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The work of Grant Wood is be­ing high­lighted in a ret­ro­spec­tive at the Whit­ney Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art. Grant Wood: Amer­i­can Gothic and Other Fables presents the full range of Wood’s art, from his early dec­o­ra­tive ob­jects and Im­pres­sion­ist oils through to his ma­ture paint­ings, mu­rals, works on pa­per, and il­lus­tra­tions. Wood (1891–1942), a rel­a­tively un­known painter from Iowa, be­came an in­stant celebrity fol­low­ing the de­but of Amer­i­can Gothic at the Art In­sti­tute of Chicago in 1930. The paint­ing is his most fa­mous work, and be­came an em­blem of Amer­i­cana. Wood be­lieved that Amer­i­can art needed to break free from Europe and that the emer­gence of a rich Amer­i­can cul­ture de­pended on artists ex­press­ing the spe­cific char­ac­ter of their own re­gions. For him, it was Iowa, whose rolling hills he used as the back­ground for his ear­li­est ma­ture por­traits. The ex­hi­bi­tion will be on dis­play in the Neil Bluhm Fam­ily Gal­leries at the Whit­ney un­til

10 June, 2018. whit­

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