American Master Prints 1900-1960
February 10 - March 15, 2012
By 1900 printmaking as a fine art was firmly established in the United States. Often working as illustrators for newspapers, periodicals, and books, this generation of artists focused on recording the life around them. Included in the exhibition are John Sloan’s etchings depicting scenes of daily life in the neighborhoods of New York City and the contrasts he observed between the wealthy and the working class; and George Bellows’ images of the campaigns of the evangelist Billy Sunday, the rise of boxing, and the atrocities of World War I. The period between 1900 and 1960 was a time when a number of women artists gained prominence as printmaker, and works by Isabel Bishop, Kyra Markham, and Mabel Dwight illustrate the American experience as they saw it. The current exhibition represents only a fraction of the Library’s rich holdings in the area of American master prints of the first half of the 20th century.