Moving art and America forward ‘From O’Keeffe to Rockwell’


American art, compared with that of other cultures, is still so very young, a bit more than 200 years old. But we have come a long way and our art has sprawled, changed and diversified as our country has. “American Moderns, 1910 to 1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell” at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art documents that diversity during the dramatic decades in the 20th century when American artists came into their own, claiming a distinctive voice that didn’t try to mimic the assertive European chorus.

The 53 paintings and four sculptures by 42 artists come from the Brooklyn Museum and are divided into six sections: Cubist Experiments; The Still Life Revisited; Nature Essentialized; Modern Structures; Engaging Characters; and Americana. The notable omission is representation from abstract expressionism, which was, arguably, the movement that shifted the locus of Western art from Paris to New York beginning in the

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