Art Among Friends brings together artwork drawn entirely from four private North Carolina collections. Spanning one of the most dynamic periods of art in America, these paintings and works on paper (along with one sculpture) were all created between approximately 1880 and 1940. Collectively, they trace the rise and fall of such important artistic movements as Impressionism and Urban Realism, explore activity at important sites in both the United States and Europe, and demonstrate the remarkable talents of some of the country’s finest artists.
There are many ways to organize such an undertaking: by subject matter (landscape, portraiture, still life); by collector; or even by chronology. Yet as I began to think about the works that I had seen as I visited with each of the lenders, it quickly became apparent that the depth and breadth of their holdings made it possible to survey the major developments in American art over a significant span of time. Thus their collections are combined and interwoven, allowing for fascinating juxtapositions and rich conversations to emerge.
Guest Curator and Senior Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art, The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
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