Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties

June 26th, 2012 Posted in Antiques and Vintage, Art, East Side, Galleries/Museums/Exhibits

The Cleveland Museum of Art is on a roll. Rembrandt was inspiring, the buildings are looking pretty spiffy, they have an interesting exhibition lineup for the next few years, and Solstice 2012 was sold out, twice, within hours. On July 1st, Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties opens with more than 130 works of art from more than 60 painters, photographers and sculptors who present the new realism of the Flapper era.

Youth and Beauty originated at the Brooklyn Museum, traveled to the Dallas Museum of Art and is concluding here in Cleveland. The art works of the new, modern world of the 20′s focus on both the natural and industrial. Many of the paintings present “the new portrait form of choice”*, expressing the human body in strikingly sensual ways.

The Birth of Venus Joseph Stella
Oil on canvas, 1925

The modern industrial times and the mechanization of society are represented in works of art that are spare, and even austere, with barren landscapes and cityscapes.

Lighthouse Hill Edward Hopper
Oil on canvas, 1927

Somehow, they seem to be totally relevant to today’s society.

The Shelton with Sunspots Georgia O’Keefe
Oil on canvas, 1926

The changing times, both then and now…

Church Street El Charles Sheeler
Oil on canvas, 1920

Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties

July 1, 2012 – September 16, 2012 

Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Blvd., University Circle


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