Art Museum contributes works to show in S. Korea

South Koreans are not familiar with American artists like Thomas Eakins, whose "Sailing" will be part of the exhibition. Institutions in Los Angeles, Houston and Chicago will join the Art Museum in contributing works.
South Koreans are not familiar with American artists like Thomas Eakins, whose "Sailing" will be part of the exhibition. Institutions in Los Angeles, Houston and Chicago will join the Art Museum in contributing works.
Posted: January 18, 2013

The Philadelphia Museum of Art and three other U.S. institutions have joined to offer a sweeping survey of historical American art for exhibition in South Korea.

Museum officials describe the show, which includes more than 100 works drawn from three centuries of American art making, as the first such major survey in Korea.

"Many Koreans are aware of American artists such as Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol, and familiar with post-1960s American art, but not with the work of artists of earlier periods, such as John Singleton Copley, Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Eakins," Seung-ik Kim, the National Museum of Korea's lead curator for the exhibition and a specialist in Korean modern art and visual culture, said on Wednesday.

The show, dubbed "Art Across America," travels first to the National Museum of Korea in Seoul. After it finishes its Feb. 4-May 19 run there, it will head to the Daejeon Museum of Art, near the center of the nation, for a run from June 17 to Sept. 1.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Terra Foundation for American Art in Chicago joined the Art Museum and the National Museum of Korea in organizing the show.

"The primary aim of the exhibition is to help the Korean people better understand and appreciate American art history in particular and the cultural history of the United States in general," said Austen Barron Bailly, associate curator of American art at the L.A. County Museum. "Sections will highlight the significance of portraiture and landscape painting to the development of an American art history, 19th-century genre painting as an expression of American society, American artists abroad and their myriad responses to modernism, among other subjects."

Among the 44 or so works from the Art Museum's collection that will be shown are paintings by Homer ( A Huntsman and Dogs and A Temperance Meeting), Eakins ( Sailing and Portrait of Leslie W. Miller), John Singer Sargent's In the Luxembourg Gardens, Thomas Moran's huge Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, and Henry Ossawa Tanner's Portrait of the Artist's Mother.

A constellation of works related to Philadelphia's venerable Cadwalader family - with Charles Willson Peale's Portrait of John and Elizabeth Lloyd Cadwalader and their Daughter Anne as the centerpiece - forms one entire section of the museum's contribution.

A number of items of Pennsylvania German origin - a chest, a quilt, tableware - form another.


Contact Stephan Salisbury at 215-854-5594, ssalisbury@phillynews.com, or @SPSalisbury on Twitter

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