January 23–April 17, 2011


During his lifetime, American modernist John Marin was the country’s most celebrated artist. His improvisational approach to color, paint handling, perspective, and movement situated him as a leading figure in modern art and helped influence the Abstract Expressionist movement. This exhibition—the first to present the Art Institute of Chicago’s phenomenal collection of the artist's work in its entirety—ranges from early images rooted in traditional practice to more personal and experimental compositions, showcasing how Marin, in the process of reinventing watercolor, transformed American painting.

John Marin. The Red Sun-Brooklyn Bridge (detail), 1922. Alfred Stieglitz Collection.