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Marsden Hartley: Selected Works


An exhibition of works by the American modernist Marsden Hartley opened on April 6, 1997 at the Weatherspoon Art Gallery located within the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. "In the annals of American art history, Hartley occupies a place of great importance as an artist who forged his own distinct style from tenets of European modernism (such as Fauvism, Cubism and German Expressionism), American folk art and the eccentric painting of Albert Pinkham Ryder," said Dr. Douglas Dreishpoon the curator of the collections at the Weatherspoon Gallery.

"Hartley was a member of a small group of vanguard artists, patronized by photographer and art dealer Alfred Stieglitz, that included Arthur Dove, Georgia O'Keeffe and John Martin, and he shared Stieglitz's vision for an indigenous art."

In his art, Hartley constantly experimented with different themes and media, moving between abstraction and representation, figuration and landscape. His life was one of constant change. He never stayed in the same place for too long. He traveled extensively and some of his trips took him to major European cities such as Paris, London and Berlin, as well as several cities within the United States. It was not until his later years that he visited the state of his birth, Maine.

To highlight the exhibition, Dr. Townsend Ludington, author of "Marsden Hartley: The Biography of an American Artists" and a professor of English and American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, presented a lecture entitled, "Marsden Hartley and the 'Thing Itself:' A Modernist Painter Reads and Writes."

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