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Thomas Hart Benton's America today

Author: Randall R Griffey; Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser; Stephanie L Herdrich; Shawn Digney-Peer; Cynthia Moyer
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Article : English
Publication:Metropolitan Museum of Art bulletin, New series, volume 72, number 3 (winter 2015)
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"Thomas Hart Benton is often recognized as the leader of the 1930s movement known as Regionalism, which celebrated rural life in the United States. However, he lived and worked primarily in New York from 1912 to 1935, one of the most vibrant and dynamic periods in the city's history. It was also a critical time for Benton's artistic development, as he gradually established and set on the course that would define his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibitions
Named Person: Thomas Hart Benton
Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Randall R Griffey; Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser; Stephanie L Herdrich; Shawn Digney-Peer; Cynthia Moyer
OCLC Number: 902811122
Notes: Published in conjunction with the exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, September 30, 2014-April 19, 2015.
"Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, winter 2015, volume LXXII, number 3"--Title page verso.
Description: 48 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Other Titles: America today
Responsibility: Randall R. Griffey, Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser and Stephanie L. Herdrich with a contribution from Shawn Digney-Peer and Cynthia Moyer.
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"Thomas Hart Benton is often recognized as the leader of the 1930s movement known as Regionalism, which celebrated rural life in the United States. However, he lived and worked primarily in New York from 1912 to 1935, one of the most vibrant and dynamic periods in the city's history. It was also a critical time for Benton's artistic development, as he gradually established and set on the course that would define his career, one characterized by a passionate commitment to public art, populist subject matter, and a distinctively expressive figurative style rooted predominantly in European Mannerism. The pinnacle of Benton's New York years was the mural cycle he painted for the newly erected headquarters of the New School for Social Research at 66 West 12th Street, which opened to the public in January 1931. Called America Today, the mural - his first significant commission for an institution - raised Benton's artistic stature not only in New York, but also nationwide, setting the stage for his appearance in December 1934 on the cover of Time magazine, the first time an artist was accorded that honor."--Museum's website.

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