Spanish surrealist painter Joan Miró made his first trip to the U.S. in 1947 after receiving a commission for a mural in the Gourmet Room at the very modern Terrace Plaza Hotel in Cincinnati. During his nine-month stay working in New York, he frequented Stanley William Hayter’s legendary printmaking workshop, known as Atelier 17, and created a small group of experimental intaglio prints. This exhibition focuses on a special moment in time: the extraordinary confluence of Miró, Hayter’s Atelier 17, and the mix of artists who congregated there.
New York had become home to a host of immigrant artists since the 1930s and even more so as others fled Europe with the advance of Nazi Germany’s forces. Atelier 17 was an important meeting place where exiled émigrés and young American artists created art and shared ideas. Working in an environment that fostered collaboration and innovation, the artists at Atelier 17 explored the use of unpremeditated (automatic) drawing, color, and texture in engraving, screenprinting, and relief etching techniques.
The exhibition features prints by American and émigré artists working at Atelier 17, including Joan Miró, Stanley William Hayter, Yves Tanguy, Fred Becker, Gabor Peterdi, and Minna Citron, among others.
This exhibition is supported by the Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation and is on loan from Dolan/Maxwell. This exhibition is also supported by these donors to the 2022 Annual Fund: Anonymous, Linnéa C Bartling, D. Randall Brown, Margy and John Feighner, Barbara and Stephen McMurray, Steve and Audrey Riley, Kathy Rogers and Paul Sauerteig, and Amanda and Charles Shepard.