American Modernism Highlights from the Philadelphia Museum of Art Jessica Smith

Publication date:
24 Apr 2018
Yale University Press
144 pages: 279 x 229mm
120 color + 15 b-w illus.

With an emphasis on painting and sculpture made in the United States between 1910 and 1950, this gorgeously illustrated volume offers a rich introduction to American modernism through the world-class collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The lively text, which includes previously unpublished archival photos, examines the roles that the museum and the city of Philadelphia played in promoting modernism from its inception. Works by internationally acclaimed artists from the circle of photographer and gallerist Alfred Stieglitz, including Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Charles Sheeler, are featured here alongside works by artists left outside the mainstream of art history. The book draws visual connections across works by these artists while creating compelling juxtapositions that tell a story of modern American art that is unique to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Jessica Todd Smith is the Susan Gray Detweiler Curator of American Art and Manager, Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.