About the Exhibition
Jim Forsberg (1919-1991) was not only important for the quality of his artistic contribution, but also for being an influential figure within the world of the Provincetown arts for 37 years, after settling there with his family in 1954. He was one of the founders of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and served on the visual arts committee for seven years.
In Provincetown, Forsberg was a mentor and teacher of painting from the 1960’s to the 1980’s, and also taught at Castle Hill in Truro. In addition, he was a big part of the Provincetown theatre scene through the 1960’s and 1970’s. His art was highly respected by some of the renowned artists of the day, and his work was purchased by museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. For all of this, Forsberg’s artistic contribution is again remembered and honored in Provincetown, here at PAAM.
This exhibition is the first museum show of his work since “Color, Form, and Interval” at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in 1995, which was preceded by a memorial exhibit at PAAM in 1991, and a major retrospective show there in 1986. The inspiration for this exhibition revolves around bringing Forsberg to light through his painting, focusing primarily on major works from the last decade of his output. During this time various motifs were thoroughly developed and became a blossoming of his life’s artistic journey. Although the show does not attempt to be a comprehensive retrospective, some examples of early and intermediate work are included that give a flavor for his varied artistic styles, explorations, and development.
Motifs in Color and Form is anchored by a loan of paintings from the private collection of Efrem Marder, who as a teenager in the late 1960’s purchased his first Forsberg (“Untitled- Flowerpot”) with saved up allowance money, and visited Jim’s studio or home many times over the years. It is supplemented by pieces from PAAM and the Forsberg estate, courtesy of the artist’s daughter, Carol Forsberg, who has worked over many years to preserve her father’s legacy.