Celebrated New York artists such as Georgia O’ Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Albert Gleizes, and Jennifer Bartlett will be showcased in a three-month long exhibition opening at the Bermuda National Gallery February 8-April 13, 2002.
“In a New York Frame of Mind” toasts New York-based artists who travelled to Bermuda and captured the Island’s beauty in their distinctive styles. Presented as part of the Bermuda National Gallery’s 10th anniversary celebration, the exhibition will feature works from the travelling Bermudiana Collection of the Island’s Masterworks Foundation. This includes some 900 works depicting the Island by world-renowned artists and photographers.
Most of the exhibition is returning to Bermuda after receiving critical acclaim in New York, Philadelphia, and Toronto. The show includes works by O’Keeffe, Gleizes, and Charles Demuth, among others, who were active in New York at the beginning of the 20th century.
O’Keeffe made two visits to Bermuda in 1933 and 1934. Her pencil and charcoal creations capture the beautiful intricacies of Bermuda flora in a style that is distinctively O’Keeffe. Demuth came to the Island from 1916-1917, and was inspired by the unique Bermudian architecture, which stood in contrast to the irregular forms of foliage and landscape. His work in Bermuda was innovative and important to his aesthetic development. Gleizes visited Bermuda in the winter of 1917 where he joined the company of Demuth and Hartley. While in Bermuda, he translated his cubist theories into gouaches and watercolors of various island scenes, later to be developed into large oil paintings.
The Bermuda National Gallery, located in Hamilton City Hall, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am-4 pm. The exhibit is free to the public.