John Sloan's New York

Heather Campbell Coyle and Joyce K. Schiller; With essays by Molly S. Hutton, Susan Fillin-Yeh, Katherine E. Manthorne, and Alexis L. Boylan

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A close look at early-20th-century New York City through the eyes of Ashcan artist John Sloan

John Sloan (1871–1951) began his career as a commercial newspaper artist in Philadelphia where he studied with Robert Henri. Following Henri to New York, Sloan joined a small circle of eight talented artists whose dissatisfaction with the dominating National Academy led to a protest exhibit in 1908, the emergence of a powerful movement for change in American art, and ultimately to the famous Armory Show of 1913. It was in part Sloan’s dark palette and views of city streets and working-class life that gave rise to the epithet now used to describe the works of the “Ashcan School.” Sloan’s compelling images of New York City are the subject of this generously illustrated book. His paintings, drawings, and prints clearly reflect his own experience of the city as he walked its neighborhoods and observed human dramas played out in streets and apartments. The contributors to the volume investigate a variety of topics, including Sloan’s understanding of the urban experience in America, his interest in social reform, his fascination with moving pictures and cinema aesthetics, and his relationship with Henri. The authors also situate Sloan’s paintings within the geography and social fabric of New York. John Sloan’s New York presents a unique perspective on New York and its people and also on the artist himself, who was captivated by the soul of the city.

Joyce K. Schiller is curator and Heather Campbell Coyle is associate curator, both at the Delaware Art Museum. Molly S. Hutton is director, Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College. Susan Fillin-Yeh is retired museum director and curator, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College. Katherine E. Manthorne is professor of art history, Graduate Center, City University of New York. Alexis L. Boylan is assistant professor of art history, University of Tennessee.


Delaware Art Museum (October 20, 2007 – January 20, 2008) 

Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania (February 10 – April 27, 2008)

The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, Chicago (May 22 – September 14, 2008)

Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (October 4, 2008 – January 4, 2009)

"John Sloan's New York . . . is handsomely designed and its color reproductions are stunningly beautiful. The text gives you all the pertinent biographical information you could want in lucid summary. . . . The resulting volume is an irresistible jewel box of a book, a treat for connoisseurs of early American modern art and New York City buffs alike."—Phillip Lopate, New York Times Book Review

"A significant contribution to the iconography of New York City. . . . The catalog, authored by a team of scholars, is a model of intellectual probity, affording multiple insights into Sloan's artistic practices. Essays on the artist's 'pedestrian aesthetic,' the 'urban imaginary,' and 'cinematic' strategies are original, penetrating, and resourceful. . . . This is essential reading for anyone interested in the genuine pictorial revolution brought about by Sloan and his cohort in the first decades of the 20th century. Highly recommended."—Choice
ISBN: 9780300126198
Publication Date: November 29, 2007
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the Delaware Art Museum
208 pages, 9 1/2 x 11
21 b/w + 126 color illus.

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