The Show Must Go on, 2019
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STEVEN VAIL FINE ARTS – PROJECT ROOM TO OPEN EXHIBITION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FIVE YEARS

DES MOINES, Iowa—Steven Vail Fine Arts – Project Room opens its first exhibition in five years—"The Show Must Go On”— October 25th. This group exhibition debuts the gallery’s newly occupied and renovated space in downtown Des Moines’ Fitch Building. “The Show Must Go On” features 14 artists ranging from France to the West Coast and is free and open to the public.


Art et Architecture, 2013
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Exposition: Henry Moore, 2012
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Henry Moore was born during a time of conquest and an era of war. Working independently, but alongside Picasso and the Cubists, Dali and the Surrealists; Primitivism held an untold prominence and influence in the early decades of twentieth Century Europe. Emerging with a distinct, but incongruous view of the horrors of both world wars and their aftermath, Moore began creating soft, vulnerable, feminine distortions of humanity. This exhibition demonstrates Moore’s process of reducing and abstracting his two most prominent subjects, the mother and child and the reclining female form, in terms of style, content and form.

ISBN-10:0983158231

Sourced, 2012
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“Photography cannot record abstract ideas,” states artist Mel Bochner’s work Photography Before the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, 2011, a photograph of a quote from the Encyclopedia Britannica on an index card pinned to a wall. Can photography record abstract ideas? Bochner believes so, printing the photographic image six times, each with a different process, colored from light blue to dark brown, making the viewer question which version most closely resembles actuality. But can reality be captured? Or is a photograph turning our view of a representational world into a distortion of itself, forever changing the meaning and validity of reality? Is photography the trustworthy medium we once believed?

ISBN-10: 098315824X
Selective Color in Printmaking, 2011
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“My colleagues admonish me, ‘paint with colors!’ Isn’t gray a color, too? If I see everything in gray, if within that gray I see all the colors that impress me and that I would like to convey, why should I use another color?” – Alberto Giacometti

When experiencing art, color tends to be the first detail to grab our attention. Selective Color was brought together as an exploration of how using minimal color in reductive art can have a dramatic impact. This exhibition highlights prints by 15 artists from five different countries and their use, consciously or not, of a limited palette.


ISBN-10: 0983158223


Not Vital:dirigerer, 2010
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The portfolio title, dirigerer, translates to “conducted” in Danish. The works included were executed by Vital using actual symphony conductor batons. With each chosen symphony playing, he dipped the tips of the batons into the ink and conducted each symphony himself by drawing on the lithograph stone.  Being a connoisseur of classical music, Dirigerer is Vital’s interpretation of the symphonies. Included are: Sibelius’s Finlandia, Opus 26 and Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Opus 82, Tempo molto moderato; Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Opus 23, In the Wedding Garden and Arabian Dance; and Carl Nielsen’s Maskarade, Overture.
Fred Truck: Anaglyphic and Stereographic Photographs, 2010
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Fred Truck graduated from the Iowa Wesleyan College with everything but an art degree. After beginning his career writing, he ran into a dry spell. Needing a job, Truck opted for printing school in Ankeny, Iowa. There he was allowed free use of the machines and materials, where he could print the books he had been working on. His first book was comprised of an invented language, modern hieroglyphics translated into English. “On one side there would be a bunch of pictures and on the other I would translate them.” He produced a small vocabulary of these little images.  Unknown to Truck at the time, artist books were in demand, and his were attracting attention. He never intended to be an artist, but his books gained recognition in the art world. He was even included in a show exclusively comprised of artist books, where he was introduced to many people, and from there “it really just took off.” Through these books Truck met, Carl Loeffler, who invited him to participate in a project he was running. 



The Prints of Sol  Lewitt, 2010
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LeWitt moved to New York in 1953, a time when Abstract Expressionism dominated with works full of emotion, psychological content and pictorial dynamism. While LeWitt started his career in the 1960s painting in this format, he didn’t continue for long.  LeWitt is known as the Father of both Minimalism and Conceptual Art, movements that led away from the psychological content and gestural form characteristic of Abstract Expressionism. 


ISBN-10: 0983148207


Sculptor's Prints, 2010
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Featuring WILLEM DE KOONING, TONY CRAGG, JIM DINE, MARK DI SUVERO, ANTONY GORMLEY, DAMIEN HIRST, ELLSWORTH KELLY, SOL LEWITT, CLAES OLDENBURG, JAUME PLENSA, MARTIN PURYEAR, UGO RONDINONE, RICHARD SERRA, JOEL SHAPIRO



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Des Moines, Iowa 50309
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