Yes, Andy Warhol’s famous screen print of Marilyn Monroe is here, larger than life and up close. But viewers will find themselves equally captivated by seascapes, landscapes, abstracts, gelatin silver prints, oils and etchings by this pantheon of late 19th and 20th century artists. “An Adventure in the Arts, Moran to Warhol” has opened at Lakeview Museum with a spectacular collection of more than 70 pieces on loan through Jan. 17 from the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, N.Y.
Yes, Andy Warhol’s famous screen print of Marilyn Monroe is here, larger than life and up close.
But viewers will find themselves equally captivated by seascapes, landscapes, abstracts, gelatin silver prints, oils and etchings by this pantheon of late 19th and 20th century artists.
“An Adventure in the Arts, Moran to Warhol” has opened at Lakeview Museum with a spectacular collection of more than 70 pieces on loan through Jan. 17 from the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, N.Y.
The wealth and range of style, from a 1914 oil on canvas “Portrait of a Man” by Stuart Davis to the 1982 portrait “Phil/Manipulated” on handmade paper by Chuck Close, is one measure of the distance American artists have traveled.
The Close portrait of composer Philip Glass is a dramatic 6-foot work that the artist transferred from a photograph to a giant graph and then “painted” with miniscule cubes in shades from white to gray to black. It’s a tribute to patience and pixels.
Name some modern artists, and you’ll see them all here. Not only Warhol, but also Jackson Pollock; Willem de Kooning and his wife, Elaine de Kooning; Max Ernst; Jasper Johns; Roy Lichtenstein; Robert Motherwell; Robert Rauschenberg; and Saul Steinberg.
All have one thing in common: They are connected to the Hamptons, which became an art colony as early as 1872 when Winslow Homer visited. His illustrations published in Harper’s Weekly spread the word beyond New York.
George Bellows also gives viewers the rural scene with his watercolors of “Cattle,” from 1899, and “Road with Barn near Sag Harbor,” also 1899.
Landscape painting was a popular subject, and two early works in the show are Thomas Moran’s “A Midsummer Day, East Hampton” from 1903 and his evocative “Approaching Storm” oil on board, painted in 1878.
Jump from that to a stark study of weeds and roots, a black on white lithograph by Jackson Pollock created in 1951, and the span of the exhibit becomes clear.
Throughout the galleries devoted to this unique spectrum at Lakeview are unexpected treasures.
Francis Newton’s “Montauk Bluffs,” an oil on canvas from 1921, is one, offering a powerful realism of sea and shore. Jane Miller’s “Water Mill Fog” from 1966 envelops the viewer in a fine visual mist.
In contrast, there is Andy Warhol’s “Shoe” (1960) and his playful, undated drawing “Cat.” Childe Hassam is represented in a realistic canvas of “Little Old Cottage, Egypt Lane, East Hampton” from 1917 as well as his delicate etching of “The Guild Hall,” made in 1931.
Photographs share in the exhibit, not least Henri Cartier-Bresson’s 1968 gelatin silver print “East Hampton,” in which a sleek car speeds from view across the landscape.
A patriotic note is Audrey Flack’s “Fourth of July Still-Life” screen print from 1975, with its multiple images as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebration.
And Peggy Bacon’s self-portrait of a “Lady Artist” (1925) and her funny crowded “John Sloan’s Lecture” (1918), both in drypoint, are other pleasures.
More than 600 visual artists have lived, worked or vacationed on the East End of Long Island, N.Y., since the 1870s, according to Lakeview’s publication introducing the exhibit.
East Hampton “quickly became America’s foremost artist colony, much like its French predecessor at the edge of the Fontainebleau forest outside Paris,” the publication says.
“From one generation to another, the East End has provided inspiration, companionship, and renewal for artists escaping the pressures and demands of New York City.”
When the Guild Hall was dedicated in 1931 by Mrs. Lorenzo E. Woodhouse as a cultural center for the community, The New York Times noted that a portrait of Thomas Moran by Howard Russell Butler was not on loan but rather was an “acquisition” and predicted it would be the start of a permanent collection.
The Times was right. And the sampling at Lakeview is just a portion of the Guild Hall’s total collection.
Theo Jean Kenyon can be reached at (309) 686-3190 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you go
‘An Adventure in the Arts, Moran to Warhol’ is a traveling exhibit featuring works from the permanent collection of the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, N.Y. More than 70 traditional and contemporary pieces by a who’s who of late 19th and 20th century artists are on display.
Through Jan. 17. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Lakeview Museum, 1125 W. Lake Ave., Peoria.
$6/adults, $5/seniors 60 and older, $4/ages 3 to 17. Call (309) 686-7000.
Lakeview President and CEO Jim Richerson will lead a gallery walk through the exhibit at 2 p.m. Dec. 13; free with gallery admission.
Also on exhibit:
Six bronze figures cast from a collection of the artist’s clay models remain on display through Jan. 17 as part of “Touched by the Hands of God: Michelangelo’s Models.”