Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Association 2: Ashcan Artists

From smithsonianmag.si.edu: "A fire rages on 24th Street, bright lights illuminate a Broadway stage, pushcart peddlers market their wares, a horse bolts across a steaming street. These scenes from everyday life in New York City at the turn of the century were produced by a group of artists who came to the booming city to create art rooted in the "real life" of their time. From 1897 to 1917, in paintings and graphic works of power and wit, artists George Bellows, William Glackens, Robert Henri, George Luks, Everett Shinn and John Sloan framed a contemporary realism that explored the drama, humor and exoticism of life in the turbulent metropolis. Their distinctive vision captured the energy of the city's streets and squares, and chronicled the dynamic social changes taking place as cobblestones and churches gave way to subways and skyscrapers. From horse-drawn wagons to motorized trolleys, from Fifth Avenue mansions to the teeming tenements of the Lower East Side, they caught the pulse of a city in transition." I used posterized John Sloan images with Ms. Rosen's class last year when they were doing period studies with a visiting educator from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here's a sampling of Sloan's work

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