Exhibition: William Hogarth’s Etchings

October 10, 2014 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Sacramento Poetry Center Gallery
1725 25th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
Ray Tatar

California Stage will sponsor a retrospective exhibition of 18th Century English artist William Hogarth’s etchings as a commemoration of the artist’s death 250 years ago this October. The event, entitled William Hogarth at 250, will open Friday October 10th and continue through November 8th.

William Hogarth
The Painter and His Pug by William Hogarth.

Best remembered for his moralistic series’ The Harlot’s Progress and The Rake’s Progress, Hogarth’s keenly observed pictorial critiques of 18th Century British life set the stage for modern political cartoonists the world over. His focus on the London middle class and working class experience, popular amusements, and personalities such as actor David Garrick give us a glimpse into lives rarely chronicled while demonstrating the satirical edge and dramatic flair now so essential to visual social critique.

This month, local collector and California Stage Producing Artistic Director Ray Tatar will show 55 etchings attributed to Hogarth including his portrait of actor David Garrick as Richard III, Strolling Actresses in a Barn, The Distressed Poet, and The Enraged Musician. Mr. Tatar will give special educational tours of the works on the two Second Saturdays during the exhibition.

The exhibition will be open to the public free of charge Fridays and Saturdays 6:30-9:30pm, and Sundays 12:30pm-4:00pm, from October 10th to November 8th in the Sacramento Poetry Center Gallery at the R25 Arts Complex in Midtown. The gallery is located at 1725 25th Street, Sacramento, California 95816. Call 916-600-9536 for more information.

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