American Modernism at the Art Institute of Chicago


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From World War I to 1955

Judith A. Barter; With Sarah E. Kelly, Denise Mahoney, Ellen E. Roberts, and Brandon K. Ruud, with 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.

Distributed for the Art Institute of Chicago

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.

“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

“…..this book should be useful to scholars of American modernism for many years to come, and does justice to an extraordinary collection that has been hiding in plain view for many years.”—Rachel Sloan, Burlington Magazine

ISBN: 9780300117387
Publication Date: December 1, 2009
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Art Institute of Chicago
368 pages, 9 1/2 x 12
325 color + 64 b/w
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Arts and Crafts from Britain to Chicago

Edited by Judith A. Barter; With essays by Judith A.

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The Folk Art Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago

Judith A. Barter and Monica Obniski

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