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A New Look at Depression-Era American Art at the Neuberger Museum

Some narratives of the history of American art hold, or at least imply, that there was nothing going on between the Hudson River School and the coming of the Abstract Impressionists in the 1940s. That’s a lot of years to just jump over, and it’s a misleading construct, to boot, because yes indeed there were artists working during the Depression, and not just for the WPA, either. Purchase’s Neuberger Museum has a nice little retrospective of some of that work up right now, in American Vanguards, which looks particularly closely at the years between 1927-1942. The show runs through April 29. (FULL ARTICLE: Martha Schwendener, The New York Times)