John Steuart Curry : inventing the Middle West

Junker, Patricia A
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  • "John Steuart Curry: Inventing the Middle West is the first comprehensive study in more than fifty years of this member of the great triumvirate of American Regionalists: Thomas Hart Benton, Curry, and Grant Wood. It revives the reputation of one of the most important and controversial artists of the first half of the twentieth century, whose paintings of farm life in his native Kansas (including baptisms and tornados), of the circus, of American history, and of the American scene in general were dramatically eclipsed by the ascendancy of abstract art and the New York School at midcentury."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Catalog of an exhibition scheduled to be held at the Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mar. 7-May 17, 1998, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, June 13-Aug. 30, 1998, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 11, 1998-Jan. 3, 1999.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-244) and index.


  • Director's Foreword / Russell Panczenko -- Curator's Acknowledgments / Patricia Junker -- John Curry / Thomas H. Benton -- John Steuart Curry: A Critical Assessment / Theodore F. Wolff -- Prairie Prodigal: John Steuart Curry and Kansas / Charles C. Eldredge -- Space, Weather, Myth, and Abstraction in the Ar of John Steuart Curry / Henry Adams -- The Use of Religious Motifs in Curry's Art / Robert L. Gambone -- John Steuart Curry and the Pathos of Modern Life: Paintings of the Outcast and the Dispossessed / Patricia Junker -- Alien Corn: An Artist on the Middle Border / M. Sue Kendall -- A Stranger to the Ivory Tower: John Steuart Curry and the University of Wisconsin / Lucy J. Mathiak -- Twilight of Americanism's Golden Age: Curry's Wisconsin Years, 1936-46 / Patricia Junker -- The Life and Career of John Steuart Curry: An Annotated Chronology / Patricia Junker
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