Opening on the Brandywine Museum of Artwork on February 4, 2023, Andrew Wyeth: House Locations presents practically 50 work and drawings of native buildings that impressed Wyeth repeatedly over seven many years of his profession. The artworks on this exhibition are drawn completely from the practically 7,000-object Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Assortment of the Wyeth Basis for American Artwork, now managed by the Brandywine. Many of those items have by no means earlier than been exhibited, providing a primary glimpse at a major treasure trove that may shed new gentle on the collaborative inventive technique of Andrew and Betsy Wyeth.
On view by July 13, 2023, House Locations shares the story of a outstanding immersive and intensive creative follow that ranged throughout the complete array of media Andrew Wyeth practiced. Over the course of an extended and various profession of many chapters, Wyeth repeatedly depicted a small group of historic homes within the neighborhood of his hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. In these weathered buildings others might need neglected and even scorned within the face of gentrification and industrial growth of the area, Wyeth discovered layers of emotion and affiliation. These constructions—each venerable and susceptible in a altering Brandywine Valley—served as a method of pursuing his abiding consideration to that which lies beneath the floor of issues. Via residing on this panorama his entire life, he engaged in a creative follow of unusual focus over an prolonged timescale, coming to know deeply the evocative buildings in a radius of just some sq. miles and rendering them in an astonishing number of compositions, handlings and approaches. As Wyeth mentioned, “You will be in a spot for years and years and never see one thing, after which when it dawns, all types of nuggets of richness begin popping far and wide. You’ve gotten under the apparent.”
Among the many beforehand unexhibited works on view are the charming early oil The Miller’s Son, painted when Wyeth was simply 17 years outdated, and the beautiful watercolor Noah’s Ark Examine made at age 87—each depicting the identical property, Brinton’s Mill. That the Wyeths got here to personal and restore this property to be used as their major residence is among the many many contributions of Betsy James Wyeth, whose distinct function in stewarding historic properties in Pennsylvania and Maine, which knowledgeable her husband’s portray follow, is a key context of this exhibition.
That is the primary exhibition on the Brandywine curated by William L. Coleman, Ph.D., the Museum’s inaugural Wyeth Basis Curator and Director of the Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Examine Heart. “House Locations makes use of the astonishing holdings of the Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Assortment to get past the obtained knowledge about this iconic creative life,” mentioned Coleman “The not often or by no means earlier than seen works on view collectively present an artist of rigorous give attention to a extremely particular person inventive path: pondering with buildings and drawing out the tales that homes can inform by an iterative course of.”
In his new function on the Brandywine, Coleman is liable for stewarding the Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Assortment, which is housed within the Wyeth Examine Heart’s two services: one situated on the Brandywine in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and the opposite on the Farnsworth Artwork Museum’s campus in Rockland, Maine—the 2 geographic areas the place Wyeth lived and painted. A part of a brand new partnership between the Wyeth Basis for American Artwork and Brandywine, Coleman was introduced on board to supervise the examine of this outstanding assortment and to steer scholarship on one among America’s most iconic artists. Simply one of many thrilling actions below this partnership would be the completion of the artist’s catalogue raisonné–a multi-year undertaking.