The Art Complex Museum

The Art Complex Museum The Art Complex Museum, located in the historic town of Duxbury, Massachusetts, 33 miles south of Boston, serves as a regional art center and houses the impressive collection of the Carl A.
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Weyerhaeuser family.

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Armin Landeck met prominent 20th century printmaker William Stanley Hayter in 1940 and was invited to his workshop Ateli...
09/16/2020

Armin Landeck met prominent 20th century printmaker William Stanley Hayter in 1940 and was invited to his workshop Atelier 17, an enormously influential studio at the centre of modern printmaking. There Landeck learned engraving and etching processes, which would later become his preferred method of working.

This is one of a number of works by Armin Landeck that were donated to the museum in 2003 by the family of the artist . The museum is always grateful for gifts of artwork from the community.

"Delmonico’s Roof" (large plate), 1960, copper engraving

American artist Armin Landeck married in 1927, just after graduating from Columbia University in New York with an archit...
09/15/2020

American artist Armin Landeck married in 1927, just after graduating from Columbia University in New York with an architectural degree. He and his new bride spent a year and a half honeymooning in Europe, and during this time spent abroad Landeck drew and etched plates. Unable to find a job with an architectural firm when he returned to the U.S., Landeck focused on printmaking. In 1931 he began teaching at the Brearley School, an all-girls preparatory school in New York City designed to provide young women with the same education as young men. He would remain a professor for the pioneering institution until his retirement in 1958.

Armin Landeck (American, 1904-1984), "Self-Portrait in a Shaving Mirror," 1942, etching, ink on paper

#selfportrait #etching #arminlandeck #atelier17 #printmaking #20thcenturyprint #artcomplexmuseum #museumfromhome

09/10/2020

Whether in the classroom the office or at home, an organized workspace makes all the difference! Efficiency is crucial but for the space to serve the user fully, it should also be pleasant to use, and to look at. Few knew this better than the Shakers.

Form, function and efficiency are qualities one can expect to find in Shaker furniture and crafts. Such qualities are exemplified in the design of the Sewing Desk created for two seamstresses working simultaneously. It was common for such desks to be positioned back to back, so their users could face one another and enjoy each other's company as they worked. The position of the two lower sets of drawers allows for easy access to the contents and the sharing of light and space. The work surface can be expanded by the pullout board.

United States, Enfield, New Hampshire Shaker Community (1790-1917), “Sisters’ Sewing Desk,” late 19th century, pine, birch and butternut with stain and varnish

Gretchen Moran, Plymouth artist and museum volunteer, brings us a unique vision of the world in paint. Visit the “ACM @ ...
09/09/2020

Gretchen Moran, Plymouth artist and museum volunteer, brings us a unique vision of the world in paint. Visit the “ACM @ HOME” page of our website to see more of her work and a video of her art-filled home and garden. We’ve been loading up the page with content so be sure to scroll down to find it!

#museumfromhome #museumvolunteer #artcomplexmuseum #acmathome #acmprofiles #acminterviews

The wild and wonderful work of Alfie Glover may be flying off the grounds soon- take a ride by and see them in front of ...
09/08/2020

The wild and wonderful work of Alfie Glover may be flying off the grounds soon- take a ride by and see them in front of the museum if you are lucky they will still be there! Visit the ACM @ HOME page of our website (link in bio) to read more, and for a link to the artists page and a coloring page download.

#alfieglover #outdoorsculpture #enamelpaint #metalwork #museumfromhome #acmathome #artcomplexmuseum #outdoorart

Recognizing the value of bees as pollinators, Shaker communities practiced beekeeping to ensure their plants and orchard...
09/05/2020

Recognizing the value of bees as pollinators, Shaker communities practiced beekeeping to ensure their plants and orchards bore crop, as well as for producing honey and wax. Like in many other aspects of the Shakers' industrious life, custom wares were handcrafted in order to better complete the task at hand.

This box was most likely used to transport a queen bee to a new hive. The small tube on the bottom shelf is to hook up a smoker. The upper drawer has a mesh bottom and springs to snap the drawer shut. Along the long walls of the outer case, gently curved metal bands have been added to secure the inner box in place and reduce shock during transportation. With innovative functional features, sleek design and meticulous construction, this piece of beekeeping equipment is a fine example of Shaker craftsmanship and ingenuity.

United States, “Shaker Beekeeper’s Box,” circa 1880-1900, pine, original green and grey paint, brass and leather

#beekeeping #bees #pollinators #shaker #shakermade #shakerbox #antiquetools #antiquefarmequipmant #shakerdesign #utilitarian #shakergreen #artcomplexmuseum #museumfromhome

Mac gets a little help putting the top piece on “King’s Gate.”  #theartcomplexmuseum #macdewart #murraydewart #bostonsss...
09/04/2020

Mac gets a little help putting the top piece on “King’s Gate.”

#theartcomplexmuseum #macdewart #murraydewart #bostonsssculptorsgallery #sculptureinstallation #outdoorart #bostonartist #stonesculpture

Murray Dewart installing our latest outdoor piece, "King's Gate," on the lawn as you drive into the museum grounds.#thea...
09/04/2020

Murray Dewart installing our latest outdoor piece, "King's Gate," on the lawn as you drive into the museum grounds.

#theartcomplexmuseum #macdewart #murraydewart #bostonsculptorsgallery #outdoorart #stonesculpture

Enjoying the last weeks of summer? This painting, Phlox at Ogunquit, Maine by Charles Woodbury shows the late afternoon ...
09/02/2020

Enjoying the last weeks of summer? This painting, Phlox at Ogunquit, Maine by Charles Woodbury shows the late afternoon sun on the coast of Maine. Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, Woodbury was one of the most influential artists to work in Ogunquit, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts.

Woodbury spent the latter 35 years of his life enjoying the Maine coast, especially Ogunquit. During his retreats, the artist found an endless variety of material outside his studio window. His experiments with color were highly successful and aligned him with the American Impressionists. This painting was a successful color study with the bright reds and blues of the flowers and ocean juxtaposed with complementary greens and yellows of the beach grass and sun-washed, jagged rocks in this coastal scene.

Zach Horn was an exhibiting artist in our fall 2019-20 exhibition “Draw the Line.” Read our interview with Horn, see mor...
09/01/2020

Zach Horn was an exhibiting artist in our fall 2019-20 exhibition “Draw the Line.” Read our interview with Horn, see more of his amazing work and watch a video he created during quarantine, by visiting the ACM @ HOME page of our website.

Zach Horn, “Spagetti Painting,” oil and acrylic on canvas with forks

#museumfromhome #zachhorn #covidcreativity #studiotour #oilpaint #massachusettsartist #workspace #artcomplexmuseum #acminterviews #forks #shadows

First step in our outdoor install of Mac Dewarts, "Kings Gate" on the grounds as you come in our drive. Got to get this ...
08/31/2020

First step in our outdoor install of Mac Dewarts, "Kings Gate" on the grounds as you come in our drive. Got to get this part right.

#artcomplexmuseum #macdewart #bostonsculptorsgallery #outdoorsculpture #museumbehindthescenes #sculpture #stone #museumfromhome

☀️🍵 The squat shape of this red Raku tea bowl reflects intentions in how, or rather when, it might be used. The shape is...
08/28/2020

☀️🍵 The squat shape of this red Raku tea bowl reflects intentions in how, or rather when, it might be used. The shape is a variation of a summer tea bowl, with a wide mouth to allow for cooling of tea on hot summer days.

The bowl, named “Pure Sand,” is by Raku Kichizaemon XIV or Kakunyu (Japan, 1918–1980), a potter who succeeded in the Raku tradition initiated centuries earlier by the potter Chojro (Japan, 1516-1592).

This bowl gets its color from the heat of the kiln oxidizing the glaze's iron, naturally turning it a deep earthy red.

Raku Kichizaemon XIV (Kakunyu) (Japan, 1918–1980), Tea Bowl named “Pure Sand,” 1971, raku ware; clay and glaze

A ritual practice of preparing and drinking tea, the Japanese tea ceremony is a symbol of Japanese formality and spiritu...
08/27/2020

A ritual practice of preparing and drinking tea, the Japanese tea ceremony is a symbol of Japanese formality and spiritual aestheticism. In Japan, the ritual is known as “chanoyu,” which literally translates to “hot water for tea”. While chanoyu is now a secular practice, the ceremony has a complex history, with roots in religion and politics.

This Jian ware tea bowl with tenmoku hare’s fur glaze is typical of the style introduced to Japan during the Middle Ages. Along with tea itself, tenmoku tea bowls were imported from China by Buddhist monks who, after their time studying abroad, returned to Japan with a heightened interest in tea.

Tea may have been imported to Japan as early as the reign of Prince Shotōku (572-622), though it was with tea’s reintroduction and promotion centuries later by the Buddhist Zen monk Eisai (1141-1215) that cultivation of the leaf took hold in Japan. Ceremonial drinking of tea, started by monks between the end of the twelfth and the beginning of the thirteenth century, became adopted by the Japanese aristocracy by the mid-fourteenth century. Tea tastings were hosted by affluent families, to show off their wealth and culture, as well as by warriors and businessmen, to present a venue for politics. The ritual’s dictates of aesthetic and etiquette evolved, and the secular custom of chanoyu ultimately encouraged spiritual reflection, equality and mutual compassion.

🍵 Unknown Artist , China, 12th - 13th century, “Jian Ware Tea Bowl,” stoneware with tenmoku hare’s fur glaze and silver rim

#chanoyu #japaneseteaceremony #tea #matcha #chawan #teabowl #wayoftea #chado #tenmoku #jianware #zen #medievalpottery #artcomplexmuseum #museumfromhome

Summer pastimes. American artist, George Bellows created more than 550 works of the sea, primarily during summer trips t...
08/26/2020

Summer pastimes. American artist, George Bellows created more than 550 works of the sea, primarily during summer trips to the coast of Maine and its offshore islands in 1911, 1913, 1914 and 1916. The canvases reflect the artist’s successful explorations of modern painting.

The shipyard in Camden, Maine, drew in Bellows like a magnet, especially the huge wooden skeleton that was being erected, “pushing its great curved timbers to the sky.” This provided the theme for six major canvases including the museum’s painting, Shipyard, created in August 1916. Maine became the artist’s favorite destination. He would spend months there on extended vacations, visiting coastal communities such as Camden or Ogunquit, or ferrying out to the islands.

Morino Hiroaki’s work is both rooted in Kyoto tradition and engaged by international style. His use of abstract patterni...
08/25/2020

Morino Hiroaki’s work is both rooted in Kyoto tradition and engaged by international style. His use of abstract patterning was informed by the decorative styles of Living National Treasures Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963) and Fujimoto Yoshimichi (Nōdō) (1919-1992), both of whom he worked under. In the mid-1960s, Morino spent several years as an instructor in the art department at the University of Chicago, during which time he was exposed to trends that would influence his own stylistic direction.

Morino Hiroaki (Japan, b. 1934), Vase (Untitled), 1990s, glazed stoneware

#japanesecaramics #japanesepottery #pattern #design #ceramics #modernjapanesepottery #midcenturymodern #modernism #vintageceramics #vase #pottery #avantgardeceramics #morinohiroaki #kyoto #kyotoware #artcomplexmuseum #museumfromhome

Morning has broken.. This painting, “Dawn,” was created in 1906 by Dwight William Tryon. The artist captures the subtle ...
08/19/2020

Morning has broken.. This painting, “Dawn,” was created in 1906 by Dwight William Tryon. The artist captures the subtle quality of the light and quiet of the woods as the sun greets the day. From Hartford, Connecticut, Tryon was one of America’s first Tonalist painters. A long-time art professor and art school director for Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, he studied the Barbizon tradition and created contemplative landscapes typically situated in the Adirondack Mountains.

His canvases typically featured serene landscapes and seascapes that were popular during his lifetime, but faded in public appreciation after he died. Tryon worked to convey his emotional responses to the landscape rather than a physical description.

Typified by shallow depths with wide openings, summer tea bowls allow the drinker’s tea to cool on hot days. Kimura Mori...
08/18/2020

Typified by shallow depths with wide openings, summer tea bowls allow the drinker’s tea to cool on hot days. Kimura Morikazu made this summer tea bowl, which bears a precise and delicate leaf imprint.

The potter Kimura specializes in recreating the Chinese Song dynasty (960-1276) tenmoku glazes, characterized by their dark color and “oil spot” effect. Here the effect is subtle, complementing the leaf in which the artist was able to capture in detail. Because the leaves curl in the kiln, this is a more difficult technique than one would think.

Kimura Morikazu (Japan, b. 1921), “Tea Bowl with Leaf Motif,” 1972, stoneware with tenmoku glaze

#artcomplexmuseum #chanoyu #teabowl #summerteabowl #tenmoku #kimuramorikazu #chawan #museumfromhome

"Three Graces," by Evvy Eisen, from her series called "Oyster Farm The Working Farm."This series documents the final yea...
08/14/2020

"Three Graces," by Evvy Eisen, from her series called "Oyster Farm The Working Farm."

This series documents the final year of the Drakes Bay Oyster Company, the last operating oyster cannery in California. The oyster farm, located in the Point Reyes National Seashore was operated by lease agreement with the National Park Service.

#oysterfarm #westcoast #oysters #aquaculture #evvyeisen #blackandwhitephotography #portrait #artcomplexmuseum #museumfromhome

Scot Doyle and son, Scott Doyle Jr of Old Cove Oyster Co., by Jim Hooper. Featured in the ACM's 2018 exhibition "Oyster ...
08/14/2020

Scot Doyle and son, Scott Doyle Jr of Old Cove Oyster Co., by Jim Hooper. Featured in the ACM's 2018 exhibition "Oyster Farm Photographs."

#oysterfarm #eastcoast #oysters #aquaculture #jimhooper #studiophotography #portrait #artcomplexmuseum #museumfromhome

Photographer Jim Hooper was able to get the local oyster farmers off the water long enough to take their picture. We put...
08/13/2020

Photographer Jim Hooper was able to get the local oyster farmers off the water long enough to take their picture. We put portraits together to with Evvy Eisen's from Drakes Bay, on the west coast.

📸 Jim Hooper:

"Jenny Mattern of Merry Oysters"

"Joe Grady, Matt Grady and Kyle Hallisey
of Blue Moon Oyster Farm"

"Kevin Thomson of Duxbury Oyster Co."

#artcomplexmuseum #jimhooper #evvyeisen #meryoysters #duxburyoystercompany #islandcreekoysters #portrait #bluemoonoysterfarm #southshore #massachusetts #oyster #popupstudio #controlledlighting

Evvy Eisen’s photographs of oyster farmers from Drakes Bay, on the west coast, contrast Jim Hooper’s photos of oyster fa...
08/13/2020

Evvy Eisen’s photographs of oyster farmers from Drakes Bay, on the west coast, contrast Jim Hooper’s photos of oyster farmers working in the coastal towns of Boston’s South Shore and Cape Cod . Eisen spent two years documenting the closure at Drakes Bay, photographing the daily activities at the farm and creating portraits of the immigrant workers whose jobs and homes were threatened.

📸 Evvy Eisen,”Oysters Ready for Planting” from the series: “Oyster Farm The Working Farm”

📸 Evvy Eisen,”Guadalupe” from the series: “Oyster Farm Workers”

#artcomplexmuseum #jimhooper #evvyeisen #drakesbay #portrait #photography #museumfromhome #oyster #aquaculture #westcoast #oysterfarm #blackandwhitephotography

Gallery shots of our Oyster Farm photo show in 2018 with work from Jim Hooper and Evvy Eisen. Evvy spent two years docum...
08/13/2020

Gallery shots of our Oyster Farm photo show in 2018 with work from Jim Hooper and Evvy Eisen. Evvy spent two years documenting the closure at Drakes Bay and the farmers whose jobs and homes were threatened. Jim shot the Duxbury, Kingston and Plymouth farmers at a makeshift studio at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School.

#artcomplexmuseum #jimhooper #evvyeisen #drakesbay #eastcoast #westcoast #duxburyoystercompany #islandcreekoysters #dbms

Summerhouse get-away! Painter and printmaker Prilla Smith Brackett creates contemporary landscapes that explore ideas of...
08/12/2020

Summerhouse get-away! Painter and printmaker Prilla Smith Brackett creates contemporary landscapes that explore ideas of home. Touchstone: Glimpses of Noon #2 is part of a series entitled Old House, that Brackett created as she prepared to move from her family home. The summerhouse acquired in 1916, saw many generations of her family. Its most compelling feature was the sleeping porch, which Brackett rendered in three planes: the porch, its outdoor view, and the interior space that overlooked it. Compositional elements like the angled windows, furniture, and porch rails lead viewers into the organic landscape outside.

#summerhouse #summer #summergetaway #vacation #family #home #prillasmithbrackett #outdoors #touchstone #glimpseofnoon #sleepingporch #contemporarylandscape #artcomplexmuseum

There's nothing like a summer sunset! American Impressionist Childe Hassam frequently painted scenes from the Isles of S...
08/05/2020

There's nothing like a summer sunset! American Impressionist Childe Hassam frequently painted scenes from the Isles of Shoals near Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The artist spent nearly thirty summers there from the late 1890s - 1900s, painting the seacoast and gardens on Appledore Island. He coveted the rocky coast, its rugged terrain and magnificent sunsets.

This small scene, painted on the back of a cigar box-top, demonstrates his expressive handling of paint. Hassam, who was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, painted a series of coastal scenes like this example, in which he thickly applied bands of color to small wood panels, often breaking the horizon with a sailboat or another vessel.

#hassam #isleofshoals #sunset #blueclouds #americanimpressionism #appledoreisland #portsmouth #dorchester #paintsunset #ocean #beach #sailboat #sailing #artcomplexmuseum #musuemfromhome

Looking back at Carol McSweeney’s “Sign Of The Times,” from 2018’s New England Watercolor Society Biennial North America...
07/31/2020

Looking back at Carol McSweeney’s “Sign Of The Times,” from 2018’s New England Watercolor Society Biennial North American Open, juried by Iain Stewart.

#theartcomplexmuseum #newenglandwatercolorsociety #iainstew7 #news #watercolor #watercolorpainting #carolmcsweeney

We couldn't be more excited about our new look!  Designed by Linzi Clary (@linziclary), our new logo captures the museum...
07/30/2020

We couldn't be more excited about our new look! Designed by Linzi Clary (@linziclary), our new logo captures the museum's characteristic wave-mimicking roof and architecture. We hope you like it as much as we do!

#artcomplexmuseum #graphicdesign #logodesign #makeover

Need a break from the heat? This ocean scene by American Artist George Wesley Bellows, Green Sea, created in 1913 provid...
07/29/2020

Need a break from the heat? This ocean scene by American Artist George Wesley Bellows, Green Sea, created in 1913 provides welcome visual refreshment. Bellows painted it while staying on Monhegan Island, Maine that summer. Between 1911 and 1913 the artist completed more than 100 canvases inspired by the powerful energy of the ocean.

When the painting underwent conservation in 2014, evidence of sea spray and salt was discovered in the pigment, indicating that the artist worked in close proximity to the water. A decision was made to leave the salt in place, as it confirms the authenticity and provenance of the painting.

#ocean #heatwave #georgebellows #monheganisland #artcomplexmuseum #enpleinair #canvas #oceaninspired #saltwater #beach #provenance #authenticity #mainebeaches

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The Art Complex Museum takes the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors seriously. In response to the growing concern around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) we are closely monitoring the recommendations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We have decided to postpone the upcoming events and classes: March 18 Yoga with Kezia Bacon Oil Painting with Laura Tryon Jennings March 19 Gallery Talk, Meet the Artists from the DAA Winter Juried Show Watercolor Painting with Jack Haran March 22 Artist Demonstration with Stephanie Roberts-Camello & Emily Gibson We will remain open to the public during our regular museum hours, Wednesday-Sunday, 1-4 pm. We are carefully tracking the coronavirus situation, and will notify you should we decide to take additional precautions.
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