Moishe Smith

Intaglios from a Master Printmaker
January 13 - February 12, 2011

2011 Moishe Smith

Director's Note

Do a web search for the words, “Moishe Smith artist” and you are faced with over ten pages of entries about the man and his artwork; the exhibitions, the awards, the collections and museums, and the current market prices for his work. Clearly this artist has a long line of credentials.  

Here is an example of one entry that popped up repeatedly: 

Moishe Smith (1929 -1993) was one of the most accomplished etchers of the 20th century, as technically sophisticated as Whistler, but with the vigor of an American regionalist. His honors included both Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships and his work is in many public collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Metropolitan Museum, the Galleria Degli Uffizi in Florence, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

This exhibit of 23 prints is on loan courtesy of Carolyn Waller Smith and the artist’s estate. It maps his work chronologically from his early prints of the 1950’s to the end of his life and shows the full breadth of his artistic vision. Smith is best known for his highly detailed and finely crafted images of the natural world. He used the full range of possibilities with the intaglio process such as line and texture, aquatint, dry point, soft ground and mezzotint. He also emphasized pentimento in his process, allowing earlier states and marks to remain on the plate.

As head of printmaking at Utah State University (USU), Logan, Utah, from 1977- 1993, Smith taught legions of students with his keen eye and gentle manner. I came to know Moishe Smith as my major professor and the head of my graduate committee, when I received my MFA in printmaking at USU. Smith was an old world style artist; steeped in the craft and mystery of printmaking, but also knowledgeable about art history and the greater world. He had a profound effect on the direction of my life. I felt fortunate to be able to study with him then and I am honored and inspired to speak about his work during a lecture in the Apex Gallery on Friday, January 28. I will be joined by Carolyn Waller Smith. 

Deborah Mitchell, Director -- APEX Gallery

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