New York Becomes the Center

Partisan Review

"The main premises of Western painting have at last migrated to the United States, along with the center of gravity of industrial production and political power." - Clement Greenberg in The Decline of Cubism, (1948)

Research Paper Thesis Proposal Now Due on Canvas!

Quiz 1 will open Friday, September 22 and must be submitted before midnight on Monday, September 27
  • Worth a maximum of 30 points
  • Will be comprised of image identification, multiple choice, fill in the blank, matching, and short answer essay questions
  • Quizzes may not be made up!











Group Think

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  • Group 1 - Describe Gorky's The Liver is the Cock's Comb, 1944.
  • Group 2 - Free associate. What cultural, historical, and mythic connections do you find operating in Gorky's painting?
  • Group 3 - What questions do you have? What do you need to know in order to better understand the work?
  • Group 4 - Take a position. What claim would you like to tentatively make about Gorky's work?
  • Group 5 - Take a position. What claim would you like to tentatively make about Gorky's work?



The Liver in the Cock's Comb

Arshile Gorky, The Liver is the Cock's Comb, 1944.











The Calendars

Arshile Gorky, The Calendars, 1946 - 1947.

Arshile Gorky, The Last Painting, 1948.












The Mexican Muralists - "Los Tres Grandes"
Jose Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siquieros & Diego Rivera
American Regionalists identified with the Mexican Muralists because they sought many of the same goals:
  • In search of a distinctive national imagery and style
  • Belief in use art as a vehicle for social change
  • Embraced the notion that art was for "the people" rather than the wealthy elite

Jose Clemente Orozco, Zapata, 1930.












Man at the Crossroads

Diego Rivera, Man at the Crossroads, 1932 (destroyed before completion).

Diego Rivera, Man, Controller of the Universe, 1934.
Fresco at the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City.











Jose Clemente Orozco, Prometheus, 1930.











Frary Dining Hall, Pomona College











David Siqueiros, America Tropical, 1932.











Siqueiros on the roof of the Italina Hall with America Tropical in background
America Tropical before restoration