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Views of New York: Selections from the Permanent Collection


The Hyde Collection will present Views of New York: Selections from the Permanent Collection through March 31, 2002 in the Charles R. Wood Gallery. From views of the Manhattan skyline to the serene beauty of Lake George, this exhibition will explore paintings, drawings, and prints that reflect both urban and rural scenes of New York State. Among the highlights include a group of etchings by printmaker Albert Flanagan from his Towers of New York series. Although relatively unknown today Flanagan produced, during the etching revival of the 1930's, dramatic renditions of the ever-changing New York skyline. A more contemporary take on New York City will be present in works by abstract expressionist artist George McNeil, and graffiti artist Keith Haring. (left: George McNeil, American, 1908-1995, The City Weeps, 1993, acrylic on panel, 78 x 64 inches, George McNeil Charitable Trust)

In addition to renditions of this famous metropolis the exhibition will include a section on images of Lake George and the Adirondacks. Featured are four engravings done in 1838 based on drawings by the English artist William Henry Bartlett, which rank among the earliest dated landscape views of Lake George. Mid-nineteenth-century representations of the lake by second-generation Hudson River School artists William Hart and Aaron Draper Shattuck will also be on view. The Hyde Collection will feature one of its most recent gifts, a small landscape painting, Chapel Pond, Adirondacks, by M. Josephine Walters, a little known female member of the Hudson River School. Other views of New York will be presented in the art of Winslow Homer, William Merritt Chase, and Grandma Moses. In all, the exhibition will include 24 works from the Museum's permanent collection.

Visitors to the exhibition are invited to share their views of New York by writing or drawing in journals and sketchbooks provided in the gallery. The books offer a venue for personal reflection and expression inspired both by the works in the exhibition and a heightened awareness of the city and state due to current events. The books will become part of The Hyde Collection's exhibition archives. (left: Keith Haring, American, 1958-1990, Subway Drawing, 1980-81, chalk on paper, 44 1/2 x 29 inches, Gift of Robert S. Risman, Jr., Photo credit: Joseph Levy)

Tour programs are planned which will focus on individual artists such as Winslow Homer, Peter Max, and Keith Haring, as well as the artists of the Hudson River School. Other programs will be available to emphasize the history of New York State and the artists' views of Lake George.


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