The people and places that Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009) brought to life in his paintings were full of personal associations for him—they conjured his own remembrances, he once said. Now SAM pays tribute to Wyeth, remembering this force in 20th-century art who died only a short time ago.
This small exhibition of some of his finest paintings commemorates the late artist's extraordinary career. Seven great Wyeth paintings from private collections, otherwise never on public view, allow visitors to gain an appreciation for Wyeth's choice of subjects and his brilliant manner of execution.
Wyeth worked during the same time period as the artists featured in the special exhibition Target Practice: Painting Under Attack 1949–78. Andrew Wyeth: Remembrance is a show that confirms that strong strains of realism have always run concurrently with abstraction in this country.
–Patricia Junker, Ann M. Barwick Curator of American Art
This exhibition is organized by the Seattle Art Museum. Support is provided by the Dean and Mary Thornton Endowment and contributors to the Annual Fund. (as of 5/8/09).
Braids, 1979, Andrew Wyeth, American, 1917–2009, tempera on Masonite, 16 1/2 x 20 1/2 in., Private Collection, © Pacific Sun Trading Company / Courtesy of Frank E. Fowler