American Legends from Calder to O’Keeffe
The exhibition on American artists at the Whitney Museum of American Art, open since December 2012, wraps up on June 29. American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe features thirteen early mid-century artists including the iconic as well as lesser known works by Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Burgoyne Diller, William Eggleston, Morris Graves, Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Jacob Lawrence, Roy Lichtenstein, Elie Nadelman, Alice Neel, and Georgia O’Keeffe
Curator Barbara Haskell has organized the museum’s collection of each artist’s work into small-scale retrospectives. The exhibition showcases pieces on display for the first time in years as well as staples with the Whitney’s extensive modern art collection such as Hopper’s A Woman in the Sun, Calder’s Circus, Jacob Lawrence’s War Series, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Summer Days.
Realism and modernism, interlinked through a shared connection to American subjects, are the prominent art movements in the first half of the twentieth century. By featuring realists, such as Hopper, alongside modernists, such as Lawrence, American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe epitomizes the vibrant diversity of early twentieth century American art. The collection exhibits the realist and modern dynamics that, together, redefined the relationship between art and modernity.
The show is located in the museum’s fifth-floor Leonard & Evelyn Lauder Galleries and both the Sondra Gilman Gallery and Howard & Jean Lipman Gallery on the fifth-floor mezzanine.
Featured image : Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997), Still Life with Crystal Bowl, 1972. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 52 × 42 in. (132.1 × 106.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, purchase, with funds from Frances and Sydney Lewis 77.64. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein