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 … read more… “Schjeldahl on Demuth: Slanting rays of abstracted light”

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Smokestack symbolism in Demuth’s paintings at the Whitney

In the NYTimes, Ken Johnson writes that gay precisionist Charles Demuth might have felt marginalized by the mainly heterosexual art world. “If true, that interpretation casts the Lancaster paintings in another intriguing light. You could read the series as Demuth’s attempt to shuck off any stigma of effeminacy that might have accompanied his career as … read more… “Smokestack symbolism in Demuth’s paintings at the Whitney”

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Precisionist Charles Demuth’s chimney and tower paintings in Fort Worth

“Chimneys and Towers: Charles Demuth’s Late Paintings of Lancaster,” curated by Dr. Betsy Fahlman. Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX. Through Oct. 14. In the Dallas Morning News, Charissa N. Terranova writes that the show is small but exquisite. She reports: “Lancaster’s economic livelihood was rooted in tobacco processing and linoleum manufacturing. The paintings are … read more… “Precisionist Charles Demuth’s chimney and tower paintings in Fort Worth”

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