Author Archives: Christopher Yates (Past Contributor)

Against the Grain: Modernism in the Midwest

Santos Zingale (1908-1999)(/br)White Station, 1948(/br) Oil on masonite panel, 23.25 x 30.875 Milwaukee Art Museum Gift of Gimbel Bros., Milwaukee

Santos Zingale (1908-1999)(/br)White Station, 1948(/br) Oil on masonite panel, 23.25 x 30.875 Milwaukee Art Museum Gift of Gimbel Bros., Milwaukee

Any discussion of American Modernism begins in New York.  Legendary figures like Stieglitz and events like the 1913 Armory Show form our shared perception about the movement and its rise to prominence.  Such certainty provides clarity, but it can also limit our ability to appreciate how ideas flow through communities.… Continue reading »

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Generation Shift/ Generation Rift

William Eggleston:UNTITLED [MEMPHIS], 1970Vintage Dye Transfer Print, 16" x 20" (40.6 x 50.8 cm), Edition of 20© Eggleston Artistic Trust, Courtesy of Cheim & Read, New York, NY

William Eggleston: UNTITLED (MEMPHIS), 1970, Vintage Dye Transfer Print, 16" x 20", Ed of 20, (c) Eggleston Artistic Trust, Courtesy of Cheim and Read, NY, NY

In the 1970’s, new approaches to image making challenged the long held notion that painting was the highest form of visual expression.  Many critics suggested that painting no longer had the ability to effectively communicate or hold a meaningful message.  Pronouncements about the death … Continue reading »

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