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Preliminary studies for the New York World's Fair and original lithographs of Boulder Dam and other national engineering projects are now on display in Robinson Hall, main building of the Graduate School of Design.
The plans for the World's Fair were made available through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and include maps of the area to be used, together with preliminary sketches of the landscape and architectural development of the proposed area.
The lithographs are by William Woolett and they provide a graphic record of Boulder Dam and other national projects from their conception to completion.
Thirty-five prints are included in the exhibit, forming a record of the construction of the all-American Canal, the Boulder Dam Transmission Line, the Colorado River Aqueduct, and the San Francisco Bridges. These scenes were visited by Woolett over a period of five years, so that the various stages of the project might be sketched.
A selected group of the works of Hans Boehler and Karl Hofer make up the current exhibition at the Germanic Museum, which will run until Saturday, December 19.
Boehler, though highly regarded in Central Europe, is an artist comparatively unknown to the American art public. Following the lead of Cezanne, Gaugin, Picasso, and Matisse, his paintings have a hazy quality which make them difficult to understand at first glance. With a little study, however, the colors come out with a vibrancy which is usually found only in stained glass windows or a mosaic.
Hofer is a painter well known in America, for he was the Carnegie prize winner in 1934. An extreme pessimist, and a man deeply disturbed by the chaos of modern Europe, he fills his work with stark, dead creatures and gaunt, expressionless figures which reflect all too clearly his outlook for the future.
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