Recent Reviews:

On Witness to Conflict: The Art of Documentary, June 2018. "It is an era in which the veracity of the news is challenged by the most powerful in government... And it is absolutely the moment when a strong and unflinching press needs to hold firm. Photojournalists and documentarians are a vital component of that press. The current exhibition at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery has some lovely imagery but it is not a display of feel-good, pretty pictures. Much of the work is disturbing and heartbreaking." -- Don Wilkinson, Providence Journal, June 21, 2018. Read the full review here. 

On Witness to Conflict: The Art of Documentary, June 2018. "Artful journalism or journalistic art? Here’s the nub of a distinction: Journalists follow a strict ethical code. Artists have more leeway. What they produce is open to wider interpretation...Journalism documents; art opens doors in our imaginations. All three artists, to varying degrees, do both." -- Kate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, June 6, 2018. Read the full review here.

 

Our Gallery

"Since opening in 2011, the Dedee Shattuck Gallery has earned a reputation as one of the area's top showcases for contemporary art.  In fact, it might be the best gallery of its kind in Rhode Island, except for one thing: it happens to be located in picturesque Wesport, MA."- Bill Van Siclen, Providence Journal, July 24, 2014.

"Decades of close observation of galleries and museums, gave me clues to designing the "perfect" gallery space"- Dedee Shattuck, Art Galleries and Interior Design, July 2014. View entire article here.

"...the crown jewel of Westport's galleries- and perhaps the entire vaguely defined South Coast- is the Dedee Shattuck Gallery at 865 Main Road."- Don Wilkinson, Artscope, July/August 2014. Read the full article here.

"The Dedee Shattuck Gallery, is immersed in a cultural confluence of artists... all drawn to the quiet coastal town's beaches, warm waters and picturesque woods."- Jared Bowen, Boston Common Magazine, Tuesday, June 23, 2014 Read the full article here.

"Dedee Shattuck, in just three short years has created a place for art to happen on a grand scale." - Roz Weir, Four Corners Art Center Award of Recognition for Dedee Shattuck, August 18, 2013. View event pictures and read the full speeches here.

"Since opening in 2011, the Dedee Shattuck Gallery has gained a reputation as one of the area’s top showcases for contemporary art. Indeed, it might be the best contemporary art gallery in Rhode Island, except for one thing: it happens to be located in the scenic village of Westport, Mass." Bill Van Siclen, Providence Journal, August 11, 2013. Read the full interview here.

 "With this exhibition in this grand space I have been given a wonderful opportunity to work on a large scale. Few galleries can boast the kind of space we have the luxury of exhibiting in here at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery. It is my hope these latest large scale paintings succeed and carry a visual strength that make them worthy of the space they have been granted." - Artist, Sig Haines, June 2013.

 "Dedee invented and runs one of the best, most ingenious art galleries in New England." Providence Journal's Robert Whitcomb, March 23, 2013

"The Dedee Shattuck Gallery... has quickly established itself as one of the top showcases for contemporary art in southern New England" - Bill Van Siclen, Providence Journal, Thursday, November 8, 2012

"A new addition to the area, the Dedee Shattuck Gallery specializes in museum-quality prints, paintings, sculptures and fine craft." More Galleries with sea in the picture- Bill Van Siclen, Providence Journal, September 2012.  

"A welcome addition to our regional, artistic and creative community." - David B. Boyce, Standard-Times, August 27, 2011. Read the full review here. 

"Stunning visitors with its crisp, clean, inventive atmosphere." - Farmcoast.com, June 27, 2011. Read the full review here.

Our Exhibitions

2017.

On Small Works 2017, December 2017, "As expected as December snow, the season brings a flurry — almost a deluge — of small work displays to the art galleries and alternative spaces of the South Coast...And with about 50 artists from a wide range of disciplines represented, the aptly named “Small Works 2017” provides much to take in and explore." -- Don Wilkinson, Standard Times, December 14, 2017. Read full review here.

On The North: Artists from Iceland and Norway, September 2017, "Two painters born in Reykjavik, Iceland, and a Norwegian photographer — all with firm roots in realism, and one less stark than the other two — are the subject of “The North,” an intriguing exhibition at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery..." -- Don Wilkinson, Standard Times, September 21, 2017. Read full review here.

On Young Russian Artists, June 2017, If distinct admiration of subject matter and devotion to detail can be understood as hallmarks of love, it is with certainty that the Russians love their children too...In “Young Russian Artists: Works from St. Petersburg,”...several of the six artists, all under the age of 30, have painted children, be they offspring, younger siblings or nieces and nephews, with great tenderness that never slips into the saccharine." -- Don Wilkinson, Standard Times, June 22, 2017. Read full review here.

On Young Russian Artists, June 2017, "Curator Ben Shattuck...interviewed at least a dozen artists from Moscow to St. Petersburg. He noted that “…the Russian art scene is one of the most exciting and well-kept secrets in the contemporary art world.” -- Don Wilkinson, Artscope Magazine, May/June 2017. Read a portion of the review here.

On Stephen Remick, William C. Shattuck, Chris Gustin: Land Sea Sky, May 2017, "There is no clear delineation, as the works of all three carry overlap: trees enter the skyscape, sea and land mingle, and clouds are made of earth, hardened with flame." -- Don Wilkinson, Art Beat, May 18, 2017. Read the full review here.

On Isabel Mattia, Elena Bria and Timothy Powers Wilson, April 2017, "The first exhibition... is a handsomely quiet and reserved stunner of a show." -- Don Wilkinson, Standard Times, April 6, 2017. Read full review here.

2016.

On Small Works 2016, December 2016, "There is much to like in this exhibition and not enough column space to adequately give detailed attention to all." -- Don Wilkinson, Standard Times, December 1, 2016. Read full review here.

On Surface Appeal: Material Perception, July 2016, "...look very closely at the work, and one can almost feel the textures: smooth, scratchy, hard, soft, resilient, delicate, warm or metallic. The materials are wide ranging and include linen, pewter, bronze, tape, nail polish, cotton and rocks." -- Don Wilkinson, Standard Times, July 14, 2016. Read full review here.

2015.

On Small Works 2015, December 2015, "The almost four dozen artists participating in a big show of small works at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery draw inspiration from a wide array of sources. Many look into the natural world and the landscape, or the human figure, others tap into the deep well of formalist concerns (composition, geometry, color relationships), and yet others offer clever and often low-key visual commentary on politics, society and their own inner demons." -- Don Wilkinson, Standard Times, December 4, 2015. Read full review here. 

On Nuanced: capaciousness and other provocative conditions of making, October 2015, “'Nuanced open-endedness, capaciousness and other provocative conditions of making' is big enough, figuratively speaking, to embrace works that shimmer with understated subtleties and others so graphically bold as to be viscerally overwhelming." -- Don Wilkinson, Standard Times, October 22, 2015. Read full review here.

On Andrew Nixon, Stillness and Motion, June, 2015, "In his current show at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery, in Westport, Mass., Rhode Island artist Andrew Nixon draws on both the visual and art-historical sides of Muybridge’s work." -- Bill Van Siclen, Providence Journal, June 25, 2015. Read full piece here. 

On Andrew Nixon, Stillness and Motion, June, 2015, "The painter and draftsman Andrew Nixon taps directly into that vein, celebrating the work of Muybridge and reinventing it, transforming images through the application of other media such as oil stick and Conte crayon."--Don Wilkinson, Standard-Times, June 18th, 2015. Read full essay here.

On Chris Gustin, Slow Breath: Recent Works by Chris Gustin, March/April 2015, "A world-renowned and much admired ceramicist, Gustin's large vessels resonate with an organic sensibility. Infused with voluptuous curves, mysterious folds, and a pneumatic sensuality, his clayforms and warm earth tones finishes suggest an elegant jawline, womanly hip, bared shoulder, pregnant belly or shapely behind."-Don Wilkinson, Standard-Times, April 2, 2015. Read full essay here.

2014.

On Richard Whitten, Richard Whitten and Emi Ozawa, September 2014, "[His] paintings are provoking. They refuse to act entirely like paintings but are exceedingly not sculpture. They baffle you with titles in French, German, and Italian, optical illusions, and spatial inconsistencies rendered with mathematical precision."- Natasha Seaman, Hyperallergic, September 27th, 2014. Read full essay here.

On The Contemporary Figure, "This July... three painters and two sculptor offer fresh interpretations of the human form, from the cubist to the symbolic to the surreal."- Jared Bowen, Boston Common Magazine, June 23, 2014.  Read the full article here.

On Apophenia: Harvey Goldman, "Phenomenal art... stunning images." - Don Wilkinson, Standard-Times, May 15, 2014. Read the full review here.

On Apophenia: Harvey Goldman, "...Goldman’s images blurs the boundaries between still and moving images, painting and photography, realism and fantasy." -  Thomas Stubblefield, Big Red & Shiny, May 21, 2014.  Read full review here.

2013. 

On Wang Dang Doodle: John Borowicz, "a celebration of the irreverent...a wonderful and vibrant exhibition...a raucous good time." - Don Wilkinson, Standard-Times, August 10, 2013. Read the full review here. 

On Severin Haines Featuring Furniture by DUNN July 2013 exhibit, "Close examination of the work reveals that, for Haines, the act of painting is not in service to the landscape, but rather, that the landscape is in service to painting itself."- Don Wilkinson, Artscope Preview: Severin Haines: Recent Landscapes at Dedee Shattuck Gallery July 2 2013. Read the full review here. 

On Lasse Antonsen's June 2013 exhibit, "Associations arise, and meaning coalesces in juxtapositions."- Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe Critic's Picks June 19 2013.  Read the full review here. 

On Lasse Antonsen's June 2013 exhibit, "...the show is beautiful, engaging, mysterious, and beyond the fully knowable."- Don Wilkinson, Artscope Magazine May/June 2013. Read the full review here.  

On Huguette May, Sandra Allen, and Zaria Forman's May 2013 exhibit,  "Dazzling drawings on display at Shattuck...". - Don Wilkinson, SouthCoast Today May 11, 2013. Read the full review here. 

On Maria Walker and Charles Miller's April 2013 exhibit,  "vibrant" - Don Wilkinson, Standard Times April 6, 2013. Read the full review here.

2012.

On Jean Francois Allaux, Anthony Russo, and Guy Billout's November 2012 exhibition, "a terrific show... darkly funny and enigmatic." - Bill Van Siclen, Providence Journal November, 2012. Read the full review here.

On Jean Francois Allaux, Anthony Russo, and Guy Billout's November 2012 exhibition, "delightful in its range, touching on subject matter ranging from the erotic and domestic through political and social commentary, and on to witty fantasy" - Don Wilkinson, Standard Times, November 3, 2012. Read the full review here.

On Joshua Enck and Reenie Barrow's September 2012 exhibition "Enck’s muscular, minimalist geometric sculptures make a counterpoint to Barrow’s velvety photographs of organic forms." Boston Globe, Critic's Picks, August 29, 2012. Read the full article here.

On Joan Backes' July 2012 exhibition, "loaded with meaning and memory and expectation." - Don Wilkinson, Standard Times, August 4, 2012. Read the full review here.

On Joan Backes' July 2012 exhibition, "As Thoreau did, [Joan Backes] 'drives life into a corner,' quite literally, and finds there the geometry of where we belong." - Stephen Vincent Kobasa, Art New England Magazine, July/August 2012. Read the full review here. 

On Joan Backes' July 2012 exhibition, "Backes approaches trees from every angle, from the smallest detail of bark to over-arching conceptual possibilities" Boston Globe, Critics Picks, July 11, 2012. Read the full article here.

On Joan Backes' July 2012 exhibition, "Viewers are invited to contemplate the meaning of home." - Brian Goslow, artscope magazine, capsule previews. Read the article here.

On Joan Backes' July 2012 exhibition, "For Joan Backes, her love of nature is much more than a passion" - Michaela Johnson, The Rhode Show, July 30, 2012. Read the full story and watch the TV spot here.

On Susan Schultz and Nicholas Whitman's June 2012 exhibition, "enthralled, delighted, and disturbed all at the same time" Don Wilkinson, Standard-Times, July 1, 2012. Read the full review here.

On Roger Kizik's May 2012 exhibition "A strong and exhilarating exhibition by painter Roger Kizik. His paintings are brash, bold, and thickly studded with references to the sea and the man-made, as well as literature and art history, and lush with gestures born of equal parts aesthete and athlete" Don Wilkinson, Standard-Times, May 24th, 2012

 2011.

On John Havens Thornton and Pat Coomey Thornton's December 2011 exhibition, "a gripping exploration" - Aiden Fitzgerald, Art New England, November/December 2011. Read the full review here. 

On Anne Leone's August 2011 exhibition, "unquestionably beautiful paintings." - David B. Boyce, Standard-Times, August 27, 2011Read the full review here. 

On Anne Leone's August 2011 exhibition,  "thought-provoking and full of wonderful reversals." - Grace Dane Mazur, artsfuse.org. Read the full review here.

Our Artists

2015.

Richard Whitten's segment from Networks Rhode Island's 2015 season of documentary video portraits. NetWorks showcases and records the work, achievements, methods, and profiles of Rhode Island artists.  Watch the video here.

 

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