Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis
July 3–September 20, 2015
“[This exhibition] brings back to light a fascinating, singular artist and career.” –Ken Johnson, New York Times, January 15, 2015
Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis is the first retrospective of the American artist Peter Blume (1906–1992) since 1976. Organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the exhibition reveals Blume’s central role in the development of American modernism and examines the artist’s impact on late 20th-century narrative painting. The exhibition will be shown at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art from July 3 to September 20, 2015.
Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis also considers Blume’s relationships with a community of artists and writers, many of whom were friends and neighbors in Sherman, Connecticut, where he settled in 1930. In addition to the paintings and drawings by Blume that appear in Nature and Metamorphosis, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art will install works by important artists with whom Blume had close ties and regular contact in Connecticut. This includes the American artists Alexander Calder and Kay Sage, the Armenian-born painter Arshile Gorky, and French painters André Masson and Yves Tanguy. Taken together, this pairing of Blume’s works with that of his peers will invite visitors to explore how this artistic circle—which also extended to writers, poets, collectors and important art dealers—exchanged ideas and influenced one another and how the environment of Connecticut directly impacted their work.
The Wadsworth Atheneum is proud to serve as the only additional venue for the Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis and to be part of an exhibition that offers fresh scholarly reconsideration of Blume and celebrates his artistic legacy.
A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue edited by Cozzolino includes essays by a variety of scholars.
Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis was organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, with support from presenting foundation sponsor the Henry Luce Foundation. Major support provided by the Boris Lurie Art Foundation. Additional funding provided by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, the Armand G. Erpf Fund and the Terra Foundation for American Art. The exhibition appeared in its entirety at PAFA from November 14, 2014 to April 5, 2015.
ABOVE: Peter Blume, The Italian Straw Hat (detail), 1952, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1955.32