From November 8 through November 29, Adelson Galleries in New York City will host an online auction of museum quality art works in support of the Farnsworth Art Museum’s campaign for the Andrew Wyeth Memorial Endowment. The works to be sold have been generously donated by artists, collectors, and philanthropists dedicated to sustaining the mission of the Farnsworth. The live auction preview, to be held in the gallery, will begin November 8 and culminate in a special evening celebrating the life and artistic legacy of Andrew Wyeth, on Monday, November 29th. To visit the online auction please click here.
The campaign aims to raise $12 million, the income from which will fund the maintenance and operation of four of the Farnsworth Museum’s properties: the Olson House in Cushing, Maine, and the Wyeth Center, Wyeth Study Center, and Wyeth Research Center in Rockland.
The art of the Wyeths figures prominently in the Farnsworth Art Museum’s mission to celebrate Maine’s role in American Art. In fact, the Farnsworth’s involvement with the art of the Wyeths pre-dates the museum’s opening in 1948: in 1944 the nascent museum’s director, Robert Peabody Bellows, acquired seven works by then twenty-seven-year-old Andrew Wyeth for the future collection. The museum began acquiring works by both N.C. and Jamie in 1963, and all told, now owns more than sixty works by members of the Wyeth family.
With the formation of the Andrew Wyeth Memorial Endowment, the museum greatly enhances its ability to fulfill its mission, and renews its commitment to the study and presentation of the work of N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth and their inexorable connection to the state of Maine.