American 20th-21st Century Art by Decades

a Subcategory of Representational Art (other): 20-21st Century

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America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s is a 2016 exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago which says: " This exhibition brings together 50 works by some of the foremost artists of the era -- including Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Grant Wood -- to examine the landscape of the United States during the Great Depression and the many avenues artists explored as they sought to forge a new national art and identity." Also see information from The Royal Academy of Arts  Accessed 3/17

Art Of The Thirties By Arthur D. Hittner, October 11, 2013, from Accessed 1/19

Circa 1960 is a 2019 exhibit at the Nasher Museum of Art which says: "The period around 1960 was one of great artistic evolution in the United States. The long-standing influence exerted by Abstract Expressionism, a gestural type of painting and sculpture that emerged after World War II, was dwindling. Artists coming of age at this time perceived the style as mannered and academic and sought to distance themselves from its pervasive legacy. This resulted in a gradual shift in artistic approaches and philosophical attitudes." Accessed 1/20

Excavating New Ground: American Art in the 1970s, an exhibit held February 11 - August 14, 2011 at The Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia. Materials include exhibit labels and portfolio. Accessed August, 2015

Jack Pierson: 5 Shows from the '90s is a 2017 exhibit at the Aspen Art Museum which says: "For more than two decades, New York­based artist Jack Pierson has been using the visual languages of photography, painting, sculpture, and drawing to examine intimate and emotional aspects of everyday life." Also see 2/20/17 article in The Aspen Times and entry in Wikipedia. Accessed 3/17

Making Modern America is a 2019 exhibit at the Philbrook Museum of Art which says: "This exhibition examines this paradox of progress through the lens of American industry. It presents the many complex -- and often conflicting -- ways that artists working from 1910 to 1960 portrayed the social and environmental changes taking place during this pivotal period."   Accessed 4/19

Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950 is a 2018 exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art which says: "From jazz and the jitterbug to assembly lines and skylines: the early twentieth century was a time of great social, artistic, and technological change. Artists responded with a revolutionary language of shapes and colors. See how Georgia O'Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, and others challenged convention and forged bold new styles to fit the times." Also see press release  Accessed 5/18

Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties was a 2012 exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art which said: "The exhibition Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties brings together for the first time the work of more than 60 painters, sculptors, and photographers who explored a new mode of modern realism in the years bounded by the aftermath of the Great War and the onset of the Great Depression. Throughout the 1920s, artists created images of liberated modern bodies and the changing urban-industrial environment with an eye toward ideal form and ordered clarity-qualities seemingly at odds with a riotous decade best remembered for its flappers and Fords." Accessed 10/16. Also, Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties at Dallas Museum of Art. Includes gallery photos. Accessed August, 2015.


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