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New Exhibits Highlight Academy Art Museum’s Bright Future by Dick Cooper

Erik Neil is clearly very pleased. He is standing in the middle of an Academy Art Museum gallery s u r r ou nde d b y or i g i n a l w ork s by famed A merican ar tist Mark Rothko. “You can see the progression of his work over the years,” Neil says as he points to a sma l l f ra med sketch of a woman. “I like this piece a lot because you can see his fingerprints on it. It was some-

thing he must have been fond of and kept it around.” Neil tours the room, showing how Rothko’s work evolved, ending with the large, heavily textured abstract blocks of color that became his signature. For Neil, who has been the director of Easton’s premier art gallery and museum for almost two years, the Rothko exhibition is an indication of how well the Academy is

Erik Neil, director of the Academy Art Museum in Easton. 23

March 2012 Tidewater Times  

March 2012 Tidewater Times

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