Hannah Blunt thought she was prepared for the world of Maine sculptor Bernard "Blackie" Langlais.

As a curatorial assistant at the Colby College Museum of Art in 2007, she'd worked with some of his abstract works for a show there. Later she'd used Langlais's (pronounced "Lang-lee") work in graduate school projects at Boston University. But when Blunt moved into the late artist's farmhouse on the Maine coast four years ago, charged with taking stock of the estate left to the College, she was bowled over.

"It was beyond words," said Blunt, now Langlais Curator for Special Projects. "The estimate in gifting documents to Colby was something like fifteen hundred works. I discovered about two thousand more- mostly works on paper, early sketchbooks, and drawings- that had not been inventoried. They were stuck in baskets and chests and barns."

And now that work is out in the world.


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