J.M.W. Turner

Begin Date2008-02-10
End Date2008-05-18
CuratorsDorothy Kosinski, Heather MacDonald
Last Harvested At2022-10-29
Credit LineThis exhibition was supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Bank of America was proud to be the national sponsor. The Dallas presentation was also made possible by The Eugene McDermott Foundation. Generous support was provided by McKool Smith, P.C., Texas Instruments, The Fondren Foundation, George A. and Nancy P. Shutt Foundation, Museum Tower, Tenet Healthcare Foundation, Grant Thornton LLP, and an anonymous donor. Air transportation provided by American Airlines. Promotional support provided by AT&T, DART, KERA, and a Cultural Tourism grant from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.
LocationChilton Galleries
OrganizerDallas Museum of Art; National Gallery of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art
Other VenuesNational Gallery of Art, Washington: October 1, 2007-January 6, 2008; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: June 24-September 21, 2008
DescriptionThis is the largest and most comprehensive retrospective ever presented in the United States of the career of J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851), one of the greatest landscape painters in the history of art. The exhibition of approximately 140 works, divided almost evenly between oils and watercolors, includes masterworks representing his extensive range of subjects - seascapes, topographical views, historical events, mythology, modern life, and scenes from his own fertile imagination. Many of these works have never been shown in the United States. The exhibition also surveys Turner's mastery of watercolor, from highly innovative and experimental sketches and studies to large-scale finished works. Among these will be "Tintern Abbey" (1794), "The Battle of Fort Rock, Val d'Aouste, Piedmont 1796" (1815), "Sunset" (c. 1820-1830), and "Norham Castle, on the River Tweed" (c. 1822-1823) from Tate Britain. The exhibition has been selected by a team of American curators: Franklin Kelly, Senior Curator of American and British Painting, National Gallery of Art; Dorothy Kosinski, Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture and The Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art, Dallas Museum of Art; and Gary Tinterow, Engelhard Curator in Charge of the Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; in collaboration with Ian Warrell, Curator of Eighteenth-and Nineteenth-Century Art, Tate Britain. J. M. W. Turner is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art (February 10-May 18, 2008), the National Gallery of Art, Washington (October 1, 2007-January 6, 2008), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (June 24-September 21, 2008), in association with Tate Britain, London, which is lending eighty-six works from its vast and impressive Turner bequest.