American Paintings

September 4 - February 13, 2022

The Huntington Museum of Art stands fortunate among its similarly sized peers to have developed a permanent collection wide enough in scope to offer a survey of American painting. Built across generations, this legacy reflects the generosity of many donors and benefactors – and the cultivation and maintenance of those connections – as well as the sharp curatorial maneuverings of dedicated staff members over the years.

Although every artist responds to their unique moment in history, our creative efforts reveal larger patterns of shared cultural experience. Beginning with examples from the American colonial period and culminating with some of the latest contemporary paintings ushered into our permanent collection, this exhibit will illustrate an evolution in style and approach to subject matter as American painters from sea to shining sea seek to establish and redefine their artistic practice.

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.