Pathways to Modernism: American Art, 1865-1945
The extravagance and audacity of American art represented by pop art should be vastly familiar to audiences in China. Like any other cultural phenomenon, American art has taken shape over time. Pathways to Modernism: American Art, 1865–1945 aims to offer viewers a rich prelude to the American art of the post-war period through 80 paintings and prints created between 1865 and 1945, a crucial time in the history of the United States. Over the course of these 80 years, the United States evolved from an agrarian society into an industrial nation. The Civil War irrevocably changed the social fabric of the 50 states and ushered in new technologies and a growth of industry. The wealth generated by increased industrial production laid the groundwork for the flowering of the arts. American artists developed innovative styles under the influences of multiple artistic movements. New modes of transportation, communication and entertainment offered artists new experiences and subjects. In the first half of the 20th century, American art grew in sophistication, such that by the end of World War II, it was poised to take its place at the center of the art world. All the works in this exhibition were selected from the Art Institute of Chicago and the Terra Foundation for American Art from the US. This ad is based on a story on the website of Shanghai Museum.