VERO BEACH - The Vero Beach Museum of Art presents the exhibition Simple Pleasures: The Art of Doris Lee, on view now through September in the Holmes and Titelman Galleries.
Simple Pleasures features 74 of the most notable and compelling works by Doris Lee (1905-1983). Using a vibrant color palette, Ms. Lee sparks feelings of playfulness and humor in her paintings, drawings, prints, and commissioned commercial designs. Simple Pleasures includes works by the artist from the 1930s through the 1960s, from both public and private collections. A selection of ephemera such as product advertisements for the American Tobacco Company and General Foods will also be included in the exhibition.
Known as one of the foremost American artists during the 1930s and 1940s, Ms. Lee was a leading figure in the Woodstock Artist's Colony.
"We are thrilled to have so many works by Doris Lee on display this summer in Vero Beach,” said VBMA Senior Curator Anke Van Wagenberg. “As a sophisticated artist, she was inspired by Grandma Moses and Milton Avery and beyond and developed her own unique fusion style. We love her connection with Florida, where she wintered, taught numerous courses, and eventually settled."
"Reconsidering the art of Doris Lee allows us to realize the often over-looked complexities of the American art world during the heyday of Abstract Expressionism,” said co-curator Melissa Wolfe of the Saint Louis Art Museum. “Lee is an exemplar of how many leading female and figurative artists found outlets to produce extraordinary works of art that challenge the artists' marginalization both in their day and often still today. Lee's mastery in both the commercial and the fine art worlds reflects the remarkable breadth of her abilities."
The VBMA will present a full slate of related programming, including Art Talks in the gallery, studio art classes, and art making projects for families.
For more information and to register for programs, visit www.vbmuseum.org or call (772) 231-0707 ext. 136.
The Vero Beach Museum of Art is located at 3001 Riverside Park Dr., Vero Beach.