New York painter Eugene Speicher (1883-1962) was one of the foremost American realists of his generation, closely associated with George Bellows, Robert Henri, Leon Kroll, and Rockwell Kent. Born in Buffalo, NY, Speicher first garnered national recognition in the 1910s for his incisive portraits of actors, artists, and friends, which were collected by many prominent American museums. Splitting his professional time between New York City and Woodstock, N.Y., Speicher expanded his repertoire to include still life, nudes, and landscape. "Along His Own Lines" will be the first Speicher museum survey since 1963. The exhibition and accompanying catalog will explore Speicher's role in the Woodstock art colony and the New York art world and reevaluate his place in the canon of early 20th-century American art.
The 1980s had a look all its own. "1980s Style" includes prints, photographs, and jewelry from the collection of The Dorsky Museum that exemplify the stark geometries and vibrant colors of the decade. The exhibition asks viewers: To what extent are bold shapes, bright colors, asymmetry, and cartoonish figuration the visual and formal manifestations of emotional turmoil and artistic activism? Featuring work by Tina Barney, Richard Bosman, Jackie Ferrara, Frank Gillette, Lisa Gralnick, Barbara Kasten, George McNeil, Judy Pfaff, Andy Warhol, and others.
Pioneer of street photography, Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004), believed "The Decisive Moment"—that split second of genius and inspiration—differentiated the photographer from artists working in mediums such as drawing and painting. The exhibition, curated by Wayne Lempka, displays Cartier-Bresson's work from a time when photography was still a relatively new medium and photographers were often criticized for not having the same discipline and creativity as traditional artists.
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