The Baum Gallery of Fine Art at the University of Central Arkansas has announced the opening of Improvised Intaglio: Jirí Anderle Prints from the Baruch Foundation, an exhibit of 20 works by the Central European master printer. 

The exhibit will be on view at the Baum Gallery from Jan. 13 through Feb. 24, 2011. Openings are scheduled from 4-6 p.m. Jan. 13 and 2-4 p.m. Jan. 16. Receptions and exhibits are free. The public is invited. 

Gallery hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays for receptions only from 1 to 5 p.m. For directions and more information, log on to

Jií Anderle studied painting and graphics at the Academy of Visual Arts in Prague, Czechoslovakia, graduating in 1961. He then traveled internationally, working as a technician and actor in the state-sponsored Black Theater Troupe before returning to Czechoslovakia to pursue his craft. His travels introduced him to modern and contemporary art and influenced his developing aesthetic.  

He is one of several artists discovered by Anne and Jacques Baruch in their 1968 visit to Prague during the Dubcek era’s"Prague Spring" of cultural exchanges. Throughout the Cold War, the Baruchs transported art supplies and encouragement, and purchased work by artists who were not sanctioned by or registered with governmentally-recognized unions (such asAnderle), then returning to the States to organize exhibits featuring the rich artistic production of Cold War Central European artists.

Prints became Anderle’s dominant form of expression through much of his career. The adversity of being an artist in a Community society that forbade direct social criticism steered him into a body of work that is courageous in its commentary about the human condition, and timeless in its devotion to old Master printmaking. By fabricating strange characters that symbolize larger themes, Anderle explores the struggle between good and evil, past and present, life and death, illusion and reality, and love and hate. The conditions are the subject of series in Anderle’s work, which he refers to as cycles. Prints from nine different series are present in the exhibition: Antiquity, Relations, Illusion and Reality, Games, Vanitas, Carpe Diem, and tributes to Old Masters such as Michelangelo, Albrecht Durer,Hieronymous Bosch, and Cranach.