Max Moran: Hung out to Dry

In early 2007 Max Moran reported to authorities the theft of a large number of important works of art from his Mattituck studio. For over five years, working with a number of police departments, the FBI and a private investigator, following leads in several states and South America, a great deal of the work is still missing.  Some recent discoveries however, through the efforts of Robert Wittman, founder of the FBI Art Crime Team, have provided optimism with the return of several recovered canvases from private collections in Moran’s home state of Ohio.  The work still missing includes some of Moran’s early figurative paintings, archives, and American iconographic works.  The investigation continues and Moran is hopeful these are the first of many paintings to be returned. 

Thirty two years ago Vincent Price was presented this art school photograph for an autograph by an enthusiastic young painter, Max Moran.  Price instructed Moran to “PAINT THAT!” The resulting self-portrait is one of several recently recovered paintings to be displayed along with new landscapes at the “HUNG OUT TO DRY” exhibition at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn – Barn Gallery August 25 – September 16. 

Join us for the Opening Reception Saturday August 25th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  Paintings will be on display Fridays from 5-8.  Saturdays and Sundays from 1-7.  

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