Rockland’s Farnsworth Art Museum opens a new exhibit in the Wyeth Center on May 15 with the second it its free Live at Night at the Farnsworth Party. The party, from 5-7 p.m., will include food and live music by the Mister PC Live Jazz Trio.
“Jamie Wyeth—Seven Deadly Sins” focuses on the artists 2007 series of paintings addressing human frailty and the sins of pride, envy, anger, greed, sloth, gluttony and lust, as noted in the writings of the late thirteenth-century Dominican Saint Thomas Aquinas.
Wyeth was inspired by Cadmus’ surreal 1945–49 paintings. In Wyeth’s take, the sins are acted out by seagulls, birds the artist has observed for decades along the coast of Maine and from his studios on Monhegan and Matinicus islands. “Gulls are nasty birds, filled with their own jealousies and rivalries,” Wyeth stated in an exhibition-related interview.
This is the first time the paintings have been shown since their premier in New York in 2007. The exhibit will be on view through Aug. 30, then travel to the Brandywine River Museum, in Chadds Ford, Penn.
Wyeth’s monumental painting, Inferno, Monhegan, will also be included.
A number of special events are being held in conjunction with the exhibit.
(IMAGEs: Top—Jamie Wyeth, Anger (Seven Deadly Sins), 2005, Combined mediums on hand-wove, toned paper mounted on archival board, 34 1/2 x 24 1/4 inches, . Bottom Jamie Wyeth, Pride (Seven Deadly Sins), 2008, Combined mediums on hand-wove, toned paper mounted on archival board, 34 1/2 x 24 1/4 inches. Both—Private collection, Courtesy Adelson Galleries, New York)