Well the Missus and I trundled up to Gloucester on Saturday to catch Hopper Redux, Photographs by Gail Albert Halaban at the Cape Ann Museum, and say, it was swell.
The exhibit “[offers] a fresh look at the Gloucester houses made famous in the paintings of Edward Hopper.”
By photographing the locations that served as Hopper’s subjects, paying special attention to reproduce the exact perspectives from which they were painted, Halaban offers a contemporary view of the historically significant properties. The fine detail and crisp colors of her photographs contrast sharply with the informal warmth of Hopper’s watercolors.
Also on exhibit at the museum: Four Winds: The Arts and Letters of Rocky Neck in the 1950’s.
From the Cape Ann Museum’s website:
Featuring work from artists such as Albert Alcalay, Doris Hall, Vera Andrus and others, along with literary contributions from Vincent Ferrini, Four Winds captures the ethos of the Rocky Neck art scene during the 1950’s . . .
Modernists like Gregory Smith, Helen Stein, Nell Blaine, Mary Shore and Gordon Goetemann headline a cast of artists whose legacy is that of exploring fresh subject matter and working in new mediums. The list of featured artists includes sculptors, lithographers, painters, enamelists, photographers, poets and writers–many of whom exhibited their work in the Cape Ann Festival of the Arts.
Both exhibits (through Sept. 29) are well worth the trip. And if you’re lucky, as we were, you can get a guided tour of the museum by Bonnie the Docent, whose smart and ardent appreciation of the museum collection makes for a memorable visit.