In the mid-1940s, Walter Inglis Anderson carved over 300 large scale linoleum blocks reflecting the flora and fauna of the Gulf Coast, along with fairytales from around the world. Anderson is considered the first artist to create such large scale works out of linoleum, predating Pablo Picasso’s blocks by several years.
The linoleum blocks were used until 1985 when they were replaced with screen prints. Carolyn Fournier Anderson, daughter-in-law of Walter Anderson, took on the enormous task of converting the blocks into screens and ensuring that their images could be shared with the world for years to come.
This exhibition of block prints is a collaboration and conversation between Walter Inglis Anderson, Carolyn Anderson, and five regional contemporary artists. Each artist was provided a block print - printed in a soft lilac ink - and invited to decorate or alter it in their own style, echoing a decades-long tradition of artists and collectors adding color to their own Walter Anderson block prints. The resulting one-of-a-kind artworks are for sale benefitting both the artists and the Walter Anderson Museum of Art.
A special thanks to the Family of Walter Anderson for their support of this project.
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