Explore the themes of Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time through a series of images and works by Hopper and other artists featured in the exhibition.
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Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time traces the development of realism in American art between 1900 and 1940, emphasizing the diverse ways that artists depicted the sweeping transformations in urban and rural life that occurred during this period. The exhibition highlights the work of Edward Hopper, whose use of the subject matter of modern life to portray universal human experiences made him America’s most iconic realist painter of the 20th century. Drawn primarily from the Whitney Museum’s extensive holdings, Modern Life places Hopper’s achievements in the context of his contemporaries—the Ashcan School painters with whom he came of age as an artist in the century’s first decades, the 1920’s Precisionist artists, whose explorations of abstract architectural geometries mirrored those of Hopper, and a younger generation of American Scene painters, who worked alongside Hopper in New York during the 1930s. Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time includes approximately 80 works in a range of media by Hopper and artists such as John Sloan, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Charles Demuth, Guy Pène du Bois, Charles Sheeler, Charles Burchfield, Ben Shahn, Reginald Marsh. The show is accompanied by a 250-page illustrated catalogue with essays by American and German scholars, produced in conjunction with an exhibition of the same title which appeared at the Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg, and the Kunsthal Rotterdam in 2009-10.
Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time is organized by Barbara Haskell and Sasha Nicholas.
This catalogue was produced in conjunction with the Edward Hopper and his Time exhibition on view at Bucerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg Germany. The show contains eight works by Hopper and 65 additional works by other artists, all from the Whitney Museum’s collection.
Video: Curator Barbara Haskell walks through the exhibition
—WNET/Thirteen Sunday Arts
Review: “The Whitney’s Good Friend is Joined by Some of His”
—The New York Times
Review: “It relieves Hopper from his ‘lonely,’ iconic status, clarifying his indebtedness to his time and honing our understanding of his originality.”
—The Boston Globe
Review: “a suberb, intelligent exhibition, intimating the extent to which Hopper was both of his time and spectacularly beyond it.”
—The Financial Times
Review: “curator Barbara Haskell and assistant Sasha Nicholas have done a service for Hopper’s many fans by showing his work within the broader artistic community of his era.”
Review: “The show gives us the unlikely experience of seeing Hopper the great loner in the context of his friends.”
—The New York Observer
Video: Steve Martin discusses Hopper and walks through the exhibition as part of profile of Martin’s career
—CBS Sunday Morning
“Hopper is both a dreamer and a dream-slayer; he stills fashion, hope, solace, and conviction. He did that in his era; he can do it now.”
An interview with exhibition co-curator Sasha Nicolas
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—WNYC Culture Blog