Heckscher Museum of Art

Huntington, Long Island, NY




Jane Wilson: Land, Sea and Sky


The bleak days of February will be brightened with the brilliant light and color of Jane Wilson's landscapes of Long Island. Opening at the Heckscher Museum of Art on February 3 and running through April 15, 2001, Jane Wilson: Land, Sea and Sky showcases the artist's radiant views of the Island, particularly the East End where she has resided since the 1950s. The exhibition of more than 30 paintings is organized for the Heckscher by Chief Curator Anne Cohen DePietro and will travel to the DC Moore gallery in Manhattan following its Huntington showing. DePietro also wrote the introduction to the exhibit's richly illustrated catalogue, a publication which includes an extensive interview with Wilson by Justin Spring.

Regarded as among the deans of American landscape painting, Jane Wilson grew up in an Iowa farming community where changing weather conditions were much noted and discussed. Given this background, Wilson developed a strong attachment to the ephemeral qualities of changing weather and also gained a profound appreciation of nature as an event. While her work has evolved over the years from austere to lush and light filled landscapes, her paintings continue to celebrate times of day, the seasons and the weather. (left: Darkness, 1997, oil on linen, 60 x 60 inches)

Wilson's paintings are as much about recalling place-oriented memories as they are about method. In a recent interview she remarked, "the place is everything as far as I'm concerned."

Following her move to New York, the fabled light of Long Island's East End began to assume a major role in her paintings. Each work may bear a title allusive of the East End, however these landscapes, with their low horizon lines, expanses of water, and depicting nature in microcosm, are universal enough to have been from almost anywhere.

The Heckscher is sponsoring several lectures and workshops that will serve to illuminate the works on view in Jane Wilson: Land, Sea and Sky. Among these programs are two children's landscape workshops (February 21 and 22), a four-part adult art history series exploring American landscape art of the 20th and 21st centuries (beginning February 23), a discussion of the atmospheric meditation of Jane Wilson's landscapes (February 26), a teacher's workshop demonstrating how the works on view may be integrated into school curriculum (March 7), and a talk by the artist (March 12).

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