Big news: The Brandywine River Museum of Art will present “Jamie Wyeth,” the first major retrospective of the art of Jamie Wyeth, Jan. 17-April 5. Featuring 109 works, “Jamie Wyeth” examines six decades of the artist’s career and charts the evolution of his creative process from his earliest childhood drawings through recurring themes inspired by the people, places and objects that populate his world. The third generation in a renowned family of artists, Jamie Wyeth has blazed his own path. The exhibition incorporates paintings, works on paper, illustrations and two recent sculptural works. Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, the exhibition offers a sense of the artist’s development over 60 years, from portraits made during his time in New York to landscapes of the worlds he inhabits in Chadds Ford and Maine.
Wyeth’s family context is explored with works including his childhood drawings and earliest portraits—created in his father’s and grandfather’s studios, where he worked under the tutelage of his aunt Carolyn. Thematically arranged, Jamie Wyeth includes portraits of subjects such as John F. Kennedy, Wyeth’s wife, Phyllis, and Rudolf Nureyev, shown alongside a selection of preparatory drawings and studies that offer a window into the artist’s immersive approach to portraiture. The exhibition will also feature landscapes of the worlds he inhabits in the Brandywine Valley and Maine—especially the islands of Tenants Harbor and Monhegan—still lifes of pumpkins (a fascination from his youth) and the many animals and birds that are part of his family and surroundings. Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the exhibition will be accompanied by an extensively illustrated catalogue. Elliot Bostwick Davis, John Moors Cabot Chair, Art of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and curator of the Jamie Wyeth exhibition, will present the lecture “The Art of Jamie Wyeth: “Loves and Obsessions” on Feb. 4. Brandywine curator Amanda C. Burdan will lead tours of the exhibition on Feb. 25 and March 25. 610.388.8326.