Arthur Wesley Dow and American Arts & Crafts

Arthur Wesley Dow and American Arts & Crafts comprises eleven prints and four photographs by the artist and over 110 works in a variety of mediums by his students, disciples, and colleagues.

Organized by the American Federation of Arts with Guest Curator Nancy E. Green, Chief Curator of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Arthur Wesley Dow and American Arts & Crafts comprises eleven prints and four photographs by the artist and over 110 works in a variety of mediums by his students, disciples, and colleagues. The influence of Dow (1857–1922) extended to some of the leading painters, printmakers, photographers, ceramicists, and furniture makers of the first half of the century. Those represented in the exhibition include the painters Georgia O’Keeffe and Max Weber; the printmaker Pedro de Lemos; the photographers Alvin Langdon Coburn, Gertrude Käsebier, and Alfred Stieglitz; the ceramicist Adelaïde Alsop Robineau; Newcomb and Overbeck potteries; and the Byrdcliffe Colony, Woodstock, New York.

Throughout his lifetime, Dow developed a personal style that incorporated the influences of Japonisme, Synthetism, and Impressionism, with a simplification of forms and a flattening of color. The exhibition is arranged chronologically to highlight the development of Dow’s ideas and practices as well as their reflection in the work of his students.

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ITINERARY

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Stanford, CA
uly 13–September 19, 1999
Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL
October 8, 1999–January 2, 2000
Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Fort Dodge, IA
July 7–October 1, 2000

Publication

Arthur Wesley Dow and American Arts & Crafts

Authors: Nancy E. Green, Jessie Poesch
Publishers: American Federation of Arts
Dimensions: 9 1/2 × 9 1/4 in.
Format: Softcover, 208 pages
ISBN: 1-885444-09-5

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Curator

Nancy E. Green is Chief Curator and Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Credit

The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts. Support has been provided by the National Patrons of the AFA. It is a project of ART ACCESS II, a program of the AFA with major support from the Lila Wallace–Reader’s Digest Fund.