American master class
Some of the finest paintings from across the Atlantic are about to go on display in Britain for the first time. Andrew Johnson reports
Sunday 02 March 2008
Landmark works by some of the early masters of American art are to be shown in Britain for the first time. The exhibit will include works produced in the first half of the last century by Georgia O'Keeffe, Man Ray, Jackson Pollock, Edward Hopper and John Singer Sargent.
It will be the first time that Sargent's 1906 work Val d'Aosta: A Man Fishing or Edward Hopper's 1928 Manhattan Bridge Loop have come to Britain.
The exhibition documents how artists produced by a still young nation found their own expression – leading to American dominance of art in the second half of the century, when Pollock, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol were pre-eminent.
It outlines the change in American work from traditional landscapes to the influence of impressionism on the first 20th-century masterpieces. It will also chart the development of abstract expressionism by Pollock.
Ian Dejardin, director of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, where the exhibition is to open, estimated that 75 per cent of the extensive collection on loan from the renowned Addison Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts, is new to these shores. "There are many paintings that haven't been seen before," he said. "The Addison collection has been put together in a very careful way to reflect the history of the US.
"I find it fascinating: American artists struggling to find a form of self expression, and then triumphing at the end. There is this whole enormous field of art with a fascinating story behind it, which people aren't familiar with here."
The Addison Gallery, founded in 1931, specialises in collecting the work of US artists and has one of the world's greatest collections.
The Coming of Age: American Art 1850s to 1950s show ties in with an exhibition of early American lithograph prints at the British Museum in April. The museum will be displaying its collections of screen prints by American masters – many created during the Depression. The exhibition includes early work by Edward Hopper and Louise Bourgeois, as well as the earliest surviving sketch by Willem de Kooning. It will be the first exhibition of the work for a generation.
Coming of Age: American Art 1850s to 1950s is at the Dulwich Picture Gallery from 14 March to 8 June
tv Review: Miranda Hart and co deliver the festive goods
tvReview: Older generation get hot under the collar this Christmas
comedy Erm...he seems to be back
tvReview: No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa
tv Gymnast Louis Smith triumphed in the Christmas special
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 The Boy in the Dress, TV review: David Walliams' Boxing Day treat is a celebration of being different
- 2 Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
- 3 Andy Murray takes to Twitter to show off his Christmas jumper
- 4 Margaret Thatcher 'expressed fears of Asian rising' at Anglo-Irish summit in 1984
- 5 Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'
Downton Abbey Christmas special 2014, review: Love is everywhere, actually
The Boy in the Dress, TV review: David Walliams' Boxing Day treat is a celebration of being different
Madonna Rebel Heart: Pharrell Williams collaboration and 13 more songs leaked
Vagina canoe artist defends herself over ‘obscenity’ charges
Doctor Who Christmas special, review: No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'