A suite of summer exhibitions at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, in Maine, include rarely seen works by major 20th century American artists Will Barnet and John Marin, along with an installation by Maine visual artist Dozier Bell.
John Marin: On the Verge of Wilderness (through Aug. 29)
John Marin arrived in Maine in August, 1914 and opened perhaps the most moving chapter in American painting of the twentieth century. He would spend the next four decades finding inspiration in the tides, weather, horizons and experiences throughout the landscapes of Maine. The exhibition features twenty-five rarely seen paintings made during his time along the coast and captures his sense of reverence for the natural forces at play in what he described as “on the verge of wilderness.”
Will Barnet: Family Homage (through Aug. 29)
Will Barnet is a giant in the history of 20th Century American Art. He was widely associated with the most prominent figures in painting spanning several generations and movements, from Stuart Davis and Yasuo Kuniyoshi, to James Rosenquist and Cy Twombly. Entwining figurative and abstract elements with personal and universal themes, Barnet’s practice charts an extraordinary progression through 20th Century American painting. Will Barnet: Family Homage features 29 rarely exhibited paintings drawn from the artist’s most personal body of work, those retained by his family and a foundation created in his name. The exhibition is organized by the Ogunquit Museum of American Art in collaboration with the Barnet Foundation.
Dozier Bell: Land, Sea and Sky (through July 29)
Dozier Bell: Land, Sea and Sky features an installation of ethereal compositions that transcend time and belie their scale. A remarkable painter living and working in Maine, Dozier Bell composes environments both unsettling and sublime, recalling ambitious landscape traditions of the 19th and early 20th century. Born in Lewiston, Maine, Bell has exhibited extensively, and has been recognized with multiple Pollack-Krasner Foundation grants, a grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottleib Foundation, and a Purchase Prize award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.