When: April 25-June 5 2015
Painter Jamie Wyeth grew up between Pennsylvania and Maine, in what’s been dubbed “America’s first family of art.” With inspiration from his grandfather (N.C. Wyeth, 1882-1945) and father (Andrew Wyeth, 1917-2009), not to mention aunts and uncles, Wyeth emerged as a masterful portrait artist while still in his teens. By the age of 20, he was represented in private collections and had been lauded as the “finest American portrait painter since the death of John Singer Sargent.” Beyond famed portraits of icons (such as John F. Kennedy, Andy Warhol and Rudolf Nureyev), Wyeth has built bodies of work exploring the Maine coastline, a reverence for nature and a curious fascination with pumpkins. Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and billed as the first comprehensive retrospective of the artist, the simply-titled “Jamie Wyeth” encompasses 100 paintings, works on paper, illustrations and assemblages spanning his 60-year career. As one of only three tour stops, the San Antonio Museum of Art hosts the traveling exhibition through July 5.