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Wall sculpture created from red book ends arranged in open circle

 Unbound: The Art of Deterioration

Unbound presents the work of twelve artists working with books, book materials, and the printed page to re-imagine the communicative power of the composite parts of these objects. Through the manipulation of book spines, cloth coverings, and text blocks, these artists create new possibilities for processing and presenting information.


Image of abstract print by Marguerite Saegesser with central circular shape in black and white with teal background and yellow and red elements. On the right is a black and white monotype by Michael Mazur that looks like almost like an x-ray of a branch.

Making an Impression: Printmaking Possibilities

Drawn entirely from the de Saisset Museum's permanent collection, Making an Impression celebrates the expressive potential for artists to “make their mark” on paper through various printmaking processes. This exhibition features over 30 artworks, including pieces by Kathryn Kain, Enrique Chagoya, Marguerite Saegesser, Inez Storer, Pablo Picasso, and Joan Miro.

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Making an Impression: (left) Marguerite Saegesser, Concentric Circles Scratched Bold from the Air #365, 1985, monotype, Patrick Surgalski or Scott Greenede printer, Smith Andersen Editions, Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, Smith Andersen Editions Archive, Gift of Paula and Phillip Kirkeby, 3.1102.1986; (right) Michael, Mazur, Bonsai A, 1997, monotype, Kathryn Kain printer, Smith Andersen Editions, de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Smith Andersen Editions Archive, Santa Clara University, Gift of Peter Kirkeby, 3.1.1999

Rotating Images: Fletcher Benton, Going Around the Corner with X, 2008, painted steel, Gift of the artist, with assistance from Paula Kirkeby, in honor of William Rewak, S.J., 2013.4.1. Monica Lundy, Ladies of the Barbary Coast, 2014, 22 kt. gold, 16 kt. gold, 11 kt. gold, white gold, pulverized charcoal, mica flake, coffee, gouache, acrylic medium on Arches paper mounted on panel, 61 x 82 x 2 in., Courtesy of the Nancy Toomey Fine Arts. Class visit to the museum's collections storage vault with Professor Karen Fraser. Photo courtesy Chuck Barry.




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