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Regionalist Prints from the PPHM Permanent Collection
New PPHM Graphics Gallery September 2013-February 2014

The first installation in the new Graphics Gallery features Regionalist prints from the PPHM permanent collection.  Since 1987, the Museum has made a concerted effort to build its fine prints collection.  Today, the collection numbers over 300 works in lithography, etching, engraving, wood engraving, chromolithography, serigraphy, and woodcut. This gallery is an important addition to the museum’s layout to showcase this type of art collection.



Literary critic Van Wyck Brooks began urging American artists to draw on America's "communal experience" as a "usable past" and to create works reflective of their own communities in his 1918 article in Dial magazine. By about 1930, American artists, particularly in the Midwest and in Texas, began to create "an art which is firmly enough rooted in its own earth to command attention from the world."  This movement became known as Regionalism or American Scene painting. 


Included in the new PPHM exhibition are lithographs by the two of the three leading figures in American Regionalism, Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri and John Steuart Curry of Kansas (the third is Grant Wood).   Prints by Lone Star Printmakers such as Jerry Bywaters, Alexandre Hogue, Everett Spruce, and William Lester are also installed in the exhibition as are prints by Taos artists W. Herbert Dunton and E. Martin Hennings.


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