Rockwell Kent in Newfoundland: A ReviewScott R Ferris
For a review of the exhibition and catalogue for the Rockwell Kent–Newfoundland Centennial go to www.scottrferris.com and open Essays.
Rockwell Kent: The Once Most Popular American Artist at St. Lawrence UniverScott R. Ferris
Rockwell Kent: The Once Most Popular American Artist
October 15 – December 14, 2012
Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), an artist who resided most of his adult life at Asgaard Farm in New York's Adirondack Mountains, was one of the most noted figures of his time, so much so that The New Yorker quipped, “That day will mark a precedent, which brings no news of Rockwell Kent.”
Lecture by curator Scott Ferris,
Monday, October 15, at 7:00 p.m., in
Kent's prominence as an artist and author, cavalier adventurer and socio-political activist made him a pressroom darling. Who during the day was not familiar with his paintings of the Adirondacks, Maine, Alaska and Greenland, or his illustrations for Moby-Dick, The Complete Works of Shakespeare and Beowulf? And who was not aware of his barnstorming for civil rights and unions, or his equally vigorous protests against Fascism, Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Vietnam War?
Concurrent exhibitions at St. Lawrence University’s Richard F. Brush Art Gallery and Owen D. Young Library re-introduce key areas of Kent’s multi-faceted career as a painter and printmaker. Early paintings in the exhibition, such as Blue Monday, with its impressionistic brushwork and simple three-plane composition, identify the young artist’s roots as a student of William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri. Such works also anticipate Kent's modernistic propensity to reduce compositional elements in later paintings like Blue Day (Greenland).
A select group of books emphasizes Kent's preeminence as one of the finest illustrators of his time, and his text—original manuscripts included—epitomizes his adventurous spirit and the reason why the public was so captivated by him. While socio-political posters and pamphlets in the exhibitions define his ethos and compassion for the common man, prints and original drawings illustrate his mastery of chiaroscuro and an ability to rework original imagery into commercial greeting cards, advertisements, seals and pottery.
Rockwell Kent: The Once Most Popular Artist includes nearly 75 works in a variety of media, introducing every aspect of the artist’s life to an audience that will include visitors from across northern New York, Vermont, and southern Ontario and Quebec—in addition to the students and faculty of the four colleges and universities that reside within a ten-mile radius of Canton, New York.
Curated by Kent specialist Scott R. Ferris, author of Rockwell Kent’s Forgotten Landscapes and The View from Asgaard: Rockwell Kent’s Adirondack Legacy, these exhibitions are presented in part as the result of recent acquisitions by the University. In addition, paintings from Brown University (Providence, RI) and the Warner Library (Tarrytown, NY) will be on display, as well as a painted blanket chest from the Adirondack Museum (Blue Mountain Lake, NY).
The Richard F. Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University oversees an ambitious schedule of rotating exhibitions and educational programs as well as a permanent collection of nearly 8,000 art objects and artifacts. The Libraries' Special Collections and Vance Archives consist of over 9,000 rare books, 175 manuscript collections and the University’s historical records.
Rockwell Kent's "Egypt": Shadow and Light in VermontJamie Franklin
Rockwell Kent's "Egypt": Shadow and Light in Vermont, on view at the Bennington Museum, June 9 through October 30, 2012, will be the first ever exhibition to focus on Rockwell Kent's life and work during his years in Vermont, 1919-1925. Kent purchased a hill farm called "Egypt" on the slopes of Red Mountain in Arlington, Vermont, 20 miles north of Bennington, in the spring of 1919, on the heels of his trip to Alaska. Including many major, rarely seen paintings from the artist's time in Vermont, as well as dozens of prints and drawings, this exhibition highlights a little-known aspect of the artist's work. During his time in Vermont the artist was a transcendentalist and a mystic, a spiritual descendant of William Blake, Walt Whitman and Friedrich Nietzsche. A close look at the paintings, drawings, and prints that Kent created during this period reveals, sometimes simultaneously, both the shadowy recesses and light-filled aspects of humanity. In “Egypt” Kent was able to harvest a body of work that conveys the full spectrum of human emotion, from anguish to ecstasy. A focused examination of the artist's time in Vermont reveals a complex, psychologically probing body of work that indicates an artist who found much inspiration in both the awe-inspiring physical landscape that surrounded him at “Egypt” and in his own internal musings on life, death, and man's place in the world.
contact updateScott R. Ferris
I am pleased to announce that my website has been published. This site introduces you to my work on the art of Rockwell Kent (1882-1971).
If you have any questions, or, if you possess any artwork––paintings, in particular––by Kent that you are interested in having me include in my catalogue raisonné of this artist's paintings, then I would love to hear from you.
Rockwell Kent: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings and Descriptive ChecklistScott R. Ferris
Rockwell Kent Search
For the catalogue raisonné of Rockwell Kent's paintings and the descriptive checklist of his oeuvre, I am interested in learning about Kent's paintings, drawings, and unique ephemeral materials. Please contact me.
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I have a painting signed by R. Kent. I believe it was painted during a dark period of his life. He lived in Maine & was in a home (we called it the asylum), in Togas, ME. At that time he gave this painting to a relative who worked there & took care of him.
Rockwell Kent SearchScott R. Ferris
For the catalogue raisonne of Rockwell Kent's paintings, the descriptive checklist of his oeuvre, and the retrospective exhibition of the artist's work, I am interested in learning about Kent's paintings, drawings, and unique ephemeral materials. Please email me.
: On view at The Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, Alaska through September 23, 2001, is "Distant Shores: The Odyssey of Rockwell Kent", a special exhibition guest curated by Constance Martin. Ms. Martin is a research associate at the Arctic Institute of North America at the University of Calgary, in Canada. She has assembled a group of paintings, watercolors, and drawings by Kent from his adventures abroad which is the most comprehensive Kent exhibition ever under one roof. Seven paintings from the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, are included in the exhibition. Categories into which the artworks are divided include: Monhegan Island, Alaska (Fox Island), Tierra del Fuego, Greenland (Ubekendt Island), and Moby Dick. Many of the paintings, drawings, and watercolors have never been seen before by the public. Lending institutions include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Terra Museum of American Art, the Columbus Museum of Art, and the Portland Museum of Art. The 128 page, fully illustrated catalogue is available in hardback or paperback from amazon.com.