Greenville County Museum of Art

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The Greenville County Museum of Art is home to a nationally acclaimed collection of American art that ranges from Federal portraits to contemporary works, including major holdings of work by two of the greatest artists in the nation’s history, Andrew Wyeth and Jasper Johns. Andrew Wyeth: The Greenville Collection is now the largest and the most complete collection of Andrew Wyeth watercolors owned by any public museum in the world and includes such highlights as Four Poster and Whale Rib. The GCMA also owns an extensive collection of prints and paintings by America’s most renowned contemporary artist, Jasper Johns, who grew up in South Carolina. The GCMA’s permanent collection explores the breadth of American art through the Southern experience from the colonial era to the present. Among the highlights of the Southern Collection are an exceptional group of pre-Civil War vessels created by the enslaved African-American potter and poet David Drake, an extensive collection of American Impressionism, and an array of works by such twentieth-century masters as Georgia O’Keeffe, Romare Bearden, and Andy Warhol. In addition, the GCMA is home to an important collection of modernist works by South Carolina native African-American artist William H. Johnson.

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Family members can often pass on interesting tidbits about artists. For example, David Halsey shared this about his fath...
09/08/2020

Family members can often pass on interesting tidbits about artists. For example, David Halsey shared this about his father's work:

"When an old metal foundry closed, William traded a painting for a VW busload of wooden master molds that included forms for street drain covers, gears, and cogs, pulley belt wheels, and all sorts of strange artifacts. These objects then found their way into or onto his sculptures and assemblages."

William Halsey (1915-1999)
"Window in Time"
1981
mixed media

On Labor Day, the Museum recognizes a body of work by watercolorist Mary Whyte (b. 1953) entitled "Working South." The 2...
09/07/2020

On Labor Day, the Museum recognizes a body of work by watercolorist Mary Whyte (b. 1953) entitled "Working South." The 2011 exhibition captured the essence of vanishing blue-collar professions from across ten states in the American South with sensitivity and reverence for her subjects. This painting is one of several chosen from the touring exhibition to add to the Museum's permanent collection.

"Spinner"
2007
watercolor on paper

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Happy National Read a Book Day!Anne Goldthwaite (1869-1944)"Young Woman Reading"c. 1940oil on canvas
09/06/2020

Happy National Read a Book Day!

Anne Goldthwaite (1869-1944)
"Young Woman Reading"
c. 1940
oil on canvas

This painting by Edwin Dickinson (1891-1978) was most recently featured in the GCMA exhibition, "How My Light is Spent."...
09/05/2020

This painting by Edwin Dickinson (1891-1978) was most recently featured in the GCMA exhibition, "How My Light is Spent." Despite the dark colors, it is a soft and romantic portrait of his fiancée, who he married in 1928.

"Frances Foley, Second Portrait."
1927
oil on canvas

Kara Walker (b. 1969)  is best known for her use of cut-paper silhouettes, typically black figures against a white backg...
09/04/2020

Kara Walker (b. 1969) is best known for her use of cut-paper silhouettes, typically black figures against a white background, which address the history of American slavery and racism, often featuring violent and unsettling imagery.

"The Means to and End- A Shadow Drama in Five Acts"
1995
etching and aquatint on paper

George Peter Alexander Healy (1813–1894) painted portraits of many significant Americans, including all the Presidents o...
09/03/2020

George Peter Alexander Healy (1813–1894) painted portraits of many significant Americans, including all the Presidents of the United States from John Quincy Adams to Ulysses Grant.

John C. Calhoun, who served many offices including Senator, Secretary of State, and Vice President, was known as the "cast-iron man" for his rigid defense of slavery. Healy painted Calhoun several times, including this portrait found in the Museum's collection.

"Portrait of John C. Calhoun (1782 - 1850)"
1845
oil on canvas

Selected from the GCMA permanent collection, "The Real Thing" reflected the authenticity of experience that informed the...
09/02/2020

Selected from the GCMA permanent collection, "The Real Thing" reflected the authenticity of experience that informed the creation of powerful works by African-American artists. The exhibition title was derived from the 1968 song "Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing," written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson and originally performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.

A modern woman, Anne Goldthwaite (1869-1944) fought consistently for woman's suffrage. She was part of the team that org...
09/01/2020

A modern woman, Anne Goldthwaite (1869-1944) fought consistently for woman's suffrage. She was part of the team that organized the 1915 Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by Women Artists for the Benefit of the Woman Suffrage Campaign. With the issue on the ballot in New York that fall, artists played an important role in gaining the attention of voters. In 1917, New York would be the first state to fully enfranchise women to vote.

"New York Skyline"
1923
oil on canvas

Judith Linhares (b. 1940) came of age in the socially turbulent "take-it-to-the-streets" days of feminism, underground c...
08/31/2020

Judith Linhares (b. 1940) came of age in the socially turbulent "take-it-to-the-streets" days of feminism, underground comics, and poetic reverie in Northern California. Her career has been filled with recognition in the form of dozens of exhibitions, and many awards. She's known for her colorful narrative paintings.

"Chick"
gouache on paper
1990-1993

Will Henry Stevens (1881-1949) was an American modernist with a passion for nature. As he began exploring how to approac...
08/30/2020

Will Henry Stevens (1881-1949) was an American modernist with a passion for nature. As he began exploring how to approach painting in new ways, Stevens often moved back and forth between painting landscapes realistically, abstractly, and in between. During the summers, Stevens painted in the mountains of Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee.

"Against the Shadowy Hills"
c. 1918
oil on canvas

Born and raised in England, Joshua Shaw (1776-1860) later moved to the United States, settling in Philadelphia in 1819. ...
08/29/2020

Born and raised in England, Joshua Shaw (1776-1860) later moved to the United States, settling in Philadelphia in 1819. He was well known as an artist, scientist, writer, and member of the Franklin Institute. His career involved a good bit of travel in the South, including here in Greenville.

"View on the Reedy River"
c 1820
oil on prepared paper

"Art has the role in education of helping children become more like themselves instead of more like everyone else."  ~Sy...
08/28/2020

"Art has the role in education of helping children become more like themselves instead of more like everyone else."

~Sydney Gurewitz Clemens, early childhood education advocate

After earning a degree in music, Marie Atkinson Hull (1890-1980) spent a year teaching piano lessons in Jackson Mississi...
08/27/2020

After earning a degree in music, Marie Atkinson Hull (1890-1980) spent a year teaching piano lessons in Jackson Mississippi. Then, she took her first art class, and everything changed. Hull participated in the local art scene for a few years, and then made the bold step of defying her parents and enrolling in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Throughout her life, Hull worked in many artistic fields, including teaching, and never lost her enthusiasm for experimenting with new art techniques. During the latter years of her career, her work moved from traditional to contemporary, exploding with color and texture, as shown in this work.

"Sunburst"
c. 1955
mixed media on paper

Complete this thought to share what art is to you.ART IS...
08/26/2020

Complete this thought to share what art is to you.

ART IS...

Josephine Couper (1867-1957) was born into a wealthy family in Augusta, GA. Although her father supported her artistic t...
08/25/2020

Josephine Couper (1867-1957) was born into a wealthy family in Augusta, GA. Although her father supported her artistic talents by providing local art lessons, he hoped that she would stay close to home. After his death, however, she used her inheritance to travel to NYC and enroll at the Art Students League.

Eventually, she returned home to Augusta where she married, and found a way to balance pursuing her art career with raising a family. Once her kids were grown, she dove further into her career, continuing to study and exhibit her work regionally. She was featured in a solo exhibition at the High Museum in 1927.

"Maybank Home - Charleston"
c. 1935
oil on canvas

Winold Reiss (1886-1953)"Ruby and Marie Beginning Their Education in the Primary Grade"1927pastel on paper
08/24/2020

Winold Reiss (1886-1953)
"Ruby and Marie Beginning Their Education in the Primary Grade"
1927
pastel on paper

Contemporary realist James Valerio (born 1938) used pencil and paper to create this photorealistic self-portrait."Hands"...
08/23/2020

Contemporary realist James Valerio (born 1938) used pencil and paper to create this photorealistic self-portrait.

"Hands"
2000
graphite on paper

Kate Freeman Clark (1875-1957), born and raised in Mississippi, spent more than 20 years studying and exhibiting art in ...
08/22/2020

Kate Freeman Clark (1875-1957), born and raised in Mississippi, spent more than 20 years studying and exhibiting art in New York City. Competing in a man's world, she obscured her gender by signing her works with "Freeman Clark" or "K. Freeman Clark."

"Cosmos"
c. 1904
oil on canvas

"Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone." author unknownAugustus B. Ko...
08/21/2020

"Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone." author unknown

Augustus B. Koopman (1869-1914)
"The Opal: A Summer Eve in Picardie"
1900
oil on canvas

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Edwin Harleston (1882-1931) had a distinguished academic career, studying chemistry ...
08/20/2020

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Edwin Harleston (1882-1931) had a distinguished academic career, studying chemistry and sociology, as well as art. He was active as an artist, businessman, and civil rights leader, serving as the founding President of the Charleston branch of the NAACP. Because of his race, however, he met roadblocks and frustration when attempting to participate in the local art movement, the Charleston Renaissance.

"Summerville, South Carolina"
1930
oil on canvas

"I am always learning what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it."~Vincent van GoghSending out a special thank...
08/19/2020

"I am always learning what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it."
~Vincent van Gogh

Sending out a special thanks to all the teachers out there, who keep learning new things, so they can better reach their students.

For more than 40 years, Blanche Lazzell (1878-1956) spent her summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she would in...
08/18/2020

For more than 40 years, Blanche Lazzell (1878-1956) spent her summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she would invite tourists and artists into her studio to watch her demonstrate wood block cutting and printing. For more serious students, she taught private classes at $5/lesson.

"The Townhouse"
1927
color woodblock print on paper

Beginning in the 1950's, Abstract Expressionist Syd Solomon (1917-2004) split his time between Long Island, NY, and Sara...
08/17/2020

Beginning in the 1950's, Abstract Expressionist Syd Solomon (1917-2004) split his time between Long Island, NY, and Sarasota, FL. His work was heavily influenced by his natural environment, including the ocean. While his work was exhibited here at GCMA in 2016, dancers from the Fine Arts Center found inspiration in the layers and movement in his work.

Watercolor and gouache are both water media. A main difference is that gouache is more opaque, giving the color a more m...
08/16/2020

Watercolor and gouache are both water media. A main difference is that gouache is more opaque, giving the color a more matte quality. Watercolor is transparent, giving a more translucent appearance. Edmund Lewandowski combined both in "Chemical Plant," 1946.

Enjoy this beautiful vista, just outside Nashville, Tennessee.Ralph E. W. Earl ( 1785-1838)"The Cumberland River Near th...
08/15/2020

Enjoy this beautiful vista, just outside Nashville, Tennessee.

Ralph E. W. Earl ( 1785-1838)
"The Cumberland River Near the Hermitage"
circa 1820
oil on canvas

Carolyn Bockius Wyeth is often regarded as the most eccentric and reclusive member of the Wyeth family. Carolyn lived al...
08/14/2020

Carolyn Bockius Wyeth is often regarded as the most eccentric and reclusive member of the Wyeth family. Carolyn lived almost her whole adult life alone in Chadds Ford, where she painted and surrounded herself with her beloved animals. She taught art to a small number of students, including her nephew, Jamie Wyeth. So disinterested was she in the prospect of becoming famous for her art, that she almost never signed her paintings.

Carolyn Wyeth (1909-1994)
"Spare Room"
1978
oil on canvas

Cambodia currently has the largest population of disabled people in the world-- one in every 234 Cambodians-- due to the...
08/13/2020

Cambodia currently has the largest population of disabled people in the world-- one in every 234 Cambodians-- due to the innumerable landmines left from decades of war. Bobby Neel Adams (born in 1953 in Black Mountain, NC) created a collection of portraits, "Broken Wings," that compassionately documents the complex and beautiful lives of those affected by the tragedy of dismemberment.

"Sur Sourse at Gates of Kien Khlaeng Clinic, Cambodia"
2000
chromogenic color print

Sidney Dickinson (1890-1980)  traveled to Alabama in 1926, when he was commissioned to paint the portrait of former Alab...
08/12/2020

Sidney Dickinson (1890-1980) traveled to Alabama in 1926, when he was commissioned to paint the portrait of former Alabama Governor Thomas Kilby. During this visit, he also painted the two Montgomery landscapes, which feature a large central building with chimney-like projections. The building is Kilby Prison, named for the former governor. Dickinson juxtaposed cotton fields with looming industrial buildings to portray Alabama’s transition from an agrarian to an industrial economy after World War I.

"Outside Montgomery, Alabama"
c. 1926
oil on canvas

TAKE A CLOSER LOOKWhen you're looking at a painting, zoom in on the details. This mini-portrait, just a tiny part of lar...
08/11/2020

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK
When you're looking at a painting, zoom in on the details. This mini-portrait, just a tiny part of large, dramatic painting, stands on its own as an interesting composition.

George Bellows (1882-1925)
"Massacre at Dinant" detail
1918
oil on canvas

STAFF REFLECTIONSIn 2017, the GCMA received an anonymous gift of eight watercolor paintings by Andrew Wyeth, including "...
08/10/2020

STAFF REFLECTIONS
In 2017, the GCMA received an anonymous gift of eight watercolor paintings by Andrew Wyeth, including "Tending the Net," which was painted when the artist was only 19 years old.

Collections Manager Jay Owens shared this information about the decision to put the painting into a new frame:

"We wanted to refresh the mats and framing materials to look more consistent and be more archival. We considered the shapes of the waves and the net when we decided on this particular frame, which features a rope pattern along the outside edge."

Do you recognize this precise location in Greenville, South Carolina?John Moore (b. 1941)"Sans Souci"2010oil on canvas
08/09/2020

Do you recognize this precise location in Greenville, South Carolina?

John Moore (b. 1941)
"Sans Souci"
2010
oil on canvas

Born in Savannah, GA, William Silva traveled the world developing his technique. He spent a great deal of time painting ...
08/08/2020

Born in Savannah, GA, William Silva traveled the world developing his technique. He spent a great deal of time painting in Charleston. His impressionistic style became a hallmark of the Charleston Renaissance.

William Posey Silva (1859-1948)
"The Sun Dispels the Morning Fog"
1927
oil on canvas

Yesterday we celebrated Andy Warhol's birthday. In addition to featuring work by this iconic American pop artist, the Mu...
08/07/2020

Yesterday we celebrated Andy Warhol's birthday. In addition to featuring work by this iconic American pop artist, the Museum's permanent collection also includes this portrait of Warhol by his close friend Jamie Wyeth.

The two worked together at Warhol's famed NYC studio, The Factory. Wyeth, who painted this portrait in 2013, recalls, “When we would go out to dinner some place, Andy would always end up in the corner, hiding, drinking consommé.”

"Consommé"
enamel, gesso, gouache and watercolor on archival cardboard

Andy Warhol was #BornOnThisDay in 1928. He went on to become one of the most iconic and celebrated influences in the wor...
08/06/2020

Andy Warhol was #BornOnThisDay in 1928. He went on to become one of the most iconic and celebrated influences in the world of American art. The GCMA permanent collection includes this portrait by Warhol, most recently featured in the exhibition "How? Who? Why?" Note the subject, Lillian Carter, wears a button featuring her son, President Jimmy Carter.

Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
"Miss Lillian"
1977
serigraph on paper

The Greenville County Museum of Art permanent collection includes 44 works of art by South Carolina native son, William ...
08/05/2020

The Greenville County Museum of Art permanent collection includes 44 works of art by South Carolina native son, William Henry Johnson (1901-1970). We look forward to sharing many of them with you when the Museum re-opens.

"Still Life"
1927
oil on canvas on Masonite

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