Object of the Month

The Rudolph H. and Fannia Weingartner Collection of Prints by SculptorsTitle: The Rudolph H. and Fannia Weingartner Collection of Prints by Sculptors
Artist: Christo, Richard Serra, Sol LeWitt, Louise Bourgeois, and more
Medium: Various
Credit: The Rudolph H. and Fannia Weingartner Collection of Prints by Sculptors

In a way you already know them. The 60 prints by renowned artists such as Richard Artschwager, Alexander Calder, Dorothy Dehner, Barbara Hepworth, and Claes Oldenburg have enriched exhibitions and the collection at the Block Museum for more than a decade. In the late 1990s Rudolph Weingartner, the dean of Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences from 1974 to 1987, donated a collection of prints by sculptors that he and his late wife, Fannia, had amassed during their time at the University. From the onset the gift was held in joint custody—the Block housed about three-quarters of the artworks, while Weingartner kept the rest at his home in Pittsburgh, although many of those objects made trips from Pennsylvania to Illinois for exhibitions during the last decade.

Now Weingartner has reunited the whole collection by graciously gifting the remainder of the set to the Block Museum. Included are such treasures as a Sol LeWitt woodcut that plays with spatial illusion from the 1982 series Five Forms Derived from a Cube; a monumental color woodcut portrait of Alberto Giacommetti by Red Grooms; a George Segal print made by having a model in blue jeans press up against a specially prepared etching plate; and lithographs by Christo, Henry Moore, Richard Serra, and David Smith.

These works and more are available for viewing by Northwestern students and faculty, outside scholars, and members of the public in the  Block’s Eloise W. Martin Study Center. Appointments are available Mondays through Fridays. Click here, emailprintroom@northwestern.edu, or call Elizabeth Wolf at 847.467.0734 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

Christo, Wrapped Building Project for Allied Chemical Tower, 1991, color lithograph and collage. The Rudolph H. and Fannia Weingartner Collection of Prints by Sculptors, 2001.4.6.