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"Winslow Homer and the Critics: Forging a National Art in th 1870s"
2001-06-10 until 2001-09-09
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles, CA,
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art—LACMA—presents
Winslow Homer and the Critics: Forging a National Art in the 1870s, bringing
together a group of paintings Homer exhibited during the 1870s, the decade in
which he emerged as the most promising artist in the country. Abandoning his
career as an illustrator early in the decade, Homer took up painting full time
and rapidly rose to the highest ranks of the New York art world with his iconic
images of quintessentially American subjects. Winslow Homer and the Critics
is on public view June 10 through September 9, 2001. Special timed tickets will
be necessary to visit this exhibition. See ticketing information below.
One of the most visible artists in New York City, Homer exhibited frequently at
national and international venues including the National Academy of Design and
the American Society of Painters in Water Color, and at prestigious private clubs
such as The Century, as well as at art dealer and auction houses.
Organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the exhibition,
with its focus on Homer’s engagement with his critics and on the
mutual influence of artist and critic, provides a fresh perspective
on Homer and his early artistic development during this least
studied, but most productive, phase of his career. Drawn from
public and private collections throughout the country, the
exhibition brings together about 60 works, including paintings,
watercolors, drawings, engravings, and an example of Homer’s
work in ceramic tile. It features some of his best-known
images—including his monumental treatment of African-American
life, LACMA’s The Cotton Pickers (1876)—as well as some of his
lesser-known but equally important works.
LACMA will also draw from its permanent collection to create a
special gallery within the exhibition devoted to Homer and his
peers. This space will reflect the aesthetic of the 19th-century
gallery or exhibition hall—in which works were densely hung in
Salon style—by displaying Homer’s works alongside those of
contemporary American and European painters such as Eastman
Johnson, George Inness, and William-Adolphe Bouguereau.