A Wild Note of Longing: Albert Pinkham Ryder and a Century of American Art
June 30, 2020
9.3 X 11.2 X 1.0 inches | 3.35 pounds
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About the Author
Christina Connett Brophy is The Douglas and Cynthia Crocker Endowed Chair for the Chief Curator, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Massachusetts. Elizabeth Broun was director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery from 1989 to 2016; she is the Visual Arts Advisor to the Kennedy Center, and a member of the boards of the Henry Luce Foundation and the Olana Partnership. William C. Agee is Evelyn Kranes Kossak Professor Emeritus of Art History, Hunter College, New York, and is former director of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Pasadena Art Museum.
"With color illustrations as well as insightful essays by Christina Connett Brophy, Elizabeth Broun, and William C. Agee that analyze, respectively, Ryder's historical context, his elusive painterly ideas, and his outsize influence on generations of artists, A Wild Note of Longing: Albert Pinkham Ryder and a Century of American Artoffers us the exceedingly welcome chance to reflect on this austere, stirring, and wholeheartedly strange painter." --THE NEW CRITERION "The exhibition catalogue ... is a substantial publication. High-quality images alternate with essays by the three curators. While Brophy's text focuses on the historical and artistic context of New Bedford, Broun gives an analysis of Ryder's work and the effect of his paintings on viewers. As she writes, Ryder's artworks 'reveal their allure slowly over time, after repeated looking, ' echoing the artist's own slow labor. Agee's essay (like his curation) focuses on Ryder's legacy: 'His influence through generations of artists has often been quiet, even invisible, like an underground stream, but nevertheless one that flows steadily.' Agee explains that Ryder's paintings have attracted artists by giving them 'permission to feel again, to break free of the chains of theory.' This license for freedom and individuality was also felt by painter Peter Shear, who describes Ryder's work as a 'fortunate place to get lost at a moment when, like all young artists, I was searching for the permission to be myself.'" --THE BROOKLYN RAIL