Whitney Examines The Evolution Of Twentieth Century Art With A New Rotation Of American Legends: From Calder To O’keef

NEW YORK, January 22, 2014—Deemed “one of its best [permanent-collection displays] in years” by The New York Times, American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe enters its second year on view at the Whitney with a fresh rotation of newly hung works.

Art Exhibition previously on at Whitney Museum of American Art in United States.
From Wednesday 22 January 2014 to Wednesday 30 April 2014

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The exhibition, originally presented as a series of mini-retrospectives of artists from the first half of the twentieth century, has been expanded to include post-war artists. In addition to iconic works such as Alexander Calder’s Circus, Edward Hopper’s Early Sunday Morning, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Summer Days, the new display features later masterworks, including Three Flags by Jasper Johns, a selection of Ellsworth Kelly’s plant drawings and prints, and Andy Warhol by Alice Neel. The exhibition will be on view in the fifth-floor Leonard & Evelyn Lauder Galleries and both the Sondra Gilman Gallery and Howard & Jean Lipman Gallery through October 19, when the Museum will close in anticipation of opening at its new downtown location in 2015.

American Legends opened in December 2012, featuring fifteen artists who broke away from European traditions in favor of creating independent styles, inspired by American subjects and forms of expression. Curator Barbara Haskell, who organized the exhibition, conceived it to undergo several rotations, with the evolution of the show reflecting the transformation of artistic trends in the United States through the last century.

This latest iteration traces the complex and rich dialogue between America’s pre- and post-war art. As Haskell explains: “Although the work of these postwar artists differs stylistically from that of early twentieth century artists, the two generations share a number of themes and subjects: popular culture, nature abstraction, and the condition of urban life for example. To suggest these cross-generational affinities, we have paired the work of a pre-war and a post-war artist in each of the gallery’s three middle rooms: Stuart Davis with Roy Lichtenstein; Edward Hopper with William Eggleston; and Georgia O’Keeffe with Ellsworth Kelly.”

Also on view are Alexander Calder, Burgoyne Diller, Morris Graves, Jasper Johns, Jacob Lawrence, Elie Nadelman, and Alice Neel. The next rotation, scheduled in May 2014, will include a selection of works by Charles Sheeler.