American Paintings

September 4 - February 27, 2022

Outstanding works from the Huntington Museum of Art’s permanent collection make up the American Paintings exhibition.

“For close to seven decades, the Huntington Museum of Art has been curating a significant collection of American paintings,” said John Farley, HMA Senior Curator and Exhibition Designer. “This exhibit will provide an overview of American paintings beginning with an early work by Sala Bosworth and extending to a contemporary work by Robert Motherwell.”

While each artist responds to his or her moment in history, a pattern of shared cultural experience can reveal itself. Beginning with examples from the American colonial period and culminating with contemporary paintings, this exhibition illustrates an evolution in style and approach to subject matter as American painters look to establish and redefine their craft.

Other artists whose work will be featured in the exhibition include Childe Hassam, William Edouard Scott, William Hawkins, Tula Telfair, and Hung Liu. “We are happy to present a newly acquired work by Frank Duveneck in this exhibition as well,” Farley said. “The subject in this painting by Duveneck is the artist’s younger brother. We are grateful to HMA’s collector’s group The Fitzpatrick Society and the Donald B. Harper Endowment for purchasing this important work and bringing it into HMA’s permanent collection.”

This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

American Paintings

Robert Motherwell (American, 1915-1991), Alberti Suite No. 9, 1970. Polymer and acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 inches. Gift of Mr. Alex E. Booth, Jr., 1970.10.