Posted in Meet the Collection, Special Exhibits, tagged abstract, Collection Highlights, Current Exhibitions, Exhibitions, Federal Art Project, Great Depression, Hans Hofmann, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, New Britain Museum of American Art, nude, Permanent Collection, Woman Artists Exhibition on February 8, 2011|
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Nude Study, 1938. Lee Krasner (1908-1984). Charcoal on paper, 25 x 18 7/8 in. New Britain Museum of American Art, Friends Purchase Fund, 1985.09.
Lee Krasner, a progressive female artist working hard throughout the Great Depression of the 1930s until the mid 1980s, has become known in larger circles as the wife of Jackson Pollock. Both artists worked for the government as part of the Works of Art Project’s (WPA) Federal Art Project (FAP) which was formulated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt during his four terms as US president, up until World War II. While Pollock may be a household name, Krasner is a celebrated artist in her own right. She was academically trained in drawing, painting, and other media. Yet it was the influence ofHans Hofmann that facilitated her Cubist-style detachments of forms in Nude Study. It was acquired by NBMAA in 1985, a year after her death. (more…)
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Posted in Contemporary Art, Photography, tagged Arthur Rothstein, Collection Highlights, documentary photography, Dorothea Lange, Farm Security Administration, farm workers, FSA, Great Depression, Jacob A. Riis, Justin Sullivan, Lewis W. Hine, Mississipi Delta, Mississippi Delta children, Photography, sharecroppers, Walker Evans on February 23, 2010|
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Documentary photographers and socially concerned photojournalists have been working in the United States since the 1880s. At that time, Jacob A. Riis wanted to bring to light the atrocious living conditions in the lodgings, basements and back streets of New York City. Riis’s photographs were the proof that society needed to change. Thanks to advances in technology it was possible for the images to be reproduced and distributed to a wide audience.
Five Cents Lodging, Bayard Street, c.1889. Jacob A. Riis (1849-1914). Gelatin Silver Print. Jacob A. Riis Collection, Museum of the City of New York.
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