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'COMING OF AGE' EXHIBIT
COMES TO UK ART MUSEUM

By Ralph Derickson

Artwork by Ludwig Bemelmans
Ludwig Bemelmans (American, b. Austria, 1898-1962)
Madeline and Pepito
Oil on panel, 29 15/16 x 24 1/8"
Bequest of George and Susan Proskauer, June 17, 1992

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A few artists have chosen not only to portray children, but also to return to a childlike state while making their art. Some create art that is stylistically inspired by children's art, such as the playful doodles of Miró.

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Feb. 8, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Children have fascinated artists for centuries-as tiny adults, as symbols of innocence, as illustrations for stories. "Coming of Age: Images of Childhood from the Collection" shows the various facets of childhood, as viewed through the eyes of adult artists. The exhibition at the University of Kentucky Art museum opens Feb. 10 and runs through June 30, 2002.

All manner of children-joyful, tearful, posed, and mischievous-captured in a multitude of media-paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture-from many different time periods are represented in "Coming of Age. "

A few artists have chosen not only to portray children, but also to return to a childlike state while making their art. Some create art that is stylistically inspired by children's art, such as the playful doodles of Miró.

The toys that artists make for children also provide insight into the adult view of childhood.

Some of the well-known works in the exhibition include Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline and Pepito, Dupré's In the Pasture, Mary Cassatt's Quietude, Alice Neel's Victoria and the Cat, and photographs by Doris Ulmann, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Van Deren Coke, Marvin Breckinridge, Larry Clark and Robert C. May.

The University of Kentucky Art Museum is open noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday and noon to 8 p.m. on Friday; closed Monday and university holidays.

For general museum information, contact Jane Boswell at (859) 257-5716. Please visit our website at www.uky.edu/ArtMuseum.


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