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Published in Minneapolis .
Written in English



  • United States


  • Painting, American -- Exhibitions.,
  • Painters -- United States -- Exhibitions.

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Statementorganized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, November 13 through December 25, 1960, in cooperation with the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum [and] the San Francisco Museum of Art.
ContributionsFriedman, Martin L.
LC ClassificationsND212 .W28
The Physical Object
Pagination62 p.
Number of Pages62
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5842571M
LC Control Number61065404

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This exhibition is a profile of one of the most significant directions in American art. Its artists have meticulously painted a remarkable complex of indigenous themes: colonial architecture, pristine farm-houses and barns, prairies and deserts untouched by "progress," and the great urban and industrial manifestations that for so long symbolized America to the world. OCLC Number: Notes: "The precisionist view in American art" [by Martin L. Friedman, curator]: p. [11] "Biographies and catalogue of the exhibition": pages The precisionist view in American art: an exhibition organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, in cooperation with the Whitney Museum of American Art [and others] ; november 13 through Decem (Book, ) [] Get this from a library! The precisionist view in American art. An exhibition organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, November 13 through Decem , in cooperation An exhibition organized.

  Sometimes considered to be America's first indigenous modernist art style, Precisionism, a movement principally of the s and s, concentrated on depicting the urban and industrial landscape, emphasizing the formal geometrical qualities of solid mass and clean lines and rendering these vistas with simplified, sharp-edged shapes and smooth, unmodulated application of Manufacturer: Greenwood. Introduction. This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Precisionism in American Art and American Precisionist Artists." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The artists who came to be known as the Precisionists never formally organized themselves as a group or issued a manifesto; rather, they were associated through their common style and subjects. Around , a number of artists in the United States began experimenting with a highly controlled approach to technique and form. Precisionism, smooth, sharply defined painting style used by several American artists in representational canvases executed primarily during the s. While Precisionism can be seen as a tendency present in American art since the colonial period, the style of 20th-century Precisionist painters had its origins in Cubism, Futurism, and Orphism.

Some Precisionist work tended toward a "highly controlled approach to technique and form" as well as an application of "hard-edged style to long-familiar American scenes". Precisionist artists aimed to convey the geometric and psychological essence of a scene or a structure but intended that essence to be almost immediately accessible. Precisionism, a term coined in by MoMA’s first director, depicted American architecture, industry, and landscapes in highly precise but simplified lines and forms. Although influenced by Cubism, Precisionists were distinctly American in their focus on regional imagery like skyscrapers, suspension bridges, and mills. Lake Forest College, Illinois, Durand Art Institute, A Century of American Painting: Masterpieces Loaned by the Art Institute of Chicago, Jun 10–16, , cat. Kansas City, Mo., William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Aspects of Representation in Contemporary Art, Feb 8–Mar 8, , cat.   Today, the hard-edged style and many of the artists it attracted remain overshadowed by Abstract Expressionism, which definitively put American art on the international map in the early 's.