Sea History 175 - Summer 2021

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A Sense of Time

international competitions. She has exhibited at Coos Art Museum on many occasions, including a one-person exhibition in 2009. The for Historical Art of F. Tantillo Wurster is a member of the ASMA and a Signature Member of Artists Conservation. TheL.27th Maritime Art Exhibition is recognized and co-sponsored by the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA). Jurors are Richard Boyer of Salt Lake City, Utah; January 25, 2021 opens 17 July and runs through Jon Olson of Seal Beach, California; and Len Tantillo of Poughkeepsie, New York. 27-July The exhibition 25 September. (Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave., Coos Bay, Oregon, Ph. 541 267-3901; www.coosart.org)

A Sense of Time

A Sense of Time

(Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY; Ph. 518 463-4478; www.albanyinstitute.org) Water Street Shipyard, 1806, oil on canvas Street Shipyard, 1806 38 SEA Water HISTORY 175, SUMMER 2021 Len Tantillo

Media Contact: Aine Leader-Nagy, Director of Community Engagement leader.nagya@albanyinstitute.org | (518) 463-4478 ext. 408

2001 Oil on canvas Private Collection

images courtesy of len tantillo

A Sense of Time: The Historical Art of L. F. Tantillo at the Albany Institute of History & Art There is still time to check out the 2021 exhibition (runs through 25 July) in Albany, New York, featuring highlights from artist Len Tantillo’s forty-year career as a painter of historical subjects, with a focus on New York State and maritime subjects. Having spent his life in the Hudson Valley, most of Tantillo’s work portrays the sites and events that shaped the history of New York State, from pre-Europeancontact Iroquois villages to Dutch settlement and continuing to the development of railroads and the construction of iron Art of L. F. Tantillo The Historical bridges across the Hudson River. Looking at a Tantillo painting, the viewer January is trans-27-July 25, 2021 ported back in time to when the Hudson A View of Rondout, New York, 1883, oil on canvas River was a major thoroughfare between Viewplied of Rondout, New York, 1883 New York City and upstate New York, when vessels of all shapes and Asizes the waters. Tantillo’s painting of Fort Orange 2019like in 1635. He also envisions 19th-centu(present-day Albany), for example, gives us a sense of what the earliest settlement looked Oil on canvas ry shores of Troy and Rondout jammed Collection of Bruce and Jenny McKinney with steamships, breathes life into steam engines pulling into railroad stations, and captures the energy of 20th-century Grumman airplanes soaring through clouds. Tantillo is known for his extensive research, attention to detail, and historical accuracy in his paintings. A Sense of Time features 97 works of art from 53 institutions and collectors. The exhibition pairs some of Tantillo’s works with historical Media Contact: Aine Leader-Nagy, Director of Community Engagement maps, images, and objects that informed leader.nagya@albanyinstitute.org | (518) 463-4478 ext. 408 and shaped their accuracy. In addition, The Historical Artable of L.to F. see Tantillo visitors will be the artist’s workA View of Fort Orange, 1652, oil on canvas ing models, digitally reconstructed vilJanuary 27-July 25, 2021 lages and street scenes, and preparatory sketches. All of the works in this exhibition were selected by the artist. He divided them into A View of Fort Orange, 1652 nine themes: Native Peoples, New Netherland, New Amsterdam, The English Colony, A New Nation, Steam Powers a Nation, Len Tantillo Building Interest, Technology and Defence, and En Plein Air. He also wrote 2003 accompanying text for each work. Oil on canvas Sea History readers may recall a feature article by Len Collection of The Fort Orange Club Tantillo in the summer 2018 issue (#163), where he demonstrated his process in creating a painting depicting Robert Fulton’s North River steamboat at Clermont in 1807. You can read that article online through the index posted at seahistory.org/index/.


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