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Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection (Hardcover)
by Virginia Mecklenburg

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Combining outstanding artworks and engaging text, this striking book captures many of the defining moments of modernism. It features over eighty innovative paintings and sculptures by key artists of the twentieth century--all from the outstanding collection of Sam Rose and Julie Walters. Picasso, Miró, O'Keeffe, Pollock, and Warhol created art that defined cubism, surrealism, American modernism, abstract expressionism, and pop. The crosscurrents and intersections that give modernism its complexity and energy are further revealed in works by artists as diverse as Neel, Bearden, Lichtenstein, Stella, Hockney, and Diebenkorn.

In her essay Breaking the Rules Virginia M. Mecklenburg, chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, documents the rise of modernism in America, as the boundaries between European and American art and culture continued to break down and merge throughout the twentieth century. Each work is then superbly illustrated and discussed through such themes as portraiture, nature, metaphor, and social engagement. All of the paintings and sculptures are clearly positioned within the context of the artist's career. These insightful explorations of the works of thirty-three inventive artists illuminate the wider arc of modernism.

 

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Virginia Mecklenburg is the chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
 

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