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America’s Cool Modernism at the Ashmolean

9th May 2018

This is the first exhibition to explore the ‘cool’ in American art in the early 20th century, from early experiments in abstraction by artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove and Paul Strand to the strict, clean precisionist paintings of Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth..

In the Jazz Age of the ‘roaring’ 20s, and the ensuing Great Depression of the 30s, many American artists expressed their uncertainty about the rapid modernisation and urbanisation of their country by producing work that had a cool, controlled detachment and a smooth, precise finish.

America’s Cool Modernism brings together some of the greatest works ever made by American artists – iconic pieces which reveal this fascinating aspect of American interwar art.

This exhibition is ticketed. Entry is free for the Ashmolean Members. The exhibition runs until 22 July.

Image: I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold (detail), Charles Demuth, 1928. Oil, graphite, ink and gold leaf on paperboard, 90.2 x 76.2 cm © Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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