The Bernard Langlais Collection, Gift of Helen Friend Langlais
July 19, 2014 - January 4, 2015
LOWER JETTÉ GALLERIES,UPPER JETTÉ GALLERIES
Known for his monumental wall reliefs and sculptures of animals from the 1970s, Maine-born artist Bernard Langlais (1921–1977) produced a rich and diverse oeuvre in his 56 years. From modernist painter to visionary environment builder, Langlais created art driven by a deep sense of place, and an unrelenting search for materials and subjects that reconciled his rural roots with postwar artistic movements and ideologies. In celebration of an extraordinary bequest by the artist's widow, Helen Friend Langlais, of her estate to Colby College in 2010, the Colby College Museum of Art will present the first scholarly retrospective of Langlais's dynamic career. The exhibition is drawn primarily from the Museum's Bernard Langlais Collection and also presents loans from several local museums and private collections, a testament to Maine's deep holdings in the art of this native son.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a richly illustrated monograph with essays by Hannah W. Blunt, Diana Tuite, Vincent Katz, and Leslie Umberger.
Model Leaning on Elbow, 1999
Ink and watercolor on paper, 9 3/4 x 12 3/4 in.
Gift of the artist
Lois Dodd: Cultivating Vision
June 7, 2014 - September 4, 2014
In 2010 the Colby College Museum of Art received more than seventy works on paper spanning from the 1960s to the early 2000s by post-war American figurative artist Lois Dodd. For the first time, the drawings, watercolors, and prints of this extraordinary gift will be accessible to the public, providing visitors the opportunity to experience Dodd's work through mediums other than the oil painting for which she is best known. Three main themes will be featured: the body, the landscape, and the cityscape. The delicate and the massive meet in these drawings, and Dodd's formal approach to the architecture of figures, buildings, and natural forms offers viewers a meditation on monumentality, ephemera, and the lived human experience.
Voltri Bolton II, 1962
Steel, 79 x 13 x 10 inches
Museum purchase from the Jere Abbott Acquisitions Fund, the Robert Cross Vergobbi '51 Museum Acquisitions Fund, the Alex Katz Foundation, and an Anonymous Donor
Highlights from the Permanent Collection
July 19, 2014 - July 15, 2015
COHEN GALLERY,THE ALFOND-LUNDER FAMILY PAVILION,LUNDER WING,OSHER GALLERY
This summer the Museum will re-install its permanent collection galleries, integrating works from the recently gifted Lunder Collection with the Museum's core holdings, including recent gifts from the Alex Katz Foundation, and select loans. Supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, this display will reflect the Museum's ongoing commitment to a deep representation of American art from the nineteenth century through the present.
Highlights will include David Smith's steel Voltri Bolton II (1962), Maya Lin's monumental marble sculpture Disappearing Bodies of Water (2013), a meter box by Donald Judd (1977), and Robert Mangold's 18 acrylic and pencil drawings (1991) given by the Alex Katz Foundation. Cherished cornerstones of the collection, such as Albert Bierstadt's View of Chimney Rock (1860) and Winslow Homer's The Trapper (1870) will be featured, as well as recently acquired works by Jacob Lawrence, Helen Torr, Frederic Edwin Church, William Matthew Prior, and Joshua Johnson.
Alex Katz (b. 1927)
Standing Ada, 1987
Screenprint on cut aluminum, 64 3/4 x 10 1/8 inches
Gift of the artist
Alex Katz: Selections
July 1, 2014 - June 7, 2015
THE PAUL J. SCHUPF WING FOR THE WORKS OF ALEX KATZ
This installation features a rotating selection of artwork by Alex Katz (b. 1927). Among the most recent acquisitions on view is a double aluminum cutout entitled Juan and Choichun from 2013. Also displayed is an array of portraits that Katz produced in the 1950s depicting fellow artist Bernard Langlais, the subject of the adjacent retrospective.