Alex Katz: A Singular Vision

October 29, 2015 - May 1, 2016

The Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz

This installation features highlights from the museum’s permanent collection, including several recent acquisitions on view for the first time. Many of the artworks on display in A Singular Vision touch upon themes of pairing, doubling, and repetition. In some cases, these are formal devices, with Katz coupling figures off or depicting a subject multiple times within a single canvas. Elsewhere this entails his return to particular models or motifs over the course of his career.

 


Banner Image: Alex Katz, Canoe, 1974, oil on canvas, The Lunder Collection, 2013.165

Whistler and the World: The Lunder Collection of James McNeill Whistler at the Colby College Museum of Art

September 24, 2015 - January 10, 2016

Upper Jetté Galleries

In his Ten O’Clock Lecture in 1885, James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903) presented himself as an artist set apart from the public, bearing no relation to the historical moment he lived in. However, the myth of artistic independence that Whistler developed was but one part of a complex and highly significant relationship he had with the world around him. As a painter, printmaker, and designer, Whistler engaged with a variety of places, people, and ideas that stretched from the United States to London, Venice, and Japan. Drawn entirely from the renowned Lunder Collection, this comprehensive exhibition—featuring the finest examples of his prints among works in other media—explores Whistler’s travels across Europe in his quest to re-imagine his surroundings and to transport the modern world into the “realm of art.”

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Exhibition review: Bob Keyes, Colby shows off its Whistlers, Portland Press Herald, Sept. 20, 2015

whistlerandworldWhistler and the World
The Lunder Collection of James McNeill Whistler
Justin McCann

Drawn entirely from the renowned Lunder Collection, this comprehensive catalogue places Whistler in a dynamic international and cosmopolitan context, and includes the finest examples of his prints.

 


Banner Image: James McNeill Whistler, Chelsea in Ice, 1864, Oil on canvas, 17 3/4 x 24 in., The Lunder Collection, 2013.293

Aesthetic Harmonies: Whistler in Context

September 17, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Lower Jetté Galleries

Aesthetic Harmonies explores the many artistic, social, and historical contexts in which we can situate the artist James McNeill Whistler. Drawing from the museum’s rich collections of European, American, and Asian art, the exhibition reexamines Whistler’s relationship to the Etching Revival in Britain, French Realism, American Impressionism, and transatlantic Aestheticism. It also places the artist’s experiments with color, form, beauty, and nature in dialogue with early American modernism, mid-twentieth-century abstraction, and contemporary art. Aesthetic Harmonies thus constructs a history of modern art through Whistler’s diverse practices, philosophies, and influences. This exhibition is curated by Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan and the students in AR497 (Fall 2014); Maria Bowe ’15, Catherine Maguire ’15, Caroline Pelham ’17, Francesca Soriano ’16, Veronica Vesnaver ’15, and Marina Wells ’15.

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Banner Image: Edward Steichen, Moonlight on the Narrows, 1905, Oil on canvas, The Lunder Collection, 2013.268