A Note on Varieties of Modernism
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A Note on Varieties of Modernism

I have read some of Varieties of Modernism, edited by Paul Wood. This is one of a series of four books primarily used at universities in teaching modern art history. Varieties of Modernism covers 20th century modernity in art and purports to be a book of art history. If one wonders why students these days … Continue reading

Edward Hopper
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Edward Hopper

[1]The artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967) is hard to classify. We think of Hopper as a modern painter. However, he continues a trend in American painting going back to William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri. In fact, Hopper was a student of both these artists and followed their influence in depicting American life with realism. (Perhaps … Continue reading

The New Whitney Museum
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The New Whitney Museum

In case you don’t remember the old Whitney Museum, it was a structure designed by Marcel Breuer working with Hamilton Smith, completed in 1966. It is a strong, modernist building which fits the definition of Brutalism. Brutalist architecture shuns the strictures of the International Style and other tenets of modernist movements with boxy, blocks of concrete and … Continue reading