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Jamie Wyeth: Unsettled

July 4, 2024 – September 29, 2024

Jamie Wyeth (born 1946) Bean Boots, 1985 Oil on panel 37 x 50 1/4 inches Gift of the Cawley Family, 2001.29.1 © 2024 Jamie Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Exhibition Dates

July 4, 2024 – September 29, 2024

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JAMIE WYETH’S COLLECTION

Jamie Wyeth: Unsettled

July 4 – September 29, 2024, with the official public opening beginning at 5:30 pm on First Friday, July 5

This exhibition traces a persistent vein of intriguing, often disconcerting imagery over the career of renowned artist Jamie Wyeth (born 1946). Frequently countered and even hidden by Wyeth’s fuller body of work—particularly his well-known coastal views and farmscapes—the darker and more troubling imagery is constant throughout his oeuvre. Whether he is introducing curious characters or surveying strange landscapes, Wyeth is at home with uneasy subjects and a master of the unsettled mood.

Among the goals of this examination of Wyeth’s work is the intentional disentanglement of his work from that of other family members. Looking at Jamie Wyeth’s work in isolation may still suggest affinities with the darker work by other generations of his family, such as the grim story of The Drowning (1936) by N.C. Wyeth or the frozen corpse of Karl Kuerner in Andrew Wyeth’s Spring (1978), but it does not form the starting point of the investigation. Not intended as a retrospective, the exhibition will follow the development of Wyeth’s skillful, cinematic shorthand that has the power of creating a sense of anxiety in the viewer. A focused look at Wyeth’s arresting, visceral imagery will provide fascinating insight into the artist and the art of visual storytelling. Fiercely independent in the face of prevailing art world trends, Jamie Wyeth stands apart in a shadowy and strange world of his own creation.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a major catalogue published by Rizzoli Electa, with a lead essay by Amanda C. Burdan, Senior Curator at the Brandywine Museum of Art and organizer of this exhibition. Burdan has selected artists working in different media to contribute essays exploring their own creation of unsettling moods; they are John Rusk writing on filmmaking, Rena Butler writing on choreography, Michael Kiley writing on sound installations, and Jennifer Margaret Barker writing on classical composition. 

This exhibition is organized by Brandywine Museum of Art.