dehn 3.43, 4/11/07, 5:59 PM, 16C, 6254x8374 (109+175), 83%, Custom, 1/25 s, R66.6, G45.2, B62.0

Adolf Dehn (1895-1968) Manhattan from Docks, 1947. Watercolor on paper, 29 ¾ x 29 ½ in.

Adolf Dehn: Midcentury Manhattan

June 2 – August 12, 2017

Made possible by the HSC Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Organized by the Fairfield University Art Museum, this exhibition will explore the Manhattan subjects of National Academician Adolf Dehn  (1895-1968), and will coincide with the publication of Adolf Dehn’s Manhattan: Rhapsodies in Blue and Beyond, by Fairfield University art history professor, Philip Eliasoph (The Artist Book Foundation, 2016).

Visiting, and then living in New York City, Dehn captured the essence of the city in his paintings, prints and drawings of the landscapes of Central Park, and of the city’s burlesque and night club scenes. While best known as a lithographer and one of the founding members of the American Artists Group, Dehn played a significant role in America’s contemporary realist movement starting in the 1930s. He was included in every Whitney Museum of American Art Annual and Biennial invitational exhibition from the first biennial 1932 into the early 1960s, and still holds the record for being in more of these prestigious shows than any other artist. His work is in the permanent collections of more than eighty museums.

This exhibition is devoted to the artist’s images of Manhattan from the 1920s through 1960, and features casein paintings (a fast-drying, water-soluble medium made from milk casein or milk protein), watercolors, and pastel, ink and pencil drawings, as well as a select group of lithographs.

Two of Dehn’s lithographs were purchased by John Rogers Cox for the Swope Art Museum’s founding collection in 1942, and the Museum has an additional five lithographs by Dehn in its permanent collection. The Swope’s lithographs, which depict the Midwest and Southwest, will be on display in Gallery Three in conjunction with Adolf Dehn: Midcentury Manhattan. Additional cityscapes from the Swope’s permanent collection will be on display in the second-floor lobby gallery.