Reviews and Media Coverage for ‘Edward Hopper’s Maine’

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s attendance record-breaking exhibition Edward Hopper’s Maine earned rave reviews and mentions in media outlets across the country.

From the Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal to the pages of Elle Décor magazine, Edward Hopper’s Maine made an impression.

The Forecaster (September 14, 2011)
An article written by Emily Guerin ’09 notes that more than 25,000 people have visited the Museum since the Hopper exhibition opened July 15 (usual attendance is around 30,000 for the year) and that curatorial fellow Diana Tuite predicts 15,000 more before the show closes in mid-October.

Down East magazine (September 2011)
Calling it a “fascinating exhibition,” writer Deborah Weisgall delves into Hopper’s evolution, chronicling his trips to Maine and the journey reflected in the works on display.

Mainichi Shimbun (Mainichi Daily News) [Japan] (August 31, 2011)
The Japanese daily newspaper The Mainichi Shimbun, or Mainichi Daily News, which has a morning and evening edition combined circulation of more than 5.5 million, carried the Associated Press item that circulated from coast to coast in this country in The Washington PostHouston Chronicle and MSNBC, among others. The article touts not only the record-breaking exhibition, but the Museum itself (“an 1894 architectural treasure”) and the Joshua Chamberlain statue.

The Washington Post (August 25, 2011)
Edward Hopper’s Maine has been shattering attendance records, as noted in an Associated Press story picked up by media outlets across the country. Pitching Hopper as a peg for a fall getaway in Maine, the article recommends the Museum as a destination in and of itself, and also urges readers not to miss the College’s statue of Joshua Chamberlain (or the offerings in town at Gelato Fiasco). The Washington Post picked up the story, as did the Houston Chronicle, Yahoo News and MSNBC, among others.

Boston Globe (August 12, 2011)
Edward Hopper’s Maine continues to draw high praise from visitors and art critics alike. The exhibition at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art—which runs through October 16—is reviewed by Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe art critic Sebastian Smee.

Elle Décor (July-August 2011)
The exhibition Edward Hopper’s Maine is featured in the “Don’t Miss” section of the issue. “The raw beauty of coastal Maine has long been a lure for summer visitors, including some of America’s finest artists,” reads the article, touting Hopper’s “poetic renderings of the rocky seaside” and “iconic views of lighthouses and fishing trawlers.” The illustrated piece also includes the John Marin exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art, touting both as examples of Maine’s impact on artists.

207/WCSH (July 28, 2011)
Bowdoin College Museum of Art Director Kevin Salatino talks about the importance of Maine in Edward Hopper’s work, and how the 88 paintings, watercolors, drawings and prints in the Edward Hopper’s Maine exhibition tell the story of Hopper’s development as an artist, on the WCSH (Channel 6) newsmagazine 207.

Sebastian Smee (July 26, 2011)
The Boston Globe‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee visited the Edward Hopper’s Maine exhibition, writing flatteringly on his blog about the “scorchingly brilliant open air studies” composing the Museum’s ”marvelous show.”

Boston Globe (July 17, 2011)
The exhibition is spotlighted in the article “Hopper’s View,” in which the writer visits the various locales of Hopper’s works and speaks with Museum’s Director Kevin Salatino.

Maine Sunday Telegram (July 17, 2011)
The sub-headline of the review titled “Hopper Heaven” reads, “Fans of the painter may think they’ve died and gone there upon viewing ‘Edward Hopper’s Maine’ at Bowdoin.”

The Wall Street Journal (July 15, 2011)
The Wall Street Journal quotes comedian Steve Martin from the exhibition catalogue of “Edward Hopper’s Maine,” the first comprehensive exhibition of Edward Hopper’s artistic production in Maine from 1914 to 1929 that opened July 15, 2011. Martin owns Hopper’s Captain Upton’s House, which he loaned to the Museum for the show.

The Examiner [New York, N.Y.] (June 15, 2011)
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition Edward Hopper’s Maine opens July 15 and already is generating anticipatory buzz — a “must-see travel destination” proclaims this preview.