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John Alexander: Looking Back

John Alexander is an artist who packs a painterly punch. The power of his vivid, expressive imagery solicits a breath-taking effect, especially in a gallery hung with 40 of his big, bold paintings and 27 of his elegant works on paper.Tomorrow, December 20, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM...

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Many of his artworks are accompanied by Alexander’s cogent, thoughtful commentary. His views on politics, religion and the human condition form a third body of work, an illustration in words.

In text posted with his 2002 watercolor "Marabou Stork," he notes: "Not one day since I was born, has the landscape gained an inch. Every single day habitat is lost, and species are vanishing at an alarming rate."

"John Alexander’s life-long fascination with the natural world," observes SAAM’s director Elizabeth Broun, "connects his work with subjects of deep meaning throughout America."

"John Alexander: A Retrospective" is on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum through March 16, 2008.

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Beth Py-Lieberman

Beth Py-Lieberman is the museums editor, covering exhibitions, events and happenings at the Smithsonian Institution. She has been a member of the Smithsonian team for more than two decades.

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