America's Cool Modernism - showcase of iconic American art at Ashmolean Museum


"I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold" Charles Demuth 1928

From 23 March to 22 July 2018, the Ashmolean Museum will be exploring the 'cool' in American art in the early 20th century. Featuring work from early experiments in abstraction by artists like Georgia O’Keeffe and Paul Strand to the strict, clean precisionist paintings of Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth; the exhibition offers an array of thought-provoking displays.

Showcasing significant examples of American art produced during the roaring 1920s and Depression-era 1930s, some for the very first time in the UK, the works on display share a smooth, crisp, clean appearance and a cool, impersonal treatment, an apparent detachment. They evoke a world in which human beings have been removed or substituted.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has supported this exhibition with major loans, in addition to works from the Terra Collection and other international collections. This exhibition is organised by the Ashmolean Museum and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

This exhibition is ticketed. Entry is free for Ashmolean Members.