American Scene Painting and Regionalism
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From Resource Library in chronological order:
As of 4/15/13 TFAO Digital Library contained
TFAO suggests from other web sites:
Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary - Paintings and Works on Paper, an exhibit held August 24, 2014 - November 30, 2014 at the Gilcrease Museum. Includes images of selected works in the exhibit. Accessed 12/14.
American scene painting from Wikipedia
American Tobacco Company, essay from D. Wigmore Fine Art. Accessed July, 2014
"Art of the Thirties: Rediscovered Masters of the American Scene," by Arthur D. Hittner, from Antiques and Fine Art
"California Holiday: The E. Gene Crain Collection" from absolutearts.com
California Regionalist Art Collectors Club provides information on exhibitions and artists active during the 1930-1970 period
"California Watercolors" article from The California Style by Gordon McClelland & Jay T. Last, posted with the written permission/consent of the author. Copyright 1985, Hillcrest Press, Inc. from CalArt. Accessed July, 2014
Dale Nichols: Transcending Regionalism, December 17, 2011 - February 27, 2012 from Georgia Museum of Art. Accessed 3/14
Interview with E. Gene Crain, Conducted by Susan M. Anderson at the Artist's Law offices in Newport Beach, California, March 7, 20, 21 and May 22, 1999 from Smithsonian Archives of American Art
John Bloom: Visions of Iowa, an exhibit held October 10, 2009 - February 14, 2010 at the Figge Art Museum. Includes image. Accessed 9/14.
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art's web site for 5 Turner Alley
An Art Institute of Chicago web page on Grant Wood's American Gothic
A PBS Sister Wendy's American Collection web page on Grant Wood's American Gothic
Artcyclopedia.com covers American Regionalism, 25 Social Realists of the 1930s,
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art presents the lecture "Reconsidering Regionalism" by Lynn Barstis Williams Katz [48:52]. Accessed May, 2015.
TFAO suggests these books:
American Scene Painting: California, 1930s and 1940s, By Ruth Lilly Westphal, Janet B. Dominik. Published by Westphal Pub, 1991. ISBN 0961052031, 9780961052034. 238 pages
American Scene Painting and Sculpture: Dominant Style of the 1930's and 1940's. Published by D.Wigmore Fine Art, Inc., 1990. 72 pages
American Scene Painting: The Rise of Regionalism, By Susanne Sentell Shepherd. Published by Stephen F. Austin State University, 1979. 146 pages
The American Scene: American Painting of the 1930's, By Matthew Baigell. Published by Praeger, 1974. ISBN 0275466205, 9780275466206. 214 pages
(descriptions courtesy of Google Book Search)
TFAO suggests these DVD or VHS videos:
Indiana Murals of Thomas Hart Benton: Visions of the Past, Lessons for the Present and Treasures for the Future, The. Presents the story of the murals painted by Thomas Hart Benton (depicting the history of the state of Indiana from the early Native Americans until the 1930s) from their creation for the World's Fair of 1933 to a major restoration in the 1990s. Includes commentary by art historians and museum curators. c2001. 41 min. Video/C 9353. Available from Media Resources Center, Library, University of California, Berkeley
Thomas Hart Benton is a 60 minute 1988 film from the Ken Burns' America series by PBS. "The turbulent career of Thomas Hart Benton, one of America's most controversial artists, began with experimentation in Expressionism, Cubism, and other European styles abroad. Later, while in the military, Benton was assigned to illustrate army equipment, discovering in the process a realistic style that finally satisfied him. Returning to civilian life, he became a Regionalist painter, portraying Americans as down-to-earth types who expressed their "American-ness" through their everyday actions and their appearance." Director Ken Burns combines samples of Benton's work and interviews with art critics, family, and friends as well as footage of Benton himself. Produced by Ken Burns and Julie Dumphey. (Quote from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts)
Thomas Hart Benton's Missouri 28 minute / 1992 / FFH - "America's foremost folk muralist, the late Thomas Hart Benton, was at the apex of his career when he painted the Social History of Missouri mural which ambitiously depicts that state's progress from pioneer days to the Depression era. Benton's own narration from recorded interviews is used and supplemented by historian Bob Priddy."
Visions of California: The Story of California Scene Painting, produced by Paul Bockhorst for KOCE Public Television in collaboration with The Irvine Museum, is the 1994 story of California Scene Painting 1925-1950. Bockhorst, working with scores of collectors and dozens of institutions and museums nationwide, has created a three-part series of artistic delight and intellectual insight that features almost 150 works of art.
Who is the Artist? Painters of the American Scene is a Crystal Productions 28 minute video featuring the art of Benton, Hopper and Wood. Students are taught how to recognize the different styles and subjects of these painters of the American scene.
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