Modernism in American Art


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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Rural Modern: American Art Beyond the City (8/10/16)

The Art of a Prairie Child: Helen West Heller, 1872-1955; text by Cori Sherman North (6/29/16)

O'Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York (6/10/16)

Folk Art and American Modernism (8/10/15)

Rex Brandt: In Praise of Sunshine; essay by Janet Blake (7/9/14)

Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York's Rivers, 1900-1940 (4/9/14)

Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy; text by Mark White (3/11/13)

Lois Dodd: Catching the Light (2/8/13)

The Barbara Belgrade Spargo Collection: Facets of Modernity (1900-1950) (3/12/12)

Love Never Fails: The Art of Edouard and Luvena Vysekal (10/28/11)

Maine Moderns: Art in Seguinland, 1900-1940 (8/25/11)

Will Barnet: A Centennial Celebration (2/28/11)

John Marin's Watercolors: A Medium for Modernism (2/8/11)

Milton Avery & the End of Modernism (1/28/11)

American Moderns on Paper: Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (11/12/10)

American Moderns: Masterworks on Paper from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1910-1960 (7/20/10)

Agnes Pelton: Poet of Nature; article by Michael Zakian (12/14/09)

"The Outsiders" -- Modernism in California, 1920-1940; essay by Jean Stern (7/11/09)

Dove/O'Keeffe: Circles of Influence (7/11/09)

What Modern Looked Like; article by Martha R. Severens (3/7/09)

Richard Diebenkorn, Artist, and Carey Stanton, Collector: Their Stanford Connection and Richard Diebenkorn: Abstractions on Paper (7/23/08)

"Miss O'Keeffe" - Photography and Fame; essay by Susan Danly (7/5/08)

Georgia O'Keeffe and the Camera: The Art of Identity (7/5/08)

Marsden Hartley and the West: The Search for an American Modernism (5/12/08)

Chimneys and Towers: Charles Demuth's Late Paintings of Lancaster (3/1/08)

"Marsden Hartley and the West: The Search for an American Modernism"; Exhibition Catalogue Introduction by Heather Hole (2/20/08)

Leaders in American Modernism: Selected works from the American Modernism Collection (1/17/08)

Intimate Modernism: Fort Worth Circle Artists in the 1940s (12/8/07)

Out of the Chateau: Works from the Demuth Museum (12/04/07)

Marsden Hartley: American Modern; article by Patricia McDonnell (11/30/07)

Joseph Stella: Flora; essay by Barbara Rose, with Preface by Timothy A. Eaton (7/10/07)

Marsden Hartley's "Amerika": Between Native American and German Folk Art; article by Gail Levin (12/18/06)

Winds of Change: Progressive Artists, 1915-1935 (3/30/06)

Charles Sheeler: Across Media (3/28/06)

Charles Sheeler in Doylestown: American Modernism and the Pennsylvania Tradition; essays by Karen Lucic (3/14/06)

Charles Sheeler in Doylestown; article by Karen Lucic (2/22/06)

Morgan Russell and the Old Masters (2/2/06)

Luke Swank: Modernist Photographer (10/7/05)

Abraham Walkowitz, Forgotten Pioneer of American Modernism: Selections from the Collection of Eugene DeGruson and the Collection of the Wichita Art Museum; article by Novelene Ross (5/24/05)

Conversion to Modernism: The Early Work of Man Ray (1/31/04)

"A Modernist Painter's Journey in America" - essay by Paul Karlstrom from the catalogue "Yun Gee: Poetry, Writings, Art, Memories" (12/1/03)

Conversion to Modernism: The Early Work of Man Ray ; essays by Francis M. Naumann and Gail Stavitsky (9/2/03)

Debating American Modernism: Stieglitz, Duchamp, and the New York Avant-Garde (8/8/03)

Power and Whimsy: A Private Collection of American Modernism (7/1/03)

California Pottery: From Missions to Modernism (5/31/03)

Conversion to Modernism:  The Early Work of Man Ray (11/8/02)

Routes toward Modernism: American Painting 1870 - 1950 (8/22/02)

Edward Weston: Photography and Modernism (4/9/02)

To Be Modern: The Origins of Marguerite and William Zorach's Creative Partnership, 1911-1922; essay by Jessica Nicoll (10/3/01)

American Revolutions: The Other Side of Modern, 1900-1945; essay by Scott A. Shields (3/14/01)

Circles of Influence: Impressionism to Modernism in Southern California Art 1910-1930 (6/6/00)

Hamilton Easter Field: Pioneering American Modernism (3/30/00)

American Modernism from the Stieglitz Group (11/4/99)

Edward Weston and Modernism (9/23/99)

American Impressionism to Modernism: A Brief History by Patricia Jobe Pierce (9/10/99)

Edward Weston, Photography and Modernism (5/15/99)

Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe & American Modernism (1/3/99)


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, from National Endowment for the Humanities. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

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 August, 2015.

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. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

American Moderns on Paper: Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, an exhibit held October 2, 2010 ­ January 17, 2011 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Includes micro-site with audio tour. Accessed May, 2015

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 August, 2015.

The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi, an exhibit held April 3, 2015 - August 30, 2015 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Includes press coverage. Accessed May, 2015.

Auspicious Vision: Edward Wales Root and American Modernism, an exhibit held October 14, 2007 - February 24, 2008 at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. Accessed March, 2015.

David Bates, an exhibit held Feb 09, 2014 - May 11, 2014 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Accessed March, 2015.

An Ear for Music, an Eye for Art: The Ahmet Ertegün Collection was a 2013 exhibit at the Baker Museum which says: "This exhibition presents modernist works from one of the Museum's most important collections, amassed by the late Ahmet Ertegün, the Turkish American businessman best known as the founder and president of Atlantic Records. Throughout his impressive career, Ertegün built an extraordinary collection of American Modernist art that reflects his inimitable approach to assembling subjects and themes." Accessed 1/17

Family Gifts: Works by Freeman Butts, an exhibit held September 04 - December 31, 2009 at the Missoula Art Museum. Includes audio clips by MAM Exhibitions Curator Stephen Glueckert. Accessed March, 2015.

"A Colorful Life: The Art of Ila McAfee (1897-1995)" by Robert Parsons, from Robert L. Parsons FIne Art. Accessed November 9, 2015.

Edward Hagedorn: Volcanoes, Riots, Wrecks, & Nudes was a 2016 exhibit at the Danforth Museum of Art, which says: "Influenced by German Expressionism, European Modernism, and Surrealism, Hagedorn's style draws aesthetic parallels to the work of his contemporaries on the East coast, rather than those working in California who were influenced at the time by Impressionism, Cubism, and Fauvism." Accessed 11/16

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 August, 2015.

Light and Shadow: American Modernist Paintings and Drawings, an exhibit held April 2, 2011 - July 31, 2011 at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. Includes essay. Accessed January, 2015.

Lloyd Ney: Local Color was held June 4, 2016 through September 11, 2016 at the James A. Michener Art Museum. Also see images here from Accessed August, 2016.

Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns & the West is a 2016-17 exhibit at the Albuquerque Museum, which says: "The exhibition will include 150 works of art and ephemera produced by the visual, literary, and performance artists who came to Taos at Mabel's behest. The works of Andrew Dasburg, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Ansel Adams, Agnes Pelton, and Georgia O'Keeffe will be displayed in conversation with the works of Pueblo and Hispano artists who inspired their modernist sensibilities." Accessed 11/17. Also see website for the exhibit by the Harwood Museum. Accessed 11/16.

Making It Modern: The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman was a 2016 exhibit at the New-York Historical Society, which said: "The avant-garde sculptor Elie Nadelman (1882-1946) is widely recognized for his elegant, modernist works. Less familiar is the pioneering folk art collection he established with his wife, an impressive trove of some 15,000 objects that was purchased by the New-York Historical Society in 1937." Accessed 11/16. Also see "'The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman' Review: Shaping the Artist" by Lance Esplund 6/8/16 in WSJ. Accessed 11/16

Meaning in Color/Expression in Line: Arman Manookian's Modernism, an exhibit held November 04, 2010 - April 24, 2011 at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Accessed January, 2015.

Modernism by Teta Collins, from Accessed August, 2015.

"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]

"The Return of the Native" by Joseph Phelan in Artcyclopedia is an essay about the 2003 exhibit Marsden Hartley: American Modernist at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Accessed 11/16

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 August, 2015.

The Society for the Preservation of American Modernists website includes a list of American Modernists. Accessed August, 2015.

Sterling Strauser: A Modernist Revisited, an exhibit held 11/27/99 - 2/27/00 at the Reading Public Museum. Includes essay by Robert Metzger, Ph.D., Director, CEO, Chief Curator, Reading Public Museum. Accessed April, 2015.

Stuart Davis: In Full Swing was a 2016-7 exhibit at the National Gallery of Art whch says: "Stuart Davis: In Full Swing passes over the artist's earliest efforts to begin in 1921 with his breakthrough paintings of tobacco packages. Moving ahead through five decades to his final canvas, the exhibition often strays from chronology to explore Davis's habit of recycling earlier work for new compositions. With more than one hundred of his most important, visually complex compositions on view, the exhibition highlights Davis's ability to assimilate the imagery of popular culture, the aesthetics of advertising, the lessons of cubism, and the sounds and rhythms of jazz into works that hum with intelligence and energy." See a 30-minute video and hear the audio tour. Accessed 1/17

Subjectivist Tendencies in Early Modernist American Art: The Case of Edwin Walter Dickinson by Mary Ellen Abell, from Accessed August, 2015.

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. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

Will Barnet and The Art Students League, an exhibit held October 5-31, 2010 at the Art Students League® of New York. Includes the exhibit catalogue, press coverage, video and more. Accessed May, 2015.

William H. Johnson: An American Modern was a 2012-13 exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art which said: "William Henry Johnson (1901­1970) is a pivotal figure in modern American art. A virtuoso skilled in various media and techniques, he produced thousands of works over a career that spanned decades, continents, and genres. On view in its entirety for the first time, a seminal collection of 20 vernacular landscapes, still life paintings, and portraits covering key stages in Johnson's career will be presented in William H. Johnson: An American Modern." Accessed 10/16

William J. Glackens: A Modernist in the Making is a 2015-18 exhibit at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, which says: "This exhibition demonstrates Glackens commitment to forging a uniquely American Modernism by including works from his little-known explorations in the 1910s of the abstract compositional components of non-Western art , created alongside Maurice (1858-1924) and Charles (1863-1948) Prendergast, as well as works from the 1920s and 1930s that display his fascination with abstraction and pattern in textiles and decoration." Accessed 11/17

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 museums, colleges, universities and other cultural organizations. See listings of related videos in this catalogue indexed by partner name. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston partnered with the WGBH 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] Accessed May, 2015.

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 website 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. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]


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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.
Anne Middleton Wagner, Three Artists (Three Women): Modernism and the Art of Hesse, Krasner, and O'Keeffe, University of California Press, 1996

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