Variations on America: Masterworks from American Art Forum Collections

Oil on canvas of a mirrored imaged with three semi circles and two red vertical lines in the middle.

Georgia O'Keeffe, Red Lines, 1923, oil on canvas, Private Collection, Washington D.C., © 2007 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Variations on America: Masterworks from American Art Forum Collections” celebrates the vision and passion of private collectors who are formally affiliated with the Smithsonian American Art Museum. 

Description

The exhibition presents 72 major artworks, several of which are rarely on public display, from 26 distinguished private collections by some of America's most talented and cherished artists, including John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper and Georgia O'Keeffe. Chief curator Eleanor Harvey and deputy chief curator George Gurney are the curators of the exhibition.

Visiting Information

April 12, 2007 July 28, 2007
Open daily, 11:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
Free Admission

Publications

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Variations on America: Masterworks from American Art Forum Collections
The American Art Forum, a small group of collectors from across the United States, was begun twenty years ago by Charles C. Eldredge while he was director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Now, as part of the Forum’s twentieth anniversary celebrations, the Smithsonian American Art Museum is proud to offer Variations on America, a volume of seventy-two treasured artworks collected by members of the Forum. Chief curator Eleanor Jones Harvey, deputy chief curator George Gurney, senior curators Virginia M. Mecklenburg and Joann Moser, former Luce Foundation Center curator George Speer, and curatorial assistant Elaine Yau present significant and lively contributions about these works.

Credit

"Variations on America" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

"Variations on America" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Artists

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Edward Hopper
born Nyack, NY 1882-died New York City 1967

Realist painter who studied with Robert Henri and Kenneth Hayes Miller at the New York School of Art.

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Georgia O’Keeffe
born Sun Prairie, WI 1887-died Santa Fe, NM 1986

Painter.

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John Singer Sargent
born Florence, Italy 1856-died London, England 1925

Painter. Sargent traveled in a circle of socially prominent people and is known for his loosely painted portraits done in a style reminiscent of Edgar Degas and James Abbott McNeill Whistler.