Wyeth watercolors, Olson House exhibits at Farnsworth

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Big exhibit honors
100th anniversary
of A. Wyeth’s birth

ROCKLAND — The second set of five exhibitions marking the centennial of Andrew Wyeth’s birth, Saturday, April 15, opens at  The Farnsworth Art Museum Saturday, April 15. 

• Andrew Wyeth: Maine Watercolors, 1938-2008 is a major retrospective exhibition featuring many of his most important Maine watercolors.

• The Olson House: Photographers’ Muse features photographs of the house made famous by Wyeth’s iconic painting “Christina’s World.”

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Both exhibitions will be on display at the museum’s Wyeth Center, with the photography show on view through Oct. 29 and the watercolor exhibition on view through the end of the year.

The watercolors exhibition will feature many of the painter’s most important watercolors of Maine spanning his entire career, including a study for his final work “Goodbye my Love.” Co-curated by Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky and renowned American art scholar Henry Adams, many of the works on display are from private collections, and are rarely seen by the public.

“This is truly a survey exhibition,” Farnsworth Director Christopher J. Brownawell said. “With the scope of these works spanning his entire career, the public will have a unique opportunity to examine how Andy’s work grew through the decades.”

The Olson House was one of Andrew Wyeth’s major inspirations. The site of his most iconic work, he portrayed the house and its surroundings in some 300 works over a period of three decades. Mostly through its connection to the artist, it became the subject for many important photographers’ works through the years.

The exhibition will include the works of Paul Caponigro, Linda Connor, Tillman Crane, James Moore, Bradley Prescott, Peter Ralston, Kosti Ruohomaa, George Tice, Brian Vanden Brink, and Ewa Zebrowski.

The exhibition will be explored during an artists’ talk on the opening day of the exhibition at 1 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium that will include some of the photographers featured in the exhibition.

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.

FMI: www.farnsworthmuseum.org

 “Alvaro and Christina” by Andrew Wyeth

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