In his first major museum exhibition on the East Coast, painter Darren Waterston’s installation Filthy Lucre—the centerpiece of his exhibition Uncertain Beauty—reimagines James McNeill Whistler’s decorative masterpiece Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (1876–77). Fascinated with The Peacock Room both for its lyrical union of painting and architecture and for its dramatic story of patronage and artistic ego, Waterston created an installation that hints at parallels between the excesses and inequities of the Gilded Age (and the European society it mimicked) and the social and economic disparities of our own time.
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