My family and I went to see this great show on Cape Cod at the Heritage Museum and Gardens, Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views.
This show brought me the pleasure of seeing the work of two artists whom I've admired but whose work I had not yet seen in person: Wolf Kahn and April Gornick, both living contemporary artists who love landscape painting, as I do, and who have contributed many many works to the canon of American landscape painting of the 20th and now 21st century.
This piece by Wolf Kahn, Pond and Pine Trees, #2 is just sumptuous! I love the way Kahn uses color and application. Sometimes his paint looks transparent and brushy, and other times it is applied thickly and seemingly spontaneously. The colors are really successful in creating a feeling of mystery and light. It was a delight to see his work in person and to spend lots of time taking it in. He's based in Vermont and themes of forests and fields are a favorite in a lot in his paintings.
These are two details of Wolf Kahn's painting.
This painting by April Gornick, entitled Approaching Night, is just breathtaking. This piece is one of, if not the largest, pieces in the show. It feels very epic and monumental, almost like you climbed this mountain partially and then stood in awe of the glorious sky. The cloud formation is weird, angular and unusual, and made me wonder if it really appeared that way when Gornick saw it. I love the bright pink-coral color between the crests of the hill, and the stark contrast of the dark shape in the foreground juxtaposed against the soft sky.
I highly recommend this show as a whole, and it is in such a gorgeous setting of meandering gardens at this special place. Go check it out if you can! The show closes October 9th, so there is still time to see it if you haven't already!
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