Master Strokes

The Akron Art Museum lands a rare glimpse of Escher

Starting this week, the Akron Art Museum offers an exclusive opportunity to survey the breadth of M.C. Escher's four-decade career. Impossible Realities showcases 130 of the artist's finest works, starting with his early book plates, moving on to landscapes, tessellations, and impossible worlds, and concluding with his final 1969 print, "Snakes." Featured are such instantly recognizable works as "Drawing Hands," as well as the extremely rare lithographic stone used for the making of "Flatworms." The exhibition comes from the Herakleidon Museum in Athens, Greece, which houses one of the world's largest collections of Escher's work; Akron is one of only two U.S. venues to host it. The Impossible becomes reality with an opening party on February 11, and the exhibit runs through May 29. Also featured: Unfolding Space, a show by Cleveland artist Sarah Kabot, whose work is inspired by Escher. February 12 through June 11. The Akron Art Museum is at 1 South Main St. For information, call 330-376-9185 or go to — Elaine T. Cicora

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