It is being shown at the ONLY U.S. venue. Miss it in Salem, and you will be traveling to another country if you want to see it. PEM's curator of Maritime Art and History, Dan Finamore, happened to be in the right place at the right time when plans were afoot for this exhibit. We, in Salem, and those of you who visit us in Salem, are the beneficiaries of that happenstance.
It is an exhibit of very large scale -- the last time an exhibit at PEM was this large was in 2008. So plan your visit accordingly.
It is the first time a major show of Turner's work has focused on the sea. This is a subject most beloved by residents of the Boston and North Shore area, and when you see it, you will know why.
It is filled with Turner's big personality, and enhanced by pieces from artists whose work he was inspired by, and those who were inspired by Turner. This is a show both filled with Turner's art, but also with his style.
Here are some snaps of some of the pieces:
Provided by PEM:
|Joseph Mallord William Turner, Fishermen at Sea (exhibited 1796) @ Tate, London 2014, Purchased 1972.|
|John Constable, Rainstorm over the Sea (c. 1824 - 1825) Photo @ Royal Academy of Arts, London; Photographer John Hammond.|
|J. M. W. Turner, Staffa, Fingal's Cave (1831 - 1832). Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection|
|J. M. W. Turner, Venice: The Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore (1834). National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Widener Collection|
|Daniel Finamore, PEM's Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History, gave us our tour, and he was terrific.|
I hope to see you here, or there.