Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Haggerty Museum of Art, Selections from the Mary and Michael J. Tatalovich Collection

Sometimes you know an artist's work. Sometimes you know an artist. How many serious art collectors do you know?

Georgie became acquainted with Mary and Michael Tatalovich partly because they work out at the West Allis Athletic Club, where she does, and as library patrons. Since Georgie knew Michael requested magazines such as "Art Forum," art became a topic of casual conversation during workouts, and she learned that the Tatalovichs shared interests in music, opera, and ballet as well.

Therefore, when we learned that the Haggerty Museum of Art was going to have an exhibition showing drawn from Mary and Michael's fine art print collection (which is to be donated to the Haggerty), we had to go.

It really is a very interesting exhibit. Not least, it made me wonder what the Tatalovich's house is like, and where on earth they keep their collection, since a lot of the pieces on display are quite large, some in excess of four feet on a side--.

Logistics aside, the Tatalovich's collection includes works from the 1960's to the present day. The exhibit includes their first purchase, a black and white etching by Leonard Baskin, titled "Edvard Munch," a 1964 print they purchased in 1965. As the exhibition catalog notes, "Within the diversity of the collection, there are certain proclivities for large-scale and brightly colored works and, most often, for artists that are less than shy about hue."

This is certainly true. The exhibition is notable for pieces such as Ellsworth Kelly's "Purple," which is a roughly four by three foot chevron of the title color. There are also very intricate works such as Chuck Close's portrait "John".

There are many well-known artists included in the collection: Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Alexander Calder are all represented. As well, there were many artists that were new to us, but whose works were equally interesting. If you are at all interested in contemporary art, or the various forms of printmaking, this is a very good exhibit for you.

The exhibition continues through August 5. Admission to the Haggerty Museum is free, although donations are appreciated.

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