Jamie Wyeth @ the MFA Boston

Jamie Wyeth
Lois and Michael Torf Gallery
July 16-December 28, 2014


Jamie Wyeth, Kleberg (detail), 1984. Oil on canvas. Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.164. © Jamie Wyeth.


The first retrospective of artist Jamie Wyeth (born 1946) will examine his distinctive approach to realism over the course of six decades, from his earliest childhood drawings through various recurring themes inspired by the people, places and objects that populate his world. A member of a family of artists, including his grandfather, Newell Convers, “N.C.” (1882–1945), his father, Andrew (1917–2009), and his aunt, Carolyn (1909–1994), Jamie has followed a unique path, training with his aunt Carolyn after leaving school at age 11, studying in the New York City morgue and at Andy Warhol’s New York studio, The Factory. The exhibition will include 114 compositions created by Wyeth, many in combined mediums, the artist’s preferred term for his distinctive technique. The exhibition will feature Wyeth’s portraits of subjects such as his wife, Phyllis; John F. Kennedy (commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis after his death); and Rudolph Nureyev and Andy Warhol; and places such as landscapes in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and Tenants Harbor and Monhegan Island, Maine; as well as still lifes such as pumpkins (a fascination from his youth), and the many animals and birds that populate his home and surroundings. Organized by the MFA, and accompanied by a publication, the exhibition will travel to several venues. Jamie Wyeth is sponsored by Bank of America. Additional support provided by the Eugenie Prendergast Memorial Fund, made possible by a grant from Jan and Warren Adelson, Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey E. Marshall, and the Shelly and Michael Kassen Fund




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