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Paper Trails: Selected Works from the Collection, 1934–2001

Exhibition objects

  • Landscape

    Jean Dubuffet (French, Le Havre 1901–1985 Paris)

    Date: 1953
    Accession Number: 67.221.2

  • Untitled

    Franz Kline (American, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1910–1962 New York)

    Date: ca. 1956
    Accession Number: 1984.554.1

  • Number 319

    Anne Ryan (American, Hoboken, New Jersey 1889–1954 Morristown, New Jersey)

    Date: 1949
    Accession Number: 1986.323.7

  • Cut Paper Drawing

    Lucas Samaras (American (born Greece), Kastoria, 1936)

    Date: 1968
    Accession Number: 1986.416.24

  • Pinc

    Kurt Schwitters (German, Hanover 1887–1948 Kendal)

    Date: 1947
    Accession Number: 1991.129.8

  • Nappy Head #1

    Alison Saar (American, born Los Angeles, California, 1956)

    Date: 1997
    Accession Number: 1999.115

Paper Trails

Selected Works from the Collection, 1934–2001

July 19–November 27, 2011

The modern and contemporary artists in this installation have translated their fascination with paper into works that defy conventional definitions of drawing. Treating paper as a material rather than a mere support, they have used processes of tearing and cutting to generate line and form, resulting in a surprising range of formal and expressive effects. Through their richly varied approaches to paper, these artists explore and elaborate the intimate immediacy associated with the act of drawing. Featured are thirty-six works on paper by twenty-four artists, including Marcel Duchamp, Jean Dubuffet, Franz Kline, Kara Walker, and Kiki Smith.