Past Exhibitions

John Marin: Modernism at Midcentury

January 28 - April 1, 2012

John Marin: Modernism at Midcentury brings together nearly sixty paintings in oil and watercolor from the 1930s through 1953 that draw their inspiration from the coast of Maine and the architecture of Manhattan. Recognized as one of America's foremost watercolorists since his early work was first championed by Alfred Stieglitz, John Marin (1870-1953) also took up oil painting during the last two decades of his career after a long hiatus. This re-engagement with oil was liberating, eventually yielding a more fluid, linear, and calligraphic style in his work in both media. Marin’s dynamic, evocative abstractions from this period were noted for their invention, singularity, and authority, and forecast aspects of Abstract Expressionism. More than half a century later, Marin’s work from his late phase emerges as his most daring, adventuresome period.

John Marin: Modernism at Midcentury was co-organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art and the Portland Museum of Art, Maine.

Generous support for this exhibition and publication was provided by Cynthia E. Bing, an anonymous donor, and Robert W. and Evelyn H. Doran, as well as by the Sidney R. Knafel Fund, the Michael and Fiona Scharf Publications Fund, and the Charles H. Sawyer Curatorial Fellowship Fund. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Portland Museum of Art
Portland, Maine
June 23, 2011 - October 9, 2011

Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Fort Worth, Texas
November 4, 2011 - January 8, 2012

Addison Gallery of American Art
Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts
January 27, 2012 - April 1, 2012

Tyler Green, producer and host of Modern Art Notes Podcast, discussed this exhibition with guest curator Debra Bricker Balken in conjunction with its installation at the Amon Carter Musuem of American Art. To listen to the podcast, please click here.


Images © Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York