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George Bellows and New York 1900–1930\, an exhibiti on devoted to works by artists inspired by New York City in the early 20th century\, opens Feb. 14 at the Toledo Museum of Art.
 

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Art h istory students from the University of Michigan used the Museum’s The B ridge\, Blackwell’s Island (1909) by George Bellows as a point of depa rture to curate the show. The exhibition features that important painting a long with works on paper by Bellows (1882–1925) and other American Realist artists who portrayed the changing social and architectural landscape of th e city in that era.

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The exhibition continues through April 21 in Ga llery 18. Admission to the Museum and the exhibition is free.

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An Oh io native and professional artist in New York City\, Bellows painted some o f the most iconic works of Realist art of the early 20th century. The B ridge\, Blackwell’s Island depicts the underbelly of the newly constru cted 59th Street Bridge\, an engineering marvel towering above the East Riv er and Roosevelt Island.

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Bellows frequently chose subjects regarded by traditionalists as too ordinary\, too ugly or otherwise unsuitable for artistic representation. His unconventional depiction of the Queensboro or 59th Street Bridge exemplifies the effects of construction and progress in New York City on the general populace and the artists within it.

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Th e Realist artists used various methods to depict the “new” New York.  The e xhibition includes copies of The Masses\, a radical left-wing periodical th at published submissions by artists such as Bellows and John Sloan\, to sho w the relationship between printmaking and popular media at the time. A stu dent-produced video of silent films depicting the changing city also is par t of the exhibition.

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Most of the works shown are part of the Museum ’s collection. Others are on loan from the University of Michigan Library. The Toledo exhibition coincides with the retrospective George Bellows exhib ition organized by the National Gallery of Art and currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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