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Andrew Wyeth’s 100th Birthday Celebration

Andrew Wyeth’s 100th Birthday Celebration

Join us as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Andrew Wyeth. The monumental exhibition Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect will be on display and the Post Office will have the official release party for a set of 12 Andrew Wyeth Forever® stamps, featuring an unveiling with distinguished guests, special activities and café menu, and lots more.


Schedule of Events

United States Postal Service Dedication of 12 Andrew Wyeth Forever® Stamps
11 a.m.
Free

Andrew Wyeth Studio Tour – Celebrating Wyeth’s 100th Birthday
The tour leaves every 30 minutes between noon and 3:30 p.m.
$5 per person; free for members
Tour the artist’s studio on his 100th birthday. Andrew Wyeth, one of America’s best-known twentieth-century artists, painted many of his most important works of art in his Chadds Ford studio. Given to the Brandywine River Museum of Art by the artist’s wife, Betsy James Wyeth, the studio provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience this very personal space. This studio served as the artist’s principal Pennsylvania workplace from 1940 to 2008. Thousands of paintings and drawings were created there, inspired by the people, architecture and landscapes of Chadds Ford. The studio still houses the furnishings, library and collections acquired by the artist, as well as examples of the art materials he used throughout his career.
 

Watercolor Demonstration
12–2 p.m.
Free
Featuring Deena Ball and Mick McAndrews, members of the Philadelphia Water Color Society, who will demonstrate watercolor media and techniques.

Stamp-making activity
12–2 p.m.

Free
Design your own postage stamp sticker in honor of the release of the Andrew Wyeth Forever® stamps.

WYETH documentary film preview
12:30 & 2:30 p.m.

Free
WYETH is a documentary feature film that uses Andrew Wyeth’s life’s work to tell the story of his life’s search for “mad freedom and excitement with truth.” This stunningly beautiful film will look at a modern painter everyone thought they knew and understood. Once and for all, we take the full measure of an artist who, despite enormous visibility, spent a life revealing his true self to only a select few. Much like the rooms and windows Andrew Wyeth explored in many of his paintings, our film will explore both an internal and external journey.  WYETH will premiere on the prestigious PBS series American Masters.


Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) lived in Chadds Ford while typically spending each summer and early fall in Maine. In both places, he was inspired by the lives, houses, and personal belongings of the people around him, finding particular interest in the German immigrants on a nearby Chadds Ford farm, painting portraits of them and views in and around their home. By the 1940s, the tendencies that define much of his work were taking shape, among them a focus on death and loss; the uses of places and objects to serve as stand-ins for people, and intense and unsentimental scrutiny of nature, and an often startling austerity and stark lack of color. Rather than depict nature with photographic accuracy, Wyeth used painting to convey emotions that were difficult to put into words. His work often reflected memories, associations, and echoes from his personal life, including his own distinctive sense of the wondrous and the strange.

The exhibition Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, on view on view from June 24 through September 17, is the first chronological retrospective of the artist’s career since the 1970s. The exhibition is co-organized by Seattle Art Museum and includes over 100 of his finest paintings and works on papers selected from major museums and private collections.