Join the Friends of the Rye Public Library as they welcome Margaret Burgess , the Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Associate Curator of European Art at the Portland Museum of Art, Maine to introduce this exciting exhibition. Showing at the Portland Museum of Art, Maine, from May 2 through September 8, 2013, this spectacular exhibition of modern art consists of 62 works from the renowned William S. Paley Collection at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Paley was a formative and innovative leader in the radio and television world as President and Chairman of the Board at CBS for decades. With Paley at its helm, CBS grew exponentially and nurtured the talents of broadcasting greats including Edward Murrow and Walter Cronkite. With his penchant for new technologies in business, Paley was drawn to modern art as a collector. Paley began to collect art in the 1930s inspired by trips abroad to Europe. He filled his homes with works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Georges Braque, Paul Cézanne, and Paul Gauguin, among others. These marvelous works, including Picasso’s superlative Boy Leading a Horse, Paris, 1905-6, André Derain’s Bridge over the Riou, 1906, and Gauguin’s magnificent The Seed of the Areoi, 1892, will be on view the summer of 2013 here in Maine. The Portland Museum of Art is the only New England venue for the collection’s 2012-2014 North American tour.