Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection from the National Museum of American Art
The Columbus Museum will host the exhibition Modern American Realism.: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection from the National Museum of American Art opening August 30 and on view through November 1, 1998. Arriving from the National Museum of American Art, the works in Modern American Realism feature twentieth-century American artists' interpretations of life that reflect predilections for figurative work as well as non-objective treatments of subject matter. The collection reveals the remarkable range of style and content found in realist art, with themes ranging from sociology and politics, to satire, psychology, the spiritual, and even Surrealism.
Above: Kenneth Hayes Miller, Bargain Hunters, 1940, oil on canvas, 30 7/8 x 36 1/8 inches, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation.
Sara Roby was the daughter of a wealthy industrialist and an artist herself who began her own foundation in 1952. After several unsuccessful attempts to define the foundation's goals, she found focus through the collection of American art by living artists who were creating in a formalistic tradition. In 34 years she amassed 176 works of art by 110 artists, which she donated to the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in 1984. Brigitte Foley, assistant curator for the Columbus Museum states, "The high quality and large variety of art and artists found in the Sara Roby Foundation Collection makes viewing this exhibition a valuable experience for all those interested in learning more about twentieth-century American artists whose work captured glimpses of real life."
A total of 60 works from the Sara Roby Foundation Collection, including paintings, sculpture, and drawings by artists such as Edward Hopper, Reginald Marsh, Arthur Dove, Wolf Kahn, Isabel Bishop, Nancy Grossman, Kenneth Hayes Miller, George Grosz, Jacob Lawrence, George Tooker, Raphael Soyer, Louise Nevelson, and Stuart Davis.
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For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.
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