Anna Held Audette (1939-2013), Suisun Bay IICat. #223, Oil on canvas, 26"H x 40"W, 1995, Signed

Modern Ruins, Paintings by Anna Held Audette

On view in the Noble Library through December 11, 2016

Modern Ruins, Paintings by Anna Held Audette (1939-2013) is a new exhibition featuring the work of Anna Audette, a distinguished teacher and artist, whose paintings of industrial ruins and obsolete machinery chronicle the decline of industry in the United States.  The exhibition includes a selection of her large paintings, some of which were done in ship’s boneyards on the Staten Island shoreline.   Audette came to Staten Island in 1994 to track down John A. Noble’s work.  His career captured the ruins of the Age of Sail, and she was intrigued and inspired by his work. 

Audette’s work is widely acclaimed.  Her works are in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England; the Riijksmuseum in Amsterdam; the National Gallery of Art and the National Gallery of Science in Washington, DC;  and a number of regional museums and private collections, as well as that of the Noble Maritime Collection.

She is the author of two books, The Blank Canvas: Inviting the Muse, and Ruins: Poems and Paintings of a Vanishing America, with poet Suzanne Nothnagle.

“Audette’s paintings evoke the aura of a dark building with a single shaft of light coming through a dusty back window, or the loneliness of windshield on an abandoned truck where a vine comes back in summer, and grasps and holds its place as it climbs up it,” commented Erin Urban, Noble Maritime Collection director.  “Her work is haunting—like Noble’s.”  

This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of Louis Audette, and with funding, in part, from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.