Image: Edgar Degas, Russet Landscape; c. 1890. French, monotype printed in color on cream wove paper.
The "gems" of the DIA's graphic arts collection—over 100 of the "best" prints, drawings, and photographs—will be selected from the 35,000 objects that currently constitute the museum's holding in works on paper. Among the highlights are Michelangelo's double-sided chalk and pen and ink drawing of 1508 showing decoration schemes for the Sistine Chapel ceiling; Russet Landscape, a color monoprint by Edgar Degas from the 1890s from a small group of brilliant and unique abstractions of the French countryside; and Charles Sheeler's Wheels of 1939, one of the rarest and best known photographic images in the world. The exhibition will showcase the full breadth and range of the museum's strongest holdings from 1500s Europe through the art of today.
This exhibition is sponsored by the Detroit Free Press. Additional support has been provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.