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Celebrating Edward Hopper’s legacy on Cape Cod

In 1930, Edward Hopper and his wife Jo, spent their first summer in South Truro on Cape Cod. Having traveled through many states and France, the couple built a home on a bluff overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

In honor of Hopper’s enduring legacy on the Cape and beyond, the Cape Cod Museum of Art and artists from across the country are joining with the Addison Art Gallery of Orleans and other regional organizations for “After Hopper,” a celebration of work by contemporary artists inspired by Edward Hopper and Cape Cod. Plans for this celebration include six exhibitions of new en plein air and studio works, receptions, demonstrations, artist panels, and talks by Hopper experts.

According to Edith A. Tonelli, director of the Cape Cod Museum of Art, “It is exciting for us to partner with Helen Addison and the Addison Art Gallery to encourage the historic tradition of en plein air painting on Cape Cod. This project, which involves asking artists to create new works of art inspired by Hopper and the places he painted is in line with our mission to inspire artists and exhibit art that is connected to our region. These exhibitions and events are also intended to spark a dialogue about contemporary painting and its ties to historic and global artistic traditions.”

Helen Addison, owner of the Addison Art Gallery, says, “The impact Hopper’s work has on contemporary artists and the market is rising with international coverage and soaring auction prices. Our region’s high regard for historic architecture combined with our natural environment (protected by the expansive Cape Cod National Seashore) makes this the ideal place for artists and art lovers to get a deeper understanding of Hopper’s work and influences. ‘After Hopper’ celebrates the integral part he, as an artist, has played in our country’s artistic heritage, and the effects his work has on today’s painters, as well as the essential part played by those preserving our artistic traditions.”

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