February 3, 2013

Farnsworth to unveil 'American Treasures'

From staff reports

ROCKLAND - The Farnsworth Art Museum's upcoming exhibition season will include a complete re-installation of almost every gallery for the presentation of "American Treasures: The Best of the Farnsworth Collection." The 2013 season will also include a major N.C. Wyeth exhibition, as well as smaller shows featuring works by Andrew Wyeth and Jonathan Fisher.

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“Shipping in DownEast Waters,” 1854, oil on canvas by Fitz Henry Lane.

Courtesy of Farnsworth Art Museum

On Feb. 17, the Farnsworth will open "American Treasures," an exhibition that will celebrate Maine's role in American art by displaying the best among more than 13,000 works in the museum's collection.

On view, through a series of themed shows, will be paintings, photographs and sculpture by Fitz Henry Lane, George Bellows, Childe Hassam, Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, John Marin, Elliot Porter, Louise Nevelson, Alex Katz, Robert Indiana and N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth.

"American Treasures" will consist of several related exhibitions: "Small Treasures," opening Feb. 17; "Other Voices," opening March 9; "Maine Voices," opening May 18; and three that will open June 1: "New Visions, New Languages," "Visions of the Land and Sea" and "Family and Friends."

On April 27, the Farnsworth's Wyeth Center will open "Every Picture Tells a Story: N.C. Wyeth Illustrations from the Brandywine River Museum." This exhibition will include 30 paintings, from early Western pictures through Robert Louis Stevenson classics to Wyeth's later illustrations in experimental styles.

The museum will also present two smaller exhibitions. Opening on March 23 will be "A Wondrous Journey: Jonathan Fisher and the Making of Scripture Animals" in the museum's Craig Gallery. "Andrew Wyeth: Her Room" will be on display beginning in April in the Wyeth Study Center.

In addition, summer 2013 will mark the reopening of the Farnsworth Homestead, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Homestead has been closed for the past two years for a preservation program addressing a range of exterior and interior needs.

For information, visit the museum's website: farnsworthmuseum.org.


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