The Early Imagination of Ipcar
The Ogunquit Museum of American Art remembers the dawning talent of a Maine icon.
Dahlov Ipcar’s first solo exhibition was held in 1939 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) when she was just 21 years old. Almost 70 years later, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) reexamines her past with a new exhibition, Dahlov Ipcar: Creative Growth. Featuring more than 60 works drawn from the original MOMA show, Creative Growth explores the early development of one of Maine’s most celebrated artists. From creative crayon drawings to the ceramic figurines that cemented her status as an eminent animalier, Ipcar’s intuition for color and pattern threads throughout her early artworks, as do the themes of regionalism and social realism. The installation is made even more poignant given Ipcar’s recent passing, notes Michael Mansfield, executive director and chief curator at OMAA. “The exhibition has assumed new meaning now,” says Mansfield. “We are deeply honored to be presenting her work at this moment.” On the following pages, MH+D presents a selection of works in the exhibition, which runs through June 28.