Sunday, September 14, 2014

Museuming


We visited Guild Hall for their current exhibition, Robert Motherwell: The East Hampton Years, 1944 - 1952. The exhibit explores the work that Motherwell did in East Hampton and his contribution to the Abstract Expresionist movement within the East End artist community. My favorite piece in the show was "The Red Skirt". The lucious paint draws you from across the room. Much better than this photo indicates. The show runs until 10/13.
The Red Skirt, 1947 by Robert Motherwell
oil on composition board 48" x 24"
Whitney Museum collection image via
We drove from Guild Hall over to Egypt Beach to scout painting locations. After September 15th you don't need a town permit. Yessss.
Next stop was to the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill to see the William Glackens exhibition.

William Glackens is most commonly known as one of the members of the early 20th century painting school know as the Eight or the Ashcan School. Glackens began his artistic life as an illustrator. Images of New York City scenes with humorously observed renderings of street life are a glimpse into what life was like in the early 20th century.
Far from the Fresh Air Farm: The Crowded City Street, with Its Dangers and Temptations, Is a Pitiful Makeshift Playground for Children,
by William Glackens 1911 Crayon heightened with watercolor on paper
24 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches.
Nova Southeastern University Museum of Art via
Glackens travelled to Paris many times and the influence of the Impressionists is obvious. A room full of brilliant portraits and still life paintings show Glackens as our American Renoir.
The Artists Daughter in Chinese Costume, 1918
by William Glackens
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale
image via
Cape Cod Pier, 1908 by William Glackens Oil on canvas 26 x 32 inches
Collection of Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University via
The Little Pier,1914 by William Glackens Oil on Canvas 25 x 30 inches.
The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia and Merion, PA via
The Glackens show is at the Parrish until October 13th after which it travels to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia beginning November 8th and running until February 2nd. Go here for the NY Times review The Beauty of the Everyday which includes more images of his amazing work. I may go again.

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