“Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time” at the Whitney

Everett Shinn 1876-1953, Revue, 1908.  Oil on canvas, 18 × 24 in.  (45.72 x 60.96 cm).  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.346.  Photograph by Geoffrey Clements
Everett Shinn 1876-1953, Revue, 1908. Oil on canvas, 18 × 24 in. (45.72 x 60.96 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.346. Photograph by Geoffrey Clements
  • Everett Shinn 1876-1953, Revue, 1908.  Oil on canvas, 18 × 24 in.  (45.72 x 60.96 cm).  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.346.  Photograph by Geoffrey Clements

    Everett Shinn 1876-1953, Revue, 1908. Oil on canvas, 18 × 24 in. (45.72 x 60.96 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.346. Photograph by Geoffrey Clements

  • Paul Strand 1890-1976, Wall Street, New York, (1915, printed 1976-77).  Platinum palladium print, Sheet: 11 × 13 7/8in.  (27.9 × 35.2cm) Image: 10 1/8 × 12 11/16in.  (25.7 × 32.2cm).  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of Michael E.  Hoffman in honor of Sondra Gilman 91.102.2.  Photograph by Sheldan C.  Collins

    Paul Strand 1890-1976, Wall Street, New York, (1915, printed 1976-77). Platinum palladium print, Sheet: 11 × 13 7/8in. (27.9 × 35.2cm) Image: 10 1/8 × 12 11/16in. (25.7 × 32.2cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of Michael E. Hoffman in honor of Sondra Gilman 91.102.2. Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins

Edward Hopper's art delivers a soulful take on living in the industrial age.

“The inner life of a human being is a vast and varied realm,” he wrote, “and does not concern itself alone with stimulating arrangements of colour, form and design.”

In the current exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the artistic vision of Hopper is shown alongside the varied works of his contemporaries such as John Sloan, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Charles Demuth, Guy Pène du Bois, Charles Sheeler, Charles Burchfield, Ben Shahn, and Reginald Marsh.

Together, eighty of their works provide a compelling view of early 20th-century America and trace the development of realism from 1900 to 1940, in styles ranging from Ashcan School to Precisionist to American Scene.

Drawn primarily from the Whitney's vast holdings of Hopper works (a bequest of his wife Jo) is “New York Interior,” a snapshot-like, voyeuristic scene painted in 1921 which depicts a half-dressed girl framed in a city window.  Ariella Budick writes in the Financial Times, "...the way Hopper has lit, framed and composed her, with one sinewed arm extended to disrupt the symmetrical triangular geometry of her pose, she becomes a study in isolation."

The show runs through April 10, 2011, and is accompanied by a 250-page illustrated catalogue with essays by American and German scholars, produced in conjunction with an exhibition of the same title which appeared at the Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg, and the Kunsthal Rotterdam in 2009-10.

More News Feed Headlines

William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916), Sunlight and Shadow, 1884, oil on canvas, Collection of Joslyn Art Museum, Gift of the Friends of Art, 1932.4

Before Twitter, There Was 'The Tiff,' a Cutting-Edge Painting that Captured a Moment

  • February 22, 2018 18:00

A brief exchange, perhaps heated, executed quickly to capture a moment. Sounds like a Twitter ...

Read More

Field Museum

Supreme Court Rules Against Terrorism Victims Who Sought Items From Chicago Museums

  • February 21, 2018 20:20

The Supreme Court denied a transfer of Persian artifacts from Chicago museums to U.S. survivors ...

Read More

Aerial view of Huguette Clark's Bellosguardo estate

Mystery Lingers Over Fate of Huguette Clark's Bellosguardo

  • February 20, 2018 20:24

Huguette Clark, the copper heiress who died at age 104 in 2011, left a will that envisioned her ...

Read More

A terra-cotta horse and warrior from the Franklin Institute’s exhibit.

Man Charged With Stealing Terracotta Warrior's Thumb

  • February 19, 2018 22:28

A Delaware man has been charged with stealing the thumb of a $4.5 million terracotta warrior ...

Read More

Related Press Releases

Related Events from ArtfixDaily Calendar

 
Capital Collections Estate Auction - Weschler's

ArtfixDaily Artwire