April 2, 2008

Schjeldahl on Demuth: Slanting rays of abstracted light

Peter Schjeldahl reports: "Most esteemed for his floral and figurative, often homoerotic watercolors, Demuth in his painful last years, confined to his home town in Pennsylvania, undertook a modest national epic, exalting industrial structures in flat oil colors and incised pencil lines, with slanting rays of abstracted light. In spirit, the series recalls the contemporaneous suite of poems 'The Bridge,' by another gay avant-gardist with patriotic longings, Hart Crane." Read more.

Chimneys and Towers: Charles Demuth’s Late Paintings of Lancaster,” curated by Dr. Betsy Fahlman. Originally installed at the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX. Traveling to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Through April 27.

Related posts:
Ken Johnson: Smokestack symbolism in Demuth's paintings at the Whitney
Precisionist Charles Demuth's chimney and tower paintings in Fort Worth
Precisionist Elsie Driggs retrospective at Michener Museum

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