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Golden Years of American Drawings, 1905-1956

DATES January 22, 1957 through March 17, 1957
  • January 21, 1957 “Golden Years of American Drawing, 1905 - 1956,” a special exhibition of drawings by American artists during the past 50 years, will open to the public at The Brooklyn Museum on Tuesday, January 22. Including some 175 drawings, many borrowed from leading museums, private collectors and artists, the exhibition will be on view in the special exhibition galleries and main entrance hall of the museum through March 17.

    Miss Una E, Johnson, the museum’s curator of prints and drawings, has directed the selection and installation of the show. She states:

    “The exhibition does not pretend to survey American drawings of the 20th Century. Rather, it is concerned with the artist as a creative personality who speaks through the ancient medium of drawing. With this theme, the show attempts to bring together some of the outstanding and less known drawings by American artists. The works have been selected to show the diversity of expression and ideas which has been developed by American artists in the past half century.”

    Artists represented in the show will include: Glackens, Sloan, Luks, Henri, Baskin, Crawford, Hartley, Feininger, Shahn and Schanker. A number of sketchbooks will be shown - the Paris sketchbooks of Prendergast and Mahonri Young, early sketches of Max Weber, statements of Peter Takal and Stephen Greene.

    An illustrated catalog has been prepared for the exhibition by Miss Johnson.

    Note to editors: The drawings may be seen now for advance reviewing. Photographs are available.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1953 - 1970. 1957, 025-26.
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