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Midwest Modern
The Color Woodcuts of Mabel Hewit

Edited by Jane Glaubinger

Midwest Modern: The Color Woodcuts of Mabel Hewit is the first book showcasing the work of an important modernist printmaker.

An Ohio artist, Hewit (1903-1984), who came of age in the 1920s, was well aware of European modernism and other contemporary trends and worked in both representational and abstract styles. A printmaker of distinction, Hewit’s inventive woodcuts of real life scenes and subjects describe the world in joyful color with an immediacy that belie their small size. Early in her career she learned the white-line color woodcut technique from its most famous practitioner, Blanche Lazzell. She explored and perfected this technique for the rest of her professional life. Her subject matter reflects local Ohio scenery, visits to Provincetown, the environs of the Summer School of Painting (Ox-Bow) in Saugatuck, Michigan, and travels to Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean.

Published in association with the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Jane Glaubinger is curator of prints at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Over the 35 years she has been at the museum, Glaubinger has organized more than 60 exhibitions, enhanced the museum’s collection of prints, and lectured widely. Among her publications are Modern Masterworks on Paper from the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Paper Now: Bent, Molded, and Manipulated; and Dorothy Dehner: Drawings, Prints, Sculpture.

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