This will be the first exhibition to explore the 'cool' in American art in the early 20th century, from early experiments in abstraction by artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove and Paul Strand to the strict, clean precisionist paintings of Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth

Showcasing significant examples of American art produced during the roaring 1920s and depression-era 1930s, some for the very first time in the UK, the works on display share a smooth, crisp, clean appearance and a cool, impersonal treatment, an apparent detachment. A world in which human beings have been removed, or substituted, is evoked.

The exhibition has been developed in collaboration with the Terra Foundation for American Art and curated by Terra’s Katherine Bourguignon and the Ashmolean’s director Dr Xa Sturgis.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has agreed to support the exhibition with major loans in addition to works from the Terra Collection.

This exhibition will be ticketed. Entry will be free for Ashmolean Members. 


With the generous support of the Terra Foundation for American Art
Additional support by Mr Barrie & Mrs Deedee Wigmore and Marica & Jan Vilcek

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