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American Modernism at the Art Institute of Chicago

From World War I to 1955

Judith A. Barter, Sarah Kelly Oehler (Contributions by), Ellen E. Roberts (Contributions by), Brandon K. Ruud (Contributions by), Denise Mahoney (Contributions by), Jennifer M. Downs


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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.

Praise For American Modernism at the Art Institute of Chicago: From World War I to 1955

“Well worth the cost (particularly when paired with the companion volume) as a survey of one of the most important American 20th-century collections.”

--Kraig Binkowski, Yale Center for British Art, Library Journal

— Library Journal

Art Institute of Chicago, 9780300117387, 368pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2009

About the Author

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.