Picturing Land and Sea
Dec. 20, 2014 – May 31, 2015
Featuring more than 20 paintings and works on paper from the Museum’s permanent collection, Picturing Land and Sea explores how artists perceive and portray the natural world. From romantic depictions of the American wilderness to colorful, geometric renderings of the French countryside, this exhibition highlights key stylistic movements from the past 150 years. Including work by Abraham Walkowitz, Adolf Gottlieb, Elaine de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, and others, Picturing Land and Sea explores the diverse interpretations of these overlapping sources of inspiration. Many of the works exhibited here are celebratory, others more reactionary; while some depict land and sea in straightforward ways, others seek to capture a momentary feeling. Taken together, they invite us to reconsider our relationship with the natural world.