Poster maker's work on display at Flinner


March 08, 1991|By Donna Peremes


505 N. Charles St. "Leonetto Cappiello and the French Poster -- 1900-1940."

Though Leonetto Cappiello was Italian, not French, he was one of the leading figures in the school of French poster makers. In a sense he is probably most representative of the craft, as he was among the first to design posters as posters, rather than translating images or bringing sensibilities from another medium. The artists who produced these works were not the starving sort, as they earned a handsome living enticing the French public to buy such products as wine, liqueurs, and cigarette papers. In a manner typical of the genre, Cappiello would often use eye-catchingly bright colors against a field of black. His "green devil" piece is a classic of the school, says gallery owner Craig Flinner. Call 727-1863.


University Union Gallery. "Disentangling From Dreams."

The title of this exhibit (through April 5), a combined thesis presentation by photographer Mary Skeen and sculptor Nicole Fall, was taken from one of Ms. Skeen's featured works. The piece combines a 6-foot black Plexiglas sculpture and black-and-white photography, an effect which "certainly dissolves the boundaries" between the two mediums, Ms. Skeen says. She and Ms. Fall decided to show their work together because their stylistic sensibilities are complementary. "Nicole's work is very organic -- her sculptures almost look like underwater life," Ms. Skeen says, while her own work is mostly of a stark, linear nature. Call 830-2808.


1 E. Mount Vernon Place. "Un Ballo in Maschera"

It was a happy coincidence that this exhibit of ball masks, bas reliefs, and landscapes (through April Fool's Day) was available for display during the Baltimore Opera's production of "Un Ballo in Maschera." The works, mostly handmade paper and forged steel, were created by Amy Ruopp, a former student at Maryland Institute, College of Art. She was drawn to the light, versatile qualities of paper as a medium during her school days, and for the themes of her work, was inspired by a recent trip to Northern Italy, says Peabody archivist-curator Elizabeth Shaft. The "joyful, powerful" creations suggest much of the spirit of the Carnival of Venice, she adds. Call 659-8257.


City Park, Hagerstown. Clutz Retrospective.

New York City street scenes are William Clutz's stock-in-trade, and about three-quarters of this exhibit (through March 28) consists of these signature works. While lots of human figures populate the scenes, the lives portrayed rarely connect -- a hallmark of Clutz's paintings and pastels of the genre. Many have read this as a commentary on urban isolation, but the artist himself differs, having once said, "every person is born alone, lives alone, dies alone. . . . This is what [existential] liberation is all about; when you live your own life, you are alone. . . . that's man's basic condition. And expressing that basic reality is certainly a function of painting." Call 739-5727.

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