Enrique Pascual Monturiol, Spanish, 1886 – 1933. Three Blacksmiths at Work, n.d. Charcoal on paper 17 x 23 in. On loan from the Farrell-Herrick Collection

Drawn to Collect: Selections from the Farrell-Herrick Collection of Drawings

May 13, 2023 - August 20, 2023

Temporary Exhibition Gallery

This exhibition highlights selections from Detroit-based collectors Michael Farrell and Marc Herrick. Collecting together for 20 years, and individually before then, the two have amassed an ever-growing assemblage of artworks across an array of mediums, including paintings, drawings, prints, glass, ceramics, and silver. The artworks included in this exhibition, just a portion of their collection, reveals the pair's interest in the intimate and personal aspect of drawings. During the Renaissance, drawing became the foundation for the academic principles of art. Before artists learned to paint, they learned to draw. This tradition continues today and allows an artist to experiment, study detail, and draft out the main structure before arriving at the definitive work, or it can be the finished piece itself.  Drawn to Collect includes preliminary sketches, landscapes, portraits, and narrative scenes from the Farrell-Herrick collection by artists including Isabel Bishop, Reginald Marsh, John Koch, and more.

From the Exhibition

  • George Henry Boughton, American, born Britain , 1833 – 1905. Portrait of a Young Man, ca. 1850s. Graphite and watercolor on paper 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.  On loan from the Farrell- Herrick Collection

  • Theophile Alexandre Steinlen, French, born Switzerland, 1859 – 1923. Mother Holding Two Babies (with sketch on verso), n.d. Graphite, charcoal, and pastel on paper. Framed: 18 x 15 1/2 in. On loan from the Farrell- Herrick Collection