Albany Museum of Art

Albany, Georgia



Witness to Our Century: An Artistic Biography of Fritz Eichenberg

June 24 - August 1, 1999

Heathcliff Under the Tree, Cover Image from Wuthering Heights, 1943, wood engraving, ,edition of 100, courtesy of the Fritz Eichenberg Trust

The Albany Museum of Art (AMA) in Albany, Georgia is pleased to announce that Witness to Our Century: An Artistic Biography of Fritz Eichenberg will be on view at the Museum through August 1, 1999. This engaging exhibition chronicles the life and career of Fritz Eichenberg, artist, printmaker, teacher, author, and social activist, whose life bore witness to the political, military, and social follies of the 20th century. The exhibition, the first comprehensive presentation produced with the cooperation of the Fritz Eichenberg Trust, contains previously unexhibited works from the artist's personal collection, as well as other pieces on loan from museums and private collectors.

The exhibit is organized into seven thematic sections that correspond to important phases of Eichenberg's life and career: introduction to the artist; his years as a student and commercial artist in Germany; his early years in New York; his success in book illustration; his religious-themed work; large-scale prints and portfolio projects; and autobiographical work. Each part joins Eichenberg's works of the period with a chronology of his life, excerpts from his unpublished autobiography, and relevant text concerning concurrent world events.

Witness to Our Century was organized by the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery and curated by Robert Conway, Director of the Eichenberg Trust, and Walter Schatz. The exhibit is supported through the generosity of the Louise Bullard Wallace Foundation; the Goethe-Institut Atlanta; and the Fritz Eichenberg Trust.

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