Unsold Studio

What to Paint and Why

Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibition Catalog 

68 page, perfect-bound book with letterpress cover, 2013

Unsold Studio is very excited to be working with the Cranbrook Art Museum, creating a catalogue for the forthcoming exhibition, “What to Paint and Why: Modern Painters at Cranbrook, 1936 – 1974”. The exhibition is curated by Chad Alligood, the museum’s 2012-2013 Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections Fellow, and it will run from Friday, June 14, through Sunday, October 13, 2013.

A little bit more about the exhibition: “Painters at midcentury faced fundamental questions of their medium: realism or abstraction? Flatness or depth? Intimacy or grandeur? At Cranbrook Academy of Art, such questions emerged through the productive tension between the styles of its early painting instructors: Zoltan Sepeshy and Wallace Mitchell. Mitchell arrived at Cranbrook in 1936 to serve as an instructor under Sepeshy, the department head. Voluble, colorful, even intimidating, Sepeshy’s bombastic temperament matched the tenor of his gritty, expressive paintings. Mitchell’s meditative abstractions, by contrast, seem to index his even-keeled reticence. This exhibition mines the dynamic contrast between these two foundational figures in Cranbrook’s history from Mitchell’s arrival to Sepeshy’s death in 1974, tracing the effects of their legacy through their own work and that of their students—several of whom went on to careers of national renown.”