Art’s Ball: Wood Gaylor & American Modernism, 1913-1936 

Samuel Wood Gaylor Jr., usually shortened to Wood Gaylor, was an active member of the art world of New York and Ogunquit, in the 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s, though he has not received the attention either his role or his work merits. Even as he maintained a full-time career as a dress pattern designer, Gaylor was a participant and leader in groups dedicated to promoting modern art through exhibitions and festive events, many of which he captured in his paintings. Throughout the 1920s, Gaylor spent summers at the art colony in Ogunquit, where he and other artists became some of the first collectors of American folk art. Though he rarely painted Maine subjects, the relationships Gaylor developed there were among the most significant of his life, including his marriage to fellow artist Adelaide Lawson. The exhibition, originating at the University of Vermont, is curated by Fleming Museum curator Andrea P. Rosen, in consultation with independent art historian Dr. Christine Isabelle Oaklander. The exhibition comes to the Ogunquit Museum of American Art as part of a three-venue tour including the Fleming and the Heckscher Museum of Art and is generously supported by Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts, LLC, and also supported by Partner’s Bank, Charlie Hindmarsh, and The Front Porch Piano Bar and Restaurant.

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Samuel Wood Gaylor (1883-1957)
"The Penguin Club (Dancing Lesson with Walt Kuhn)"
c. 1917–1919
Oil on canvas
15 x 17 in.
Courtesy of the Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont
Samuel Wood Gaylor (1883-1957)
"Potato Race"
1931
Oil on fabric, relined on linen with wax
25 x 31 in.
Courtesy of the Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont
Samuel Wood Gaylor (1883-1957)
"Luna Park"
n.d.
Watercolor on grey paper
12 x 9 in.
Courtesy of the Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Gift of David Pitman, #1972.22.7
Samuel Wood Gaylor (1883-1957)
"Five Nudes"
1916
Drypoint
Sheet: 8 1/8 x 10 1/16 in.; Plate: 5 x 6 11/16 in.
Courtesy of the Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont
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