Thursday, April 5, 2012

John Sloan's New York

Spring Rain, 1912, Oil On Canvas, 20 ¼ X 26 Inches, Delaware Art Museum, Gift Of The John Sloan Memorial Foundation, 1986

This is the first major traveling exhibition to focus on John Sloan's images of New York and the first since the 1970s to present significant scholarship on the artist. Comprised of paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs, the exhibition presents a nuanced view of the artist's years in the city and the city's effect on his art. Far from glamorizing emerging vertical vistas of skyscrapers, Sloan focuses instead on people, street life, elevated trains, public spaces, and the pedestrian experience. His work reflects his own experience as he walked the city's neighborhoods and observed human dramas played out in the streets and apartments. This exhibition draws on the abundance of material in its own collection, supplemented with loans of major Sloan works from both public and private collections. The Westmoreland is one of only 4 venues this exhibition will visit.

Seeing the City: Sloan's New York was organized by the Delaware Art Museum.

Other images featured:

John Sloan (1871–1951)
Self-Portrait in Gray Shirt, 1912
Oil on canvas, 35 x 24 inches
Delaware Art Museum, Gift of Helen Farr Sloan, 1980

John Sloan (1871–1951)
Washington Arch, 1923
Etching, plate: 8 x 5 inches
Delaware Art Museum, Gift of Helen Farr Sloan, 1963

John Sloan (1871–1951)
Red Kimono on the Roof, 1912
Oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches
Indianapolis Museum of Art, James E. Roberts Fund, 54.55

John Sloan (1871–1951)
The Carmine Street Theater, 1912
Oil on canvas, 26 x 31 ¾ inches
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966. Photography by Lee Stalsworth.

John Sloan (1871–1951)
The City from Greenwich Village, 1922
Oil on canvas, 26 x 33 ¾ inches
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Helen Farr Sloan 1970.1.1
Image © Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington

John Sloan (1871–1951)
Jefferson Market, 1917, retouched 1922
Oil on canvas, 32 x 26 1/8 inches
Courtesy the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Henry D. Gilpin Fund 1944.10

Letter, John Sloan to Robert Henri, November 13, 1912
Ink on paper, 10 x 8 inches
John Sloan Manuscript Collection, Delaware Art Museum

John Sloan (1871–1951)
Woman Walking Past Construction Site, ca.1927
Photograph, 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches
John Sloan Manuscript Collection, Delaware Art Museum

John Sloan (1871–1951)
Wet Night, Washington Square, 1928
Oil on panel, 26 x 20 inches
Delaware Art Museum, Gift of the John Sloan Memorial Foundation, 1997

John Sloan (1871–1951)
Picture Shop Window, 1907-08
Oil on canvas, 32 x 25 1/8 inches
Collection of the Newark Museum, Gift of Mrs. Felix Fuld, 1925; #25.1163

John Sloan (1871–1951)
Three A. M., 1909
Oil on canvas, 32 x 26 ¼ inches
Philadelphia Museum of Art: Gift of Mrs. Cyrus McCormick, 1946, #46-10.1

John Sloan (1871–1951)
Rainbow, New York City, 1913
Oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches
Cheekwood Museum of Art