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Exhibition Opening: Street Scenes: The Magical World of Robert Vickrey
May 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree – $5
Preview this exhibition of stunning paintings by Robert Vickrey before it opens to the public. Free for members; $5 for nonmembers. RSVP to 706-828-3867
Street Scenes: The Magical World of Robert Vickrey
MAY 12–AUGUST 12, 2018
Robert Vickrey, born in 1926 in Manhattan, studied art at the Pomfret School in Pomfret, Connecticut, before enlisting in the navy’s V-12 officers’ training program, which sent him to study at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and Yale University in New Haven. After earning a bachelor’s degree at Yale in 1947, he spent a year in New York studying with Reginald Marsh and Kenneth Hayes Miller at the Art Students League before returning to Yale, where he received a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1950.
In the 1950s and 1960s Vickrey was a highly visible artist, included in no fewer than nine of the Whitney Museum’s annual exhibitions showcasing contemporary art. He was also commissioned to paint dozens of portraits for the cover of Time, notably a portrait from life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for the magazine’s Man of the Year issue in 1964.
His paintings are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the National Gallery of Art and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Morris Museum of Art, as well as in numerous corporate and private collections. (Information from Vickrey’s obituary in the New York Times, April 20, 2011.) This exhibition was organized with the generous assistance of William Meek, longtime director of the Harmon-Meek Gallery in Naples, Florida.