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William Glackens

November 8, 2014–February 2, 2015

The first comprehensive survey of William Glackens in nearly half a century, this exhibition has more than 90 major paintings and works on paper from some of America's finest private and public collections. Glackens’s influential career spanned five decades and this exhibition will show a new generation the breadth of his oeuvre, displaying key works from each decade of his career and revealing his enchanting zest for life, as well as his arsenal of sophisticated techniques. Several important canvases and works on paper will be on public view for the first time.

The exhibition is highly selective, concentrating on the most pivotal, adventurous, accomplished, and distinctive works, including the magisterial At Mouquin’s (1905) and The Soda Fountain (1935). Several works in the collection of the Barnes Foundation are included in the exhibition. A joyous and pure painter, Glackens also served as an advocate for the development of avant-garde art in America through his participation in the landmark exhibitions of The Eight (1908), the Armory Show (1913), and the Society of Independent Artists (1917).

Albert C. Barnes and William Glackens attended Philadelphia’s prestigious Central High School together. When they renewed their friendship in 1911, Glackens encouraged Barnes’s appreciation of modern French painting. Glackens went to Paris in 1912 on a buying trip, sending back works by Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and others. The men remained close, and Barnes became his most important patron and acknowledged his friend’s importance to his collecting endeavors: “The most valuable single educational factor to me has been my frequent association with a life-long friend who combines greatness as an artist with a big man’s mind.” 

Curator:  Avis Berman, independent writer and art historian

Coordinating Curator for the Barnes Foundation: Judith F. Dolkart, deputy director of art and archival collections and Gund Family Chief Curator

Additional Venues:
Nova Southeastern University’s Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, February 23–June 1, 2014
Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York, July 20–October 13, 2014


Exhibition pROGRAMS

William Glackens: Painter of Modern Life
Tuesdays, October 14–November 4 (4 classes)

Becoming William Glackens
October 19, 2014

Glackens Preview Lecture and Circles Reception
October 19, 2014

Artime Storytime
Thursdays, November 6, 13, and 20

Student and Alumni Luncheon: Celebrating William Glackens
November 6, 2014

First Friday! William Glackens opening party: Vaudeville
November 7, 2014

Corporate Council Networking Breakfast and Preview of William Glackens
November 7, 2014

New Perspectives on William Glackens Symposium
November 8, 2014

Annual Circles Soirée Celebrating William Glackens
November 13, 2014

Artime Pajama Tour
November 14, 2014

ArtSee Activitites
November 14, 15, and 16

ArtKids Workshop: Fall Fashions
November 23

Trends in American Art
December 8, 2014

William Glackens Docent Talks
December 12, 2014

William Glackens: Major Works and Sketchbooks
December 13, 2014

William Glackens Docent Talks
December 19, 2014

William Glackens: Major Works and Sketchbooks
January 17, 2014


William Glackens is sponsored by

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with generous funding from the Sansom Foundation and
the William Penn Foundation.  

Support is also provided by Leigh and John Middleton,
Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund,
James J. and Frances M. Maguire,
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation,
an anonymous donor, Laura and Bill Buck,
Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Spain,
Regina and Charles Cheever, Harriet and Bernie Gross,
Pheasant Hill Foundation, Adele and Harold Schaeffer,
Constance Smukler, The Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation,
and The Friends of Glackens.

William Glackens is organized and presented by
Nova Southeastern University’s Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale,
the Parrish Art Museum, and the Barnes Foundation,
with pan-institutional support from the Sansom Foundation,
the Henry Luce Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts,
Vontobel Swiss Wealth Advisors, and Christie’s.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from
the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.  

 

 

Image: William J. Glackens (American, 1870–1938). Cape Cod Pier, 1908. Oil on canvas, 26 x 32 inches (66 x 81.3 cm). Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University; Gift of an Anonymous Donor, 85.74

Join us on November 7 for William Glackens Opening Party: Vaudeville.
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Exhibition Prices

Access to William Glackens is included with your general admission ticket.


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Exhibition Tour: 
$20; members $10
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Exhibition Tour + Collection: 
$40; members $10
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Exhibition Only: 
$10; members free
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Open Wednesday–Monday
10 am–6 pm

 

Friday until 9 pm 


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