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Timothy J. Clark. 'Gryphons, Azores,' 2005. Watercolor on paper, 23 x 30 inches. Photo: HSM&L
Timothy J. Clark. 'Gryphons, Azores,' 2005. Watercolor on paper, 23 x 30 inches. Photo: HSM&L

‘American Travelers: A Watercolor Journey,' a new exhibition at the Hispanic Society Museum & Library in New York City

The Hispanic Society Museum & Library of New York opened a new exhibit highlighting watercolor paintings by American artists.

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On June 16, the Hispanic Society Museum & Library of New York (HSM&L) will present its new exhibition American Travelers: A Watercolor Journey Through Spain, Portugal, and Mexico, featuring the contemporary works of Timothy J. Clark.

The exhibition focuses on an often-overlooked resource in the museum's collections — the large body of watercolor works by American artists that were painted in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America, along with a group of contemporary watercolor works by California artist Timothy J. Clark.

The exhibition features 95 works, 83 of which are from the HSM&L's permanent collection and another 11 on display by Clark that are from various collections. 

"Unfortunately, travel has been a rarity for many these past few years. While we may not always be able to travel, art is a fantastic way to be transported to another world, offering an instant portal to faraway places," Guillaume Kientz, CEO of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library, said in a statement. 

The artists in the exhibition offer visitors access to many different regions. One of them is Spain's Joaquin Sorolla, who through the works on display, invites visitors on a geographical, artistic and personal journey. 

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Marcus B. Burke, Senior Curator, Emeritus, Department of Museums along with associates Orlando Hernández-Ying, Rockefeller Brothers Fund Curatorial Research Fellow for the Hubert & Mireille Goldschmidt Works on Paper Grant and Alexandra Frantischek Rodríguez-Jack, Rockefeller Brothers Fund Curatorial Research Fellow for Spanish and Hispanic Art in the Hispanic Society Museum and Library Collections. The exhibition designer is Stephen Saitas.

"This exhibition idea grew out of my study of Childe Hassam's works in our collection, and Hassam's visit to the 1909 Sorolla exhibition at the Hispanic Society. He was the first to return to Spain in 1910," said Burke, curator emeritus. Burke.

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