Exhibit Information

Whitney Museum of American Art

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MODERN LIFE: Edward Hopper & His Time

Opening: 28 October 2011 - Closing: 10 April 2011

MODERN LIFE: Edward Hopper & His Time

 

 

For regular visitors to the Whitney-Museum, seeing the new Edward Hopper show will be a lot like seeing Old-Friends again after a long absence. The Vaults have been raided to bring back into the galleries not only Vintage-Hoppers, but also important works of his distinguished Contemporaries.

 

Actually, one of them—Charles Burchfield—has just had a whole floor to himself at the Whitney.

 

In terms of Hopper’s development as a painter & sketcher—as well as the way he looked at Manhattan & Beyond—it’s something of a Revelation to trace his influences from the Ashcan-School of Artists, through the Precisionists, with their distinctive treatments of American-Industry, onward to Hopper’s defining sense of the Aching-Solitude in much of Modern-American-Life.

 

It’s a striking way to enter this show, to be confronted with the powerful black-&-white moving-images of Paul Strand & Charles Scheeler’s digitally-restored 1921 Manhatta. Here’s the Brooklyn-Bridge; there are the steam & smoke-puffing rooftops of Manhattan’s low & high-rise buildings!

 

In an historical-sense, Pride-of-Place in this admirable exhibition belongs to Robert Henri’s seductive portrait of a luxuriously-reclining Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.

 

An interesting Artist herself—as well as one of America’s most influential Patrons of the painters & sculptors who created a distinctive new American-Aesthetic—Whitney’s 1920 Studio-Club, showing these artists, developed into the Whitney-Museum, which now celebrates Her Artists…

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