Sun 1/12 @ 3PM
Andrew Wyeth came of age artistically in the mid 20th century when styles such as abstract expressionism, color field painting, pop art and minimalism were ascendant and dominated chic art circles. Much like the slightly older Norman Rockwell, his realistic paintings of ordinary American scenes were often considered “corny.” His father, successful painter and illustrator N.C. Wyeth, was his teacher and he was influenced by the Americana of writers like Robert Frost and Henry David Thoreau. He had his first gallery show — a sellout — in 1937, just before abstraction expressionism took over the artistic landscape. Despite that, he was one of the 20th century’s most successful and resonant artists (he died in 2009 at the age of 91).
Learn more about this intriguing, anomalous figure at the Fairmount Center for the Arts’ Pull Back the Curtain speaker series. Art historian Felicia Zavarella Stadelman will share her insights into why Wyeth was the artist he was and why his work is so enduring.
The lecture is free and open to all. Reservations are not required, but you can RSVP at fairmountcenter.org/special-events/.