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Emerging from the Shadows: Edward Hopper and his Contemporaries

Exhibition

Emerging from the Shadows: Edward Hopper and his Contemporaries

June 14, 2014 - September 14, 2014




Edward Hopper (1882-1967) engaged in the aesthetic of shadows and their primacy in representation. Hopper's use of shadows is a signature motif of his work and an integral part of its power to enthrall viewers, emphasizing the sense of alienation, anonymity, and isolation of the human condition. The exhibition will feature approximately twenty-five works on paper by ten artists, primarily etchings on loan from museums, private collections, and selected from The Hyde’s permanent collection.
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Emerging from the Shadows: Edward Hopper and His Contemporaries will be paired with the exhibition Larry Kagan: Lying Shadows this summer. Though separated by some nine decades, Edward Hopper (1882-1967) and Larry Kagan (b. 1946) engage in the aesthetic of shadows and their primacy in representation. Hopper's use of shadows is a signature motif of his work and an integral part of its power to enthrall viewers, emphasizing the sense of alienation, anonymity, and isolation of the human condition. While we are only peripherally conscious of shadows in nature, in the work of Hopper and his contemporaries, including Martin Lewis, Louis Lozowick, George Bellows, Isabel Bishop, Howard Cook, and Armin Landeck, the shadow assumes a narrative dimension. Emerging from the Shadows will feature approximately twenty-five works on paper by ten artists, primarily etchings on loan from museums, private collections, and selected from The Hyde’s permanent collection. Curated by Erin Coe, Chief Curator, The Hyde Collection.

Image: Edward Hopper, American (1882-1967), Night Shadows, 1921, etching, 7 x 8 1/2 in., Collection of Dr. Dorrance Kelly. Photo: Paul Mutino

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