American Modernists in the Age of Abstraction: Marguerite Zorach, William Zorach, Max Weber and Harold Weston
All four of these early 20th century artists were critically acclaimed painters and sculptors from the time of their first exhibitions in the NY art world. They were variously associated with the Armory Show of 1913 and worked with renowned dealers Alfred Stieglitz, Montross or Downtown Gallery.
Weber (1881-1961) was declared the pioneer of modern art in America though he was not acknowledged for his role until mid-career. Both Zorachs transitioned their modernist aesthetic into other medium after World War I. Marguerite (1887-1968) used large scale textiles to translate her decorative non narrative viewpoint in major commissions, while Bill (1889-1966) became one of the most successful sculptors in the years between the two wars. Weston (1894-1972) began exhibiting years after these initial modernists and his interaction with the Avant Garde in Paris happened at least a decade later, yet his works from the 1920’s was much admired by Stieglitz, John Marin, Duncan Phillips, etc. In the 1930’s his success culminated in museum exhibits and acquisitions.
The current exhibition presents the issue of transformation of established artists in a period of political, social, and artistic revolution.