William Glackens' drawing "Far From the Fresh Air Farm: the Crowded City Street,
with Its Dangers and Temptations, is a Pitiful Makeshift Playground for Children"
Sept 7 to Nov 9 2013
Glackens's graphic body of work was both varied and multi-purpose. He was equally adept in charcoal, pen-and-ink, watercolor, and etching, which he notoriously loathed and found frustrating. Glackens's line was charged with meaning and purpose, conveying human emotion and state of mind. His crowd scenes are never monolithic, but an assemblage of very personal vignettes.
By 1919, his career as an illustrator came to a sudden halt. His abandonment of this particular discipline was most likely due to the unstoppable advancements made in the field of photography. By 1901, the medium of photography became available to the mass-market with the introduction of the Kodak Brownie. To Glackens, this advent was both friend and foe; while it closed one door, it opened another.
All of the works of art in Glackens as Illustrator have been selected from the Glackens estate of over 500 works given to the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University in 1990 by his son, Ira Glackens. The exhibition includes three of his most admired large-format illustrations: Curb Exchange, No.3, 1907-1910, Far from the Fresh Air Farm, 1911, and Christmas Shoppers, Madison Square, 1912.
Coral Springs Museum show info here