Arts This Week

Georgia O’Keeffe, Prospect Mountain, Lake George, 1927

Credit: Alfred Stieglitz, courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, Alfred Stieglitz Collection and the Peabody Essex Museum

Arts This Week: 'Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style,' 'Nicholas Nixon: Persistence of Vision,' 'Mark Tobey: Threading Light'

January 11, 2018

This week, Jared Bowen reviews the latest exhibitions at the Peabody Essex Museum, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston.

"Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style," on view at the Peabody Essex Museum through April 1

Georgia O’Keeffe on Ghost Ranch Portal, New Mexico, circa 1960s
Photo Credit: Todd Webb, courtesy of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, N.M. and the Peabody Essex Museum; Gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation, 2006.06.1046. © Estate of Todd Webb, Portland, ME

At the Peabody Essex Museum, a new exhibition unveils the lifelong aesthetic held by the mother of American modernism. "Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style" explores how the iconic artist curated her persona both publicly and at home. Never before exhibited garments are displayed alongside O'Keeffe's work, showcasing the restrained color palettes and the minimalist orientation of both her paintings and her wardrobe.

"Nicholas Nixon: Persistence Of Vision," on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston through April 22

The Brown Sisters, New Canaan, Connecticut. 1975
Photo Credit: Nicholas Nixon, courtesy of the artist and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Boston-based photographer Nicholas Nixon has spent a lifetime capturing portraits and landscapes across America. And then there's his acclaimed, internationally known series "The Brown Sisters," in which he has photographed his wife and her three sisters together, in the same order, annually for the last 43 years. A new retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston showcases "The Brown Sisters" in its entirety, including the most recent photograph made last year.  The series is exhibited alongside Nixon’s other landmark photography.

"Mark Tobey: Threading Light," on view at the Addison Gallery of American Art through March 11

"Pacific Transition" by Mark Tobey
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Addison Gallery of American Art; Gift of Joseph Pulitzer Jr., 242:1954 © 2017 Estate of Mark Tobey / Seattle Art Museum, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

An underappreciated contributor to abstract expressionism and American modernism gets his due. At the Addison Gallery of American Art, 'Mark Tobey: Threading Light" features 70 paintings spanning from the 1920s to 1970. The work showcases Tobey's "all-over" art style, eliminating conventional form and narrative with his "white writing." His abstract style would eventually become a staple of New York School artists like Jackson Pollock.

What exhibitions did you kick off the new year with? Tell Jared about it on Facebook or Twitter!

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