80
    © Estate of Paul Wonner

  • Lezley Saar (American, b. 1953)
    Geneva Saar Agustsson—Labeled Autistic, 1998
    mixed media on canvas
    80 x 48 x 4 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Museum purchase made possible by a gift from the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee, 2000.1
    © Lezley Saar. Photo: Dan Wayne

    Lezley Saar (American, b. 1953)
    Geneva Saar Agustsson—Labeled Autistic, 1998
    mixed media on canvas
    80 x 48 x 4 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Museum purchase made possible by a gift from the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee, 2000.1
    © Lezley Saar. Photo: Dan Wayne

Fresh Cut: Flowers from the Permanent Collection

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 to Saturday, August 4, 2012
Kemper East

Inspired by the plein air paintings of Lois Dodd, whose retrospective at the Kemper Museum is on view February 8–August 4, 2012, this exhibition brings together works that convey varied approaches to the long-standing tradition of painting flowers.  In the heyday of New York’s male-dominated, mid-century art scene, Dodd was wary of flower painting as a stereotypically feminine practice. By the 1990s, however, she embraced the vibrant blooms of a neighbor’s garden in Maine as subject.

Fresh Cut demonstrates the depth of this vernacular subject. Robert Mapplethorpe’s Irises (1988) exhibits the exquisite formal, even sculptural qualities of the iris flower, while Ana Maria Hernando’s Cloud Flower I (2010) abstracts the petals and patterns of a fresh bloom. Linda Lighton highlights the sensual aspects of flowers through her seductive ceramic sculptures, and Lezley Saar turns the floral still life tradition on its head, literally, in Geneva Saar Agustsson—Labeled Autistic (1998). Seen together, these works convey the versatility of the floral subject, one not easily relegated to just one category.