“Martin Kline: Romantic Nature” opens Saturday, March 17 and runs through June 17 at the New Britain Museum of American Art. An opening reception is 1-3 p.m., Saturday, March 24.
Sixty works form the the first major retrospective of artist Martin Kline, charting a path which weaves through the history of art—from the ancient world of Greek mythology, to the American symbol of the baseball bat, to Ed Ruscha and Jackson Pollock.
His seductive works in encaustic feature built-up surfaces that elicit a haptic response from the viewer—one is compelled to touch them. Serious philosophical questions are raised about mankind’s interaction and interference with nature in works that attract and repel. Kline’s imaginative and emotional appeal connect him to a lineage of 19th century writers, naturalists, and artists who sought to understand man’s vital role in coexisting symbiotically with nature.