DeKALB – “Made in Brazil”, an exhibition of prints by international artists from the collection of Robert Bornhuetter, professor emeritus in printmaking from Northern Illinois University School of Art, will be on display at The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, through May 30.
Bornhuetter took 12 trips to Brazil between 1986 and 2003. The multiple trips allowed him to make friends, meet other artists and exchange thoughts on artistry in general, he said.
“I became familiar with the culture and assorted geographic sites that I acquired a sense of belonging and to this end, I started to collect art works,” he said. “The atelier/gallery I was dealing with in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is Glatt/Ymagos, and is a haven for artists from Brazil and international environs as well. I started to exchange prints with other artists to reflect the diversity of styles and to have examples on hand.
“The artists I have picked to represent various styles are Jose Guyer Salles, Eduardo Iglesias, Marcia Novaes, Wylma Sedys, Cecilia Suzuki, Ignacio Rodrigues, Renina Katz, Henry Vitor, Nelson Godoy, Guillermo de Faria, Barbara Xumaia, several others and a few of my own.
“The exhibition consists of lithographs, intaglio and serigraphs all printed by hand, however, the atelier has moved from hand printing to digital printing, such as giclee. In reality, many of the old printmaking arts are quietly disappearing from the stage of artistry.”
The Art Box is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.