Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic and meditative. Allman has explored layering three-dimensional forms on a two-dimensional surface, while Burwell's multi-layered approaches to painting prompt reflections on the elasticity of time, space, and perception. Puri's work often links emblems of Eastern and Western cultures, incorporating gesture, pouring, and painterliness in a series of two- and three-dimensional works.
A masterful colorist, Pyle imbued his paintings and drawings with drama and emotion. His dedication to accurate historical detail, combined with a Romantic sensibility, lent a convincing realism to his scenes. Pyle's "students" were mostly practicing illustrators, many of them already published, who came for critiques rather than for lessons.
Sloan's images of pedestrians and public places helped define New York City in the popular imagination. He was also a skilled landscape and portrait artist. Delaware Art Museum is home to the largest collection of Sloan's work.
Between 1900 and 1910, John Sloan produced a weekly series of word and picture puzzles for the Sunday supplement of the Philadelphia Press, one of the country's leading illustrated newspapers. The Puzzling World of John Sloan will explore this little-known facet of Sloan's early newspaper career, presenting more than 25 works from the Museum's collection. On view for the first time, the puzzles demonstrate the artist's imagination and verbal and visual wit, as well as the fluid boundaries between fine art and newspaper illustration in the first decade of the 20th century. This exhibition encourages visitors to solve Sloan's complex puzzles.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Wilmingtonians witnessed a flourishing artistic community and the establishment of many of the cultural pillars that continue to support the visual and performing arts within the city today. Organizations such as the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, the Delaware Humanities Forum, and the Delaware Theatre Company were founded during this period, as well as commercial galleries and city-supported arts initiatives. This landmark exhibition will plot the development of artistic trends within the Wilmington community and their relation to national creative trends during these two decades, showcasing craft and design, drawing, painting, performance art, photography, and sculpture. A comprehensive publication and a rich program of dance, film, music, and theatre will accompany the exhibition.