Volcanoes, Wrecks, Riots, Nudes, and Mythology: The Art of Edward Hagedorn

Volcanoes, Riots, Wrecks, Nudes and Mythology: The Art of Edward Hagedorn, is guest curated by Stuart and Beverly Denenberg which is a internationally traveling exhibition of rediscovered paintings, prints, and drawings of Edward Hagedorn (1902-1982). The title of the exhibition is taken from the artist's own statement for a 1944 gallery exhibition: "Hagedorn hates newspapers, magazines, radios, and movies. His favorite subjects are volcanoes, riots, wrecks, nudes, mythology."

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Volcanoes, Riots, Wrecks, Nudes and Mythology: The Art of Edward Hagedorn, is guest curated by Stuart and Beverly Denenberg which is a internationally traveling exhibition of rediscovered paintings, prints, and drawings of Edward Hagedorn (1902-1982). The title of the exhibition is taken from the artist's own statement for a 1944 gallery exhibition: "Hagedorn hates newspapers, magazines, radios, and movies. His favorite subjects are volcanoes, riots, wrecks, nudes, and mythology."

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The Art of Edward Hagedorn

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With this exhibition, Edward Hagedorns most important works from the mid 1920's to the 1940's are on display. Within each gallery space are three major themes which are important to the artist which include, motifs of the nude, the landscape, and the horrors of war. Hagedorn was an astute political observer who rejected the general trend in early 20th century California, of depicting local landscapes and coastal views. Hagedorn became the single voice of expressionism on the West Coast. The artists medium included: ink, charcoal, watercolor, pastel, etchings, and different sorts of printmaking which include linoleums, lithographs, oil monotypes, and more.

The Nude Room

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As you walk through the exhibition space, notice Edward Hagedorn's use of colour palette, use of medium, the progression of the techniques he uses in his abstract nature, as well as his influences which can be clearly seen. These include the art movements dada, surrealism, and impressionism.

Motifs of Landscape

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Walking into the next gallery space, you will notice a series of landscapes. They're not your ordinary, realistic, or impressionistic coastal view or landscape scene; they are abstracted forms. You can clearly see the artists use of color, and different mediums can be seen in these landscapes which include: charcoal, crayon, watercolor, and tempra paint. Notice, he strays away from any realistic to nature colors.

Horrors of War

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Entering the last gallery, we are going to see a huge change in context that we have seen with the Motifs of the Nude and the landscapes scenes. Within this gallery we are going to notice a change in color which is black and white, as well as the scene. We are also going to be seeing a lot of skeletons.  The time period that the artist created these pieces is from the 1920’2 to the 1930’s. In the depression years between the two world wars, the artist portrayed the darkness and the evil that grasped the United States more forcefully than any of its contemporaries. The techniques seen in this gallery include monotype, linocut and etching.

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