Caprice and Influence

Black Box Theater, IMU
125 North Madison St., Iowa City

In the early to mid eighteenth century, the Italian artists Giovanni Tiepolo of Venice and Giovanni Piranesi of Rome created some of the most intriguing and enigmatic prints of the era. Sixty years later in Spain, Francisco de Goya produced the renowned sequence of eighty prints he called caprichos enfáticos (“emphatic caprices”). These strange and highly original works have influenced many artists in their wake. This exhibition explores “caprice” as a genre, and features the museum’s rare editions of Tiepolo’s Vari Capricci, Piranesi’s Le Antichità Romane, and Goya’s Los Caprichos and Los Desastres de la Guerra. Alongside these masterworks are watercolors and prints—by present-day artists Keith Achepohl and Enrique Chagoya—that are characterized by adaptations of the resonant characteristics of caprice as practiced by the earlier Italian and Spanish artists.

The exhibition is curated by UIMA Senior Curator Kathleen A. Edwards. Generous loans to the exhibition are provided by Keith Achepohl, Mary Jo Arnoldi and Craig Subler, and the Burling Library at Grinnell College.

Funding for the exhibition was provided in part by the Richard V. M. Corton, MD, and Janet Y. Corton Exhibition Fund; the John S. and Patricia C. Koza Art Exhibition Fund; Ruth Ann and John L. Bentler; Alan F. and Ann B. January; Ruth Brooks Muir; Carrie Z. Norton; Charles J. Krogmeier and Nancy J. Richardson; Richard H. and Mary Jo Stanley; and W. Richard and Joyce P. Summerwill.


Capriccios I–XII

Keith Anden Achepohl (American, 1934– )

Capriccios I–XII

, 1995
Watercolor, 17 1/4 x 13 1/4 in.
Gift of Randall Hamilton and Bruce Hughes, 1999.174D