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Subject: Arts: Art & Artists

Art: Transatlantic Modernism Series

Art historian and author Wanda Corn (The Color of Mood; The Art of Andrew Wyeth; Grant Wood) examines the cultural dynamics that linked art circles in Paris and New York in the opening decades of the 20th century, focusing on painting, sculpture, art films, literature and the decorative arts. Produced Click for more

13. The New NY: Stella, Weber and Sheeler 1

13. New NY, The: Stella, Weber and Sheeler 1

Among the post-war, avant-garde artists in New York, there were no major losses from World War I. France had been devastated by the war and fell behind industrially, looking to the United States as the leader. The United States was experiencing prosperity, and there was a rise in national pride, a need to establish an identity separate from Europe. This new American identity was connected with modernism art, and certain sites acted as symbols for the artists. The Brooklyn Bridge became the epitome of the machine age aesthetics, and New York City came to represent all of America. Dr. Wanda Corn explains that the perfect transatlantic artist at this time was Joseph Stella, who was born and raised in Italy and immigrated to New York at the age of 19. Stella's first major work Coney Island was his response to the Armory Show and established him as a member of the modernist scene, even though he never quite fit socially. He continued to paint urban landscapes, his masterpiece being Brooklyn Bridge, a sublimely rendered, futuristic gateway to the modern city. In this work he exhibited New York as the symbol of progress and all its possibilities for the future. 98/09DE SCA 60 min.
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