Long Island in Bloom
The Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages, Stony Brook, NY
March 2 – July 8, 2012
Long Island in Bloom is a major exhibition on the art of flowers drawn from the Long Island Museum’s permanent collection and supplemented by flower-themed art work on loan from other institutions and individuals.
Long Island in Bloom focuses on three groups of Long Island painters whose work is a celebration of nature. This survey of floral Long Island begins in the 19th century with Stony Brook resident artist William Sidney Mount and his family, who frequently painted floral subjects. In the mid-20th century, a group of painters centered in Southampton and Hampton Bays experimented with subjects that included flowers set against backgrounds of beaches and sand dunes, and abstract floral shapes.
More recently, nationally known painters in the Hamptons, including Robert Dash, Cornelia Foss and Bill Durham, also concentrated on flowers in their artwork, ranging from realistic to impressionistic to the boldly expressionistic. Each of these works is an exuberant testament to the power of flowers.
The exhibition is timed to coincide with Long Island’s blooming season, when nature is at its peak in the wild as well as in cultivated gardens.