Published: July 31, 2001
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Examines the Movement’s American Force
SANTA FE, N.MEX. – Since the last decades of the Nineteenth Century, the term “modern” has been used to characterize numerous but widely divergent developments in the arts in America. “Eye of Modernism” brings together a stunning collection of 64 works on paper by American artists, dating from the 1890s to 2000, each of which has been considered part of the Modernist movement that spanned the Twentieth Century.
The works on display were made by a wide variety of American artists, including Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, Richard Diebenkorn, Arshile Gorky, Philip Guston, Carl Holty, Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning, John Marin, Robert Motherwell, Georgia O’Keeffe, Philip Pearlstein, Everett Shinn, John Sloan, Joseph Stella and Andy Warhol. Many pieces have been selected from the extensive collection of works on paper owned by the Milwaukee Art Museum, but others have been lent by private collectors specifically for this exhibition.
The primary mission of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is to perpetuate the legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe. But “Eye of Modernism,” organized by museum curator and noted O’Keeffe scholar Barbara Buhler Lynes, is the fourth exhibition held at the museum since 1999 that addresses ideas related to a broader study of American Modernism and to the exploration of O’Keeffe’s place with this phenomenon. As such, this exhibition will be one of several at the museum in 2001 on view simultaneously with exhibitions composed from the museum’s permanent collection.
The exhibition runs through September 4 and will be housed in several of the museum’s galleries. Paintings from the permanent collection will be on view in the rest of the museum.
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