Modern Masters
Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum features forty-three key paintings and sculptures by thirty-one of the most celebrated artists who came to maturity in the 1950s. Through three broadly-conceived themes that span two decades of creative genius —"Significant Gestures," "Optics and Order" and "New Images of Man"—Modern Masters examines the complex and heterogeneous nature of American abstract art in the mid-twentieth century. Featured artists include Jim Dine, David Driskell, Sam Francis, Philip Guston, Grace Hartigan, Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, Louise Nevelson, Anne Truitt and Esteban Vicente.

Modern Masters: American Abstraction at Midcentury, the beautifully illustrated catalogue co-published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and D Giles Limited (London), was written by Virginia M. Mecklenburg with contributions by Tiffany D. Farrell. The book features an essay and biographical information on the 31 artists whose work is included in the exhibition. It is available in the museum's store and online.

National Tour
The exhibition willl be on view at:

Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, Ohio
July 23, 2010 – October 10, 2010

Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia November 13, 2010 – February 5, 2011

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennesee
March 19, 2011 – June 19, 2011

Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
October 7, 2011 – January 1, 2012

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NOTE: There are 43 works on this tour. For conservation reasons, only one work by Romare Bearden will be shown at each venue.
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