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WILMINGTON, DEL...Founded more than 100 years ago to preserve the works of Wilmington resident and esteemed illustrator, Howard Pyle, the Delaware Art Museum boasts outstanding American Art and Pre-Raphaelite collections. Throughout 2015, the Museum is scheduled to supplement its permanent collections with a series of exciting exhibitions.
Oscar Wilde's Salome: Illustrating Death and Desire (02-07-2015 - 05-10-15)
Despite the controversy surrounding Wilde's Salome which was banned from production in London in 1893, the play has always received significant recognition . Included in this exhibition is a complete set of symbolist artist Aubrey Beardsley's (1894) lithographic illustrations published with the play. Engravings by Barry Moser illustrating the most recent publication (2011) and a new translation of the original French version by Joseph Donohue are also featured.
Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs (03-07-2015 - 05-24-15)
Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt's best pictures of dogs. Photographed around the world between 1946 and 2004, this selection demonstrates the artist's affectionate eye and love of surrealist juxtapositions. Funny, poignant and beautifully composed, the photographs of tiny Chihuahuas, inquisitive poodles and glowering bulldogs record the relationship between humans and their canine companions.
The Puzzling World of John Sloan (06-06-2015 - 09-06-15)
The exhibition explores Sloan's early newspaper career between 1900 and 1910 during which he produced a weekly series of word and picture puzzles for the Sunday supplement of the Philadelphia Press. On view for the first time from the Museum's collection, more than 25 works demonstrate his imagination and verbal and visual wit, as well as the fluid boundaries between fine art and newspaper illustration during the first decade of the 20th century.
Dream Streets: Art in Wilmington 1970 - 1990 (06-27-2015 - 09-17-15)
Wilmington boasted a flourishing artistic community during the 1970s and 1980s which gave birth to organizations like the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Delaware Theatre Company, Delaware Humanities Forum and several private galleries that continue to support the city's visual and performing arts. This landmark exhibition charts the development of artistic trends within Wilmington and examines their relation to national trends showcasing craft and design, drawing, painting, performance art, photography and sculpture.
Helen Farr Sloan, 1911 - 2005 (09-26-15 - 1-10-2016)
Helen Farr Sloan was a painter, a printmaker and an art instructor who dedicated most of her career to promoting the work of her husband, the realist painter and illustrator John Sloan (1871-1951). The exhibition showcases her personal prints, drawings and paintings and honors her legacy as an artist, philanthropist and resource for generations of scholars of American art.
Poetry in Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of Marie Spartali Stillman
(11-07-2015 - 01-31-2016)
Marie Spartali Stillman (1844-1927) is an intimate look at Marie Spartali Stillman (1844-1927) and her world. She was closely affiliated with members of the Pre-Raphaelite circle and one of a very few number of professional female artists working in the second half of the 19th century. This exhibition is co-curated by Margaretta Frederick, Delaware Art Museum's Chief Curator and Curator of the Museum's Bancroft Collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art, and Jan Marsh, a noted Pre-Raphaelite scholar who is currently working on the Late Victorian Catalogue at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
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