Terry Teachout investigates why and how an important artist like John Marin has 'vanished' from the critical conversation. Marin's work is currently the subject of two museum exhibitions. Teachout notes that each "make[s] a powerful case for taking a second look at Mr. Marin... now necessary, since [he] has in recent years fallen into something not far removed from obscurity. Indeed, the foreword to Portland's 'John Marin: Modernism at Midcentury' catalog goes so far as to describe him as 'the missing man among the pantheon of great American modernists.' "
Maine Moderns: Art in Sequinland highlights the importance of Maine in the development of American Modernism. Beem notes that the "Modernists who passed through Seguinland include Max Weber, John Marin, Marsden Hartley, Gaston Lachaise, and perhaps most importantly for the history of Maine art, Marguerite and William Zorach."
The Marin exhibition "focus[es] on his late work, paintings in which he translated the dynamic natural forces of Maine's bold coast into increasingly abstract compositions inspired by wind and water, waves, and sunlight."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.