All the Raj: Frederic Church and Lockwood de Forest

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Painting, Decorating and Collecting at Olana

Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery, Olana
May 11-November 2, 2014
Guest curated by Roberta A. Mayer

Lockwood de Forest carved teak detail photo by Keith Nyhof, 2008

All the Raj – Frederic Church and Lockwood de Forest: Painting, Decorating and Collecting at Olana, an exhibition featuring oil sketches and decorative arts by landscape painter and 19th century tastemaker Lockwood de Forest, is currently on view at Olana, the historic home and studio of Frederic Church. Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932) studied painting with his great-uncle the eminent landscape artist Frederic Church in the 1870s; the exhibition begins by highlighting sketches showing that the two artists worked side by side at Olana. At that time, Church was busy designing and building the main house, and the young de Forest watched Church draw inspiration from books on Persian and other exotic architecture. In the 1880s de Forest traveled to India to start a decorative arts business creating beautiful Indian and Kashmiri decorative objects to an American audience. De Forest provided Church with carved teak for fireplace surrounds, exquisite painted furniture from Kashmir, expertly engraved brass trays, and a variety of other lavish Indian objects. The exhibition will be on view from May 11 through November 2, 2014.

Exclusive curatorial tours of the exhibition All the Raj: Frederic Church and Lockwood de Forest- Painting, Decorating and Collecting at Olana are offered every Saturday afternoon, and are conducted by curatorial intern Andrea Nero. The tours begin at quarter past the hour from 12:15pm to 4:15pm, running May 17th through November 1st. This gallery focused tour allows visitors to get up close and personal with the exhibition. Visitors may contemplate works on view privately, or hear the insights of Ms. Nero, who spent five months assisting in the preparation of the exhibit. These tours provide the unique opportunity to closely study a selection of paintings, oil sketches and decorative objects in a gallery space at Olana. For reservations click here.

The organizers of All the Raj acknowledge the generous support received from:

Susan Winokur and Paul Leach
Bindy and Stephen Kaye
Lee Anderson Memorial Fund
Additional support has been provided by
Posy Bass and Henry Taves
Bonhams
Valerie and Brock Ganeles
Frank and Patricia Goss
Sara and Tom Griffen
The Olana Exhibition Fund
Stark Carpet
Karen Zukowski and David Diamond

The exhibition is greatly enriched by gifts from Frank and Patricia Goss, Kellam de Forest, Mark LaSalle and The Olana Partnership. It is further enhanced by generous loans from private collections of Anonymous, Associated Artists, Posy Bass and Henry Taves, Gerald Peters Gallery, Richard T. Sharp, and Gerold Wunderlich & Co.

The Board and staff of The Olana Partnership wish to recognize the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey; Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation Ruth Pierpont; Regional Director, Taconic Region Linda Cooper; and Director of the Bureau of Historic Sites Mark Peckham.

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 3.04.07 PMWith additional support provided by public funds
from the Museum Program of the New York State
Council on the Arts, a State agency.

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