Shorelines: Coastal Sightings in American Art

Shorelines is an exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photography that trace artistic engagements with the coast and our conceptual relationships with the sea.

Compelled by the geography surrounding the shore — beaches, horizon lines, rocks and waves — artists have long explored a host of poetic, allegorical and conceptual ideas that for generations have identified coastal landscapes as subjects of profound inspiration and creative progression. This exhibition runs concurrently to the video installation of James Welling’s Seascape (2017), and presents a concise selection of works in a variety of media that, taken together, highlight the evolutionary role of the sea as a site of expression among artists.

The exhibition is organized by the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and is comprised of works from both private and public collections, and includes several recent acquisitions presented for the first time.  Also on view is a selection of correspondence between artists in the early 20th century that set the stage for artworks to come in the 21st.

Shorelines is made possible through the generous support of Pamela & William Sawyer, and Marc & Andrea Giles. 

Exhibition Preview
Beth van Hoesen (TBD)
Kites I
c. 1983
Watercolor on paper
4.75 x 4 in.
Rockwell Kent (American, 1882-1971)
Blackhead, Monhegan
c. 1950
Oil on canvas
28.25 x 34 in.
Courtesy of Plattsburgh State Art Museum,
State University of New York, Rockwell Kent Collection, Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
Edward Henry Potthast (American, 1857-1927)
The Witchery of the Moonbeams
Oil on canvas
20 x 30 in.
Courtesy of Private Collector

Katharine Cobey,
Boat with Four Figures,
fero, ferre, tuli, latus
6’ x 30’ x 14’
Courtesy of the Artist
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