Art Talk - Modernism & American Art - Tues 16th July 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Art Talk - Modernism & American Art - Tues 16th July 7.30pm - 9.30pm


A Style of its own: Modernism & American Art

Towards the end of the nineteenth century, an emerging young nation strove to define itself in various ways including art.  It called on artists as varied as John White Alexander and George Bellows to enable it to seem modern.  It pushed through into the twentieth century with a great deal of vigour, apparently invaded by European art, american art retained its own characteristics. 

At the beginning of the twentieth century art in America was fizzing with the energy of a new nation.  New York, was building itself and developing a skyline like no other.  Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe and George Bellows were there to capture it.  Other artists, such as Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera, actually painted the walls, reflecting America to itself.  And shaking it up right from the start, the European avant-garde.  This white heat of American creativity forged a new movement: Abstract Expressionism.  Join me to look at some works by these artists and consider how America’s artistic expression changed at the beginning of the twentieth century.

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