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"Maxfield Parrish, 1870-1966"
2000-05-26 until 2000-08-06
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Brooklyn, NY, USA United States of America

Maxfield Parrish, 1870-1966 presents the first critical survey of a figure who is widely considered to be one of the most beloved American artists of the twentieth century. For decades, Parrish bridged the worlds of high art and popular culture by creating an oeuvre of inventive and novel images intended to be reproduced for a mass audience.

Organized chronologically, the exhibition begins with Parrish's work of the late 1890s and early 1900s, years when the young artist developed a unique aesthetic sense for book and magazine illustration as well as for poster and mural design. The exhibition includes many of Parrish's iconic paintings of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s including the phenomenally successful fantasy Daybreak (1922) as well as later landscapes such as Moonlight Night: Winter (1942) and Arizona (1950). Featuring more than 140 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, material artifacts, and ephemera, the exhibition takes an inclusive and critical look at Maxfield Parrish's extraordinary achievement in the context of American culture at large.

Organization: The exhibition is being organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the American Federation of Arts. The presentation at the Brooklyn Museum of Art is organized by Linda S. Ferber, the Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art.

Publication: In conjunction with the exhibition, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Harry N. Abrams, Inc., published Maxfield Parrish, 1970-1966 coauthored by Sylvia Yount, Curator of Collections at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Mark F. Bockrath, Paintings Conservator at the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum.

Support: Major funding has been provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.


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