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MASKS OF MODERNISM: The Figure in 20th-century American Art
In a vast spectrum of styles and media, Masks of Modernism surveys how American artists portrayed the human figure in the 20th century. Pioneering American Modernists sought a new way to represent the oldest and most practiced genre in art: portraiture. Once a status symbol of wealth and power, this group of artists present portraits from all walks of life, from local politician to revue dancer, and from cowboy to nun.
Evolving from traditional oil portraits, these 20th-century artists play with surface texture, using a variety of supports and techniques. Sleek nickel-plated bronze is used to portray an accomplished modern woman of the 1920s and a silhouetted paper cut-out executed with great skill and precision emphasizes the curvilinear form of a dancer.
No longer faithful representations of likeness, American Modernists found new ways to communicate identity.