Bates Museum is cataloging the artworks of Marsden Hartley
“Thanks to a major grant, Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston, Maine has begun work on The Marsden Hartley Legacy Project: The Complete Paintings and Works on Paper. The Project is the first-ever comprehensive, publicly accessible guide to all known artworks by Marsden Hartley, a pioneer of American Modernism.
“One of the biggest foundation gifts ever received by the Museum, this grant is the Bates museumʼs second from the New York City-based Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts.
“The initial phase of the Hartley Legacy Project will be an annotated online catalog of all known paintings and works on paper by the prolific artist, with publication as a book being a longer-term goal.
“Gail R. Scott of Portland, Maine, an independent art historian and curator and an authority on Hartley, is partnering with Bates and will direct the project. Bates museum curator William Low says that Scott ‘has almost unparalleled knowledge of Hartleyʼs artwork and writing.’
“Scottʼs work with Bates on the Legacy Project will be based, in part, on Hartley research she has amassed over the decades. ‘Itʼs very important for scholars, galleries and museums, and even collectors to have this accessible,’ she explains.
“The Bates museum is widely recognized as an important Hartley resource thanks to the Hartley Memorial Collection, established at the college in the 1950s by a bequest from Hartleyʼs estate.
“‘As the home to the Hartley Memorial Collection and the museum in Hartleyʼs hometown, Bates thought it was important to be the institution to initiate this project and establish it here,’ says Dan Mills, director of the Bates museum.
“‘In recent years, the museum has focused on stewardship, cataloging, researching and making available information about this important collection. The museum and the Memorial Collection have increasingly been a research destination for scholars from around the world.’”
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