By: Jane Weinke, curator of collections/registrar on June 20th, 2018
The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s collection is amazing. With more than 14,000 works available for exhibitions, the combinations and themes are endless. A frequent question, “do you have a favorite?” still takes me aback. I’ll admit some works appeal to me more than others, but mostly I find something intriguing in each artwork.
Here are my thoughts on three works from among the more than sixty comprising a new exhibition, Regal Bearing: Bird Portraiture, which opens September 4, 2018.
It’s the face. Every time I view Ned Aldrich’s painting, I see something different. The nuances of color, varying textures, and radiant light challenge me to look again and again.
The elegance of the preening great egret is a show stopper. Barbara Banthien composed the bird’s posture, highlighted by glowing light on its delicate feathers, in such a way to keep my eye moving through the composition.
Some paintings immediately grab your attention. With Karl Taylor’s Plymouth Rock, even a common chicken is fascinating to me. Karl chose to share the details in a long, narrow, cropped format. The bird’s character shines through; the enlarged image creates drama.
My intent with this exhibition is to spark blog readers’ and visitors’ interest in Regal Bearing: Bird Portraiture. We’ll share more of my Feathered Favorites via Facebook and Woodson Wanderings posts and I’ll look forward to learning your favorites once the exhibition debuts in September.
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