M. Hanks Gallery Presents
Prints by the Masters
June 18 to August 20, 2005
Seminar, “Understanding Prints”
Sunday, June 26, 3-5pm

3008 Main St., Santa Monica 90405
Contact: Eric Hanks
310/392-8820, Fax 310/392-3968
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Ed McCluney, "Vincent," etching, 17 x 14 inches.

SANTA MONICA, CA -- Lithographs, linocuts, serigraphs and etchings by Henry Tanner, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Charles White, William Pajaud, Phoebe Beasley, Romare Bearden, Walter Williams, Ed McCluney and others are included in Prints by the Masters at M. Hanks Gallery, 3008 Main Street (between Pier and Marine streets), Santa Monica, California, June 18 to August 20, 2005. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. In addition, a seminar titled Understanding Prints takes place in the gallery on Sunday, June 26 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. There's a $25 fee to attend the seminar.

Most of the best African American artists also are printmakers. Indeed, some of their most powerful statements are made in this medium. For example, in 1946 and 1947 Elizabeth Catlett, under a Julius Rosenwald grant, executed her famous I am the Black Woman series, depicting the various contributions to American society made by African American women. Two linocuts from that series are included in this show.

Also included in the exhibition is a portrait of a mysterious man named Vincent by Ed McCluney, an etching by Romare Bearden showing a small band playing jazz, and an etching executed in 1910 by Henry Tanner that depicts the Disciples watching Jesus walk on water.

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