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The Farnsworth at 60

The Farnsworth at 60
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The Farnsworth and the Art of Our Time (thru June 15)
Uncommon Treasures: Folk Art from the Farnsworth (thru November 30)
Picturing the Decades: 60 Years of Photography (thru June 1)
Louise Nevelson (thru February 1, 2009)
Alex Katz and Friends (through October 26)

Sculptor Louise Nevelson grew up in Rockland, and the Farnsworth claims the “second-largest public holding of Nevelson’s work in the world.” Painter Alex Katz, darling of the New York art world and a Lincolnville summer resident, is more closely associated with the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, where a substantial collection of his own work is housed, but in recent years the Alex Katz Foundation has quietly been helping the Farnsworth purchase contemporary works by artists such as Philip Pearlstein, Janet Fish, Red Grooms, and Francesco Clemente who have little or no relation to Maine.

This ambitious summer season speaks volumes to the Farnsworth’s aspirations to be more than the Maine repository of all things Wyeth, and to its determination to remain a vital player in the economic and cultural life of coastal Maine.

“When MBNA pulled its support, we did not cut back,” says director Lora Urbanelli. “We gave ourselves five years to build the support level back up. We did not want to retract to meet the bottom line.”

A public grand-opening party will be held Friday, April 4, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Farnsworth Museum of Art, 16 Museum St., Rockland, Maine. 207-596-6457; farnsworthmuseum.org

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2 Responses to The Farnsworth at 60

  1. Kelly Schwark March 20, 2008 at 8:59 am #

    The collection at the Farnsworth Museum of Art sounds wonderful. From the description of the town as well, it seems like the perfect pairing of charming New England and inspiring culture.

    I am looking forward to traveling throughout the Northeast with my little girl, introducing her to the world of art and finding gems such as Rockland. I may be getting a head of myself as she is only 8 months old, but I’m still hopeful that she will enjoy it as much as I do!

    Thanks for the insight on the Farnsworth!
    Kelly

  2. Ed Beem March 20, 2008 at 10:57 am #

    Kelly, If you go to Rockland be sure to stop in at the Caldbeck Gallery across the side street from the Farsnworth. There is also a wonderful little book store/coffee shop a bpock from the museum on Main Street and one of the best restaurants in the state — Primo — is also located in Rockland. best, Ed

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