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ANDREW WYETH IN PERSPECTIVE

October 8th, 2011 – January 22nd, 2012
Palm Springs Art Museum

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) was one of the best-known artists of the middle and later 20th century. Known for his intensely realist style, he exhibited an extraordinary technical mastery of several different media. Over his long career he explored a wide variety of themes, concentrating primarily on the land and people around his beloved homes in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and Cushing, Maine, and revealing diverse emotional levels that give his work an authentic and expressive American voice. Underlying his realist approach is a strong compositional sense of formal relationships and a prototypical use of contrasting light and shadow to help build depth of space and mood. Many of his works have become iconic, including one of the most well-known images in 20th century art, Christina’s World in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Featuring some 30 works, Andrew Wyeth in Perspective is the first Wyeth show to be mounted at the Palm Springs Art Museum. It will provide a general overview of his development as an artist and will showcase his mastery of favorite techniques such as egg tempera (which uses egg yolk as its medium), watercolor, dry brush paintings, and graphite and charcoal drawings. Many works come from private collections and are not often seen in public exhibitions. Wyeth’s importance in modern American art has undergone steady revisionist examination over past decades, and the intent of this exhibition is to contribute to this evolving reassessment and the full appreciation of his art.

The exhibition will feature a catalogue with an introduction by renowned art historian and cultural commentator Robert Hughes.

Exhibition organized by the Palm Springs Art Museum. Special assistance provided by the Gerald Peters Gallery.