Join us as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Andrew Wyeth. The monumental exhibition Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect will be on display and the Post Office will have the official release party for a set of 12 Andrew Wyeth Forever® stamps, featuring an unveiling with distinguished guests, special activities and café menu, and lots more.
The official stamp dedication ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. and is free and open to the public.
Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) lived in Chadds Ford while typically spending each summer and early fall in Maine. In both places, he was inspired by the lives, houses, and personal belongings of the people around him, finding particular interest in the German immigrants on a nearby Chadds Ford farm, painting portraits of them and views in and around their home. By the 1940s, the tendencies that define much of his work were taking shape, among them a focus on death and loss; the uses of places and objects to serve as stand-ins for people, and intense and unsentimental scrutiny of nature, and an often startling austerity and stark lack of color. Rather than depict nature with photographic accuracy, Wyeth used painting to convey emotions that were difficult to put into words. His work often reflected memories, associations, and echoes from his personal life, including his own distinctive sense of the wondrous and the strange.
The exhibition Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, on view on view from June 24 through September 17, is the first chronological retrospective of the artist’s career since the 1970s. The exhibition is co-organized by Seattle Art Museum and includes over 100 of his finest paintings and works on papers selected from major museums and private collections.