Daniel Heyman’s Amman Portfolio will be on view in Impressions of War at the Saint Louis Art Museum, opening August 5, 2016 through February 12, 2017.
The exhibition also features three additional series of prints by artists whose works also respond to the darker side of war and its aftermath. Produced in the 1630s, Jacques Callot’s Miseries of War established a tradition that inspired many artists after him, including Goya. Max Beckmann’s portfolio Hell, 1919, scrutinizes the bloody political clashes and material hardship that afflicted Berlin in the months following World War I. The most contemporary work in the exhibition, Amman Portfolio, 2006, by Daniel Heyman, features eight descriptive drypoint portraits with fragments of the traumatic content from interviews he was invited to witness of Iraqi citizens who had been detained and tortured in the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
Impressions of War is curated by Elizabeth Wyckoff curator of prints, drawings, and photographs; Leah Chizek, research assistant, and Ann-Maree Walker, senior research assistant, and Gretchen Wagner, Mellon Fellow for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. It is organized as a counterpart to the upcoming exhibition Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan, which opens October 16 in the Main Exhibition Galleries.