I can’t think of another artist retrospective I would rather see this summer than that of Jamie Wyeth. His family is a dynasty of American painters, from grandfather, Newell Convers, “N.C.” (1882–1945), to his father, Andrew (1917–2009), to his aunt, Carolyn (1909–1994), but Jamie took his own path and carved out his own place in American history. His career has taken him everywhere from leaving school at 11, to studying in New York morgues, to Andy Warhol’s studio, The Factory.
The show will include 114 works that will range from portraits of celebrities and family, to landscapes and still lifes. I’m crossing my fingers the retrospective includes his portraits and paintings of his dogs, because if anyone can capture the adorable irritability of a Jack Russell Terrier, it’s Jamie Wyeth.
Exhibition runs July 16 – December 28th
Organized by the MFA, and accompanied by an illustrated publication, the exhibition will travel to three additional venues: Brandywine River Museum of Art, Pennsylvania (January 16–April 5, 2015); San Antonio Museum of Art (April 26–July 5, 2015); and Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Arkansas (July 23–October 4, 2015).