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Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: Norma Bassett Hall

Wright Museum of Art
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“Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: The Color Prints of Norma Bassett Hall” presents the block prints and serigraphs of a comparatively little-known artist of the pre-WWII generation. Curated by Joby Patterson (author of Hall's Catalog Raisonne), these prints are gathered from private family holdings, which once formed part of Norma’s personal collection, have been reunited and are on display for the first time. Most have been in storage for more than fifty years, after their removal from the studio at Rancho del Rio, in Alcalde, New Mexico.

Hall exhibited nearly all the prints she made. They provide us with a horizon of visibility enabling us to glean a sense of her inner, creative life. We are left to discover the elements which she considered important in rendering form; we find the emphases in her color palette; we realize the compositional strength in her prints. Over the course of thirty-five years, Norma produced a substantial body of work which largely reflects the values and styles taught in early twentieth century America--a body of work which, when reconsidered more than half a century later, emits a freshness once again.

Joby Patterson

Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: The Color Prints of Norma Bassett Hall
March 22—May 20, 2018, Hollensteiner Gallery

Opening reception and Talk by Joby Patterson, Thursday, March 22nd, 5 – 7pm (talk at 6pm)

Also on view
Helen Hyde and the Japanese Print Tradition
March 22—May 20, 2018, Neese Gallery