Modernism in American Art




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TFAO references:

As of 6/25/12 TFAO Digital Library contained 947 pages referencing the word "Modernism."

 

From other web sites:

American Modernists: Breaking the Mold, by Susan Saccoccia
 
American Moderns, 1910 - 1960: From O'Keeffe to Rockwell, an exhibit held October 12, 2013 - January 5, 2014 at the Delaware Art Museum. Includes press materials. Accessed 9/14.
 
An Artist's Eye: A Journey through Modern and Contemporary Art with Sigmund Abeles, an exhibit held Jun 17, 2011 - Oct 23, 2011 at the Columbia Museum of Art. Includes "A Conversation with Sigmund Abeles," a 1:05:37 audio recording between Dr. Brad Collins, Chair of USC Department of Art and Sigmund Abeles, a representational artist who worked in New York during its highest involvement with Abstract Impressionism. Also includes a 3:40 video narrated by by Todd Herman, curator at the Columbia Museum of Art, including conversation with Sigmund Abeles. Accessed August, 2014.
 
Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, a 2014 exhibit held at the Duke University Museum of Art. Information on national tour includes biography, images and audio clips. Accessed 9/14
 
The Legend of Rex Slinkard, an exhibit held November 9, 2011 - February 26, 2012 at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University. Includes press release. Accessed June, 2014
 
Modernism by Teta Collins, from AskArt.com
 
"Modernism's subjects in the United States."Art Journal, Summer, 1996  by Michael Leja from LookSmart, Ltd. [Link from (URL of source) found expired as of 3/1/12 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for your reference]
 
Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966 an exhibit held at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco June 22, 2013-September 29, 2013. Includes extensive information including five online videos. Accessed 10/14
 
The Society for the Preservation of American Modernists website includes a list of American Modernists.
 
Subjectivist Tendencies in Early Modernist American Art: The Case of Edwin Walter Dickinson by Mary Ellen Abell, from Brickhaus.com
 
Three Artists (Three Women): Modernism and the Art of Hesse, Krasner, and O'Keeffe, by Anne Middleton Wagner  (restricted access) from California Digital Library (go to eScholarship Editons and the search for the following titles) The eScholarship Editions collection includes the full text of more than 1,400 books from academic presses.
 
Walt Kuhn: An Imaginary History of the West, an exhibit held October 3, 2008 - January 4, 2009 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.Includes press coverage. Accessed 8/14.
 
The WGBH/Boston Forum Network is an audio and video streaming web site dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures, including a number of videos on Art and Architecture. Partners include a number of Boston-area museums, colleges, universities and other cultural organizations. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston partnered with the Forum Network for Modern Art in America, (43 minutes) in which Heather Cotter, Museum of Fine Arts Gallery Lecturer, gives an overview of the roots of American modern art using examples from the Museum's collection. This talk in the galleries of the Museum of Fine Arts investigates the foundations of modern art in America, focusing on works by Georgia O'Keefe, Arthur Dove, Charles Sheeler, and Stuart Davis. [September 28, 2003]
 
The Orange County Museum of Art enabled individuals to use iPods and other MP3 players to better appreciate its Villa America: American Moderns, 1900-1950 exhibit (June 4 - October 2, 2005). The OCMA web site contained a 25-part audio tour of the exhibit which could be downloaded by individuals before they visited the exhibit. The commentary is accompanied by clips of music from the era of the artworks. The museum made iPods available onsite for the use of visitors. Villa America explores the evolution of American art through masterpieces of America's foremost artists of the first half of the 20th century. The exhibition begins with a look at key American modernists working in Europe and New York during the first quarter of the century. In these early years, artists such as Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Gerald Murphy and Georgia O'Keeffe, to name just a few, were reshaping American art.

 

Books:

Milton W. Brown, American Painting from the Armory Show to the
Depression. Princeton University Press, 1955.
 
Wanda M. Corn, The Great American Thing: Modern Art and National
Identity 1915-1935. University of California Press, 1999.
 
Abraham A. Davidson, Early American Modernist Painting, 1910-1935. Da
Capo Press, 1994.
 
Patricia Hills, Modern Art in the USA: Issues and Controversies of the
20th Century. Prentice Hall, 2000.
 
 

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