Exhibits Nationwide - December 2017
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware
"An American Journey: The Art of John Sloan"
Through January 28, 2018
American artist John Sloan (1871-1951) enjoyed a long career in New York City. But, he also became known as an important member of the Santa Fe art colony during summers. "An American Journey" is a major retrospective exhibition, including nearly 100 examples of Sloan's work, spanning the years between 1890 and 1946. Beginning with his early days as an illustrator in Philadelphia, the show moves chronologically and geographically, providing multiple examples of Sloan's work as a painter and etcher throughout his career. Artwork includes images from New York City, summer views of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and wonderful depictions of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The retrospective presents drawings, prints, paintings and a variety of archival studio materials.
The Delaware Art Museum holds the largest collection of work by John Sloan, as well as a rich trove of his archival materials. The exhibition is drawn from this important collection, donated to the museum by the artist's widow, Helen Farr Sloan.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
"Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art"
Through January 7, 2018
"Wild Spaces, Open Seasons" is an exhibit of some 60 paintings and sculptures depicting outdoor scenes--primarily hunting and fishing--dating from the early nineteenth century and into the twentieth century. According to the curator, the works on display comprise some of the finest examples of this genre, and show their influence on the history of American art. Indeed, the Amon Carter Museum has put together works by an illustrious roster of artists, many of whom are not usually associated with hunting scenes, such as Thomas Cole, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, George Bellows and Marsden Hartley. But it also showcases those whose reputations were made in the genre, with key pictures by such favorites as Charles Deas, Alfred Jacob Miller, William T. Ranney, and Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait.
"Caught on Paper"
Through February 11, 2018
CONTINUED: An accompanying exhibit, "Caught on Paper," highlights over thirty works on paper from the Amon Carter’s permanent collection. Showcasing watercolors and prints that also feature outdoor scenes with depictions of hunting and fishing, this exhibit includes works by Winslow Homer, Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, and Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
"Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting"
Through January 21, 2018
Now on view in the West Building,"Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry" is a survey of the artistic exchanges among Dutch Golden Age painters from 1650 to 1675. Many scholars agree that this was a high point for Dutch art, a period of supreme technical skill and mastery at depicting domestic life (genre painting).
The 65 paintings on view are presented according to theme, composition, and technique. The curator strives to show how the artists might have been inspired and challenged by the sense of competition at the time, heightening the output to a virtuosic level. In addition to Johannes Vermeer, the contemporaries included in this exhibit are Gerard ter Borch, Pieter de Hooch, Nicolas Maes, and Jacob Ochtervelt, among others.
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
"The Wyeths: Three Generations"
Through January 28, 2018
This is a wonderful exhibit of 74 paintings and drawings by three generations of the Wyeth family and was made possible through the Bank of America’s “Art in Our Communities” program. All the works on display are held in the Bank of America Collection. "The Wyeths: Three Generations" is described as a survey of artwork by artist/illustrator N.C. Wyeth, his son Andrew, and Andrew’s son Jamie, with additional works by Andrew’s daughter Henriette Wyeth and her husband, Peter Hurd.
Location is important to the legacy of the Wyeth family of artists. N.C. Wyeth first made his name as a versatile artist and illustrator. In the early 1900s, he moved to Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, where he built a house and studio. Later, he bought a sea captain’s house in Maine and added a studio to the property, which he subsequently shared with his family members. Andrew, known for his tempera and watercolor paintings in the American realist tradition, is closely associated with the rural, coastal Maine location. But his sister, painter Henriette Wyeth, and her husband Peter Hurd both carried on the realist tradition while focusing on different subject matter from their home and studio in southeast New Mexico.
Today, Andrew’s son Jamie Wyeth maintains both Wyeth studios of Pennsylvania and Maine. His paintings in oil and mixed media continue in the best of the Wyeth family’s traditions in realism, with a mix of his own personal wit.
Seattle Art Museum
"Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect"
Through January 15, 2018
This is a major traveling exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth. We covered this exhibition in the last issue after it opened at the Brandywine River Museum. But, for those of our readers closer to the Northwest, we wanted you to know that it has now opened at the Seattle Art Museum.
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington
"The Dynamic American West: Highlights from the Haub Family Collection"
Through January 28, 2018
The Haub Family amassed one of the most important collections of Western art, with works representing a period of some two hundred years. A compilation of old and new art, the entire collection was recently donated to the Tacoma Art Museum. This exhibit offers a sampling of art from the Haub Family Collection that includes paintings, works on paper, and sculptures. The Dynamic American West: Highlights from the Haub Family Collection, features an interesting range of western scenes that mix early works by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, W.R. Leigh, and Charles Russell, with contemporary images by artists such as Bill Schenck, Ed Mell, Clyde Aspevig, and John Nieto. If you make it to the Tacoma Art Museum, it’s worthwhile to stop by to also see a complementary special exhibition, "Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting."