Fisherman’s Wife, 1944. Oil on canvas, 22 ½ x 28 ½ inches. Cranbrook Art Museum, Gift of George Gough Booth and Ellen Scripps Booth through The Cranbrook Foundation, CAM 1945.27. © Estate of Doris Lee, Courtesy D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc. Photo: R.H. Hensleigh & Tim Thayer
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Simple Pleasures: The Art of Doris Lee

February 5, 2022 - May 8, 2022
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Born in Aledo, Illinois, Doris Lee was one of the most recognized artists in the country during the 1930s and 1940s and a leading figure at the Woodstock Art Colony. In response to the rise of abstract expressionism, Lee deftly absorbed artistic innovations into a continuation of her own visual style. Now, a new exhibition of her body of work, Simple Pleasures, reveals her remarkable ability to merge abstraction with the appeal of the everyday, offering a distinctive visual identity that successfully bridged various artistic “camps” that arose in the post–World War II era.

Simple Pleasures presents the first major critical assessment of Lee’s works and will include over 70 works by the artist spanning the 1930s through the 1960s from both public and private collections. The exhibition features paintings, drawings, prints, and commercial designs in fabric and pottery. A selection of ephemera, such as product advertisements by companies that commissioned images from Lee, will also be included. A richly illustrated, full-color catalogue with four essays accompanies the exhibition and will be available in the museum store.

Simple Pleasures: The Art of Doris Lee is organized by The Westmoreland Museum of American Art and co-curated by Barbara L. Jones, Chief Curator of The Westmoreland, and Melissa Wolfe, Curator of American Art, Saint Louis Art Museum. The exhibition is generously supported by The Henry Luce Foundation, The Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation, The Richard C. von Hess Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Fine Foundation and the Hillman Exhibition Fund of The Westmoreland Museum of American Art.


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