John Marin Exhibition
Colby College Museum of Art
Jun. 5, 2020 - Aug. 19, 2023
The John Marin exhibition is about his experiences and answers to questions of color as it relates to daily lives. In his work he considers skyscrapers and bustling streets of Manhattan, the coastal water edge of Maine and paints about the forces at work. In each instance Marin incorporated these concepts and made their expression the effort of his painting and printmaking. His watercolors, etchings, and oils show his enthusiasm and joy of feeling and sounds at a moment.
The online Cloby College description notes that “Modern Wonder explores the verve and exuberance of John Marin and his art. Pulled from one of the largest collections of the artist’s works in the world, the exhibition covers the length and breadth of his career during the first half of the twentieth century, a period marked by massive technological advancements and the acceleration of everyday American life. With its vigorous lines, bright colors, and dynamic compositions, Marin’s art embodies a thoroughly modern view of the places he loved. The energy emanating from his work captivated audiences during his lifetime and it continues to inspire and astonish today.”