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Renowned for his powerful paintings of American life and
scenery, Winslow Homer (1836-1910) remains a consequential figure whose art
continues to appeal to broad audiences. This exhibition reconsiders Homer's
work through the lens of conflict, a theme that crosses his prolific
career. A persistent fascination with struggle permeates his art—from
emblematic images of the Civil War and Reconstruction that examine the
effects of the conflict on the landscape, soldiers, and formerly enslaved
people to dramatic scenes of rescue and hunting as well as monumental
seascapes and dazzling tropical works painted throughout the Atlantic
world. The centerpiece of the exhibition is Homer's iconic The Gulf Stream, a
painting that reveals his lifelong engagement with charged subjects of
race, geopolitics, and the environment. Featuring 88 oils and watercolors, Crosscurrents represents
the largest critical overview of Homer's art and life in more than a
quarter of a century.
Louise Bourgeois: Paintings is the first comprehensive exhibition of paintings
produced by the iconic, French American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010)
between her arrival in New York in 1938 and her turn to sculpture in the
late 1940s. While Bourgeois is best known today as a sculptor, it is in
this early body of work—created in the decade spanning World War II—that
her artistic voice emerged, establishing a core group of visual motifs that
she would continue to explore and develop over the course of her
celebrated, decades-long career. Informed by new archival research, the
exhibition sheds light on a little-known chapter in the artist’s practice.