By Show and Tell
By Bree Davies
By Bree Davies
By Cory Casciato
By Emilie Johnson
By Robin Edwards
By Bree Davis
By Josiah M. Hesse
As indicated by the title, Drewes had a Bauhaus connection, having trained at the legendary German art school and studied with Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky. He immigrated to the United States in 1930 -- long before World War II, but just before the Nazis attacked the radical school and ultimately shut it down.
Drewes first landed in New York, where he taught at Columbia University, then went to St. Louis, where he taught at Washington University. He died in 1985. The artist never lived in Colorado, but his son, Harald Drewes, does, which explains the presence of his father's work hereabouts during the last decade.
The Lakewood show is made up mostly of hand-pulled woodcuts that survey the artist's entire sixty-year career, with the oldest things dating to his days at the Bauhaus and the newest created just a year or two before his death. Drewes first worked in an expressionist style that he applied to views of buildings or to the landscape, as seen in "Trees in Moonlight" (above), a 1932 woodcut. He did this kind of expressionism right up to the 1960s, when he developed a second stylistic phase: geometric abstraction, which he did in the '70s and '80s (when he was in his seventies and eighties). This later work is his best -- and, oddly, his most Bauhaus-y.
The compelling Werner Drewes is set to close on March 28, so there's plenty of time to go see it.