©Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946) A Murder of Crows, 2003, oil on canvas. Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth Collection
©Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946), Voyeur, 2012, combined mediums. Collection of Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth
©Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946),Portrait of Shorty, 1963, oil on canvas. Collection of Andrew and Betsy
on view through April 5, 2015
Featuring more than 100 works, this major retrospective examines six decades of the artist’s career and charts the evolution of his creative process from his earliest childhood drawings through recurring themes inspired by the people, places and objects that populate his world. The third generation in a renowned family of artists, Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946) has blazed his own path. The exhibition incorporates paintings, works on paper, illustrations and two recent sculptural works.
Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, the exhibition offers a sense of the artist’s development over 60 years, from portraits made during his time in New York to landscapes of the worlds he inhabits in Chadds Ford and Maine. Wyeth’s family context is explored with works including his childhood drawings and earliest portraits—created in his father’s and grandfather’s studios, where he worked under the tutelage of his aunt Carolyn. Thematically arranged, Jamie Wyeth includes portraits of subjects such as John F. Kennedy, Wyeth’s wife, Phyllis, and Rudolf Nureyev, shown alongside a selection of preparatory drawings and studies that offer a window into the artist’s immersive approach to portraiture.
The exhibition will also feature landscapes of the worlds he inhabits in the Brandywine Valley and Maine—especially the islands of Tenants Harbor and Monhegan—still lifes of pumpkins (a fascination from his youth) and the many animals and birds that are part of his family and surroundings. Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and accompanied by an extensively illustrated catalogue, the exhibition will travel to two additional venues.
At the Brandywine River Museum of Art, the exhibition is sponsored by Natalie and Herb Kohler on behalf of Kohler Co., and by David and Lisa Spartin.
The national tour is sponsored by Bank of America.
Rube Goldberg (1883-197) Perpetual Motion Machine--an Invention, not dated. Ink on paper. Gift of Jane Collette Wilcox, 1982
Pointed Pens: Selected Cartoons from the Permanent Collection
March 28 through August 23
From the maze-like contraptions of Rube Goldberg to the incisive political drawings of Thomas Nast, cartoons rivet public attention to issues of the day through their comic wit and visual satire.
This exhibition features a fascinating collection of over 30 works created between 1880 and 1945, selected from the Museum's rich collection of American illustration. It includes cartoons by some of America's most famous illustrators of the late 19th through early 20th centuries, including Oscar Cesare, Charles Dana Gibson, Rube Goldberg, John Held, Jr., Edward Kemble, Rockwell Kent, Orson Lowell, Rose O'Neill, Frederic Burr Opper, Thomas Nast and many others. Their drawings show a variety of styles and techniques that render incisive visual opinions about topical events, from political issues, business practices, and social morés, to even the act of viewing art.