Thursday, 10 December 2009

The American Scene

Edward Hopper, Night in the Park, 1921

Martin Lewis, Shadow Magic, 1939

Louis Lozowick, New York, c.1925

James McConnell, Combo, c.1950

Josef Albers, i, 1934

Leonard Baskin, The Hydrogen Man, 1954

Hans Burkhardt, After The Bomb, 1948

These are from The American Scene: Prints from Hopper to Pollock, which is on at the Whitworth Gallery until Sunday (as mentioned previously). I've been a couple of times, and although it may not exactly be chock-full of masterpieces, it's fascinating to see some of the lesser-known (to me, at least) routes taken by US art in the 20th century. Some of the work, especially the earlier stuff, is highly derivative of various European masters from Goya to Miró, and Abstract Expressionism didn't particularly lend itself to printmaking, so the most compelling pieces are by some of the realists like Hopper and Martin Lewis, and eccentrics like Baskin.

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