American Modernism at the Art Institute of Chicago From World War I to 1955 Judith A. Barter, Sarah Kelly Oehler, Ellen E. Roberts, Brandon K. Ruud, Denise Mahoney, Jennifer M. Downs

Publication date:
01 Dec 2009
Art Institute of Chicago
368 pages: 305 x 241mm
325 color + 64 b-w
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The first publication to focus on the Art Institute’s outstanding collection of American modernism, this volume includes over 175 important paintings, sculptures, decorative-art objects, and works on paper made in North America between World War II and 1955. Together they fully reflect the history of American art in these decades, including examples of early modernism, Social Realism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism. Among the paintings are such iconic works as Hopper’s Nighthawks and Wood’s American Gothic, along with notable pieces by Davis, De Kooning, Hartley, Lawrence, Marin, O’Keeffe, Pollock, and Sheeler. Among the sculptors represented are Calder, Cornell, and Noguchi. Spectacular decorative artwork by the Eameses, Grotell, Neutra, Saarinen, F. L. Wright, and Zeisel are also featured. Reproduced in full color, each work is accompanied by an accessible and up-to-date text, complete with comparative illustrations. The introduction traces the formation of this important collection by a number of noted curators, collectors, and patrons.

Judith A. Barter is the Field-McCormick Chair and Curator of American Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the editor of Apostles of Beauty.

"This book should be useful to scholars of American modernism for many years to come, and does justice to an extraordinary collection that has been hiding in plain view for many years."—Rachel Sloan, Burlington Magazine

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