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Kindred Spirits: Paintings & Letters from the Kiplinger Family Collection
November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024
A.E. Backus Museum of Art
Fort Pierce, Florida

W. M. Kiplinger (1891-1967), a famed Washington journalist with a home on Sewall’s Point in Stuart, discovered the art of A. E. Backus and befriended him in the 1950s. Despite the differences in their lives, Kiplinger found in Backus a close counterpart, and commissioned a number of significant paintings. A tireless letter writer, Kiplinger corresponded with his friend as well as with other artists he met at the Backus Studio, including a remarkable exchange with future Highwaymen artist Alfred Hair (1941-1970).

This exhibition is the first public showing of these paintings and rare letters, and also includes selected works by Al Black, Walter Cole, Willie Daniels, James F. Hutchinson, Kevin Hutchinson, Therese Knowles, Roy McLendon, Harold Newton, and Sam Newton acquired by W.M. Kiplinger, and in recent years the Kiplinger Family, that honor the Backus legacy.

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[Image: Knowles, Therese (1918-2008). Grove Scene, c. 1960. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in. Kiplinger Family Collection]