In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the New Orleans Museum of Art has organized a special exhibition, Copley to Warhol: 200 Years of American Art.  Consisting of 30 of the finest American paintings in NOMA's collection, the exhibition briefly surveys the development of American painting.  The collection will open at UAM on July 23, 2011, and continue through September 17.

Copley to Warhol briefly surveys the development of American painting, beginning with portraits by Colonial masters John Singleton Copley and Charles Willson Peale and turning to the rise of the landscape tradition with Asher B. Durand, George Inness, and Louisiana artists Richard Clague and Joseph R. Meeker. The exhibition then showcases nineteenth-century artists who pursued their careers in Europe, such as John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt; moves into the twentieth century with early modernists including Marsden Hartley and Georgia O'Keeffe; and concludes with the triumph of American painting following World War II with abstract expressionism and Pop Art.  Among other masters included are Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, Frederick Frieseke, Robert Henri, Lee Krasner, Larry Rivers, and James Rosenquist.

Copley to Warhol tours four museums in Louisiana this year, giving a statewide dimension to NOMA’s birthday celebration. The exhibition premièred at the Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College in Shreveport on February 19, 2011, and is currently at the Alexandria Museum of Art.  From there it will show at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana, and the LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge.

This exhibition is sponsored by Chevron, with additional support from NOMA's Advisory Council.


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