Alfred Maurer

April 23, 2015

The Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts, will open its exhibition Alfred Maurer: At the Vanguard of Modernism this weekend. The exhibition and its catalogue explore Maurer’s invaluable contributions to the development of Modernism in American art history.

American painter Alfred Maurer (1868–1932) was first recognized for his elegant Whistler-like portraits. His years abroad exposed him to an international circle of avant-garde artists, who inspired him to create increasingly innovative works of Modernism and abstract painting. In the book’s main essay, independent scholar Stacey B. Epstein carefully reevaluates Maurer’s work, arguing that the artist’s seemingly contradictory styles were a deliberate exploration of thematic ideas and experimentation with color, form, and abstraction.

The 256-page catalogue, produced by Marquand Books and designed by Zach Hooker, features over 200 color and black-and-white images. It is distributed by Yale University Press and is available through their website.

Alfred Maurer: At the Vanguard of Modernism will be on view at the Addison through July 31 and will travel to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, this fall.



Photography by Jeremy Linden