June 6 – September 27, 2015
“I want to show Americans what America is like,” Andrew Wyeth once declared. Together with his father N.C. and his son Jamie, Andrew Wyeth has helped to shape how Americans view themselves, their history, and their aspirations. Consisting of works by all three artists, the exhibition The Wyeths: America Reflected will elucidate such quintessentially American themes as: patriotism and the meaning of America; family; the significance of place; and the role of storytelling.
Arranged by artist, the exhibition will offer insights into the work of these giants of American art. N. C. Wyeth’s sixteen oil paintings from Poems of American Patriotism, with their depictions of George Washington, Paul Revere, and Abraham Lincoln will serve as the departure point. Landscapes by Andrew Wyeth will speak to the importance of land and sea in defining American identity. Also to be included are evocative and provocative images by Jamie that deal with some of the figures of our times and our preoccupation with mystery and mortality.
The exhibition will include forty-five paintings and works of art on paper from private and museum collections including Betsy Wyeth/the Wyeth Collection, Jamie Wyeth, Victoria Wyeth, the Brandywine River Museum, the Greenville County Museum of Art, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, Hood Museum of Art, Margaret Lilly, and the Hill School for the Poems of American Patriotism paintings. The exhibition will be accompanied by photographs of each artist, an introductory text that sets out the parameters of the exhibition, text panels for each artist with biographical and thematic information, and individual annotated labels.
The Wyeths: America Reflected is located in the Special Exhibitions Gallery. This building is a replica of a Revolutionary War fort originally located in New Windsor, New York. The original known as “The Temple” was where George Washington’s army spent the last winter of the Revolutionary War in 1783 and where Washington awarded the first three Purple Heart military decorations.
Supported by Jane and Jeffrey Marshall in honor of Hope Lincoln Baker