Currier Museum of Art Presents Evolution of a Shared Vision
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MANCHESTER, NH — An extraordinary collection of prints and drawings, carefully assembled over a 50-year period by long-time New Hampshire residents David and Barbara Stahl, is on view for the first time at the Currier Museum of Art.
The earliest prints are by some of the most important old master print-makers including Dürer, Rembrandt, and Callot. The strength of the collection is in American twentieth-century prints and drawings by internationally-known artists such as Edward Hopper, John Sloan, and Reginald Marsh. Also notable is an exquisite group of impressions by German Expressionist artists George Grosz, Erich Heckel, Max Beckmann, and Emil Nolde.
As young collectors in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Barbara and David Stahl sought out the sage advice of Charles Buckley, director of the Currier from 1955 through 1964. The union of Mr. Buckley’s art historical knowledge and academic acumen and the Stahls’ passion for the arts and willingness to learn were the guiding forces from which this distinguished collection was formed.
David Stahl encourages young art appreciators to begin collecting. “When we started collecting, there were many surprising purchases made for modest sums. It’s not so easy for young collectors now, but there are younger artists working in various print media, and older artists as well, many of whose works are affordable for serious collectors of limited means,” said Stahl. “There are still opportunities out there, and the quest itself is rewarding.”
Evolution of a Shared Vision is now on view through Jan. 3, 2010.