New Wyeth Exhibition at the Farnsworth: Andy and Kosti

Kosti Ruohomaa

On Saturday, May 30, the Farnsworth Art Museum will open an exhibition of works by the artists Andrew Wyeth and Kosti Ruohomaa. The exhibition of both paintings and photographs will be on display in the museum’s Wyeth Center through November 1.

The exhibition Andy and Kosti explores the friendship between Maine artists Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) and Kosti Ruohomma (1913-1961). Both Wyeth, an acclaimed painter in the realist tradition, and Ruohomaa, a photo journalist for National Geo­graphic and Life magazines, were famous for their iconic depictions of Maine life and the people who called Maine home, from farmers to fishermen. Both found Maine an inexhaustibly rich place in which to practice their respective arts, and in particular were fascinated by the relationship between its people and their environment, Andy in particular with the Olson House and siblings Alvaro and Christina Olson; and Kosti, who photo­graphed the hard working people of midcoast Maine with honesty, sensitivity, and grace. Works such as Andy’s watercolor Off Teels Island, Haycart, and Woodstove will be shown along with Kosti’s photographs of Monhegan, Dix Island, and Grand Banks fishermen and the Olson House. As Andy states in his forward to Night Train at Wiscasset Station, a book of Kosti’s Maine photographs: “Kosti Ruohomaa had the insight and intelligence to see through his lens the essential character of Maine and its people.”

The exhibition opening will be celebrated at a members’ preview and reception on Friday, May 29, at 6 p.m. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and the Wickham Skinner Fund. The primary media sponsor of Andrew and Kosti is Maine Home + Design.