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November 20, 2003 - April 4, 2004
Museum: Freer Gallery of Art
Location: Galleries 18 & 19
This exhibition, marking the centenary of Whistler's death on July 17, 1903, highlights his importance to the history of exhibition design by creating new versions of 2 of his most influential installations: "Arrangement in Yellow and White," which exhibited 51 of his etchings in 1883; and "Arrangement in Flesh Color and Grey," which exhibited 67 of his paintings, watercolors, and pastels in 1884. Many rarely displayed works are on view, including 34 oil paintings, watercolors, and pastels from the original 1884 exhibition and 49 of the original 51 etchings of Venice and London.
A free reprint of the 24-page catalogue to the 1883 installation is available in the exhibition. Two related books -- James McNeill Whistler: Uneasy Pieces, Essays in Visual Syntheses and Mr. Whistler's Gallery: Pictures at an 1884 Exhibition -- are available from the Gallery Shop and major bookstores.
See related article in January 2004 Smithsonian magazine, pp. 29-30.