Eye of the Beholder – The Sculpture and Early Prints of Nathan Oliveira offers a fascinating glimpse into the significant artistic accomplishments of a pivotal post-war artist. This survey of Oliveira’s early printmaking career bridges astonishing early work from the late 1940s and traces his artistic development through the 1950s and 1960s. These lithography works are dramatically paired for the first time with later bronze sculptures that provide perhaps one of the most unique and insightful views into the creative contributions of the artist.
Printmaking was much more than a sideline production for Nathan Oliveira. It was in fact a central part of his artistic development throughout his long career. As testimonial, Oliveira was the youngest artist to be included in the 1959 New Images of Man exhibition at NYMOMA, and soon after he turned away from painting to devote himself completely to printmaking. Sourcing rare and well-known works generously loaned from private collections and the Oliveira estate, this exhibition promises an unequalled view of the lithography and sculpture of Nathan Oliveira.