SAM’s ‘Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect’ includes rarely seen works by the artist

With more than 100 works on display, “Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect,” running Oct. 19 through Jan. 15, 2018, at the Seattle Art Museum, gives viewers a chance to see Wyeth whole and re-evaluate his stature as an artist.

Andrew Wyeth’s painting, “Winter 1946,” drew me repeatedly to the North Carolina Museum of Art when I lived in Raleigh in the 1970s. It shows a teenage boy hurtling down a hillside that seems as unstable as the boy himself. The detail is fanatically controlled, yet speaks of chaotic freefall.

Once glimpsed, it’s not easily forgotten.

At the time, Wyeth (1917-2009) was deeply out of fashion. But I remember thinking that maybe fashion didn’t count for much if it could marginalize a tour-de-force like this.

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“Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect”

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 19-Jan. 15, 2018. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; $14.95-$24.95 (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org).

“Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect,” running Oct. 19 through Jan. 15, 2018, at the Seattle Art Museum, gives viewers a chance to see Wyeth whole and re-evaluate his stature as an artist. Over 100 works will be on display. Half of them are from private collections and have rarely or never been seen except in reproduction.

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Created by SAM and the Brandywine River Museum of Art for the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth, the show has a magnificent catalog to go with it, co-edited by Patricia Junker, SAM’s Ann M. Barwick Curator of American Art and Brandywine curator Audrey Lewis.

The catalog contains crucial information on the paintings — including the fact that the model for the running boy in “Winter 1946” was among the first on the scene at the car crash that killed Wyeth’s father, illustrator N.C. Wyeth. The boy, we’re told, “pushed away the fierce dogs that had gathered to lick…

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