NEW YORK, March 16 — A new exhibit of works by American artist Andrew Wyeth is set to open next month in a land where the master realist exerted some of his greatest influence — China.
The exhibit of more than 30 works by the well-known artist, who died in 2009, will open in Beijing on April 14, said Christie’s auction house, which was set to announce the show that marks Wyeth’s first-ever in China today.
“The level of respect that Wyeth has among the artistic community in China is extremely high,” said Christie’s CEO Steven Murphy.
“His work really became available and popular among the current generation of artists when they were first coming up,” Murphy told Reuters. “When the art community there was looking toward the West, in their youth, they resonated with his work in both subject matter and stylistically.”
Wyeth, known for studying and capturing the quiet simplicity of the land and people around him at his homes in rural Pennsylvania and Maine, is most famed for “Christina’s World,” which depicts a young woman from behind as she reclines in a field. The work hangs in New York City’s Museum of Modern Art.