After three years of planning, The Wyeths Across Texas opens at the Tyler Museum of Art on Friday, September 7. This exciting exhibition is comprised of works by N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth drawn from public and private collections across Texas. The Wyeths Across Texas is the first exhibition in Texas in 25 years to feature works by all three generations of Wyeths.
N. C. Wyeth (1882-1945) was the patriarch of the Wyeth legacy. A student of the renowned illustrator Howard Pyle, N.C. became famous for his illustrations created for Scribner Illustrated Classics such as Treasure Island and for beloved books such as Mark Twain’s The Mysterious Stranger.
Under the tutelage of his father, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) developed into one of the most significant American realists of the 20th century. Andrew Wyeth’s views of Maine and Pennsylvania have an immediate connection with the American public. His watercolors, inspired by Winslow Homer, beautifully capture the nature of that region in fluid brushstrokes.
Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946) grew up surrounded by the art of his father and grandfather and decided to pursue art himself at an early age. Involved in the New York art scene, his portraits of people during his early career included John F. Kennedy, Andy Warhol and Rudolf Nureyev. His paintings of the people and wildlife of Maine and Pennsylvania are also widely admired. Still creating, his body of work is continually growing and evolving.
Planned around the opening, the Tyler Museum of Art has an event for every one of all ages. On September 7, Victoria Wyeth, the great-grandchild of N.C., only grandchild of Andrew and niece of Jamie Wyeth, will offer guests an intimate and unique look into the lives and works of these three artists. She will guide private tours through the exhibition at 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
On September 7, First Friday Art Tour begins at 11:00 a.m. With the purchase of admission, visitors will enjoy a free guided tour of The Wyeths Across Texas. Guests will gain insight into the lives and works of the three generations of artists.
Family Day at the Tyler Museum of Art is Saturday, September 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Families can enjoy light refreshments and free art activities related to the exhibition in the TMA classroom.
The 2012 Fall Lecture Series at the TMA begins Saturday, September 8. Ms. Wyeth will present a public lecture titled “The Life and Times of Andrew Wyeth” that day at 2:00 p.m. at the Jean Browne Theatre located on the campus of TJC. An exhibition catalog signing will follow.
Ms. Wyeth will also lead private tours through the gallery on September 8 at 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and on September 9 at 12:30 p.m. All private tour spots and lecture seats are limited; contact the Museum at (903)595-1001 to purchase tickets.
The Wyeths Across Texas was organized by the TMA and will be on view from September 7 through December 9, 2012. After Tyler, The Wyeths Across Texas will travel to the El Paso Museum of Art.
The Tyler Museum of Art exists as an educational and cultural center to enrich the lives of East Texas citizens and visitors through the collection, preservation, study, exhibition, interpretation, and celebration of the visual arts. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit www.tylermuseum.org.