Dow is also the focus of the Addison Gallery of American Art | New


ANDOVER – Ipswich artist Arthur Welsey Dow is also the subject of another special exhibition, this one at the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, until July 31.

Drawn almost entirely from Addison’s collection, ‘Arthur Wesley Dow: Nearest to the Divine’ explores the prodigious and multifaceted work of Ipswich artist, educator and theorist Arthur Wesley Dow. Featuring over 100 works including photographs, prints, drawings, paintings and ephemera, it not only highlights the beauty of Dow’s groundbreaking artistic contributions across media, but reveals a radically anti-academic approach , intuitive and inherently democratic artistic creation.

For generations of art students in his class, notably Georgia O’Keeffe, and through his influential publication “Composition”, Dow’s approach encourages students to transcend faithful representation and channel emotion and vision personal through a universal “trinity of power” inherent in a harmonious design. —line, notan (the balance between dark and light) and color.

It was curated by Associate Curator of American Art Robert M. Walker of Addison, Gordon Wilkins, and includes photographs, prints and paintings by the influential artist and educator, who taught O’Keeffe during his time at Teachers College at Columbia University.

Dow’s work and the ephemera he collected during his travels around the world, including Japan, as well as his pioneering theories of composition that had a profound and lifelong influence on O’Keeffe are on display. Dow’s mystical approach to creating art is evident in the works on display and was a transformative force in O’Keeffe’s artistic practice throughout his life.

The Addison Gallery of American Art is located on the campus of Phillips Academy at the corner of Route 28 (Main Street) and Chapel Avenue in Andover. The museum is free and open to the public. Addison’s Galleries are wheelchair accessible and open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


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