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First Major Museum Exhibition of Audrey Niffenegger, Visual Artist and Best-Selling Author of The Time Traveler’s Wife

Apr 23 2013

Fantastic, surreal, and mysterious world reflects Niffenegger’s ability to craft powerful narratives in pictures and words

WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) presents Awake in the Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger, the first major museum exhibition of visual artist and author of The Time Traveler’s Wife. In this mid-career retrospective on view June 21–November 10, 2013, Niffenegger reveals a mysterious, strange and whimsical world, both real and imagined, through 239 paintings, drawings, prints and book art.

“Niffenegger’s captivating narratives, presented in both images and words, give insight into universal experiences such as the need and fleeting nature of love, the inevitability of death and the peculiar sensation of the passage of time,” said Krystyna Wasserman, exhibition curator.

Niffenegger’s fantastical body of work is reminiscent of renowned pen and ink predecessors such as Edward Gorey, Aubrey Beardsley, Egon Schiele and Horst Janssen but with a brutally honest and unapologetically female perspective that touches upon the universal trials of life—death and decay, love, jealousy, redemption and constant change. Her works on paper, lithographs and aquatints reflect the often surreal narratives of her artist’s books. Through self-portraiture, she reveals her own self-assurance and whimsy alongside anxiety and loneliness often exploring the hopeless struggle with what Shakespeare called “this bloody tyrant, Time.”

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