Art in Progress
Arkansas Arts Center stages John Marin exhibition after receiving a major gift of his work.
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The pieces on view span from his teenage years to the end of his career, and include subject matter that the artist is not traditionally known for, including portraits of friends and family, some later nudes, and animal drawings done in the Central Park Zoo.
“I think he had a great emotional connection to animals,” Ann Wagner, Arkansas Arts Center curator of drawings, says of the zoo drawings. “There are no bars, so there’s a feeling of closeness.”
The exhibition will prominently feature architectural works, for which Marin is well known.“one of the most interesting is the incomplete Woolworth Building watercolor,” Wagner says.“it hasn’t been shown a lot, so the colors are really vivid, and because he stopped, you can see how he was constructing the drawing and doing the watercolor over it.” Other
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John Marin (1870-1953), Woolworth Building Under Construction, 1912. Watercolor and graphite on textured watercolor paper, 195/8 x 153/8 in. Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Gift of Norma B. Marin, New York, New York, 2013.018.011 (catalog...
John Marin (1870-1953), Woolworth Building under Construction, 1912, graphite on paper, 10 x 8 in. Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Gift of Norma B. Marin, New York, New York. 2013.018.278 (catalog 99).