one style or approach, therefore, rules American modernism.
Abstraction and realism are equally characteristic. What distinguishes
American modernism is the unifying theme of a conscious search
for identity: What did it mean to be American? What did it
mean to be modern? These questions begged asking in the period
between the world wars, a time when Europe's cultural supremacy
was taken for granted andmore to the pointAmerica's
label of provincialism could not be shaken off. The questions
give the work and the times a vital urgency that comes across
even today in the works of art. The American modernists are
also noteworthy for the later art they influenced. They were
the unheralded pioneers of post World War II American abstraction,
which is still sometimes spoken of as if it had emerged without
concerned with the visual arts in American modernism, the
Society for the Preservation of American Modernists is also
deeply interested in the links between the visual arts and
other media, such as dance, music, literature and theater.
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Identity 1915-1935. University of California Press, 1999.
Hills, Modern Art in the USA: Issues and Controversies
of the 20th Century. Prentice Hall, 2000.
A. Davidson, Early American Modernist Painting, 1910-1935.
Da Capo Press, 1994.
W. Brown, American Painting from the Armory Show to the
Depression. Princeton University Press, 1955.