An American Modern

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Sowing (detail), ca. 1940 Gouache And Pencil 18 3/4 X 22 1/8 Inches © Courtesy of Morgan State University
An American Modern

90 Carlton Street
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-6719
February 16th, 2013 - May 12th, 2013
Opening: February 16th, 2013 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

United States
706.542.GMOA (4662)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10-9 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
works on paper


William Henry Johnson (1901–1970) is a pivotal figure in modern American art. A virtuoso skilled in various media and techniques, he produced thousands of works over a career that spanned decades, continents and genres. Now, on view in its entirety for the first time, a seminal collection covering key stages in Johnson’s career will be presented in "William H. Johnson: An American Modern." Developed by Baltimore’s James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Morgan State University, this Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service exhibition represents a unique opportunity to share the artist’s oeuvre with a broader audience. This exhibition of 20 expressionist and vernacular landscapes, still-life paintings and portraits investigates the intricate layers of Johnson’s diverse cultural perspective as an artist and self-described “primitive and cultured painter.” An exhibition catalogue, funded in part by the Henry Luce Foundation, features essays by such noted scholars as David C. Driskell, on such topics as primitivism, modernism and African American art; African American artists and the art historical canon; identity and aesthetics in art; and art and art scholarship at historically black colleges and universities.