• Wayne Thiebaud
    City Edge, 1988
    etching with spit bite, aquatint, soft-ground etching 
    edition 32 of 60 
    12 x 9 inches 
    Gift of Senator and Mrs. Thomas F. Eagleton, 1996.10 
    © Wayne Thiebaud/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

    Wayne Thiebaud
    City Edge, 1988
    etching with spit bite, aquatint, soft-ground etching 
    edition 32 of 60 
    12 x 9 inches 
    Gift of Senator and Mrs. Thomas F. Eagleton, 1996.10 
    © Wayne Thiebaud/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

  • Larry Rivers
    Frank O'Hara, 1955
    painting on paper
    28 1/2 x 21 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Gift of the Endi and Crosby Kemper Foundation, 1998.5
    © Estate of Larry Rivers/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photo: Dan Wayne

    Larry Rivers
    Frank O'Hara, 1955
    painting on paper
    28 1/2 x 21 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Gift of the Endi and Crosby Kemper Foundation, 1998.5
    © Estate of Larry Rivers/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photo: Dan Wayne

Mixed Impressions

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 to Saturday, July 9, 2016
Kemper East

Mixed Impressions presents works in a range of media from the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection demonstrating artists’ impressionistic styles in developing geometric, abstract, and representational imagery. For example, Ethiopian-born artist Julie Mehretu’s Okemos Drawings (Quartet A) (2008) depicts in four unique drawings an intricately abstracted cityscape formed by a layered web of drawn lines in black and white and color. Mehretu’s lines seem even more crisp in contrast to the hazy twilight appearance of Wayne Thiebaud’s City Edge (1988), in which the multiple print techniques he uses give a vibrating appearance to the curves and edges of San Francisco’s buildings and winding streets. Each artist in the exhibition has developed a language through media and technique to show the varied expressions within impressionistic styles known to engage sensations of changing light and movement in overlapping everyday subjects such as cityscapes, landscapes, and portraits.