Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to present Seven Americans, a rendition of Alfred Stieglitz’ eponymous 1925 exhibition, which showcased seven of the most important American artists working during the period: Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Arthur Dove, Charles Demuth, Paul Strand, and Stieglitz himself. It was through this seminal show that Stieglitz, playing the role of both artist and curator, sought to define for the art world a uniquely American modern vision, which he indentified in the shared aesthetic and ideological tenets of this group of artists. Bruce Silverstein Gallery has chosen to reunite these seven artists with the intent of re-examining this crucial moment in the history of American art and its continued relevance toward exploring the abstract and symbolic nature of art. Through generous loans from both public and private collections, the gallery has assembled a selection of masterworks by each of the seven artists.
The original Seven Americans exhibition, held at the Anderson Galleries, was a twentieth anniversary celebration of the founding of Stieglitz’ 291 Gallery. The exhibition included collage works, paintings, watercolors, found objects, and photographs, and was one of the largest exhibitions Stieglitz organized. Notably, it was only the second time Stieglitz combined both photographic and non-photographic artworks besides that of his O’Keeffe / Stieglitz exhibition in 1924. Realizing the power of a group effort, it was the first time Stieglitz gathered these important artists to form a single voice that addressed, as stated in his catalogue essay, an “integral part of America today.”