On November 5 we invited the media to a preview of Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio, opening November 8. Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM, Timothy J. Standring, Gates Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture, and Jamie Wyeth led the tour through the exhibition.
Heinrich noted that it was exciting to see the dialog between two artists whose paths overlap and diverge throughout their careers. “It is a conversation worth joining since you can only see this show in Denver before it travels to Madrid, Spain.”
Standring also commented on the element of dialog within the exhibition. “I am most excited for visitors to share in the surprises that come from putting Andrew and Jamie together in the same space for the first time. I think these serendipitous moments bring about an unexpected view of the Wyeths and ultimately proclaim a new chapter to enrich and expand the discussion on Andrew and Jamie.”
Jamie Wyeth shared intimate family stories and funny moments about what was going on behind the scenes of his work with visitors, including a story about a pig on a neighboring farm that he was painting eating tubes of his paint and leaving "rainbow-colored droppings" afterward. And a tale of how he crushed his wife's pearls to add luminescence to a painting called Meteor Shower.
The exhibition, which is organized into seven different sections, ends with a coffee table filled with photographs of Andrew and Jamie, bringing the artists’ story full circle.