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- In celebration of Andrew Wyeth's 80th birthday
and in recognition of his important contribution
- to our cultural community, the museum is organizing a special exhibition,
Andrew Wyeth at 80.
- Mr. Wyeth is recognized as the reigning American Realist painter working
today. The exhibition
- will include more than twenty watercolors, drybrushes and temperas
painted throughout the
- course of his long and distinguished career, beginning in the 1930's.
The focus of the exhibition
- will be on the artist's work in Maine.
- July 12, 1997 marks a significant milestone in the American art world--Andrew
Wyeth's 80th birthday. The exhibition, which will span the six decades
of his career, will be on view from Mr. Wyeth's birthday in July through
October 13, 1997. Andrew Wyeth at 80 will be one component of a
state-wide program of events focusing on Andrew Wyeth's life and career.
- Andrew Wyeth is recognized as the reigning American Realist painter
working today. He is part of an impressive artistic lineage including his
father, N.C., and his son, Jamie. All three
- generations have divided their time between Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania,
and the coast of Maine. The landscape around the family home in Cushing,
Maine is a continual source of inspiration in
- Wyeth's work.
- Andrew Wyeth at 80 celebrates Wyeth's contributions
to American art with more than twenty watercolors, drybrushes, and temperas
painted throughout the course of his long and distinguished career, beginning
in the 1930s. The exhibiton, which focuses on the artist's work in Maine,
will show the full range of his interests by including landscapes, interiors,
- Works from the Museum's collection provide the core of the exhibition,
spanning from Bridge at Martinsville (1939) to Maine Room (1991).
- Other works include Lawn Chair, seen above, Master Bedroom
(1965), and the majestic tempera River Cove (1958). A selection
of paintings centered on the Olson family and their farm will also be featured
including a rare, early self-portrait, The Revenant, (1949), showing
the artist in the Olson Homestead.
- To kick off this exhibition, the Museum will celebrate with a huge
birthday party on the evening
- of Friday, July 11 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with free admission for all.
In addition, on Thursday,
- May 8 at 7 p.m., author Richard Meryman will discuss the intriguing
life and work of Andrew
- Wyeth, as discussed in his much-heralded biography, Andrew Wyeth: A
- Richard Meryman is a former Life magazine journalist whose new biography
is the result of more
- than 30 years of close access to Wyeth and his circle of friends, family,
and observers. Tickets are
- $10 for Museum members and $15 for non-members, available at the Museum.
These events will
- contribute to a state-wide celebration as the Farnsworth Art Museum
in Rockland, Maine also
- celebrates Wyeth's birthday with events and an exhibition of his work.
- Above right, Lawn Chair, 1962, drybrush and graphite on paper,
22 x 15 inches, The Joan Whitney payson Collection at the Portland Museum
of Art, lent anonymously
- Above left, Ravens Grove, 1985, tempera on panel, 31 x 27 5/8
inches, gift of Elizabeth B. Noyce
- Right, Fields of Broad Cove, Broad Cove Farm, 1941, watercolor
on Arches paper, 29 1/4 x 41 5/8 inches, Portland Museum of Art, gift of
Elizabeth Foster Mann in memory oif Maximilian and Elizabeth Dickson Foster
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