John Marin: Modernism at Midcentury

November 5, 2011January 8, 2012

Reflect on the last 20 years of the art of John Marin (1870–1953), one of America’s foremost modernists. In this special exhibition of over 50 oils and watercolors, Marin’s work from 1933 until his death in 1953 will be on view.

Beginning in 1914, Marin drew inspiration from Maine’s forested mountains, picturesque towns, misty harbors and rolling seas; in 1933, he began living part of each year on Cape Split, a remote and sparsely settled northern peninsula in Pleasant Bay.

His Cape Spilt paintings exemplify a renewed enthusiasm for the abstract properties that had always been a feature of his work. Flattening the painterly space and using floating forms and energetic brushwork, Marin transformed the fleeting patterns of the natural world into innovative compositions–patterns that would become some of the primary preoccupations of mid-century American art.

John Marin: Modernism at Midcentury was co-organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, and the Portland Museum of Art, Maine. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.