Sunday, December 23, 2012

Turning Outward and Looking Inward: American Art 1900–1945, Part II

December 08 was the ninth lecture in the 150 Years of Contemporary Art Lecture Series focusing on Turning Outward and Looking Inward: American Art 1900–1945, Part II at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Arthur Dove - Fields of Grain as Seen from Train, 1931
"In the early decades of the twentieth century, many American artists looked to Europe for their styles, which they adapted to American scenes. This talk will include John Marin’s energetic watercolors of bustling New York; Arthur Dove’s representations of the American countryside; Georgia O’Keeffe’s abstractions based on nature, along with her popular flower and Southwest paintings; and Max Weber’s cubist-inspired women and city scenes. Then we will move into the 1920s, when Precisionists Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth celebrated American industry, and, finally, to the Great Depression era, during which Social Realists focused on the problems of the time, while artists like Grant Wood celebrated the rural ideal." -source 

Next lecture was 2012 December 15: From Rodin to Brancusi: 100 Years of Sculpture
Next lecture will be 2013 January 05: When the Art World Came to New York: Abstract Expressionism (11:15 am - 12:20 pm)

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