Stuart Davis
Obj. No. 50.8 Stuart Davis (American, 1894-1964) Little Giant Still Life, 1950 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. John Barton Payne Fund. Photo: Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Artis the first exhibition to explore the remarkable career of Edith Gregor Halpert (1900-1970), the influential American art dealer and founder of the Downtown Gallery in New York City. A pioneer in the field and the first significant female gallerist in the United States, Halpert propelled American art to the forefront at a time when the European avant-garde still enthralled the world. The artists she supported — Stuart Davis, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Ben Shahn, and Charles Sheeler key among them — became icons of American modernism. Halpert also brought vital attention to overlooked nineteenth-century American artists, such as William Michael Harnett, Edward Hicks, and Raphaelle Peale, as well as little-known and anonymous folk artists. With her revolutionary program at the Downtown Gallery, her endless energy, and her extraordinary business acumen, Halpert inspired generations of Americans to value the art of their own country, in their own time. The exhibition features 100 works of American modern and folk art, including paintings, sculptures, and prints.