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.

STAFF REFLECTIONSMuseum Educator Ellen Westkaemper shares, "in the seven years I've worked at the GCMA, I have discussed...
06/18/2020

STAFF REFLECTIONS
Museum Educator Ellen Westkaemper shares, "in the seven years I've worked at the GCMA, I have discussed this painting with visitors countless times, both children and adults. No one has ever known the definition of the word 'coffle.' I wait until we've discussed the painting in depth before revealing that information, and then I invite further reflection." Spend some time really looking at this image before you look up the word, and then consider Hirschberg's narrative.

Carl Hirschberg (1854-1923)
"A Coffle on the Natchez Trace"
c. 1900
oil on canvas

Timeline Photos
06/17/2020

Timeline Photos

Egg tempera is a classic painting medium, dating to ancient Egypt. Egg tempera is made by hand mixing powdered pigments ...
06/17/2020

Egg tempera is a classic painting medium, dating to ancient Egypt. Egg tempera is made by hand mixing powdered pigments with egg yolk, which acts as the binding agent. Although it fell out of favor with the advent of oil paint in the 1500s, this fickle medium remained popular with some modern-day artists, including Andrew Wyeth. The GCMA collection features three Wyeth egg temperas.

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967) spent his career painting primarily in watercolors. From 1915-1921, much of his work f...
06/16/2020

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967) spent his career painting primarily in watercolors. From 1915-1921, much of his work focused on abstract landscapes, where he often used repeated lines to capture the sounds of insects and animals he heard while painting.

"Ravine in Summer Rain"
1917
watercolor on paper

Take a Closer LookIt can be interesting to zoom in and focus on a specific area in a work of art, particularly when it's...
06/15/2020

Take a Closer Look
It can be interesting to zoom in and focus on a specific area in a work of art, particularly when it's composed of many smaller parts. Paying close attention to detail often reveals subtle qualities which, in turn, impact the perception of the work as a whole.

Leonardo Drew (b. 1961)
"Number 49A" 1999-2002
mixed media

Learn more about Leonardo Drew: https://buff.ly/3fjgMFv

Happy Flag Day!Jasper Johns (b. 1930) was 24 years old when he first painted the American flag. He has revisited the ima...
06/14/2020

Happy Flag Day!

Jasper Johns (b. 1930) was 24 years old when he first painted the American flag. He has revisited the image many times throughout his career.

“Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it."

"Flags I"
1973
silkscreen on paper

The GCMA Collection, unlike any other, includes the work that Anne Goldthwaite (1869-1944) made while in Paris, where sh...
06/13/2020

The GCMA Collection, unlike any other, includes the work that Anne Goldthwaite (1869-1944) made while in Paris, where she lived as an independent young woman, studying, painting, and creating artwork that places her in the company of the great modernists.

"Chateau-Thierry Station"
c. 1910
oil on canvas

Often recognized as one of the leading visual artists of the Harlem Renaissance, Charlotte, NC-born Romare Bearden (1911...
06/12/2020

Often recognized as one of the leading visual artists of the Harlem Renaissance, Charlotte, NC-born Romare Bearden (1911-1988) had a long and prolific career. The year he created this work, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and was named Rockefeller Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

"Salome"
1973
acrylic and collage on Masonite

Inspired by his lifelong love of nature, William Henry Stevens (1881-1949) found abundant subject matter in both the bay...
06/11/2020

Inspired by his lifelong love of nature, William Henry Stevens (1881-1949) found abundant subject matter in both the bayous of Louisiana and in the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina.

untitled
circa 1940
pastel on paper

STAFF REFLECTIONSSpecial Projects Coordinator Loretta Stephens has the dual responsibility of managing the Salon gift sh...
06/10/2020

STAFF REFLECTIONS
Special Projects Coordinator Loretta Stephens has the dual responsibility of managing the Salon gift shop at the Museum, where she regularly sells copies of the picture book "Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave." Imagine her surprise to learn that Darion McCloud, the South Carolina storyteller who modeled for artist Bryan Collier's illustrations, was visiting the Museum that day.

Loretta shared, "A museum visitor ran into the Salon, grabbed a copy of the book to purchase, and said, 'He's here! He's here!' It was such a thrill to meet Darion that day."

@Darion.McCloud

This painting generates many curious questions and ideas from visitors. Initial impressions always focus at first on the...
06/09/2020

This painting generates many curious questions and ideas from visitors. Initial impressions always focus at first on the figure at the center of the work-- his facial expression, the shapes and lines surrounding him--and then radiate outwards to notice repeating lines and shapes. As our eyes move to the edge of the canvas, we see guns and bloody knives on all sides.

This painting is a good example of how biographical information about an artist can impact our interpretation of his work. Azaceta was born in Havana, Cuba, where he grew up surrounded by political violence. He fled in 1960 to join relatives in New York City.

Luis Cruz Azaceta (b. 1942)
"Caught"
1993
acrylic on canvas

In the late 1920s, William H. Johnson (1901-1970) lived in a small fishing village in Southern France, where he met his ...
06/08/2020

In the late 1920s, William H. Johnson (1901-1970) lived in a small fishing village in Southern France, where he met his wife, Danish textile artist, Holcha Krake. Over the span of several years, he painted the area many times. Clearly, he found inspiration there.

"Cagne Sur Mer"
1928-1929
oil on canvas

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."~Edgar Degas
06/07/2020

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."
~Edgar Degas

Harrison Cady (1877-1970) was best known as a magazine and book illustrator, and the creator of the popular "Peter Rabbi...
06/06/2020

Harrison Cady (1877-1970) was best known as a magazine and book illustrator, and the creator of the popular "Peter Rabbit" comic strip. In the 1920s and later, Cady worked to become what he called a "regular" artist, moving away from illustration towards painting, often landscapes. He found inspiration throughout the South, in cities like Charleston, Savannah, and New Orleans, as well as the Great Smoky Mountains.

"Slade's Store in the Great Smokies"
circa 1942
oil on canvas

This photograph by Annie Leibovitz in 1997 was part of her body of work entitled "Women," a book of photographs that cap...
06/05/2020

This photograph by Annie Leibovitz in 1997 was part of her body of work entitled "Women," a book of photographs that captured the American Female spirit. Leibovitz heard about Oseola McCarty in 1995, when an article in The New York Times told the story of an 87-year old woman with a sixth-grade education who donated $150,000-- nearly her entire life's savings as a washerwoman-- to help students attend a Mississippi university. Leibovitz said in a later interview, "I can't look at Oseola without crying."

"Oseola McCarty (Washerwoman, Philanthropist, Hattiesburg, Mississippi)."
1997
gelatin silver print

Charles Goeller (1901–1955) was an American artist who received a great deal of critical praise for his precise and deta...
06/04/2020

Charles Goeller (1901–1955) was an American artist who received a great deal of critical praise for his precise and detailed work. This self-portrait honors his philosophy of achieving "emotion expressed by precision."

"Making Blue"
circa 1925
oil on canvas

STAFF REFLECTIONSCollections Manager Jay Owens can recount many memories growing up in rural South Carolina. Always inte...
06/03/2020

STAFF REFLECTIONS
Collections Manager Jay Owens can recount many memories growing up in rural South Carolina. Always interested in art, Jay kept finding himself pulled to the GCMA, where he spent countless hours in the galleries. When he left SC, he traveled, studied, and worked, in Utah, Maine, New Jersey, North Carolina, and even spent three months studying ceramics in Niger. And then he felt that pull back to Greenville once again, and joined the GCMA staff in 2005.

“I never would have imagined that the museum I grew up attending would play such a central role in my life. I am proud that my job is to care for and work with a diverse and expansive collection, in a place where our community discovers history through art, from now and in the past, Southern and American. There are times, usually before we open, when I go for a walk through the galleries. I remember what I know about the art but I also just look to see and discover new meanings. As a caretaker and an artist I find solace in these side roads in my day.”

An enslaved African-American who worked as a “turner” in several pottery manufacturing facilities in South Carolina’s Ed...
06/02/2020

An enslaved African-American who worked as a “turner” in several pottery manufacturing facilities in South Carolina’s Edgefield District, David Drake (circa 1801 to circa 1875) openly expressed his literacy by inscribing original poems on many of the utilitarian works he created.

In doing so, Dave spoke for the millions who suffered under the institution of slavery, whose talents and labor supported the development of American culture, but were overlooked or disregarded by recorded history.

The GCMA is proud to be home to the largest institutional collection of pottery vessels by David Drake, including this rare butter churn, alkaline-glazed stoneware dated 1858.

inscribed:
"This is a noble churn
fill it up it will never turn
Dave
Lm march 19 1858"

Take a Closer LookIt can be interesting to zoom in and focus on a small area of a painting, particularly an abstract wor...
06/01/2020

Take a Closer Look
It can be interesting to zoom in and focus on a small area of a painting, particularly an abstract work like this one. By paying closer attention to details, we begin to notice subtle qualities which, in turn, impact our perception of the painting as a whole.

Ronnie Landfield (b. 1947)
"Orange Painting 4"
1960
acrylic on canvas

Born in Vermont, Hilda Belcher (1881-1963) had a long relationship with the State of Georgia, where she traveled many ti...
05/31/2020

Born in Vermont, Hilda Belcher (1881-1963) had a long relationship with the State of Georgia, where she traveled many times to paint the African American community. She was the second woman to be accepted into the National Academy of Design.

"Go Down, Moses"
1936
oil on canvas

This might hold the record for longest title of a painting in the GCMA permanent collection. #unofficialrecordVan Dearin...
05/30/2020

This might hold the record for longest title of a painting in the GCMA permanent collection. #unofficialrecord

Van Dearing Perrine (1869-1955)
"I Am He of the Long Ago, Who Looked Upon the Glory of the Sun, and Drew Its Disk Upon the Sand"
1935
oil on canvas

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”– Pablo PicassoDon't forget to encour...
05/29/2020

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
– Pablo Picasso

Don't forget to encourage the young artists in your life, as well as exploring your own imaginative style. Take some time this weekend to create something fun or meaningful to you.

In 2011, the GCMA exhibited a body of work by watercolorist Mary Whyte  (b. 1953) entitled "Working South." The collecti...
05/28/2020

In 2011, the GCMA exhibited a body of work by watercolorist Mary Whyte (b. 1953) entitled "Working South." The collection 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 was selected from the touring exhibition to add to the Museum's permanent collection.

"Fifteen Minute Break"
2008
watercolor on paper

Mary Whyte #watercolor

Born in Charlotte, NC, and raised in Pennsylvania, Augustus Koopman (1869-1914) eventually moved to Paris, where he stud...
05/27/2020

Born in Charlotte, NC, and raised in Pennsylvania, Augustus Koopman (1869-1914) eventually moved to Paris, where he studied and taught painting. He became influenced by Impressionists, as seen in this landscape.

"Beach Scene"
1912
oil on canvas

The Charleston Renaissance, a cultural phenomenon loosely bracketed between two world wars, was especially productive fo...
05/26/2020

The Charleston Renaissance, a cultural phenomenon loosely bracketed between two world wars, was especially productive for the arts in and around South Carolina’s “Holy City.” The Lowcountry was an inexpensive yet exotic destination for tourists during the Great Depression, and a pleasant climate for northern artists to work for a spell. The charm and allure of the coastal landscape and Charleston’s rich and varied historical architecture, often enlivened by African-American street life, continued to motivate local painters and visiting artists such as Bernard Karfiol (1886-1952).

"Charleston, South Carolina, Outskirts"
1943
oil on canvas

This painting illustrates Francis Marion and his band of men on their way to attack the British forces under his nemesis...
05/25/2020

This painting illustrates Francis Marion and his band of men on their way to attack the British forces under his nemesis, Colonel Banastre Tarleton in 1778. Tarleton is credited with giving Marion the nickname "the Swamp Fox," for his craftiness in eluding pursuit in the Carolina swamps.

William Tylee Ranney (1813-1857)
"Marion Crossing the Pee Dee"
1849
oil on canvas

Robert S. Duncanson (1821-1872) was one of the few landscape painters of African American descent to achieve internation...
05/24/2020

Robert S. Duncanson (1821-1872) was one of the few landscape painters of African American descent to achieve international recognition during the 19th century. By the 1860s the American press proclaimed him the "best landscape painter in the West." Raised in Ohio, his travels took him to Canada, New England, Europe, and even North Carolina.

"View of Asheville, North Carolina"
1850
oil on canvas

In 1935, the William H. Johnson and his wife, Holcha Krake, traveled to Norway where they painted and exhibited, and whe...
05/23/2020

In 1935, the William H. Johnson and his wife, Holcha Krake, traveled to Norway where they painted and exhibited, and where they met the modern expressionist master Edvard Munch, whom Johnson greatly admired. This hand-colored woodblock "Little Talk" is a rare figurative subject in which Johnson depicted himself and his wife in a powerful Expressionist style borrowed from Munch.

Timeline Photos
05/22/2020

Timeline Photos

ART ACTIVITY WITH THE KIDS: Take a look at this painting, which primarily includes warm colors- orange, red, and yellow....
05/21/2020

ART ACTIVITY WITH THE KIDS: Take a look at this painting, which primarily includes warm colors- orange, red, and yellow.
* Challenge your kids to find 10 things around the house that are warm colors, and arrange into an interesting composition. Take a photo!
* Create a painting/drawing at home using only warm colors.
* Repeat the same with cool colors (blue/green/violet).

We'd love you to share a pictures!

Fritz Bultman (1919-1985)
"Heat of Sky: Trembling Prairie"
1959
Oil on canvas

BEHIND THE SCENES: Collections Manager Alexia Timberlake, hard at work on framing for the GCMA's collection. More than 5...
05/20/2020

BEHIND THE SCENES: Collections Manager Alexia Timberlake, hard at work on framing for the GCMA's collection. More than 50 newly-acquired works by Anne Goldthwaite are being reframed, thanks to Alexia and her curatorial colleague, Jay Owens.

Sidney Dickinson (1890-1980) traveled to Alabama in 1926, when he was commissioned to paint the portrait of former Alaba...
05/19/2020

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 this Montgomery landscape, which features 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"
oil on canvas

“For my whole life, my favorite activity was reading. It’s not the most social pastime.” – Audrey HepburnAnne Goldthwait...
05/18/2020

“For my whole life, my favorite activity was reading. It’s not the most social pastime.” – Audrey Hepburn

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

Part of the GCMA's permanent collection, this artwork sparks a lot of interest in our galleries. Visitors are often surp...
05/17/2020

Part of the GCMA's permanent collection, this artwork sparks a lot of interest in our galleries. Visitors are often surprised to learn of Georgia O'Keeffe's strong connection to South Carolina. If you're not familiar with the important role our state played in the development of her work, check out this informative ETV film: https://buff.ly/3btqpPp

"Abstraction"
1916
charcoal and wash on paper

Greenville’s Andrew Wyeth collection encompasses the full scope of the artist’s extraordinary career, including signific...
05/16/2020

Greenville’s Andrew Wyeth collection encompasses the full scope of the artist’s extraordinary career, including significant decade-by-decade examples, from the 1930s to the 21st century. Wyeth himself described it as “the very best collection of my watercolors in any public museum in this country.”

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