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Best known as a member of the Ashcan School, painter and illustrator John Sloan (1871-1951) often focused his paintings and prints on city life and its people during the early 20th century. However, between 1900 and 1910, Sloan produced a weekly series of word and picture puzzles for the Sunday supplement of the Philadelphia Press, one of the country’s leading illustrated newspapers.

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Rarely seen American paintings from a private family collection in Maryland will be going on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The museum said Thursday that Thelma and Melvin Lenkin of Chevy Chase, Maryland, are lending 19 major paintings to the museum for display April 17 through Aug. 16.

The Lenkin collection includes masterworks of American impressionism and from the Ashcan school, portraying scenes of daily life in New York.

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The registrar at the National Arts Club in Manhattan decided last summer to impose some order on a donated collection of books that once belonged to the Ashcan artist Robert Henri.

It was long overdue. Henri was one of the club’s most prominent members. He organized a groundbreaking 1904 exhibition of American painters at the club’s original building on West 34th Street in Manhattan. When the club moved to the former Samuel J. Tilden mansion on Gramercy Park South, Henri’s studio was just two doors away.

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Once derided as a slavish admirer of Renoir, the painter and illustrator William Glackens is among the most intriguing and underestimated participants in the first wave of 20th-century American modernism. That perception is confirmed by the enlightening and overdue, if still deficient, survey of his dappled canvases and dazzling drawings at the Parrish Art Museum here. It should be required viewing for anyone interested in the period.

Glackens, who was born in Philadelphia in 1870 and educated at that city’s prestigious Central High School, was briefly affiliated with a loose group of urban-conscious realist painters known first as the Eight and later as the Ashcan School.

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Plenty of collectors want to donate artworks to museums, but the museums don't always welcome them with open arms. "We say 'no thanks' 19 times out of 20," says Betsy Broun, director at the American Art Museum. Sometimes the works aren't museum-quality, other times they don't fit with the museums' philosophy.

But in 1986, representatives from the Sara Roby Foundation called the Smithsonian with an offer it couldn't refuse: paintings by Edward Hopper, Raphael Soyer, Reginald Marsh and many more. They were all collected by Roby, who, in the early 1950s, took on a mission: to save Realistic art from the maws of Abstract Expressionism. The at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum.

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The National Gallery in London will acquire George Bellows’ ‘Men on the Docks’ for $25.5 million from Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia. The masterpiece, which is being purchased with money from a fund established by the late philanthropist John Paul Getty, will be the first major American painting to enter the museum’s collection.

The National Gallery houses one of the most celebrated collections of Western European paintings in the world and plans to expand its holdings to include paintings created outside of Europe but still in the Western European tradition. The Gallery decided to acquire ‘Men on the Docks’ because of its European-influenced technique and handling.

Borned and raised in Columbus, Ohio, George Bellows moved to New York City in 1904 to study with the influential artist and teacher, Robert Henri, and soon became the youngest member of the Ashcan School. Dedicated to chronicling the realities of day-to-day life, Bellows made a name as the boldest of the Ashcan artists. He is best known for his paintings of boxing matches and gritty New York City scenes.

The National Gallery currently has paintings by American-born European artists and a minor, rarely displayed work by the American landscape painter George Inness. 

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A monograph of the work of William Glackens, one of the founders of the Ashcan School and member of the 20th century American artist group, The Eight, will be published by Skira Rizzoli this year. The illustrated volume will feature some of Glackens’ most celebrated works including paintings previously unknown to the general public, nudes, portraits, still lifes, street scenes and landscapes. The monograph will also include scholarly essays that will explore Glackens’ relationship with French painting, his interest in fashion and costume, his depictions of women, and his work as an illustrator.

The monograph will accompany a retrospective of Glackens’ work, which will be held at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY from July 27, 2014 through October 13, 2014. The exhibition is being co-organized with the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia and the Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale and will include approximately 75 works from private collections and public museums across the U.S. The show will be the first major retrospective of Glackens’ work in over fifty years.

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013 18:15

Robert Henri Exhibition Opens in Georgia

Spanish Sojourns, which is currently on view at the Telfair Museums in Savannah, Georgia, is the first exhibition dedicated to the Spanish paintings of Robert Henri, one of the must influential artists of the early 20th century. A pioneer of the urban realist style that characterized the work of the Ashcan school, Henri was recognized both as a painter and as a teacher.

Between 1900 and 1926, Henri traveled to Spain 7 times and produced a number of works inspired by the country’s people and culture. His portraits depict everyone from dancers and bullfighters to gypsies and old peasants. Many of the works included in Spanish Sojourns are on loan from prominent museum collections including that of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Spanish Sojourns, which was developed over the course of five years, will be on view at the Telfair through March 9, 2014. The exhibition will them travel to the San Diego Museum of Art and the Mississippi Museum of Art.

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The Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College in Ohio is presenting the exhibition Regarding Realism, which traces the history of the movement back to its inception in mid-19th century France. The exhibition will include works by Realist pioneers such as Gustave Courbet, Jean-Francois Millet and Charles-Francois Daubigny who shared a goal to depict the world around them, including ordinary people performing day-to-day activities, faithfully.

Regarding Realism includes American artworks as the desire to capture immediate experiences rather than contrived scenes soon caught on across the Atlantic. Highlights include prints by American Regionalists Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton as well as gritty, urban scenes by members of the Aschan School like John Sloan and George Luks.

Regarding Realism will be on view at the Allen Memorial Museum through June 22, 2014.

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George Bellows and the American Experience is currently on view at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio. The exhibition highlight’s the Columbus Museum’s significant Bellows collection, which is widely recognized as the best in the world. The show also includes a number of paintings on loan from other museums and private collections.

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, George Bellows moved to New York City in 1904 to study with the influential artist and teacher, Robert Henri, and soon became the youngest member of the Ashcan School. Dedicated to chronicling the realities of day-to-day life, Bellows made a name as the boldest of the Ashcan artists. He was recently the subject of a major retrospective, which included his well-known paintings of boxing matches and gritty New York tenements, many of which came from the Columbus Museum.

Melissa Wolfe, the Columbus Museum of Art’s Curator of American Art, said, “For the past year our Bellows paintings have traveled the world as part of a major retrospective that drew crowds to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Royal Academy in London. We’re excited to welcome them home and to be able to celebrate the profound impact George Bellows had, and continues to have, on the art world.”

An international scholarly symposium will be held on November 8 and 9, 2013 to complement the exhibition. George Bellows and the American Experience will be on view at the Columbus Museum of Art through January 4, 2014.

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