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Forum Gallery, New York

American Social Realism: 1920 - 1950
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New York, NY, January 18, 2007: The movement of American Social Realism took shape in the 1920s through the 1950s. Many art-history texts dealing with this period focus on the then-flourishing art scene in France and central Europe, and have ignored American Social Realism. This cultural shift in the United States bridged the disparity of the high modernist ideals of Europe with the struggle and very human drama evoked by the Great Depression and the political upheavals of the 1920s and 30s. The Social Realist paintings in the current exhibition reflect and record the Nation’s fragile optimism from this time period.  Highly emotional figuration, overtly political content, and the depiction of the common activities of daily life characterize these works of art. 

Artists featured in the exhibition include: David Burliuk, Miguel Covarrubias, James Daugherty, Franc Epping, Philip Evergood, Don Freeman, Marion Greenwood, William Gropper, George Grosz, Robert Gwathmey, Kenneth Hayes-Miller, Joseph Hirsch, John Hovannes, Joe Jones, Max Kalish, Henry Koerner, Jack Levine, Reginald Marsh, Louise Rönnebeck, Ben Shahn and Raphael Soyer.

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