The American Dream, American Realism 1945 - 2017


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A dream comes true: the Drents Museum and the Kunsthalle Emden bring famous American artists to Europe! The cross-border double exhibition is dedicated to American realism from 1945 to the present. The Drents Museum and the Kunsthalle Emden offer a fascinating insight into the 'American way of life' with the theme figures, urban life, landscape, genre and stillness. This makes the exhibition more than just an art-historical overview. The works, which come from great American museums, company collections and private collections, will take you on a journey through the culture and history of the United States in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Dream versus reality

The Drents Museum in Assen focuses on the period from 1945 to 1965 during this double exhibition. After the World War, Europe was in ruins. America, on the other hand, was considered the land of unlimited possibilities, and the American Dream was the great ideal. Those who only work hard enough can achieve everything: a career from a washerman to a millionaire, the sky is the limit ! A promising motto, but in reality success and wealth have not been granted to everyone.

Artist list Assen

John Ahearn, John Ahearn, Thomas Hart Benton, Robert Burke, Charles Burchfield, Vija Celmins, Richard Estes, Ralph Goings, Duke Hanson, Edward Hopper, Alex Katz, John Lawrence, Roy Lichtenstein, John John McCain, John Moore, Catharine Murphy, Alice Neel, Jud Nelson, Claes Oldenburg, Fairfield Porter, Stone Roberts, Norman Rockwell, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, George Segal, Wayne Thiebaud, Andy Warhol, Idelle Weber, Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth

Currents of realism

De Kunsthalle Emden continues the double exhibition where the first part ends in the Drents Museum, and presents the art from the period 1965-2017. The "American Flags" by Jasper Johns had a break in 1957 with the usual display conventions marked. Now the Pop Art artists, such as Andy Warhol, are looking at objects of everyday life, advertising and consumption. From the mid-1960s onwards, Fotorealism developed in the works of Malcolm Morley and Chuck Close. Typical is her craftsmanship, including Charles Bell, Ralph Goings, Robert Bechtle, Audrey Flack and Richard Estes. As a countermovement, the painters of Classical Realism, which is still widespread in the United States, are orientated towards the art of the Renaissance, the Baroque and the 19th century from the 1970s onwards.

Artist list Emden

Diane Arbus, Robert Atlas, Robert Bechtle, Charles Bell, Robert Burke, Tom Blackwell, Anthony Brunelli, Kathe Burkhart, Chuck Close, Davis Cone, Rackstraw Downes, Don Eddy, Nicole Eisenman, Richard Estes, Max Ferguson, Eric Fischl, Audrey Flack , Lee Friedlander, Robert Gniewek, Ralph Goings, Daniel Greene, Karl Haendel, Duke Hanson, Barkley Hendricks, Edward Hopper, Peter Hujar, Don Jacot, Yvonne Jacquette, Alex Katz, Ken Keeley, Kurt Knobelsdorf, John Koch, Robert Longo, Tony Matelli, Richard McLean, Edward Murcarth, Catherine Murphy, Alice Neel, Jud Nelson, Gordon Parks, Fairfield Porter, Richard Prince, Bill Rauhauser, Larry Rivers, Stone Roberts, Terry Rodgers, Aaron Romine, Martha Rosler, Judith Joy Ross, Ephraim Rubenstein , Megan Rye, Peter Saul, Dee Shapiro, Cindy Sherman, Stephen Shore, Lorna Simpson, John French Sloan, Moses Soyer,Raphael Soyer, Andy Warhol, Idelle Weber, Neil Welliver, Kehinde Wiley, Garry Winogrand, Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth