To mark the 100th anniversary of Andrew Wyeth’s birth, the Brandywine River Museum of Art and the Seattle Art Museum have organized an exhibition of over one hundred of his finest paintings and works on papers selected from major museums and private collections.
Co-curated by Audrey Lewis (Curator, Brandywine River Museum of Art) and Patricia Junker (the Ann M. Barwick Curator of American Art at the Seattle Art Museum), Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect is the first career retrospective of the artist since his death in 2009. This exhibition explores how the artist’s work evolved over the decades and connects him more fully to traditions in American and European art. His career arc is also explored, noting the critical responses to his work, as well as his immense public success. New interpretations are offered on the significance of outside influences on his work, such as film and war, and on the subjects and themes that occupied him throughout his career.
Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect brings together both well-known and rarely seen works created between the mid-1930s and Wyeth’s death in 2009 that reveal the subjects that continually inspired Wyeth and the evolution of his imagery. Organized chronologically, the exhibition examines Wyeth’s unrelenting realism in the context of the twentieth century, looking at how outside forces shaped the artist’s choice of subjects and his approach to portraying the people, places and things that reflect the internal musings of a complicated man. As the exhibition reveals, Wyeth continually pared down his subject matter, iteratively distilling the essence of character—real and imagined—hidden beneath the surface of his subjects. This exhibition, which opened at the Brandywine River Museum of Art in June 2017, followed by its presentation at the Seattle Art Museum beginning in October 2017, introduces Wyeth to new audiences as well as allow those familiar with his work to revisit his contributions to twentieth-century American art.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, published by Yale University Press. The catalogue offers significant firsts in Wyeth studies: it lays out the first detailed timeline of Wyeth’s full career; it presents the first contextual examination of the career decade by decade; and it offers new, in-depth analysis of key aspects of his work by both young and established Wyeth scholars from the U.S. and Japan. The catalogue is intended to be a foundation for subsequent Wyeth studies.
The Message in the Medium in Andrew Wyeth’s Paintings lecture
Thursday, July 27, 6 p.m.
PNC Arts Alive First Sundays for Families
Sunday, August 6, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Free admission all day
Sunday, August 6, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Brandywine Artists and WWI lecture
Wednesday, September 13, 11 a.m.
Andrew Wyeth’s Pennsylvania Portraits lecture and conversation
Wednesday, August 16, 6 p.m.
On Location: Artists at Brandywine
August 18, 19, and 20, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect Evening for Educators
Wednesday, August 23, 6 to 8 p.m.
Wyeth and Watercolor lecture
Tuesday, September 12, 6 p.m.
Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect is generously made possible by The Davenport Family Foundation, Anson and Debra Beard, Jr., The Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation, The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc., Bank of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support was provided by the donors to the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art 50th Anniversary Campaign, The Matz Family Charitable Fund, Sotheby’s and Christie’s. This exhibition is also supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Support of the exhibition’s educational programs is provided by Somerville Manning Gallery.