The exhibition focuses on realism in American art between 1900 and 1940, a time when European Modernism was becoming a dominant force in the art world, pushing realism into a minor role.
The show, drawn primarily from the Whitney’s own collections, includes a number of works by Hopper and his contemporaries, including Everett Shinn, John Sloan, Charles Burchfield, Paul Strand, Charles Sheeler and Reginald Marsh (see my posts on Edward Hopper, Everett Shinn, John Sloan and Charles Burchfield).
The Whitney’s website feature in the exhibition includes a small image gallery, but there are more images, along with interesting accounts of the artists and art styles of the period, in the History section.
Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time is on view until April 10, 2011.
(Images above: top three: Edward Hopper, bottom: Everett Shinn)