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The Worlds of M. C. Escher: Nature, Science, and Imagination

When: Oct. 17-Jan. 17 2016

THE WORLDS OF M.C. ESCHER: NATURE, SCIENCE, AND IMAGINATION

NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART, RALEIGH

SATURDAY, OCT. 17–SUNDAY, JAN. 17

M.C. Escher's art school superintendent declared that the new graduate lacked "the right artistic temperament. His work is too cerebral, neither emotional nor lyrical enough." It was not the last time this sort of charge would be leveled at the Dutch artist. Escher may lack lyricism, and he may be more cerebral than soulful or expressive, but he was every bit the tortured artist. During his formative years, he devoted himself to the painstaking art of woodcuts, was unrequited in love and perennially short on cash. Fortunately, to inspire him, there was the unforgiving landscape and architecture of Southern Italy and, later, Spain, specifically the hypnotic geometric patterns left by the Moors at Alhambra. Despite the international acclaim he eventually achieved within his lifetime, Escher is rarely included in the precincts of high art. Perhaps this exhibit at NCMA will offer a new perspective on a man whose work often incorporated multiple perspectives in a single frame and who delighted in visual paradox. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Thurs. and Sat.–Sun.; 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri., $12–$18, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, 919-839-6262, www.ncartmuseum.org. —David Klein

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