Nearest to the Divine


On View: “Arthur Wesley Dow: Nearest to the Divine”
Andover, Massachusetts
through July 31, 2022

Arthur Wesley Dow (1857–1922), "The Derelict, or The Lost Boat," 1916, color woodcut, 5 13/16 x 4 1/16 in., museum purchase, 2016.4.1
Arthur Wesley Dow (1857–1922), “The Derelict, or The Lost Boat,” 1916, color woodcut, 5 13/16 x 4 1/16 in., museum purchase, 2016.4.1

The Addison Gallery of American Art is humming with a major show of Georgia O’Keeffe’s little-known photography. Curator Gordon Wilkins has wisely complemented that exhibition with another titled “Arthur Wesley Dow: Nearest to the Divine,” which features paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs by the artist who forever changed O’Keeffe’s approach while teaching her at Columbia University in New York City.

His radically anti-academic, mystical approach to artmaking, with its emphasis on emotion and personal vision rather than faithful representation, inspired her and many of her classmates.

Drawn almost entirely from the Addison’s George and Barbara Wright Collection of works by Dow, this project features not only his art, but also the ephemera he collected on his global travels, most significantly in Japan, where he developed his pioneering theories of composition.

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  1. I’m so excited to read about this exhibit! The joint exhibit sounds fascinating and inspirational! The Addison Gallery is in my town and I look forward to visiting now that we can do so more safely! Thank you for the heads up!


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