Americans 1963

Americans 1963

Americans 1963

Americans 1963

Excerpt

Americans 1963 is another in a series of American group exhibitions of a special type which have been held at the Museum of Modern Art at intervals ever since its founding in 1929. The first of these exhibitions, Paintings by Nineteen Living Americans, 1929-30, established the pattern -- a small number of artists, a sizable body of work by each -- which has been followed in most of the Museum's American group shows since, with the exception of historical surveys such as American Painting and Sculpture 1862- 1932, Romantic Painting in America, 1943, and Abstract Painting and Sculpture in America, 1951. The immediate predecessors of the present exhibition were Sixteen Americans, 1959-60, Twelve Americans, 1956, Fifteen Americans, 1952, Fourteen Americans, 1946, American Realists and Magic Realists, 1943, and Americans 1942: Eighteen Artists from Nine States.

This year, in Americans 1963, the work of fifteen artists is presented. For the first time the show is equally divided between painting and sculpture. As on preceding occasions strongly contrasting personalities and points of view have been brought together. The exhibition is not designed to illustrate a trend, make classifications or favor any age group. The artists have been selected simply as individuals -- fifteen painters and sculptors of such consequence that they should, I believe, be more fully known to the Museum's public. Each has had at least one showing in New York galleries, but through this exhibition many thousands of museum visitors will see their work for the first time.

On behalf of the Trustees of the Museum of Modern Art I wish first of all to thank the artists for their participation in the exhibition. I am deeply indebted to the lenders who have made so many key works of art available. For their contributions to the catalog I am grateful to the artists and to David Hayes, Katharine Kuh, Alfonso Ossorio, William Rubin and T. Henry Smith. Statements were written in 1963 for this catalog unless otherwise noted; the editors of Art International, Art News and Pax have permitted quotations from Ad Reinhardt's articles published in their pages. T. Henry Smith reserves all rights to publication of his poem about Robert Indiana. For special assistance with loans I am grateful to Richard Hirsch, Thomas M. Messer and Gordon M. Smith. I am indebted to the following for photographs of the artists: F. W. Drummond, Hollis Frampton, Evelyn Hofer, Paula Horn, H. Landshoff, Marvin P. Lazarus, Hans Namuth, O. E. Nelson, Giulia Niccolai, Irwin Charles Rapport, John Rawlings, Dick Weldon and Hall Winslow. Works of art illustrated were photographed by Oliver Baker Associates, Rudolph Burckhardt, Robert McElroy, Peter Moore, O. E. Nelson, R. Peter Petersen, Eric Pollitzer, Walter Rosenblum, Walter Russell, John D. Schiff, F. Wilbur Seiders, Soichi Sunami and Charles Uht.

Dorothy C. Miller

DIRECTOR OF THE EXHIBITION

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