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Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect

June 24, 2017 to September 17, 2017
Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009). Winter, 1946, 1946, tempera. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh. ©2017 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009). Winter, 1946, 1946, tempera. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh. ©2017 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) Siri, 1970, tempera on panel, collection of the Brandywine River Museum of Art. © Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) Siri, 1970, tempera on panel. Purchased for the Museum by John T. Dorrance, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Felix du Pont; Mr. and Mrs. James P. Mills; Mr. and Mrs. Bayard Sharp; two anonymous donors; and The Pew Memorial Trust, 1975. © Brandywine River Museum of Art

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009). Pentecost, 1989, tempera. © 2017 Andrew Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Private Collection

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009). Pentecost, 1989, tempera. © 2017 Andrew Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Private Collection

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009). Evening at Kuerners, 1970, drybrush watercolor. © 2017 Andrew Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Private Collection

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009). Evening at Kuerners, 1970, drybrush watercolor. © 2017 Andrew Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Private Collection

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009). Spring Fed, 1968, tempera. © 2017 Andrew Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Weiss

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009). Spring Fed, 1968, tempera. © 2017 Andrew Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Weiss

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009). Maga's Daughter, 1966, tempera. © 2017 Andrew Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Private Collection

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009). Maga's Daughter, 1966, tempera. © 2017 Andrew Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Private Collection

Adam

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), Adam, 1963, tempera on panel. Gift of Anson McC. Beard, Jr., 2002.  © Andrew Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009). Chester County, 1962

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009). Chester County, 1962, drybrush watercolor. © 2017 Andrew Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Fowler

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009). Frog Hunters, 1941, tempera. © 2017 Andrew Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Private Collection

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009). Frog Hunters, 1941, tempera. © 2017 Andrew Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Private Collection

To mark the 100th anniversary of Andrew Wyeth’s birth, the Brandywine River Museum of Art and the Seattle Art Museum will organize 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 will be the first in-depth chronological examination of Wyeth’s career since 1973. This exhibition will explore how the artist’s work evolved over the decades and will connect him more fully to traditions in American and European art. His career arc will also be explored, noting the critical responses to his work, as well as his immense public success. New interpretations will be 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 will bring 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 will examine 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 will reveal, 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 will open at the Brandywine River Museum of Art in June 2017, followed by its presentation at the Seattle Art Museum beginning in October 2017, will introduce Wyeth to new audiences as well as allow those familiar with his work to revisit his contributions to twentieth-century American art.  

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue, which will be published by Yale University Press. The catalogue will offer significant firsts in Wyeth studies: it will lay out the first detailed timeline of Wyeth’s full career; it will present the first contextual examination of the career decade by decade; and it will offer 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.

 

This exhibition is generously made possible by The Davenport Family Foundation, Anson and Debra Beard, Jr., and Bank of America.

Additional support is provided by the donors to the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art 50th Anniversary Campaign, The Matz Family Charitable Fund, Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

Support of the exhibition’s educational programs are provided by Somerville Manning Gallery.