In Monet’s Garden
Artists and the Lure of Giverny
Joe Houston, Charles Stuckey, Dominique H. Vasseur, Melissa Wolfe, James Yood
- Accompanies a major exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art from 12 October 2007 to 20 January 2008, and the Musée Marmottan in Paris from February to May 2008
- Includes contemporary works by Ellsworth Kelly, Joan Mitchell, Theodore Earl Butler, Theodore Robinson, Mark Tansey, Diana Thater, Manuel Ocampo, Miranda Lichtenstein, Stephen Shore, Will Cotton, Yeardley Leonard and others
- Offers a unique, contemporary perspective on Monet and the beloved garden of Giverny, appealing to lovers of Impressionism, contemporary art and gardens
Examines the artistic legacy of Claude Monet and the lasting impact of his legendary gardens at Giverny, which continue to attract and inspire artists today. The juxtaposition of Monet’s paintings with other interpretations of the gardens reveal a century-long lineage of artistic experimentation and creativity by both Monet’s American contemporaries and the postwar artists who rediscovered the unique place first cultivated by the legendary Impressionist. Included here are key paintings Monet created during the years he lived in Giverny until his death there in 1926. Monet’s significance as a revolutionary modernist, highlighted by these important works, has been honored by recent generations of painters who travelled to Giverny to work within the garden’s walls. With painting, sculpture, photography, and video, contemporary artists continue to reinterpret Giverny through diverse postmodern perspectives, and in so doing, celebrate the Impressionist master’s vanguard spirit and his place in history.
Joe Houston is Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Colombus Museum of Art. Charles Stuckey and James Yood are Professors at the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism at Art Institute of Chicago. Dominique H. Vasseur is Curator of European Art at the Colombus Museum of Art. Melissa Wolfe is Associate Curator of American Art at the Colombus Museum of Art.