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Mannerism and Modernism: The Kasper Collection of Drawings and Photographs
January 21 through May 1, 2011

Hans Hoffmann, An Affenpinscher (detail), 1580, watercolor and gouache on vellum. Kasper Collection, New York.

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The Morgan Library & Museum presents over one hundred drawings and photographs from the collection assembled by American fashion designer Herbert Kasper—known simply as Kasper. The collection, exceptional for its distinctive character and superb quality, is being exhibited to the public for the first time.

The unusual, tripartite nature of the holdings is a testament to both Kasper's personal taste and his desire to build a truly unique collection. It is focused in three areas: sixteenth- and seventeenth-century old master drawings from the Mannerist period, modern and contemporary drawings, and photography. Most of the great Mannerist draftsmen—primarily Italian but also Northern European—are represented, including Perino del Vaga, Polidoro da Caravaggio, Giorgio Vasari, and Hendrick Goltzius.

Equally impressive is the selection of modern and contemporary drawings, featuring works by Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Henri Matisse, Jean Dubuffet, Richard Serra, Ed Ruscha, and others.

Photographs constitute the most diverse portion of Kasper's collection, with excellent prints by major historical figures, in addition to numerous works by emerging artists. The photographs span the early twentieth century to the present, chronicling the evolution of the medium through works by Constantin Brancusi, Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jenny Holzer, and many more.

Related Programs:

Docent Tours
Guided tours of the exhibition Mannerism and Modernism: The Kasper Collection Drawings and Photographs are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. beginning February 22. For more information, please call (212) 685-0008, ext. 561.

Family Program
Tear it Up and Stick it Down: Create with Collage
Saturday, January 29, 2–4 p.m.

Photographer's Eye Gallery Discussion
Tuesday, February 15, 6:30 p.m.

Gallery Talk
Mannerism and Modernism: The Kasper Collection of Drawings and Photographs
Friday, March 4, 7 p.m.

Adult Workshop
The Power of Paper: A Collage Experience
Friday, March 11, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe
Friday, March 11, 7 p.m.

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