NEW YORK – An exhibition of Edward Hopper’s graphic works is on view at Craig F. Starr Gallery until August 15, 2008. Edward Hopper Etchings brings together thirteen important works in this medium. Accompa- nying the exhibition is a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by author and art historian Avis Berman.
Edward Hopper (1882-1967) is one of the most distinguished American artists of the early twentieth century. He is particularly regarded for his etchings, which date from 1915 to 1923. These etchings, produced at the be- ginning of his career, established the themes and motifs that characterize his entire body of work.
Edward Hopper Etchings presents an outstanding group of these etchings, encompassing a wide range of Hopper’s subjects. Night on the El Train, House Tops and Night Shadows are depictions of New York City, where Hopper’s keen-eyed observations of humanity is particularly apparent. Also on view are country scenes, such as Summer Twilight and American Landscape, as well as interiors, nudes, and sea views.
Intensely concerned with quality, he printed most of his plates himself in his Washington Square studio. To amplify the contrasting light and dark areas of his images, he searched for the whitest papers available and or- dered deep black inks from London. Hopper received critical praise and won many awards for his etched work.