Andrew Wyeth, “Alvaro and Christina,” 1968, watercolor on paper, 22 1/2 x 28 3/4 in. © Farnsworth Art Museum

Marking the centennial of the artist’s birth, the Farnsworth Art Museum recently began a series of outstanding exhibitions aimed at celebrating Andrew Wyeth’s (1917-2009) invaluable contributions to American 20th-century art. All you need to know is one click away!

On April 15, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, opened the first of a major series of exhibitions dedicated to the art and legacy of important American artist Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009). Titled “Andrew Wyeth at 100,” the series begins with a comprehensive retrospective highlighting Wyeth’s Maine watercolors. Four other shows will explore his temperas and drawings “while a photography exhibition will focus on the Olson House, a major inspiration to the artist for over three decades,” the museum writes.

Andrew Wyeth, “Dr. Syn,” 1981, tempera on panel, © Farnsworth Art Museum
Andrew Wyeth, “Dr. Syn,” 1981, tempera on panel, © Farnsworth Art Museum

Co-curated by Farnsworth chief curator Michael K. Komanecky, “Andrew Wyeth: Maine Watercolors” opened on April 15 and includes works that represent every phase of the master’s career as well as a study for his final work, a watercolor to be titled “Goodbye My Love.” Two special exhibitions will also center around three of Wyeth’s best known tempera paintings — an intriguing “Self-Portrait” along with “Dr. Syn” and “Her Room.”

Andrew Wyeth, “Her Room,” 1963, tempera on panel, 24 3/4 x 48 in. © Farnsworth Art Museum
Andrew Wyeth, “Her Room,” 1963, tempera on panel, 24 3/4 x 48 in. © Farnsworth Art Museum

“‘The Olson House: Photographer’s Muse’ will feature photographs of the house made famous by Wyeth’s iconic ‘Christina’s World’,” the museum continues, “and will include works by Paul Caponigro, Linda Connor, Tillman Crane, James Moore, Bradley Prescott, Peter Ralson, Kosti Ruohomaa, George Tice, Brian Vanden Brink, and Eva Zembroski. Finally, an exhibition of the artist’s Maine drawings will complete the series. These five projects will be accompanied by a single illustrated catalogue documenting each show, with essays by Farnsworth’s Michael K. Komanecky and Henry Adams. The catalogue will be published by the Farnsworth Art Museum.”

The museum will officially celebrate Wyeth’s birthday with an event on Wednesday, July 12, with a party at 3 p.m. at the Wyeth Center (located at the museum). To learn more, visit the Farnsworth Art Museum.

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Andrew Webster
Andrew Webster is the Editor of Fine Art Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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  1. Andrew Wyeth is my favorite American artist. His art displayed the world of everyday life among the common man and woman.

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