June 10–October 3, 2010
Warrington Colescott is the premier satirical printmaker working in the United States, employing his sharp wit and vivid imagination to interpret contemporary and historical events in the tradition of William Hogarth, Francisco de Goya, Honoré Daumier, and George Grosz. He is internationally respected for his exceptional command of complex techniques and for his unique practice of cutting intaglio plates to silhouette compositional elements.
The Milwaukee Art Museum has the largest collection of work by Colescott. Warrington Colescott: Cabaret, Comedy & Satire will highlight the Museum’s rich holdings and celebrate sixty years of Colescott's print production. The Museum and the University of Wisconsin Press collaborated to publish the catalogue raisonné of his printed oeuvre—The Prints of Warrington Colescott: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1948–2008—which is available in the museum shop and from booksellers. The 352-page catalogue documents and depicts all 354 of Colescott's editioned prints, providing title, date, media, dimensions, and selected exhibition history and collections for each print, along with comments and anecdotes by Colescott and author Mary Weaver Chapin.
Warrington Colescott: Cabaret, Comedy & Satire is curated by Mary Weaver Chapin, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings.Sponsored by
Warrington Colescott, (American, b. 1921) The History of Printmaking: Picasso at the Zoo, 1978
Soft-ground etching, aquatint, and sugar-lift aquatint, with vibrograver, and relief rolls through stencils, printed in color on cream Arches paper. Gift of family and friends in memory of Barbara P. Coffman, M1984.26