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An Arc of Connection: Winslow Homer & Charles Burchfield

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Winslow Homer, An Open Window, oil, 1872, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine
Here are two paintings by two of my favorite American artists, Winslow Homer (1836-1910) and Charles Burchfield (1893-1967). Differences abound between the hushed interior at the Portland Museum of Art and the glistening sunlight that dazzles our eye in the Memorial Art Gallery's landscape. Each has its own color sense and distinctive mood.


Charles Burchfield, Springtime in the Pool, watercolor,  1922, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York

But both artists energize their paintings by doing something surprisingly similar- deliberately contrasting the regular horizontal or vertical lines in their compositions against prominently stated curves.

Winslow Homer's woman stands erect framed by the vertical edges of the window. Homer contrasts the straightness of the right side of her dress against the curving arc of his models left hip. 
Charles Burchfield created a landscape of fields that move mostly …

The Rockwell Museum, Corning, New York

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You have to love this wild building. It's formerly the City Hall in Corning, NY, now transformed into the Rockwell Museum. My wife Alice and I visited there last weekend and became instant fans. Founded some 41 years ago with a focus on the art of the West, the Museum has recently embarked on a mission to broaden its focus to other schools of art. 





And since January, it has a new Director, Brian Whisenhunt. Brian until recently was the Director at the Museum of the Southwest in Texas and before that Director of the Swope Art Museum in Indiana (where my solo exhibition continues through March 25, 2017. It really is a small world). 




One of the first pieces to greet you as you enter the Museum is this bronze Deborah Butterfield untitled horse from 2000 (above). Nearby is the temporary exhibit Modern Masters, Contemporary Icons on loan from the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, TX. I'd have posted images of some of its works (including Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, and Warhol among o…

Visiting My Oil Uncharted II at Arnot Art Museum

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Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, New York recently opened their innovative exhibition 23 Pairs: Considering Compare and Contrast that matches 23 works from their own collection with 23 works borrowed from museums, galleries and private collections across America. I was honored to have my painting Uncharted II included in the show paired with the work of one of my heroes, the American Impressionist Willard Metcalf. 
My wife Alice and I drove up to Elmira over the weekend to visit the Arnot for our first time to see the show.



Christina Johnson who heads up Education for the Arnot kindly gave us a personal tour of the entire museum. Here she is with some of the signage at the beginning of the 23 Pairs show.





Here I am (grinning ear to ear) standing next to my painting with Metcalf's delicate oil The Hills in February at the left. The March issue of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine has a page devoted to the 23 Pairs show that reproduces Metcalf's and my painting. 




The Arnot Art Museum has an i…

Eskenazi Museum of Art- A Homecoming

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John Frederick Kennett (Am. 1816-1872), Water Scene oil on canvas, Eskenazi Museum of Art

There are always a few places that exert an out sized influence on our lives. For me one such place was the Eskenazi Museum of Art in Bloomington, IN (formerly the Indiana Unversity Art Museum).
The day after the opening reception for Swope Art Museum's exhibition of my paintings done in Edward Hopper's studio my wife and I drove over from Terre Haute, IN to visit my old grad school, Indiana University.  Though I got my MFA degree in painting at IU in 1972 this was the first time since then I was able to visit the Museum.


Me with Eskenazi's Kennett, Feb. 2017


In 1970 the painting above by John Kennett was the first piece to catch my eye when I arrived at the campus Museum, mostly because the scene closely mirrored the look of the beach where I grew up on Lake Ontario outside of Rochester. Is there any other painting that captures the glow of light over calm waters so well? Understatemen…

Swope Art Museum Permanent Collection Part II

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Here are a few more pieces from Swope Art Museum's impressive Permanent Collection. My wife Alice's favorite sculptor is Paul Manship (Am. 1885-1966). Commanding your attention in Swope's lobby is a terrific painted plaster cast of his Diana.Swiftly moving, a dead shot with a bow and arrow, and always accompanied by her faithful hounds she's an impressive figure. No wonder Alice liked her. I'm a big fan too.





The Swope's first Director was John Rogers Cox (1915 - 1990) who when he took the job was the youngest museum director in the country. That he had a good eye is attested to by his purchases of widely acclaimed paintings by Edward Hopper, Thomas Hart Benton and Charles Burchfield. Cox was an accomplished painter himself, best known for his visionary landscapes. These two are in Swope's Collection: above Scales Mound from 1974, below White Cloud from 1943 & 1946.





Artist Sketching, Milton on the Hudson by George Inness (1825-1894) below is an extremely s…