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A PASSION FOR PRINTS

ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY
This is a wonderful exhibition of prints that ranges widely and freely over Old Master and contemporary territory. The late F. Paul Norton began the collection, acquiring such etchings as Rembrandt's great "Christ, With the Sick Around Him, Receiving Little Children" (better-known as the "Hundred Guilder Print") and a spellbinding Piranesi "Prison" that disconcertingly reveals a classical sculptural frieze surrounded by gruesome torture instruments. Fortunately for us, in the Norton family the love of prints was passed on from father to son. Frederick P. "Nick" Norton joined his father in the acquisition of the peerless "Melancholia" by Durer and the same artist's "The Prodigal Son," who in this version is greeted by a family of friendly pigs. They also acquired more recent works together, notably a brooding portfolio of moral fables by Georges Roualt. More shakily perhaps, the younger Norton ventured into contemporary prints by such moderns as Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella and Jasper Johns. But excellent choices in prints by Sam Francis, Richard Diebenkorn, Philip Pearlstein and Leonard Baskin (with that old favorite, "Hanged Man") more than balance things out. Among these 50 prints are also two Buffalonians: Frank Eckmair and Harvey Breverman. Both are represented by oldies but goodies.

The exhibition continues in the Clifton Hall Link of the Albright-Knox through Sunday (882-8700).
-- Richard Huntington

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