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Worthington Whittredge Newport, 1862
Dan Torop G.W. Etc., 2001
William Trost Richards
William Trost Richards
Adam Straus Air and Water, Long Island Grays, 2009
Charles Seliger Ways of Nature: 15, 2008
Fairfield Porter Bright Day on the Beach, 1973
John Marin The Sea, 1923
John Marin Movement in Blue Sepia
Pam Longobardi Sleeping Giant (Drifters), 2006
Andrew Lenaghan Rockaway Surf, 2007
Lino Lago Sea, 2013
Chris Jordan Gyre, 2009
Chip Hooper Surf #1082, 2003
Pat de Groot
Lynn Davis Iceberg V. Dishko Bay, Greenland, 2004
Vija Celmins Lead Sea #2, 1969
William Bradford A Calm Afternoon, Coast of Labrador, 1874
Dozier Bell 8 Knots, 2012

Press Release

George Adams Gallery is pleased to announce its summer 2013 exhibition, SEESCAPE, organized with the gallery by independent curator Edward Boyer. The artists included are: Dozier Bell, William Bradford, Vija Celmins, Lynn Davis, Pat de Groot, Chip Hooper, Chris Jordan, Lino Lago, Andrew Lenaghan, Pamela Longobardi, John Marin, Joel Meyerowitz, Fairfield Porter, Charles Seliger, William Trost Richards, Adam Straus, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Dan Torop and Worthington Whittredge.


Spanning almost a century and a half of painting, drawing and photography, the exhibition explores the evolution of maritime representation from the sublime to the political. In its origin 400 years ago, maritime painting initially documented naval encounters in support of imperial expansion. Later ship portraits, the whaling and fishing industry and yachting events were important subjects, but the sea itself became the actual subject of works of art only with the advent of the European discourse on the Sublime in the 18th century.


Mid-19th century American artists such as Bradford, Richards, and Whittridge were exploring the grandeur of nature, emphasizing the infinitely mutable sea as a metaphor for spiritual transcendence. By the early and mid-20th century, artists such as Marin and Porter focused on the expressive power of the sea, while contemporary artists such as  Celmins, Davis, Lago, Lenaghan, Straus, and Sugimoto reference their 19th Century predecessors by exploring the effect of photography on contemporary realism – and traditional realism on contemporary photography.


The sea has also become a vehicle for political expression for artists such as Chris Jordan and Pamela Longobardi who address the polluting effects of global commerce, overpopulation, and climate change; in the 21st century, the sea as subject is less a metaphor of transcendental space than a very real place systematically being destroyed by human profligacy and waste.