Brandywine Conservancy and Brandywine River Museum

1 Dec 2016


James Welling, Olsen House in Snow, 2010. Photo courtesy of James Welling.

The major repository of the art of three generations of Wyeths (H.C, Andy, and Jamie), and steward of hundreds of acres of land where the artists worked, the Brandywine Museum is a national treasure. Today, it is expanding its focus beyond the 19th and 20th centuries to include contemporary art. In doing so, museum staff plans to maintain close ties to the spirit of their core holdings. New commissions and exhibitions both inside Brandywine's historic galleries (a converted millhouse) and on its surrounding properties will likely explore the gap between realism and representation so central to the Wyeths' work. In 2013, the Center provided the Brandywine Museum a grant for the first of these projects: an exhibition by Los Angeles neo-conceptual photographer James Welling.