Monday, July 18, 2016

America's Quest for Artistic Identity, Featuring Seminal Works by Hopper, Douglas, and Wood

"American Gothic" (1930) by Grant Wood. Friends of American Art Collection
ILLINOIS---This summer, the Art Institute of Chicago invites visitors to discover how artists responded to the Wall Street Crash of 1929 until the United States’ entry into World War II by forging  a new national art and identity. Featuring fifty masterpieces of American painting—including seminal works by Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Paul Cadmus, Aaron Douglas, Charles Sheeler, Stuart Davis, and others—the exhibition tells the story of the turbulent economic, political, and aesthetic world of the 1930s and how artists in the United States sought to come to terms with the critical question: What is American art?

The Art Institute of Chicago: "America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s" (Ends September 8, 2016); 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL; (312) 443-3600;
Aaron Douglas. Aspiration, 1936. Collection of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase