American Moderns on Paper
Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
October 2, 2010 – January 17, 2011
American Moderns on Paper presented a selection of approximately 100 of the finest watercolors, pastels, and drawings by leading American modernists from the Wadsworth Atheneum’s renowned collection of American art. Works by John Sloan, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, John Marin, Salvador Dalí, and Andrew Wyeth, among many others, serve as notable examples of the various styles and subjects pursued by artists in America from 1910 to 1960.
Organized chronologically, American Moderns on Paper explored the historical significance of the museum’s collection and the importance to American modernists of working on paper, rather than canvas. Providing a rich history of the collection, the exhibition illuminated not only its historic roots, but also the concurrent national evolution of interest in watercolor and drawings.
A special exhibition website offers the opportunity to explore American Moderns on Paper in greater detail. Watch commentary from the curators, view original material from the museum’s archives, or listen to an audio tour discussing selected works.
American Moderns on Paper was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius and the Henry Luce Foundation.