Wilbur Niewald: The Studio Portrait
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is proud to present Wilbur Niewald: The Studio Portrait, the first museum exhibition to present portraiture by the Kansas City-based artist. Well known for his plein air painting, Niewald can often be found with easel and brushes at his favorite Kansas City locations, including Loose Park and Penn Valley Park. However, the artist has a long history of studio painting that includes both still lifes and portraits. Culled from private collections as well as from the artist's studio, these fourteen portraits—some commissioned, some personal—span more than forty years.
For me, the important portrait painting was done by the greatest painters. I like, for example, the portraits of Cézanne, Matisse, Giacometti and the American painter Alice Neel... and, of course, there are always the incomparable portraits of Rembrandt.