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Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection

Virginia M. Mecklenburg, with contributions by Karen Lemmey, Joann Moser, and E. Carmen Ramos

In eighty-eight striking paintings and sculptures, Crosscurrents captures modernism as it moved from early abstractions by O’Keeffe, to Picasso and Pollock in midcentury, to pop riffs on contemporary culture by Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, and Tom Wesselmann—all illustrating the complexity and energy of a distinctly American modernism.

An introductory essay by Virginia Mecklenburg sketches the exchanges that quickened this artistic transformation. Each work is superbly illustrated and discussed within the context of the artist’s career and concerns. These insightful explorations of thirty-three inventive artists illuminate the wider arc of modernism.

 

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$39.95softcover
$54.95hardcover

Product Details

Co-Publisher
Copublished with D Giles Ltd.
Year Published
2015
Pages
232 pp.: Ill.
ISBN
  • Hardcover: 978-1-907804-80-9
  • Softcover: 978-0-937311-79-0

Exhibitions

Media - 2001.38 - SAAM-2001.38_1 - 63291
Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection
October 29, 2015April 9, 2016
American artists in the twentieth century were deeply influenced by European modernism. Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection features stellar paintings and sculpture by major American artists Alexander Calder, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Georgia O’Keeffe, Wayne Thiebaud and others alongside European giants such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró. The exhibition examines what chief curator Virginia Mecklenburg describes as a “river of intellectual and artistic commerce that flowed both ways between America and Europe.” Crosscurrents is organized by Mecklenburg and features several gifts to the museum as well as artworks that are rarely seen by the public.