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John Wilson: Boston's Native Son

John Wilson Gabrielle


Curated by Katherine French, Director Emerita of Danforth Art



February 18, 2015 - April 6, 2015


Revised: Opening Reception Monday, March 23, 2015

5:30 P.M. - 7 P.M.


John Wilson: Bostonís Native Son features drawings, prints, and paintings that represent various aspects of a remarkable career that has spanned more than seven decades.

From his time as a student studying at the Museum School under the direction of Karl Zerbe in the early 1940ís; to his work in Legerís studio in the late 1940ís; to his collaboration with Taller de Grafica Popular in Mexico in the 1950ís; to his commemorative portraits of Martin Luther King completed through the 1980-90ís, Wilson has developed a unique artistic vision that embraced social concern.

While educated as part of a talented group of students who later became known as Boston Expressionists, Wilson cannot be viewed solely through an expressive lens. Instead, the trajectory of his lifeís work directs us towards a complex exploration of the changing artistic and social landscape of the last century.


~ Words by Katherine French

Image Credit: John Wilson, Gabrielle, charcoal and pastel on paper. Courtesy of the artist and Martha Richardson Fine Art, Boston.

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