ANDREW WYETH: A Survey
October 30th – November 20th, 2015
Curated by Peter Marcelle
Presented by Gerald Peters Gallery
Hosted by Goodwin Fine Art
1255 Delaware Street
Denver, CO 80204
Andrew Wyeth and Peter Marcelle, circa late 1980s
Gerald Peters Gallery is pleased to present a survey work by Andrew Wyeth (1917 – 2007). Featuring a selection of temperas, watercolors, and drawings, this comprehensive exhibition, curated by Peter Marcelle, surveys four decades of work by one of America’s best- known twentieth century artists.
Among those works on view will be a number of Wyeth’s compelling Helga series, including the tempera Heat Lightning (1977) and the drybrush Winfields (1977) that immediately preceded it. The closely guarded secret that both paintings are of Helga with her identity concealed heightens their intrigue and historical significance. Wyeth worked in a process of private concentration to produce an extensive period of studies, often for a single image. Several Helga studies are included in the exhibition as well, among them the alluring pencil study for On Her Knees (1975), in which the pose for Heat Lightning and Winfields originated.
Wyeth’s artistic process demanded an intimate knowledge of his subject, as his fifteen year commitment to Helga as a model is a testament. His close relationship to his subject matter is not only evident in his figurative work, but also in his intensely personal landscapes as well. Born in Chadds Ford, PA, Wyeth began painting at a young age under the tutelage of his father, famed illustrator and artist NC Wyeth. Over the course of an artistic career that spanned seven decades, with studios in both Chadds Ford and Cushing, Maine, Wyeth remained committed to the familiar landscapes of his youth. Included in the exhibition are The Studio (1966), Smoke at Kuerner’s (1976), and After Christmas (1971), all three paintings demonstrate a deep connection to the surrounding areas of his boyhood. Ordinary images of a spare shuttered window, a simple wisp of smoke, and a stark snow filled field, are transformed into something deeply meditative and introspective in the hands of this American master.
Andrew Wyeth: A Survey is curated by Gerald Peters Gallery director, Peter Marcelle, and will be hosted by Goodwin Fine Art. For information please contact: Catherine McCormick, (212) 628-9760, firstname.lastname@example.org. Images may be obtained with permission from the Wyeth office at andrewwyeth.com.