For Immediate Release
Two Exhibitions Premiere at the Gibbes on January 20
The Art of Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Charleston and Jill Hooper: Contemporary Realist
(November 14, 2011 - Charleston, South Carolina) - – The Gibbes Museum of Art has organized two new exhibitions that will run from January 20, 2012 through April 22, 2012. The Art of Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Charleston, on view in the Main Gallery, offers a career retrospective of the 20th century American artist Alfred Hutty, the master painter and printmaker who is considered one of the principal artists of the Charleston Renaissance. Jill Hooper: Contemporary Realist, on view in the Rotunda Galleries, features recent work by Charleston artist Jill Hooper, a classically-trained, realist painter whose extraordinary portraits have earned international recognition.
“These exceptional exhibitions are firsts for the Gibbes and we are thrilled to be able to present them through the generosity of our many donors. The Alfred Hutty exhibition is the first of its kind with an accompanying book and catalog raisonné of his prints. And while Jill Hooper’s work has been a part of the Gibbes collection for some time, this is her first solo exhibition at our institution,” stated Angela D. Mack, Executive Director.
The Art of Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Charleston
The Art of Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Charleston features evocative landscapes and realistic studies of the human condition created by Alfred Hutty (1877–1954) in Woodstock, New York and Charleston. The exhibition includes sixty works in oil, watercolor, pastel, and most importantly, etchings, drypoints, and lithographs. Following the premiere at the Gibbes, the exhibition will travel to the Greenville County (S.C.) Museum of Art and the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia.
Among the first artists to settle in the Art Students League colony at Woodstock, New York, in the early 1900s, Hutty established himself as a leading painter of the town’s natural environs. For more than a decade, he honed his skills in oil and watercolor, producing intimate portrayals of Woodstock’s mountains, lakes, and streams before his career took him to South Carolina. Hutty first visited Charleston in 1920 and according to one of the main legends of the Charleston Renaissance he excitedly wired his wife back in Woodstock: “Come quickly, have found heaven.” Hutty began dividing his time seasonally between homes and studios in Charleston and Woodstock, teaching art classes for the Carolina Art Association at what is now the Gibbes Museum of Art—a relationship that eventually led to the Gibbes’ status as the largest public repository of Hutty’s work. In Charleston, Hutty was inspired to try his hand at printmaking for the first time, and it is this artistic medium for which he is best known. His skillful prints depicting the city’s surviving colonial and antebellum architecture, its rural environs, and its African American population drew unprecedented national attention to both Hutty and to Charleston.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalog titled The Life and Art of Alfred Hutty. This illustrated survey of Hutty’s career offers the first comprehensive examination of his impact on American art in the South and beyond. The text and catalog of prints offer authoritative documentation of more than 250 of Hutty’s works. Published in cooperation with the University of South Carolina Press, the book is edited by Gibbes Curator of Collections Sara C. Arnold and Stephen G. Hoffius and features essays by Arnold, Alexis L. Boylan, Harlan Greene, Edith Howle, and a catalog of known prints by Hutty.
The exhibition and accompanying catalog are sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of SC, Gibbes, etc., The Humanities CouncilSC, South Carolina Arts Commission, Howle-Throckmorton Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, Price R. and Flora A. Reid Foundation, Brunk Auctions, and Legends magazine.
Rebirth, Refinement, and Rivalry: A Charleston Renaissance Symposium
Moderated by Angela Mack, featuring the contributors to The Life and Art of Alfred Hutty
January 20, 2012
Lectures scheduled between 9:15am and 2:45pm, book signing to follow
$65 for morning or afternoon sessions, $120 for both sessions
Conducted by Sara Arnold, Gibbes Curator of Collections
Thursdays, February 2 and March 1 at 2:30pm
Free with museum admission
For tickets to the January 20 symposium, visit gibbesmuseum.org/events or call
Jill Hooper: Contemporary Realist
Jill Hooper: Contemporary Realist features recent work by Charleston artist Jill Hooper, a classically-trained, realist painter whose extraordinary portraits have earned international recognition. The exhibition includes a number of Hooper’s acclaimed portraits, along with large-scale landscapes and exquisite still-life paintings that demonstrate her mastery of technique. Through the inclusion of both paintings and drawings, the exhibition offers insight into Hooper’s working process while showing her development as an artist over the past decade.
Throughout her career, Hooper has trained with a number of renowned realist painters, including D. Jeffrey Mims, Charles Cecil, and Ben Long. Her training is grounded in the techniques of the Old Masters, and she mixes her own pigments and paints from life with natural, northern light. Engagement with her subject matter is essential to Hooper’s working process and carries through in her finished work. Her portraits convey powerful emotion, with many of the works in the Gibbes exhibition revolving around themes of personal struggle and resilience. Hooper’s talent gained notice at an early age and in 2000, at the age of 30, she became the youngest living artist included in the Gibbes collection. In 2006, she earned a prestigious BP Portrait Award, presented annually by the National Portrait Gallery in London, for her 2006 self-portrait Pugnis et Calcibus, which is included in the exhibition.
Jill Hooper: Contemporary Realist is sponsored by Gibbes, etc. and Charleston magazine.
Society 1858 Presents
Luce e Colore—La Bella Notte Italiana
Society 1858’s winter party celebrates the classical traditions of the great masters and spotlights the exhibition Jill Hooper: Contemporary Realist. Italian aperitivo and vino provided by Oak Steakhouse, live music, and studio artist vignettes.
Friday, February 10, 2012, 8 – 11pm
$40 Society 1858 Members, $70 Non-Members
$100 includes event ticket, and an annual membership to Society 1858 & the Gibbes Museum
$45 for 7 – 8pm VIP Party with Jill Hooper and Charles Wadsworth
Chamber Music with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra
In response to the exhibition Jill Hooper: Contemporary Realist
Sunday, February 26, 2012, 4pm
$15 Members, $25 Non-Members
Conducted by Pam Wall, Gibbes Curator of Exhibitions
Thursdays, February 16 and March 15 at 2:30pm
Free with museum admission
For tickets to the February 10 th party or February 26th concert, visit gibbesmuseum.org/events or call 843-722-2706 x22.
GIBBES MUSEUM OF ART
Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905.
Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works of fine art, principally American works with a Charleston or Southern connection and presents special exhibitions annually. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives.
As the aesthetic heart of the Lowcountry, the Gibbes serves the community by stimulating creative expression, increasing economic vitality through tourism, and improving the region’s superb quality of life.
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