Major Exhibition Opening at the Farnsworth: Pushing Boundaries— Dine, Graves, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg and Rosenquist —Collaborations with Donald Saff

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  • March 28, 2016

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Robert Rauschenberg, Eco-Echo VIII, 1993, aluminum, sonar-activated motor, bicycle wheel, galvanized-steel windmill hardware, street signs, screenprinted acrylic, and hand-painting on aluminum and Lexan, 88 1/2 x 73 1/2 x 26 1/2 inches. Collaboration: Donald Saff, Nick Conroy, Ken Elliott, Patrick Foy, George Holzer, and Conrad Schwable; assisted by Tim Amory, Maggi De Lamater, and Madeleine Shinn.

On Saturday, June 18, the Farnsworth Art Museum will open a major exhibition of collaborative works from some of the great names in contemporary American art. The show, entitled Pushing Boundaries: Dine, Graves, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg and Rosenquist—Collaborations with Donald Saff, will be on display in the museum’s Morehouse wing through January 22, 2017.

In the 1960s, artist and master printmaker Donald Saff created a printmaking atelier unlike any other in the country. In launching his first collaborative venture, Graphicstudio, in 1968, he invited and encouraged nationally prominent artists to think three-dimensionally with printmaking. His intent was to encourage them to work collaboratively and produce works that were mixtures of painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. For decades, Saff has worked closely and intensely with world-renowned artists as they navigated the journey from conception to finished product, offering solutions and ideas that helped bring their work to the public eye. Thus he became a catalyst for the fusing by young artists of some of the most adventurous and provocative works of their time. Among the artists whose works will be included in the Farnsworth Art Museum exhibition are Jim Dine, Nancy Graves, Roy Lichtenstein, Philip Pearlstein, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist and James Turrell.

One of the exhibition’s Lead Sponsors is Camden National Bank. “Major exhibitions such as this require tremendous support,” commented Farnsworth Director Christopher J. Brownawell. “We’re delighted to once again have Camden National Bank, a major financial institution, as Lead Exhibition Sponsor for such an important show.”

“We understand the importance of supporting the arts in our communities, and we are proud to once again partner with the Farnsworth Art Museum to make major exhibitions like these accessible to everyone,” said Gregory A. Dufour, president and chief executive officer of Camden National Bank. “Through this show, we are able to bring these artists to a new generation and give us all the opportunity to appreciate their work and their impact on art and on our history.”

The opening will be celebrated at a members’ preview and reception which will take place on Friday, June 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Lead Exhibition Sponsors for Pushing Boundaries are Camden National Bank, Down East magazine and Mrs. F. Eugene Dixon. The exhibition is also sponsored by Hampton Inn & Suites – Rockland/Thomaston.

Nancy Graves (American, 1939- 1995) Unending Revolution of Venus, Plants, and Pendulum, 1991- 1992 Cast and welded bronze, brass, stainless steel, steel, aluminum, enamel, and brass clockworks 97 x 71

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The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s ongoing role in American art. It offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 15,000 works in the collection. The Farnsworth has one of the largest public collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson, while its Wyeth Center features works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. The National Register-listed Farnsworth Homestead; the Olson House, a National Historic Landmark; and Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists complete the museum complex. Please visit for more information on current exhibitions, programs and events.

David Troup
Farnsworth Art Museum

Farnsworth Art Museum
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Rockland, Maine
About Farnsworth Art Museum

Celebrating Maine’s Role in American Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists. With 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 10,000 works in the collection, there is always something new on view at the Farnsworth. The museum houses the nation's second-largest collection of works by premier 20th-century sculptor Louise Nevelson. Its Wyeth Center exclusively features works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth. The Farnsworth's library is also housed in its Rockland, ME, campus. Two historic buildings, the Farnsworth Homestead and the Olson House, complete the museum complex.

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