The Greenville County Museum of Art offers visitors a way to sample the very best in American art through traveling exhibitions and exhibitions drawn from its own collection. The Museum's respected Southern Collection is a survey of American art from colonial times to the present, with an emphasis on examples with relationships to the southern United States.
The Andrew Wyeth: The Greenville Collection is nearly always on view at the Museum, however it will close temporarily on May 19 and re-open September 28. Recently expanded to forty-five paintings with the gift of the 1946 watercolor Four Poster, it now includes an example from every major period of Wyeth's career.
Since its inception, the Museum has also collected contemporary art. The Contemporary Collection includes examples from every major movement in American art, featuring artists such as Josef Josef Albers, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Eric Fischl, and Leon Golub.
Masterpieces of American Landscape from the
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Opening June 19, 2013
Albert Bierstadt (1830 - 1902)
Valley of the Yosemite, 1864
From the majestic grandeur of Niagara Falls to the sweeping vistas of Yosemite, this exhibition offers viewers more than 60 works on loan from one of America’s most prestigious art museums. Breathtaking 19th-century Hudson River Valley masterpieces by Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, and Albert Bierstadt evoke the splendor of America’s vast wilderness while later works by Childe Hassam, Marsden Hartley and Stuart Davis depict the American landscape through more modern eyes. A group of 20 captivating photographs by Ansel Adams and Edward Weston complete this amazing exhibition, previously shown only in Japan. The GCMA is the exhibition's first American—and only Southern—venue.
Landscapes from the Southern Collection May 8 — September 8, 2013
John James Audubon (1785 - 1851)
View of Natchez, 1823
Drawn from the GCMA's own Southern Collection, this exhibition features works depicting Southern landscapes as well as those from farther afield. Among the highlights are Louis Remy Mignot's stunning masterpiece Mount Chimborazo, William Charles Frerichs' Mountain Falls, and John James Audubon's View of Natchez.
Sarah Lamb April 10 -- June 9, 2013
Sarah Lamb (born 1971)
Mousse au Chocolat, 2012
In the tradition of classical still life painting, Virginia artist Sarah Lamb imbues commonplace objects with rich Old Master-like familiarity. Her skilled treatment of reflective objects, such as bottles, shells and copper pots, provides a bright counterpoint to earthy tabletop surfaces and humble subject matter.
through October 6, 2013
John Ross Key (1837 - 1920)
Battle of the Ironclads Virginia and Monitor, Hampton Roads, VA, 1862, 1863
Spanning the entire 20th century, this exhibition features important works by such artists as Thomas Hart Benton, John Ross Key, John Steuart Curry, Andy Warhol, Leo Twiggs, Lamar Dodd, and Roger Brown. Relying on stereotypes and symbolism, the images raise provocative questions about the Old South and the New.
David Drake: Potter and Poet of Edgefield District
Continuing on view through January 19, 2014
Experience the powerful story of David Drake, one of the 19th century’s most remarkable artists. An enslaved African-American who worked as a “turner” in several pottery manufacturing facilities in South Carolina’s Edgefield District, David Drake learned to read and write, dangerous and even illegal skills for a slave to possess. Apparently with his owner’s approval, Drake openly expressed his literacy and his literary skills by inscribing original poems on many of the utilitarian works he created. Eight large pots, including three poem-incised vessels offer a captivating look at the inspiring figure of David Drake.