Farnsworth Opens First of five Andrew Wyeth at 100 Exhibitions

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  • March 17, 2017

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Andrew Wyeth, Dr. Syn, 1981 tempera on panel. The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection © 2017 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

On Saturday, March 25, the Farnsworth Art Museum, in Rockland, Maine, will open the first two in a series of five exhibitions to mark the centennial of Andrew Wyeth’s birth. Andrew Wyeth at 100: Dr. Syn will be on display in the museum’s Wyeth Study Center Gallery through September 9, and Andrew Wyeth at 100: Maine Drawings will be on view in the museum’s Hadlock gallery through December 31. Both shows feature rarely-seen and privately-held works many of which will be new to Farnsworth visitors.

Andrew, Wyeth, Far from Needham Study, 1966 pencil on paper. The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection © 2017 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

The first of these two exhibitions is Andrew Wyeth at 100: Maine Drawings. Drawings are a little-seen but vital aspect of Andrew Wyeth’s work. From his earliest stirrings as an artist, Wyeth made pencil sketches, and under the tutelage of his father, famed illustrator N.C. Wyeth, became a gifted draftsman. His drawings were sometimes simple observations of the world around him, or elements of space and perspective in the scene before him, but often they were a part of a careful and often extensive preparation for making paintings. This exhibition explores the range and scope of Wyeth’s drawings over the course of his career.  Primarily from the collection of Andrew and Betsy Wyeth, they offer a rare opportunity to see the work of one of America’s most talented draftsmen.

In making his 1981 tempera Dr. Syn, Andrew Wyeth employed his long-standing working method of making study after study as part of determining what his finished painting was to be.  In Dr. Syn, in the collection of Andrew and Betsy Wyeth, the artist created many drawings and watercolors devoted to determining the details of the figure, the space in which he resides, the artifacts in the space, as well as what the final composition would be.  The exhibition examines the artist’s fastidious working process, and will include the very costume depicted in the painting

On Saturday, April 15, the Farnsworth will open the exhibitions Andrew Wyeth at 100: Maine Watercolors—1938-2008 and The Olson House: Photographers’ Muse, both at the Wyeth Center on Union and Grace Streets. The final show in this series will feature the painting Her Room and associated studies which will open on September 20, 2017.

The Lead Exhibition Sponsors for Andrew Wyeth at 100 are Camden National Bank, Mrs. F. Eugene Dixon, Kathy and Paul Anderson, and Down East magazine. Other sponsors include Mr. Richard Gilder and Ms. Lois Chiles, Anne and John Surovek, Mr. Katsushige Susaki, Mr. and Mrs. George Twigg III, 250 Main Hotel, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Inc., Allen Insurance and Financial, Hampton Inn & Suites - Thomaston/Rockland, The Grasshopper Shop of Rockland, The Cote Corporation Crane-Rigging, Camden Riverhouse Hotel, Distinctive Tile & Design, Monhegan Boat Line. The media sponsor for Andrew Wyeth at 100 is MPBN.  Andrew Wyeth at 100 is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information please visit the museum’s website at www.farnsworthmuseum.org.

David Troup
Farnsworth Art Museum

Farnsworth Art Museum
16 Museum Street
Rockland, Maine
About Farnsworth Art Museum

Celebrating Maine’s Role in American Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists. With 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 10,000 works in the collection, there is always something new on view at the Farnsworth. The museum houses the nation's second-largest collection of works by premier 20th-century sculptor Louise Nevelson. Its Wyeth Center exclusively features works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth. The Farnsworth's library is also housed in its Rockland, ME, campus. Two historic buildings, the Farnsworth Homestead and the Olson House, complete the museum complex.

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