Precisionism in American Art and American Precisionist Artists


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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Francis Criss in the 1930s: A Rare Synthesis of Realism and Abstraction; essay by Gail Stavitsky (7/23/09)

Elsie Driggs: The Quick and the Classical (11/7/07)

Restructured Reality: The 1930s Paintings of Francis Criss (11/15/01)

Scenes of American Life: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (5/9/00)

Brett Weston in New York (9/17/99)

Edmund Lewandowski: Recording the Beauty of Man-Made Objects and the Energy of American Industry (10/15/98)


TFAO references:

As of12/5/13 TFAO Digital Library contained43 pages referencing the word "Precisionism" and 52 pages with the word "Precisionist."


From other websites:

Charles Sheeler's "Power" Series, an exhibit held 1/15/06 - 4/9/06 at Dallas Museum of Art. Includes gallery photos. Accessed 9/14.

Cult of the Machine is a 2018 exhibit at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco / de Young Museum which says: "Characterized by highly structured, geometric compositions with smooth surfaces, linear qualities, and lucid forms, Precisionism - a style that emerged in America in the teens and flourished during the 1920s and 1930s - reconciled realism with abstraction, and wed European art movements, such as Purism, Cubism, and Futurism, to American subject matter to create a streamlined, "machined" aesthetic with themes ranging from the urban and industrial to the pastoral." Extensive online presentation. Accessed 5/18

Edmund Lewandowski: Precisionism and Beyond, September 10, 2011 - December 4, 2011 from Georgia Museum of Art. Accessed August, 2015. Also see exhibit info from Flint Institute of Arts. Accessed 1/17

Precisionism from Wikipedia. Accessed August, 2015.

Precisionism from Metropolitan Museum of Art. Accessed August, 2015.

Precisionism from Accessed August, 2015.

Precisionist Painters from Accessed August, 2015.


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