Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio - Denver and Madrid

Denver Art Museum 
Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio
Through Feb. 7, 2016

This groundbreaking exhibition, organized by the Denver Art Museum (DAM), features more than 100 works created by Andrew Wyeth and his son Jamie Wyeth in a variety of media including pen and ink, graphite, charcoal, watercolor, dry brush, tempera, oil and mixed media. Never before has an exhibition displayed Andrew Wyeth's and Jamie Wyeth’s work on this scale and in the shared context of their autobiographies, studio practices and imaginations. Whether you are new to the work of Andrew and Jamie Wyeth or are familiar with it, this exhibition will allow you to see their art converge and diverge over the years as it explores the connection between two American artists who shared artistic habits of mind while maintaining their own unique artistic voices.

Jamie Wyeth, Kleberg, 1984. Oil on canvas; 30-1/2 x 42-1/2 in. Terra Foundation for American Art: Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.184. © Jamie Wyeth.
An exhibition catalog, published by the DAM in association with Yale University Press.

This groundbreaking publication takes a novel approach in exploring the Wyeths’ working methods and processes. Author Timothy J. Standring also provides the reader with a rare personal glimpse into the artists’ world by chronicling his visits to their studios in the Brandywine Valley and Midcoast Maine over the course of four years. With over 200 color illustrations showing works in a variety of media—including pen and ink, graphite, chalk, watercolor, dry brush, tempera, and oil—this handsome book situates each artist’s oeuvre in the context of their shared biographies, place, and artistic practices. 

Jamie Wyeth, Portrait of Lady, 1968. Oil paint on canvas; 36 x 63-1/2 in. Alexander M. Laughlin Family Trust. © Jamie Wyeth.

After closing Feb. 7 at the DAM, a selection of works from the exhibition will travel to the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Spain.

This Jamie Wyeth oil portrait is of Helen Taussig. (Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)

Wyeth. Andrew and Jamie in the studio

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza 
  From 01 March to 19 June 2016 

  • Andrew Wyeth
  • Faraway 1952
  • Drybrush on paper
    34.92 x 54.61 cm
  • Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

In conjunction with the Denver Art Museum, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is presenting the first retrospective in Europe on Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, leading figures of 20th-century American realism.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the work of these two father and son artists, their lives and creative abilities through more than 60 works loaned from public institutions and private collections, some of them never previously exhibited in public.

Curated by Timothy Standring, curator of painting and sculpture at the Gates Foundation of the Denver Art Museum, the exhibition will also reveal how the respective work of these two artists has on occasions assumed parallel directions, with each enriching the other or generating mutual challenges. The large number of loans generously offered from the private collection of Andrew and Betsy Wyeth and that of Jamie Wyeth has allowed the curator to devise a comprehensive exhibition that includes major works by Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) and Jamie Wyeth (born 1946), from all the periods within their careers.