Presented by Michael Lobel, Professor of Art History and Director of the MA Program in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory at Purchase College, State University of New York and author of Image Duplicator: Roy Lichtenstein and the Emergence of Pop Art; James Rosenquist: Pop Art, Politics and History in the 1960s; and John Sloan: Drawing on Illustration.
In contrast to the urban setting of John Sloan’s most memorable Ashcan School pictures, the works the artist produced in Gloucester have generally been taken as pastoral in nature, at a remove from contemporary concerns and current events. Yet Sloan’s time in Gloucester overlapped not only with the period of his deepest political involvements, but also with the looming disruptions of World War I. This talk will consider the resonances between Sloan’s New York images and his Gloucester scenes, taking note of the political concerns that may indeed have colored his treatment of the supposedly idyllic countryside.
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