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The Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville will hold a reception on Wednesday, August 13, for the publication of The John Marin Collection at the Colby College Museum of Art.
The book, which celebrates the 61 paintings, drawings, etchings and
photographs by Marin in the museum’s collection, is being published on
the 50th anniversary year of Marin’s death. The reception will include
a book signing by author Ruth E. Fine and a concert by internationally
renowned pianist Brenda Lucas-Ogdon. It is open to the public and free
of charge. Copies of The John Marin Collection ($30) will be available for purchase at the reception.

At 2 p.m.
Brenda Lucas-Ogdon will perform a concert in Given Auditorium of
Colby’s Bixler Art and Music Center. The program will include works by
J.S. Bach. Lucas-Ogdon graduated with honors from the Royal Northern
College of Music. At the age of 21 she embarked on a solo career and
made her concerto debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Orchestra. She later toured worldwide as a soloist and with her
husband, legendary British pianist John Ogdon. Between 1961 and 1973
Lucas-Ogdon recorded 18 long-playing records of her two-piano
repertoire with John Ogdon. In 1981 she co-wrote Virtuoso, a biography of her husband, and in 1991 she issued The Piano Music of John Ogdon,
a solo CD of John Ogdon’s compositions. In 1993 she founded the John
Ogdon Foundation, a charitable trust which assists young pianists and
composers.

At 3 p.m. there will be a reception and book signing with Ruth E. Fine, author of The John Marin Collection,
in the lobby of the Colby College Museum of Art. Fine is currently
Curator of Special Projects in Modern Art at the National Gallery of
Art in Washington, D.C. This position follows two decades as the
gallery’s Curator of Modern Prints and Drawings. Included among Fine’s
publications on John Marin is her monograph John Marin, published in 1990 to accompany the National Gallery’s retrospective exhibition Selections and Transformations: The Art of John Marin.
Fine also has published monographic works on Helen Frankenthaler and
James McNeill Whistler. She holds degrees from the Philadelphia College
of Art and the University of Pennsylvania.


An early modernist painter, John Marin’s favorite subjects were the
city and nature. He is best known for his watercolors of coastal Maine
and the urban landscape of New York. Marin made his first trip to Maine
in 1914 and, struck by the Maine landscape, purchased a small island
off Small Point Harbor, where he camped and painted during the summers
of 1914, 1915 and 1917. From 1919 to 1928 he summered at Deer Isle and
Stonington, Maine, on Penobscot Bay.

The John Marin Collection at the Colby College Museum of Art
highlights the collection of paintings, watercolors, drawings, etchings
and photographs by John Marin at the Colby College Museum of Art. This
core collection ranks next to the National Gallery of Art’s collection
in its variety of media and size. The initial gift from John Marin Jr.
and Norma B. Marin consisted of 24 paintings, watercolors, drawings and
etchings spanning the artist’s career from 1888-1953. Another
watercolor was given to the John Marin Collection in 1992. Twenty-nine
additional works by Marin, as well as seven vintage photographs of
Marin, including a platinum print by Alfred Stieglitz, are on permanent
loan to the museum. These works form the only retrospective collection
of the artist’s work in an academic museum in the United States.

Press Note:
To obtain review copies of
The John Marin Collection at the Colby College Museum of Art please contact Patricia Ross-King at the Colby museum at 207-872-3534. Books also can be purchased at the museum gift shop

  • Image credits from top: 1. From Seeing Cape Split, John Marin, oil on canvas, 1935, 23″ x 29 1/2″; 2. Brenda Lucas-Ogdon; 3. Stonington Maine, John Marin, watercolor on paper, 1923, 21 3/4″ x 26 1/4″; 4. Brooklyn Bridge, John Marin, watercolor on paper, 1912, 15 1/2″ x 18 1/2″.