Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In

May 4 – November 30, 2014

West Building, Main Floor

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    Andrew Wyeth, Evening at Kuerners, 1970, drybrush on paper, The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection. © Andrew Wyeth

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    Andrew Wyeth, Frostbitten, 1962, watercolor on paper, Private Collection. © Andrew Wyeth

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    Andrew Wyeth, Off at Sea, 1972, tempera on panel, Private Collection. © Andrew Wyeth

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    Andrew Wyeth, The Pikes, 1965, watercolor on paper, The San Diego Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norton S. Walbridge. © Andrew Wyeth

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    Andrew Wyeth, Rod and Reel, 1975, watercolor on paper, Dr. and Mrs. James David Brodell. © Andrew Wyeth

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    Andrew Wyeth, Room in the Mirror, Study, 1948, watercolor on paper, The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection, © Andrew Wyeth

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    Andrew Wyeth, Spring Fed, 1967, tempera on masonite, Collection of Bill and Robin Weiss. © Andrew Wyeth

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    Andrew Wyeth, Widow's Walk, 1990, tempera on panel, Private Collection. © Andrew Wyeth

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    Andrew Wyeth, Wind from the Sea, 1947, tempera on hardboard, National Gallery of Art, Gift of Charles H. Morgan, 2009. © Andrew Wyeth

In celebration of the recent gift of Andrew Wyeth’s Wind from the Sea (1947)—one of the artist’s most important paintings—the National Gallery of Art, Washington, will present an exhibition focused on Wyeth’s frequent use of the window as the subject of his art. Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In will showcase some 60 watercolors, drawings, and tempera paintings completed after Wind from the Sea—the artist’s first fully realized exploration of the theme.

Wyeth returned to windows repeatedly, producing more than 300 works that explore not only the formal but also the conceptual richness of the subject. Spare, elegant, and abstract, these paintings are free of the narrative element associated with the artist’s better-known figural compositions. They will be grouped in suites, incorporating related works that explore the disciplined process of reduction and simplification Wyeth consistently used in creating his window paintings. The resulting images are often rigorous in their formal construction but deeply personal in subject.

The exhibition, organized by the National Gallery of Art, will be seen only in Washington.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Sponsor: The exhibition is made possible by Altria Group.

It is also supported by The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts.

Additional funding is provided by The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art.

Schedule: National Gallery of Art, Washington, May 4–November 30, 2014

Passes: Passes are not required for this exhibition.

Image: Andrew Wyeth, Wind from the Sea, 1947, tempera on hardboard, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Charles H. Morgan, © Andrew Wyeth

Related Artists

Wyeth, Andrew
American
, 1917 - 2009