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Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints from the Albertina

  • Apr 28, 2013 · 1:30 PM
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Albrecht Durer is considered the Leonardo Di Vinci in Germany and his genius is well known and respected throughout the world. And this current exhibition is very rare and invaluable considering the fact that Albertina Museum not only has one fo the largest collection of Durer's works, but also some of his best drawings are shown in this exhibition. It truly is a shame if you miss out on this exhibition. I post the link here if you want to find out more about the exhibition.
http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/durerinfo.shtm
I hope those who love drawing can go and see the exhibition. I've seen it twice already, and still will go a few more times...just love the drawings and etchings.

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  • Michelle

    We missed you, Regina, and thank you for coordinating this event for the rest of us!

    April 29, 2013

    • Regina

      All credit for the event goes to simpleman, whom I thank for putting this event together. Glad it was fun for everyone!

      May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yay espresso group! Not that I had an espresso, but luckily I was granted membership anyway :-) very fun chatting. To be continued, I hope!

    April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was nice meeting people at the exhibit, wish I could have joined the espresso group but had to leave a bit early. I notice there's a meet up planned for the zoo in May -- just thought I'd mention that Durer might be a good artist to study/copy for that one. Lots of animals in his work, including a drawing of a lion he made from life of an animal in Ghent in the local prince's zoo.

    April 29, 2013

  • Wen

    Thank you all for coming to the event!! It was a great great pleasure talking to some of you over an espresso. I apologize for missing some of you, and not texting back to some of the texts sent to my phone. I am not good with texting (extremely slow to text, that's why rarely text). Again, thank you everyone for making this event so enjoyable!!

    April 29, 2013

  • Brent

    Pretty Good, Especially if you a had a chance to catch some of the curator's tour.

    April 28, 2013

  • Regina

    How was the exhibit?

    April 28, 2013

  • Brent

    The three of us are heading inside the exhibit

    April 28, 2013

  • Brent

    A group of us is gathered outside the constitution ave entrance

    April 28, 2013

  • Wen

    Hi Everyone,

    Here is my cell #[masked]-4728. Feel free to give me a call for the meetup on Sunday. I'll be at the entrance at around 1:30 pm at the West buidlding.

    April 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Okay, maybe I'll do that too! Look for me in a teal (blue-green) shirt and jeans! There aren't a lot of photos here, so I'll do my best looking for people!

      April 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm going to wear a little name tag ...

      April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not sure whether the gallery will allow you to bring your own stool or not, even if it's small. If you bring one, be prepared to leave it in the checkroom if the guard objects. The gallery provides its own small stools for its events, but I've never seen anyone be permitted to use any kind of furniture without a permit, includes camera tripods also.

    April 28, 2013

  • Michelle

    Another FYI: if you are getting to NGA by Metro, there are likely delays due to single-tracking and maintenance. http://wmata.com/rider_tools/metro_service_status/rail_Bus.cfm?

    April 28, 2013

  • Michelle

    Hmm...Regina, I hadn't thought about needing a seat, but you're right, standing and drawing might be kind of hard. Is everyone bringing a folding chair?

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    But i will be late

    April 28, 2013

  • Michelle

    Hi, all:

    I checked out the NGA policies and no items larger than 17x26 in. can be accommodated into the gallery. I guess that means the larger 18x24 sketch pads and portfolios cannot enter. I thought I'd mention this just in case. Also, no backpacks and no tripods. Rest of the policies are here: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/visit/museum-policies.html

    I look forward to seeing everyone!

    April 27, 2013

    • Regina

      17X26 means you could bring in those tiny triangle seats.

      April 28, 2013

  • Regina

    I'm so jealous of you guys .. I will be stuck inside tomorrow. What a great way to break out the sketchpad for springtime!

    April 28, 2013

  • Wen

    Hi Michelle,

    Thanks for the heads up. small hand carry bags are allowed. I usually carry a satchel with me when I visit the gallery. Look forward to meeting everyone tomorrow. Rumor has it that the weather will be terrific for an outing.

    April 27, 2013

  • Wen

    for those who have signed up for the event, I will post my contact phone number here for meetup. The exhibition is in the East building. However let's meet at the main entrance of the West building. We then can walk via an underground concour to the East building. If people are interested in a post visit gathering over an espresso, we can do so at the cafe in the East building. Look forward to meeting those who have signed up!!

    April 23, 2013

  • Wen

    Aletha,

    Thank you very much for the advice. I do study the old masters' drawings from books, and draw (doodlle rather) as much as I can. This is how I learn. At this stage, I am only drawing with pencil, trying to learn all the basic about drawing before moving on to different mediums. I think interacting with real people of the same interest can help my learning tremendously as well. I really appreciate your advice!!

    April 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Other general advice: focus on the THING -- not on your drawing. However, when you are looking at your drawing, ask analysis questions "what shapes is this thingy" and "how does 'this' contour relate to 'that' contour. Put lines down where you think they belong. Point and shoot, trusting your sensibilities and make corrects with the same point and shoot instinct. When dealing with tone, ask what's the darkest dark, and you work back from that. The "darkest dark" equals the tone your tool can make which will correspond to the darkest dark that you're going to be able depict, so if you're using a pencil because Durer is using watercolor or ink (in engravings) you are allowing that your darkest dark might be lighter than whatever you're looking at and you make adjustments in the overall scale and definition of tones. If you do a few rehearsals ahead of seeing the exhibit, you can compare those drawings with Durer's originals for fun.

      April 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If you decide to imitate Durer's graphic techniques (his parallel and/or concentric lines, hatchings, cross-hatchings, etc.) it's a good idea to have a crib sheet to practice the graphic devices separately just to get the hang of them. So that's just a sheet of marks of different kinds. Similarly you can take one of his drawings apart in terms of contour, tonality and graphic or textural effects -- doing separate drawings for each one: one set of doodles of the whole (contour studies); one set of rehearsals of tonal patterns (with less emphasis on line -- would be a very different way of thinking about Durer-the-Line-Guy; crib sheets of graphic devices, and later you can try putting it all together. The regular rehearsals and then the "dress rehearsal" ....

      April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Simpleman, My advice regarding the Durer exhibit is to look at a preview of the exhibit to get an idea in advance of what you’d like to draw. Then working from a reproduction, make some drawings at home that can prepare you for copying at the museum. Think of them as rehearsals. The Washington Post has a preview online & you might be able to find others. WaPo reports that the Gallery borrowed most of the famous Durer drawings, so even just looking at a Durer book, the odds of your choosing one that’s in the exhibit are quite good. Durer is one of the best draughtsman ever, his drawings are very complex and most of the works exhibited were probably created over significant periods of time. So you can make some decisions ahead about your own goals – maybe to concentrate on a part of an image (example, drawing just the lion in the Jerome engraving) or to draw the whole of something but in a sketchy way. Continued

    April 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Part 2: Similarly if you draw, say, the roller, you need to decide whether to use color or just black&white. If color, you need to figure out how to simplify the process since you have to stand and hold your materials in a fine balancing act in contrast to Durer who was probably working comfortably at a table. I wouldn’t rule out color, but you need to keep it simple. Options for color include colored pencils (particularly the “watercolor” pencils), oil pastel, or water soluble crayons. To take advantage of the “watercolor” aspect of soluble materials in the gallery you’re going to have to rely on saliva …. just saying. But it works, I’ve done it many times! No liquid media are permitted. Also note that all of the Durer works previewed in the WaPo link can be located in larger resolution elsewhere.

      April 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      April 20, 2013

  • Wen

    Hi Aletha,

    could you bring some of your drawings to the meetup to share with us and gives us some tips as to how to improve. Just by looking at your paintings and sketches, I know you can offer us some excellent tips. Look forward to meeting you!!

    April 19, 2013

  • Regina

    I like your blog, Aletha. My fav is the cherry blossoms.

    April 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you very much, Regina.

      April 19, 2013

  • Regina

    I saw this and was considering it, but I am heading to Italy late Apri to mid May

    April 18, 2013

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