Amherst Bulletin: British Art at the Mead

Submitted by Paul S. Statt

Utterly English
Amherst Bulletin, April 5
"If you don't take the time to scrutinize anything else at the Amherst College Mead Art Museum's current show "Through British Eyes," there's one must-see, or rather, six: a series of prints of William Hogarth paintings called "Marriage a-la-Mode." Tracing the course of an arranged marriage, commonplace in England's upper echelons in the 18th century, the prints tell a woeful and, at times, comic tale, while taking razor-sharp aim at society's shortcomings: greed, vanity, lust, ambition, you name it."

Through British Eyes: British Art at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College Jan. 23 to Aug. 26
Works by British artists from the 17th century to the present are featured in “Through British Eyes: British Art at the Mead” on view at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College from Tuesday, Jan. 23, to Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007. Drawn exclusively from the Mead’s permanent collection, the works in this exhibition reflect the breadth and depth of the museum’s British holdings, one of the strengths of its European collection. From the stately 17th-century decorative paneled interior permanently installed in the Rotherwas Room in the Mead to the contemporary drawings of the environmental sculptor David Nash, the exhibition showcases a variety of media, including paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, photographs and decorative arts.