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"A Matter of Time: Edward Hopper from the Whitney Museum of American Art"
2003-08-30 until 2003-10-26
After two months of renovation to the landmark Richard Meier designed building, the High Museum of Art will reopen for the fall season with an exhibition showcasing works by Edward Hopper, one of America's most beloved artists. A Matter of Time: Edward Hopper from the Whitney Museum of American Art features ten paintings and six watercolors drawn from the Whitney's landmark collection and spanning the artist's career. Centered around Early Sunday Morning (1930), an icon in American art and one of the most famous Hopper paintings owned by the Whitney, the exhibition explores the concept of time, a critical theme in his art.
Also included from the High's permanent collection is Foreshore-Two Lights (1927), a watercolor Hopper considered to be among his best. This exhibition was organized by the High Museum of Art in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of Art, New York.
Sylvia Yount, Margaret and Terry Stent Curator of American Art at the High Museum, comments: "As a leading chronicler of the mid-twentieth-century American scene, Hopper uncovered certain truths about modern life that continue to resonate for viewers today. His images of desolate streets, forlorn storefronts, and solitary figures evoke a sense of loneliness that transcends their particular time and place."
She continues, "This collaboration with the Whitney represents a significant opportunity to feature works by one of America's best-known artists who is not well-represented in the High's permanent collection. It's a great pleasure to bring this compelling material directly to our regional audiences." A Matter of Time: Edward Hopper from the Whitney Museum of American Art will be on view with an exhibition of photography by another popular American image maker, Ansel Adams and His Legacy, featuring Classic Images from the Ansel Adams Archives.
Edward Hopper and the Whitney Museum
The career of Edward Hopper (1882-1967) is inextricably linked with the history of the Whitney Museum. The relationship began with the Museum's founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who was an enthusiastic supporter of Hopper's art. In 1920, Hopper had his first solo exhibition at the Whitney Studio Club, the precursor to the Museum. Throughout the artist's life, he participated in many of the institution's annual and biennial exhibitions and was given important retrospectives in 1950, 1964, and 1980. This close connection between Hopper and the Whitney led the artist's widow, Josephine Nivison, to bequeath his entire artistic estate to the Museum in 1970. Consisting of more than 2500 oils, watercolors, drawings, prints, and illustrated journals-dating from Hopper's student days to his later years-the collection established the Whitney as a crucial center for the study of the artist's life and work.
Early Sunday Morning ,1930,
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York;
Purchase with funds from Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 31.426.