Modernism in American Art


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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
"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
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.



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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