Used as a noun, the term cream may be defined as
“The very best of a group of people or things.”
(The Oxford English Dictionary.)
Curator Stephen Schudlich
Exhibition Wednesday, July 11 – Saturday, September 7, 2018
Reception Friday, July 13, 5-8 pm
Gallery Talk Thursday, July 26, 6 pm
Glenn Barr, Gary Baseman, R.O. Blechman, Marc Burkhardt, Roz Chast, Seymour Chwast, Sue Coe, Josh Cochran, Joan Cornella, Henrik Drescher, Gérard DuBois, Brad Holland, Anita Kunz, Ross MacDonald, Greg Mably, Luc Melanson, Mark Murphy, Joel Nakamura, Victo Ngai, C.F. Payne, Yuko Shimizu, Owen Smith, Gary Taxali, Mark Todd, Mark Ulriksen, Armando Veve, Esther Pearl Watson, Ellen Weinstein, and James Yang.
The goal of this exhibition is to bring together a group of celebrated illustrators, and to allow an opportunity for the public to view this work in the historic space of one of Detroit’s most revered supporters of the visual arts. The exhibition includes some of the very best of today’s practicing illustrators.
Curator Statement | Stephen Schudlich
It is the expressed narrative quality of illustration that separates it from its older relatives, drawing and painting. This is not say that it is not either of these. It is, and it often ventures into other mediums of expression such as collage, printmaking, and photography as well. The mission of illustration is to illuminate a concept, a text, a product, a service, or a process. It’s not created for ornamentation alone. It is in every sense an applied art. The group of artists (and make no mistake, they are true artists) in this intimate sharing represent some of the most talented of image makers. In assembling the pieces, I sought to select an engaging range of work that showcased both a progressive style as well as a bit of a nod to history. The full list is exhaustive. There are many who could hang in this collection.
Image: © Gary Taxali, NO, 2018
More than 50 artists signed up to accept the challenge to paint or draw an original work of art between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm on July 28th. When the artists returned their work, it was then installed in the lounge–wet–immediately followed by its reception. This great community effort has now resulted in our lounge walls covered with gorgeous, spontaneous landscapes and cityscapes.
Joe Dewey, Marine Works, Mixed media, 2018.
In the historic room, you’ll find works from the Scarab Club’s permanent collection, including an original Robert Hopkin. Hopkin was one of Detroit’s leading painters in the mid to late 19th century in Detroit, producing seascapes, landscapes and decorative works, including the interior of the Detroit Opera House (1869). In 1907, the Detroit Museum of Art held an exhibition in his honor, at which time his fellow artists founded the Hopkin Club, which later became the Scarab Club.