Published: December 10, 2002
PORTLAND, ME. – Each winter provides an opportunity for the Portland Museum of Art to celebrate the works it has acquired during the previous year. “New Acquisitions 2002,” will be on view through February 23.
In anticipation of the reinstallation and reinterpretation of the museum’s Nineteenth Century American collections, several new treasures were added to the collection. Among these is an important walnut chest by Portland cabinetmaker Walter Corey, on view in the reopened L.D.M. Sweat Memorial Galleries. An unknown artist’s view of Diamond Cove also enhances the understanding of Portland’s rich artistic tradition and it is featured in the exhibition “Charles Codman: The Landscape of Art and Culture in Nineteenth Century Maine” through January 5.
Contemporary art was also a major focus of 2002, as Yvonne Jacquette’s painting “Dragon Cement Company, Thomaston, Maine,” was acquired and is now a highlight in the reinstalled galleries on the third floor of the Payson Building.
All of the works were acquired with funds by the Friends of the Collection. However, gifts from generous individual donors were also responsible for significant additions to the collection. These include an important early watercolor by Andrew Wyeth entitled “Florida Swamp” (1939), given by the daughter of Stephen Etnier, a prominent Maine artist and a friend to the Wyeth family; a small seascape by Richard Estes, a special gift to the museum from the National Academy of Design in New York; Winslow Homer’s earliest known print, given by Peggy and Harold Osher; and an impressive collection of Twentieth Century works on paper given by an anonymous donor.
Among the many other additions to the collection on view in “New Acquisitions 2002” are paintings by Benjamin Champney, Mary K. Longfellow, and John Calvin Stevens; prints by Leonard Baskin, Jasper Cropsey, and Dahlov Ipcar; photographs by Paul Caponigro, Greg Gorman, and Eliot Porter; and a sculpture by William Zorach.
The museum, Seven Congress Square, is open 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and 10 am to 9 pm on Thursday and Friday. For information, 207-775-6148.
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