10 months ago
Podcast: art of the 1930s American dream
Professor Sarah Churchwell examines the political, cultural and aesthetic contexts of the RA exhibition ‘America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s’, which includes works by Grant Wood, Edward Hopper and Georgia O’Keeffe.
12 months ago
“The 21st century is proving pretty nasty. Let’s reflect on art’s relationship with our times.”
A hundred years on from the Russian Revolution and the Great Depression, should artists get involved in politics like the Constructivists? Or should they remain distant like Thomas Hart Benton? Having the choice is fortune indeed, says artist Bob and Roberta Smith.
1 year ago
Six views of America
As a new term in the White House divides America, we look back to another time of social upheaval and economic anxiety. Here are six snapshots of a changing country, as depicted by 1930s artists in the RA’s upcoming exhibition, ‘America after the Fall’, and then by contemporary painters in 21st century USA.