Art in Progress

Arkansas Arts Cen­ter stages John Marin ex­hi­bi­tion af­ter re­ceiv­ing a ma­jor gift of his work.

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Lit­tle Rock, AR 72202 t: (501) 372-4000 www.arkansasarts­cen­ the artist, trail­ing only the Na­tional Gallery of Art in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Be­com­ing John Marin: Mod­ernist at Work is the first ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion of that gift, fea­tur­ing 79 works from the col­lec­tion along­side 33 Marin works loaned by other in­sti­tu­tions.

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

Arkansas Arts Cen­ter

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).

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