From the Ground Up: Artists and the Built Environment

Exhibition Info
Historic Landmark Building
Curated by
Dr. Brittany Webb, Evelyn and Will Kaplan Curator of Twentieth Century Art and the John Rhoden Collection
PAFA's collection includes many artists interested in architecture and the built environment. This gallery features a few whose technique, perspective and subject matter reflect a variety of approaches to modern physical placemaking in the twentieth century.

This collection focus highlights artists interested in architecture and the built environment. The spotlight features impressionists who took a romantic approach to painting urban cityscapes as well as precision painters and photorealists who provide views of the post-industrial landscape through hard edges and sharp lines. With paintings by George Copeland Ault, Bascove, Chen Chi, Colin Campbell Cooper, Edith Neff, Louis B. Sloan and Charles Sheeler, take a dive into a group of artists whose technique, perspective and subject matter reflect a variety of approaches to modern physical placemaking in the twentieth century.

Image above [see full image below under Exhibition Highlights]; Bascove, (b. 1946) Harlem River Bridges II, 1996 Oil on canvas 30 x 30 in. (76.2 x 76.2 cm.) Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, 2011.1.33 

 

Exhibition Highlights

Bascove, (b. 1946) Harlem River Bridges II, 1996 Oil on canvas 30 x 30 in. (76.2 x 76.2 cm.) Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, 2011.1.33
Bascove, (b. 1946)
Harlem River Bridges II, 1996
Oil on canvas 30 x 30 in. (76.2 x 76.2 cm.)
Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, 2011.1.33
Charles Sheeler, (1883-1965)  Clapboards, 1936  Oil on canvas  21 1/8 x 19 1/4 in. (53.7 x 48.9 cm.)  Gift of W. Griffin Gribbel, R. Sturgis Ingersoll, John Frederick Lewis, Jr., William Clarke Mason, Henry T. McIlhenny, Lessing J. Rosenwald, Alfred G. B. Steel, Mrs. George F. Tyler, William L. Van Alen, and Joseph E. Widener, 1939.19
Charles Sheeler, (1883-1965)
Clapboards, 1936
Oil on canvas
21 1/8 x 19 1/4 in. (53.7 x 48.9 cm.)
Gift of W. Griffin Gribbel, R. Sturgis Ingersoll, John Frederick Lewis, Jr., William Clarke Mason, Henry T. McIlhenny, Lessing J. Rosenwald, Alfred G. B. Steel, Mrs. George F. Tyler, William L. Van Alen, and Joseph E. Widener, 1939.19
Louis B. Sloan, (1932-2008)  Backyards, 1955  Oil on canvas  44 x 36 in. (111.8 x 91.4 cm  Gift of Louis C. Sunstein, 1955.8.3
Louis B. Sloan, (1932-2008)
Backyards, 1955
Oil on canvas
44 x 36 in. (111.8 x 91.4 cm
Gift of Louis C. Sunstein, 1955.8.3
Edith Neff, (1943-1995)  Untitled (In My Father's House), n.d.  Pastel on paper  26 x 34 in. (66.04 x 86.36 cm.)  Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, 2011.1.268
Edith Neff, (1943-1995)
Untitled (In My Father's House), n.d.
Pastel on paper
26 x 34 in. (66.04 x 86.36 cm.)
Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, 2011.1.268
Chen Chi, (1912-2005)  Avenue of the Americas, New York, 1954  Watercolor and gouache on rice paper  13 7/16 x 53 1/8 in. (34.08045 x 134.9375 cm.)  John Lambert Fund Purchase, 1959.2
Chen Chi, (1912-2005)
Avenue of the Americas, New York, 1954
Watercolor and gouache on rice paper
13 7/16 x 53 1/8 in. (34.08045 x 134.9375 cm.)
John Lambert Fund Purchase, 1959.2

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