Modern American Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection

September 1, 2014 – February 1, 2015

West Building Ground Floor

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    William Zorach, American, born Lithuania, 1887 – 1966, View of Distant Hills, 1915, watercolor on Japanese paper, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen, 2005 

     

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    Childe Hassam, American, 1859 – 1935, Old Doorway, East Hampton, 1920, etching, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen, 2005

     

     

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    Gifford Beal, American, 1879 – 1956, Sailboat and Sunset, c. 1920, monotype, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen, 2005

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    Wanda Gág, American, 1893 – 1946, Spring in the Garden (Spring II), 1927, lithograph, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen, 2005

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    James Lesesne Wells, American, 1902 – 1993, Looking Upward, 1928, linocut, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen, 2005

     

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    Louis Lozowick, American, 1892 – 1973, Still Life #2, 1929, lithograph, Ruth and Jacob Kainen Collection, 1989

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    Stuart Davis, American, 1892 – 1964, Barber Shop Chord, 1931, lithograph, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen, 2005

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    Arshile Gorky, American, born Armenia, 1904 – 1948, Study for Nighttime, Enigma and Nostalgia, 1934, pen and ink, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen, 2012

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    Adolph Gottlieb, American, 1903 – 1974, Pictograph, 1946/1947, watercolor heightened with white and gold, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen, 2006

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    Milton Avery, American, 1885 – 1965, Sea and Rocky Shore, 1948, watercolor over graphite, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen, 2005

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    Karl Schrag, American, 1912 – 1996, The Influence of the Moon, 1950, etching, aquatint, and softground etching, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen, 2005

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    Jacob Kainen, American, 1909 – 2001, Sun in the Hills, 1951, woodcut and stencil, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen in honor of the artist's 90th birthday, 1999

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    Jackson Pollock, American, 1912 – 1956, Untitled, 1951, ink on Japanese paper, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen, 2012

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    David Smith, American, 1906 – 1965, Untitled, 1957, brush and ink mixed with egg, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen, 2012

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    Dorothea Tanning, American, 1910 – 2012, At These Rites, 1973, aquatint and sugar-lift aquatint, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen, 2005

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    Willem de Kooning, American, born The Netherlands, 1904 – 1997, Untitled, 1976, oil on newspaper mounted to canvas, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen, 2012

The final in a series of three exhibitions celebrating the generous bequest of Ruth Cole Kainen, this show explores the first seven decades of 20th-century American art. The 37 works on view will reveal a trend toward abstraction, from the light-dappled impressionism of Childe Hassam through the jazz-inflected rhythms of Stuart Davis to the vigorous brushy forms of David Smith. Highlights include a 1946 pictograph by Adolph Gottlieb, one of Jackson Pollock's greatest drip paintings on paper (1951), and a vividly colored gestural painting on newspaper by Willem de Kooning (1976).

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Image: Stuart Davis, Barber Shop Chord, 1931, lithograph, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen, 2005