American Art

Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists, 1934–2000

Art for Every Home explores how Associated American Artists (AAA) dramatically expanded the market for art in the United States. In 1934 Reeves Lewenthal, an enterprising businessman, convened a group of artists, including Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, and Grant Wood, to produce prints for him to sell to the public at affordable prices. Tracing AAA’s trajectory from its beginnings as a renowned print publisher, to its expansion into advertising and interior decor, to its eventual demise in 2000, the first-ever comprehensive survey to focus on this remarkable company illuminates how it inspired and cultivated American collectors for more than sixty years.

An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle

One of the most productive artistic couples of the twentieth century, artist Jess (1923–2004) and poet Robert Duncan (1919–1988) established a domestic space that fostered their creativity and inspired a generation of San Francisco Bay Area artists and poets. The couple nearly filled all four floors of their rambling Victorian house with libraries—mythology and reference […]

Muiltiple Identities

Like a good conversation, it takes two to make a portrait. Something special arises when artists depict their sitters or, in the case of self-portraits, themselves. Many times, however, portraits initially are judged by their ability to capture and evoke a sitter’s likeness. Yet the mirroring capacity of portraiture constitutes just one facet of its […]