The Flight exhibition comes from a portfolio of prints organized by Varian Fry in 1964 and completed in 1971. Based on the theme of flight to reflect the plights of refugees and the hope of a new life, Fry assembled a portfolio of 12 established artists, some of whom he helped bring to the United States. Flight is comprised of eleven original lithographs and one original serigraph by twelve internationally renowned artists. All plates were destroyed after the artist printing and include a variety of illustrations from abstraction to figurative works; the portfolio consists of 250 signed and numbered prints.
Artists in the exhibition:
Eugene Berman (Russian 1894-1972)
Marc Chagall (French/Russian 1887-1985)*
Alexander Calder (American 1898-1976)
Adolph Gottlieb (American 1903-1974)
Wifredo Lam (Cuban 1902-1982)
Jacques Lipchitz (French 1891-1973)*
André Masson (French 1896-1987)
Joan Miró (Spanish 1893-1983)
Robert Motherwell (American 1915-1991)
Maria Elena Vieira Da Silva (French/Portuguese 1908-1992)
Edouard Pignon (French 1905-1993)
Fritz Wotruba (Austrian 1907-1975)
*Artist aided by the IRC in escaping France during World War II
Flight is owned by The International Rescue Committee (IRC), an organization that responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.