Bellows, Henri, O’Keeffe, Sloan are among noted American artists who will be featured in an exhibition chronicling the industrial growth of New York. The Norton Museum presents: “Industrial Sublime”, showing art work which captures the ‘beauty’ of the city’s urban transformation. The Rickie Report shares the details of this exhibit which opens on March 20th.
March 20 through June 22, 2014
451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL
Billowing smoke, booming industry, noble bridges, and an epic waterfront formed the landscape of a dramatically evolving and growing New York City in the first 40 years of the 20th century. The special exhibition, Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York’s Rivers, 1900-1940, presented by the Norton, illustrates the convulsive changes of the New York metropolis and its rivers. The exhibition, on view from March 20 through June 22, 2014, features more than 60 paintings and works on paper by acclaimed American artists such as George Bellows, Robert Henri, Georgia O’Keeffe, and John Sloan, and includes five paintings from the Norton Collection.
These works explore the development of a new mode of landscape painting portraying the rise of American industrialism. Instead of painting pastoral lakes and majestic mountain ranges, these artists focused on arching bridges, swinging cranes, and ocean liners moving in and out of the city’s harbor. In chronicling modern New York, these artists created a new visual vocabulary called the Industrial Sublime.
“Industrial Sublime is an important exhibition that examines a topic that has not been looked at this broadly until now” says Ellen E. Roberts, Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art at the Norton Museum. “It is an especially nice fit for the Norton, which has such a strong early 20th-century American Collection.” She adds that, “Museum visitors will enjoy seeing works by well-known artists like Bellows and O’Keeffe as well as wonderful paintings by artists who will likely be new to them.”
Industrial Sublime is organized by the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, N.Y., and co-curated by Kirsten M. Jensen, independent curator and director of the John F. Folinsbee catalogue raisonné project, and Bartholomew F. Bland, Hudson River Museum Director of Curatorial Affairs. Norton Curator Ellen Roberts contributed an essay to the exhibition catalogue titled, “Contested Waterfront: Environmentalism and Modernist Paintings of New York.”
About the Norton Museum
The Norton Museum of Art is a major cultural attraction in Florida, and internationally known for its distinguished Permanent Collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL., and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays and major Holidays). General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for Members and children ages 12 and under. Special group rates are available. Thursdays are half price for everyone. West Palm Beach residents receive free admission every Saturday with proof of residency. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission the first Saturday of each month with proof of residency. For additional information, please call (561) 832-5196, or visit www.norton.org.
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