Kiechel Fine Art is proud to announce Defining America: Images of the 20th Century, a show that pairs heroic scenes of American history with intimate insights into artists’ private lives. The show will run September 23 to November 25, 2011.
At the start of the 20th century, American artists began departing from European modernism, looking instead to their own surroundings for inspiration. Drawing on shared experiences and ideals, these artists chronicled the nation’s history. Defining America is a selection of the resulting work.
The show includes a wide array of historical work: the migration of farming families during the Great Depression, coal miner strikes in the East, and the 1937 floods in Kansas and Missouri. Depictions of the Ringling Brothers circus and popular folk songs capture the zeitgeist of American culture.
Other work is deeply personal. John Steuart Curry’s portrait of his first wife, Clara, and a painted wedding chest for his second wife, Kathleen, reveals the tender side of an artist best known for his politically charged paintings. Ephemera from Grant Wood’s studio reveal a utilitarian man with a charming sense of humor.
The following artists will be represented in the show: Thomas Hart Benton, Henry Howard Bagg, Edwin Bruns, John Steuart Curry, Terrence Duren, John Falter, Roger Medearis, Dale Nichols and Grant Wood.
Also on display are the remaining panels from A Golden Year. In 2010, Keith Jacobshagen painted 365 small paintings on copper for each day of the year. Work from the exhibition can be viewed at www.keithjacobshagen.net.
A reception for Defining America: Images of the 20th Century, will be held at Kiechel Fine Art on Friday, October 14th from 6-8 p.m. Kiechel Fine Art is located at 5733 S. 34th Street, Suite 300, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Works from the exhibition can be found on our website, www.kiechelart.com/exhibitions.