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‘Envisioning Evil: The Nazi Drawings’ on exhibit at Baker Museum through February 19, 2023


On exhibit now through February 19, 2023 at the Baker Museum of Art are selected drawings of Mauricio Lasansky from his series entitled Envisioning Evil: The Nazi Drawings. Crafted from graphite and charcoal, asphaltum turpentine, and red and white wash, the series of 33 raw and haunting monumental drawings is making its first comprehensive exhibition since its inaugural tour over 50 years ago.

Lasansky was born in 1914 in Argentina to Jewish immigrants. In 1943, he moved to the United States, where he subsequently forged a flourishing career as a printmaker and draftsman, first in New York and then from studios in Iowa and Maine. His work often explored themes of war and violence.

Coinciding with the televised trial of the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in 1961, Lasansky began a series of monumental drawings to grapple with the Holocaust. Confronted with the atrocities, he said, “I was full of hate, poison, and I wanted to spit it out.” The Nazi Drawings is his visceral response to the horrors committed in Nazi concentration camps.

Envisioning Evil: The Nazi Drawings is organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art and lent to the Baker Museum of Art by The Levitt Foundation. The exhibition is curated by Rachel McGarry, Ph.D., Elizabeth MacMillan chair of European art and curator of European paintings and works on paper at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The presentation of this exhibition at Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum, and is curated by Rangsook Yoon, Ph.D., curator of modern art.

November 10, 2022.

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