The University of San Diego is celebrating summer with a new exhibition featuring more than 30 works, including a group of California landscape prints; early linocuts and lithographs by Belle Baranceanu, a key figure in printmaking in San Diego, and a significant group of images by European artists associated with Art Noveau.
The exhibition opened July 18 and runs through Sept. 5 in USD’s Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Galleries in Founders Hall.
The images in The Cutri Gift: A Summer Celebration of Recent Acquisitions are part of a much larger gift from Albert and Sharon Cutri, longtime patrons and supporters of the San Diego museum community.
“Few gifts of art in recent memory can rival the donation of almost 150 singular works from the Cutris’ personal collection,” announced Derrick Cartwright, director of University Galleries. “Because of their discerning tastes and philanthropic instincts, the University Galleries can now boast of numerous ‘firsts’ for our collection: the first print by Anders Zorn, the prolific Swedish etcher of the late 19th and early 20th centuries; the first significant group of images by European artists associated with Art Nouveau; the first group of early California landscape prints; and the first lithographs and linocuts by Belle Baranceanu — a key figure in the history of printmaking in San Diego.”
The gift also includes a large group of lithographic posters by David Lance Goines, the Berkeley-based artist who is a favorite of the Cutri family. More than 75 unique prints by Goines offer a nearly complete survey of his career.
“The Cutris assembled this ambitious group of modern images with great care and with special strengths in the area of California prints and printmakers. Albert, an admired oral surgeon, and Sharon, an artist herself, have taken great pleasure living with these prints and now they enjoy the idea that they will be used in our teaching mission,” Cartwright added. “It is with much appreciation that we thank Albert and Sharon Cutri for sharing their love of prints with the students, faculty, staff and visitors at USD.”
USD’s Print Collection has virtually doubled in size over the past two years. This growth is due to the extraordinary generosity of collectors who have seen the merit of the university’s endeavor to connect audiences to the finest original prints — woodcuts, engravings, etchings, mezzotints and other specialized media.
— Liz HarmanThe Cutri Gift: A Summer Celebration of Recent Acquisitions
Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Galleries in USD’s Founders Hall
July 18 through Sept. 5
Monday through Friday, noon to 4:30 p.m.
More Information: www.sandiego.edu/galleries or call (619) 260-7516
Image credit: Dear, Belle Baranceanu, c. 1936 – 1937, linocut