April 14, 2013

Farnsworth Art Museum gets spiffy for anniversary

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Winslow Homer’s “Seven Boys in a Dory,” 1873, watercolor on paper

Anonymous gift, 1999

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Andrew Wyeth’s “Her Room,” 1963, tempera.

©Andrew Wyeth, museum purchase, 1964

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"Andrew Wyeth: Her Room" and "Temperas and Watercolors," through Nov. 17

"Small Treasures," through Dec. 29

"Other Voices," through Feb. 2

"Every Picture Tells a Story: Illustrations by N.C. Wyeth," April 27 to Dec. 29

"Maine Voices," May 18 to Dec. 29

"New Visions, New Languages," June 1 to Feb. 2

"Vision of the Land and Sea," June 1 to Feb. 2

"Family and Friends," June 1 to Feb. 2

The Farnsworth Homestead, reopens June 15

WHERE: Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St., Rockland

ADMISSION: $12; $10 for seniors and students ages 17 and older; free for children ages 16 and younger and Rockland residents

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday through May 31; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and First Fridays) through Oct. 31

INFO: 596-6457; farnsworthmuseum.org

Grouped together, each of the small pieces makes a statement.

"We could do three shows or four shows from our holdings, all based on small pieces," Komanecky said. "The power and impact of a work of art is not determined by its size, but by the artist's idea and execution."

Some choices were obvious. Paintings by Robert Henri and Hartley, for example, presented themselves to Komanecky before he made other decisions.

Others were a surprise: A Leon Kroll painting from Ogunquit in 1915 and Thomas Eakins' "Study for the Thinker." Eakins made the study to test a compositional idea that he later used in a larger piece.

"Other Voices" focuses not on the paintings of Alex Katz, but on his generosity as a patron. Katz has contributed dozens of contemporary paintings to the museum though his foundation. This show includes paintings by Janet Fish, David Salle and others. Some have connections to Maine; others do not.

"Maine Voices" will feature work by artists living and working in Maine, but whose work does not necessarily feature Maine themes.

"New Visions, New Languages" offers a survey of work from the era of abstraction, and "Visions of the Land and the Sea" gives viewers the depth and breadth of Maine as interpreted by the artists through the centuries.

One of the primary pieces in the exhibition is Indiana's iconic steel "LOVE" sculpture, which has restored and repainted in red and blue.

"It's probably the most famous and most significant work of art that we own," Komenecky said.

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

Farnsworth Art Museum, museum purchase, 1960

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N.C. Wyeth’s “The Hunter,” oil on canvas.

Collection of the Brandywine River Museum

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Julian Opie’s “Ruth with Cigarette 3,” 2005-06, Lambda print.

Gift of the Alex Katz Foundation

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