Seven Americans

Demuth, Dove, Hartley, Marin, O’Keeffe, Stieglitz, Strand
September 6 - October 19, 2012
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Alfred Stieglitz Equivalent, 1926 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1926. 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inchesAlfred Stieglitz Equivalent, 1926 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1926. 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches

Alfred Stieglitz
Equivalent, 1926
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1926. 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches

Alfred Stieglitz  Songs of the Sky (Equivalent), c. 1923-1927 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1923-1927. 4 5/8 x 3 11/16 inchesAlfred Stieglitz  Songs of the Sky (Equivalent), c. 1923-1927 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1923-1927. 4 5/8 x 3 11/16 inches

Alfred Stieglitz 
Songs of the Sky (Equivalent), c. 1923-1927
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1923-1927. 4 5/8 x 3 11/16 inches

Alfred Stieglitz  Equivalent, 1926 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1926. 4 1/2 x 3 1/8 inchesAlfred Stieglitz  Equivalent, 1926 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1926. 4 1/2 x 3 1/8 inches

Alfred Stieglitz 
Equivalent, 1926
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1926. 4 1/2 x 3 1/8 inches

Arthur Dove Untitled (8-16-43), 1943    Gouache on paper. 3 x 4 inchesArthur Dove Untitled (8-16-43), 1943    Gouache on paper. 3 x 4 inches

Arthur Dove

Untitled (8-16-43), 1943   
Gouache on paper. 3 x 4 inches

Arthur Dove Untitled (8-14-43), 1943    Gouache on paper. 3 x 4 inchesArthur Dove Untitled (8-14-43), 1943    Gouache on paper. 3 x 4 inches

Arthur Dove

Untitled (8-14-43), 1943   
Gouache on paper. 3 x 4 inches

Arthur Dove Untitled (8-15-43), 1943    Gouache on paper. 3 x 4 inchesArthur Dove Untitled (8-15-43), 1943    Gouache on paper. 3 x 4 inches

Arthur Dove

Untitled (8-15-43), 1943   
Gouache on paper. 3 x 4 inches

John Marin  Palisades, No. 2, 1922    Watercolor on paper. 16 x 19 inchesJohn Marin  Palisades, No. 2, 1922    Watercolor on paper. 16 x 19 inches

John Marin 
Palisades, No. 2, 1922   
Watercolor on paper. 16 x 19 inches

John Marin Palisades at Alpine, New Jersey, 1928    Watercolor on paper. 17 x 13 3/4 inchesJohn Marin Palisades at Alpine, New Jersey, 1928    Watercolor on paper. 17 x 13 3/4 inches

John Marin
Palisades at Alpine, New Jersey, 1928   
Watercolor on paper. 17 x 13 3/4 inches

John Marin  Looking Toward Mount Washington, White Mountains, Ammonoosuc River, 1924    Watercolor on paper. 13 x 16 3/4 inchesJohn Marin  Looking Toward Mount Washington, White Mountains, Ammonoosuc River, 1924    Watercolor on paper. 13 x 16 3/4 inches

John Marin 
Looking Toward Mount Washington, White Mountains, Ammonoosuc River, 1924   
Watercolor on paper. 13 x 16 3/4 inches

Alfred Stieglitz  Lake George, c. 1930 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1930. 3 1/2 x 4 5/8 inchesAlfred Stieglitz  Lake George, c. 1930 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1930. 3 1/2 x 4 5/8 inches

Alfred Stieglitz 
Lake George, c. 1930
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1930. 3 1/2 x 4 5/8 inches

John Marin  Landscape, 1925    Watercolor on paper. 12 1/2 x 16 inchesJohn Marin  Landscape, 1925    Watercolor on paper. 12 1/2 x 16 inches

John Marin 
Landscape, 1925   
Watercolor on paper. 12 1/2 x 16 inches

Paul Strand Iris, Maine, 1928 Platinum print, printed c. 1928. 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inchesPaul Strand Iris, Maine, 1928 Platinum print, printed c. 1928. 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

Paul Strand
Iris, Maine, 1928
Platinum print, printed c. 1928. 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

Georgia O'Keeffe  Oak Leaves, Pink and Grey, 1929    Oil on canvas. 35 1/2 x 19 inchesGeorgia O'Keeffe  Oak Leaves, Pink and Grey, 1929    Oil on canvas. 35 1/2 x 19 inches

Georgia O'Keeffe 
Oak Leaves, Pink and Grey, 1929   
Oil on canvas. 35 1/2 x 19 inches

Charles Demuth  Irises, c. 1925    Watercolor on paper. 13 3/8 x 9 3/4 inchesCharles Demuth  Irises, c. 1925    Watercolor on paper. 13 3/8 x 9 3/4 inches

Charles Demuth 
Irises, c. 1925   
Watercolor on paper. 13 3/8 x 9 3/4 inches

Marsden Hartley  Flowering Plant, 1928    Oil on canvas. 24 x 19 1/2 inchesMarsden Hartley  Flowering Plant, 1928    Oil on canvas. 24 x 19 1/2 inches

Marsden Hartley 
Flowering Plant, 1928   
Oil on canvas. 24 x 19 1/2 inches

Arthur Dove  Untitled (6-8-43), 1943    Gouache on card. 3 x 4 inchesArthur Dove  Untitled (6-8-43), 1943    Gouache on card. 3 x 4 inches

Arthur Dove 
Untitled (6-8-43), 1943   
Gouache on card. 3 x 4 inches

Charles Demuth  Trees and Houses (Provincetown), 1916    Watercolor and graphite on paper. 9 3/4 x 13 1/4 inchesCharles Demuth  Trees and Houses (Provincetown), 1916    Watercolor and graphite on paper. 9 3/4 x 13 1/4 inches

Charles Demuth 
Trees and Houses (Provincetown), 1916   
Watercolor and graphite on paper. 9 3/4 x 13 1/4 inches

John Marin  Small Point, Maine, 1915    Watercolor on paper. 15 1/2 x 18 1/4 inchesJohn Marin  Small Point, Maine, 1915    Watercolor on paper. 15 1/2 x 18 1/4 inches

John Marin 
Small Point, Maine, 1915   
Watercolor on paper. 15 1/2 x 18 1/4 inches

Alfred Stieglitz  Equivalent, 1926 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1926. 3 5/8 x 4 1/2 inchesAlfred Stieglitz  Equivalent, 1926 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1926. 3 5/8 x 4 1/2 inches

Alfred Stieglitz 
Equivalent, 1926
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1926. 3 5/8 x 4 1/2 inches

Alfred Stieglitz  Equivalent O(8), 1929 Gelatin silver print mounted to archival board, printed c. 1929. 3 5/8 x 4 11/16 inchesAlfred Stieglitz  Equivalent O(8), 1929 Gelatin silver print mounted to archival board, printed c. 1929. 3 5/8 x 4 11/16 inches

Alfred Stieglitz 
Equivalent O(8), 1929
Gelatin silver print mounted to archival board, printed c. 1929. 3 5/8 x 4 11/16 inches

Alfred Stieglitz  Equivalent, 1926 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1926. 3 5/8 x 4 9/16 inchesAlfred Stieglitz  Equivalent, 1926 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1926. 3 5/8 x 4 9/16 inches

Alfred Stieglitz 
Equivalent, 1926
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1926. 3 5/8 x 4 9/16 inches

Arthur Dove  Untitled (6-11-42), 1942    Watercolor on paper. 3 x 4 inchesArthur Dove  Untitled (6-11-42), 1942    Watercolor on paper. 3 x 4 inches

Arthur Dove 
Untitled (6-11-42), 1942   
Watercolor on paper. 3 x 4 inches

Arthur Dove Untitled (5-30-42), 1942    Watercolor on paper. 3 x 4 inchesArthur Dove Untitled (5-30-42), 1942    Watercolor on paper. 3 x 4 inches

Arthur Dove
Untitled (5-30-42), 1942   
Watercolor on paper. 3 x 4 inches

Arthur Dove  Untitled (6-3-42), 1942    Watercolor on paper. 3 x 4 inchesArthur Dove  Untitled (6-3-42), 1942    Watercolor on paper. 3 x 4 inches

Arthur Dove 
Untitled (6-3-42), 1942   
Watercolor on paper. 3 x 4 inches

Georgia O'Keeffe  Green Oak Leaves, 1923    Oil on canvas mounted on board. 12 x 9 inchesGeorgia O'Keeffe  Green Oak Leaves, 1923    Oil on canvas mounted on board. 12 x 9 inches

Georgia O'Keeffe 
Green Oak Leaves, 1923   
Oil on canvas mounted on board. 12 x 9 inches

Charles Demuth  Daisies, 1932    Watercolor and graphite on paper. 9 3/4 x 13 5/8 inchesCharles Demuth  Daisies, 1932    Watercolor and graphite on paper. 9 3/4 x 13 5/8 inches

Charles Demuth 
Daisies, 1932   
Watercolor and graphite on paper. 9 3/4 x 13 5/8 inches

Paul Strand  Cobweb in Rain, Georgetown, Maine, 1928    Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950s. 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inchesPaul Strand  Cobweb in Rain, Georgetown, Maine, 1928    Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950s. 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

Paul Strand 
Cobweb in Rain, Georgetown, Maine, 1928   
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950s. 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

Alfred Stieglitz  Equivalent O(7), 1929 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1929. 4 3/4 x 3 5/8 inchesAlfred Stieglitz  Equivalent O(7), 1929 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1929. 4 3/4 x 3 5/8 inches

Alfred Stieglitz 
Equivalent O(7), 1929
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1929. 4 3/4 x 3 5/8 inches

Alfred Stieglitz  Equivalent, 1927 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1927. 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inchesAlfred Stieglitz  Equivalent, 1927 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1927. 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches

Alfred Stieglitz 
Equivalent, 1927
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1927. 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches

Alfred Stieglitz  Equivalent, c. 1925-1927 Gelatin silver contact print mounted to board, printed c. 1927. 4 5/8 x 3 5/8 inchesAlfred Stieglitz  Equivalent, c. 1925-1927 Gelatin silver contact print mounted to board, printed c. 1927. 4 5/8 x 3 5/8 inches

Alfred Stieglitz 
Equivalent, c. 1925-1927
Gelatin silver contact print mounted to board, printed c. 1927. 4 5/8 x 3 5/8 inches

Paul Strand  Dark Forest, Georgetown, Maine, 1928 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950s. 9 5/8 x 7 5/8 inchesPaul Strand  Dark Forest, Georgetown, Maine, 1928 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950s. 9 5/8 x 7 5/8 inches

Paul Strand 
Dark Forest, Georgetown, Maine, 1928
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1950s. 9 5/8 x 7 5/8 inches

Paul Strand  Driftwood, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926. 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inchesPaul Strand  Driftwood, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926. 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

Paul Strand 
Driftwood, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926. 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

Paul Strand  Blasted Tree, Colorado, 1926 Platinum print, printed c. 1926. 9 5/8 x 7 5/8 inchesPaul Strand  Blasted Tree, Colorado, 1926 Platinum print, printed c. 1926. 9 5/8 x 7 5/8 inches

Paul Strand 
Blasted Tree, Colorado, 1926
Platinum print, printed c. 1926. 9 5/8 x 7 5/8 inches

Paul Strand Driftwood #3, Maine, 1928 Waxed platinum print mounted to board, printed c. 1928. 7 5/8 x 9 5/8 inchesPaul Strand Driftwood #3, Maine, 1928 Waxed platinum print mounted to board, printed c. 1928. 7 5/8 x 9 5/8 inches

Paul Strand
Driftwood #3, Maine, 1928
Waxed platinum print mounted to board, printed c. 1928. 7 5/8 x 9 5/8 inches

Marsden Hartley  Green and Purple Grapes, 1928    Oil on canvas. 20 1/4 x 24 1/8 inchesMarsden Hartley  Green and Purple Grapes, 1928    Oil on canvas. 20 1/4 x 24 1/8 inches

Marsden Hartley 
Green and Purple Grapes, 1928   
Oil on canvas. 20 1/4 x 24 1/8 inches

Marsden Hartley Maine Seacoast, Still Life, 1940-41    Oil on masonite. 22 1/8 x 30 1/4 inchesMarsden Hartley Maine Seacoast, Still Life, 1940-41    Oil on masonite. 22 1/8 x 30 1/4 inches

Marsden Hartley
Maine Seacoast, Still Life, 1940-41   
Oil on masonite. 22 1/8 x 30 1/4 inches

Marsden Hartley  Gardener's Gloves and Field Implements, 1937-38    Oil on canvas board. 17 7/8 x 24 inchesMarsden Hartley  Gardener's Gloves and Field Implements, 1937-38    Oil on canvas board. 17 7/8 x 24 inches

Marsden Hartley 
Gardener's Gloves and Field Implements, 1937-38   
Oil on canvas board. 17 7/8 x 24 inches

Press Release

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.” 

 

 


Bruce Silverstein’s interests in restaging this exhibition are reflected not only in the selection of artworks, but also in the installation itself.  This contemporary rendition of the original exhibition focuses exclusively on works that explore abstraction via nature, as this subject was a primary concern of all seven artists.  Stieglitz saw abstraction as the “true medium.”  In his own work and in his promotion of other artists, he sought to prioritize visual and metaphorical abstraction—artworks which communicate the artist’s inner vision and lived experience though a universal, intuitive and spiritually expressive language.  In addition, given the gallery’s concentration on the photographic medium, the works selected largely employ the modern visual syntax of the “close-up,” a formula derived from the burgeoning photographic vision developing in art at this period, evidenced in both Strand and Stieglitz’s influence on the work of the painters.  Last, the gallery’s decision to integrate the works of all seven artists via the installation (Stieglitz originally installed each artist’s work on a separate wall) can further Stieglitz’ prescient vision to combine these seven artists and unify their efforts as a movement, speaking to the contemporary art world’s interest in the integration of artistic media.


The gallery has published a catalogue to accompany the exhibition, featuring an essay by Carol Troyen, Curator Emerita of American Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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