Madison Art Center

Madison, WI



Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection from the National Museum of American Art

May 31-August 9, 1998

In an era of abstraction, collector Sara Roby was committed to the work of realist artists. Through a foundation she established in 1952, she created a premier collection of American art, which was donated to the National Museum of American Art in 1984. The works, which span more than sixty years of American art after World War I, are outstanding examples of a broad range of realist styles: psychological, social, and spiritual realism, as well as surrealism and magic realism. The exhibition includes 60 of these paintings, drawings, and sculptures, and features work by artists such as Will Baronet, Jack Bead, Isabel Bishop, Nancy Grossman, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Reginald Marsh, Ben Shah, and Raphael Sayer.

Above Left: Wolf Kahn, High Summer, 1972, oil on canvas, 50 x 56 3/4 inches; Above Right: Paul Cadmus, Night in Bologna, 1958, tempera on board, 50 1/2 x 35 inches

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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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