Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas
collage of works by Albert Bloch

Albert Bloch: Prints and Drawings

January 25 - July 6, 2014 | Gallery 318

Albert Bloch (1882-1961) was the sole American artist affiliated with the Blaue Reiter (the Blue Rider), an important group of innovative artists active in Munich, Germany, from 1911 to 1914. Bloch, who traveled to Germany to create drawings and caricatures for the Saint-Louis-based weekly, Reedy's Mirror, was invited to exhibit with the Blaue Reiter by Vasily Kandinsky. He became well acquainted with Kandinsky and other members of the Blaue Reiter, forming an especially strong friendship with Franz Marc.

Throughout his residence in Germany (1909-1922), Bloch was active in painting, drawing, and printmaking. All of his thirty-seven known prints were made while he was in Germany, and all thirty-seven will be exhibited at the Spencer Museum of Art, thanks to generous loans from the Albert Bloch Foundation.

After his return to the United States around 1921, Bloch taught for one year at the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago. In 1923, he accepted a position as full professor in the department of drawing and painting at the University of Kansas, where he worked until his retirement in 1947. In addition to the prints already mentioned, this exhibition includes drawings from throughout Bloch’s career, most of them loans from the Albert Bloch Foundation. On the occasion of this exhibition of prints and drawings, we will also share several of Bloch's paintings owned by, or on loan to, the Spencer Museum of Art.

This exhibition was originally scheduled to coincide with an anticipated exhibition of Bloch's paintings and watercolors at the Lawrence Arts Center but logistical considerations dictated an earlier date for our part of this joint effort; more information about the Lawrence Arts Center exhibition will be forthcoming.


Public Programs

2.15.14
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Activity: Drawing Your World
10:30 – 11:30 AM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 318
Led by art educator Scott Barber, participants in today's adventure tour the Albert Bloch exhibition, learning about the role of sketches in the creation of artwork. The activity begins with a sketching exercise that leads to a finished painting. Ideal for children ages 5-8 and their chaperones.
3.27.14
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Gallery Talk: Albert Bloch
10:00 – 11:00 AM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 318
Albert Bloch: Prints and Drawings is the focus of this discussion led by Spencer Museum docent Sharyn Brooks Katzman. Senior Sessions are open to everyone but designed with the comfort of senior citizens in mind.
4.9.14
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Gallery Talk: Albert Bloch: Prints and Drawings with Stephen Goddard
5:30 – 6:30 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 318
Explore the Albert Bloch exhibition with the curator as your guide. This intimate and informal session invites close study of works on paper by Albert Bloch, a former KU professor and the sole American artist affiliated with the Der Blaue Reiter (the Blue Rider), a group of innovative artists active in Munich, Germany, from 1911 to 1914. This is a qualifying event in Visual Art for students seeking Arts Engagement Certification.