Wilde’s Wildes: A Very Private Collection June 13–September 6, 2015
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    John Wilde, An American Interior, Oil on panel, 1942. Collection of John and Shirley Wilde, Courtesy of the Tory Folliard Gallery. Photo by Eddee Daniel

    Image for Wilde’s Wildes: A Very Private CollectionJohn Wilde, Myself, Age 19, Graphite on paper, 1939, Collection of John and Shirley Wilde, Courtesy of the Tory Folliard Gallery. Photo by Eddee Daniel

    Image for Wilde’s Wildes: A Very Private CollectionJohn Wilde, November’s Kiefer’s Keepers, Celebrations of the Months Series #1, Oil on board, 1979, Collection of John and Shirley Wilde, Courtesy of the Tory Folliard Gallery. Photo by Eddee Daniel
    “Personal” is the word that best describes the art of Surrealist painter John Wilde (1919 – 2006). He enlisted his fertile imagination into interpreting and reflecting the world around him: an extensive body of paintings and drawings were the result. “Personal” is an even more apt description for the Museum of Wisconsin Art’s exhibition Wilde’s Wildes, which comprises only works of art that Wilde and his wife, Shirley, retained for themselves; most have not been shown publicly in decades, if at all. 


    Related Programs

    Opening Party
    Saturday, June 13The Art Ball 2015

    Artist Talk
    Thursday, June 18 | 6:30
    Graeme Reid will discuss the life and work of John Wilde, his many friendships within the state, and his influences from beyond Wisconsin’s borders. 

    A Wild Workshop
    Saturday, August 15 | 1:00–3:00 
    Join Katie Musolff, JoAnna Poehlmann, and Lynne Railsback, three artists who love nature and its inhabitants, as they discuss their approach to depicting the natural world. Attendees are invited to bring their own nature-focused work to be critiqued by the artists.  

    Guided Exhibition Tours
    Thursday, June 18 | 5:45
    Thursday, July 30 | 5:45 

    Three + and Friends of Wisconsin Art (FOWA) members are invited to enjoy a guided tour of Wilde’s Wildes. Arrive early! Walk-ins welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

    Enjoy The Book: Wilde’s Wildes: A Very Private Collection
    As a leading American Surrealist artist, John Wilde saw more than fifteen hundred of his works acquired by museums and private collections and had over two hundred solo and group exhibitions. Wilde’s Wilde: A Very Private Collection is unique because it is composed exclusively of the paintings and drawings Wilde and his wife Shirley chose to keep in their home for decades. The book is available as a FREE digital copy or may be purchased in print form at the MOWA Shop.