Wednesday, June 3, 2009

art term of the day: regionalism

Regionalism is an American realist modern art movement that was popular during the 1930s. The artistic focus was from artists who shunned city life, and rapidly developing technological advances, to create scenes of rural life. Regionalist style was at its height from 1930 to 1935, and is best-known through the so-called "Regionalist Triumvirate" of Grant Wood in Iowa, Thomas Hart Benton in Missouri, and John Steuart Curry in Kansas. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Regionalist art was widely appreciated for its reassuring images of the American heartland.

Thomas hart benton was jackson pollock's teacher, he though poor pollocko was a terrible artist (and he was right) Jackson said to Thomas "if I cannot draw I shall DRIP" and he dripped and it was not good. He did not invent the drip, --- this was a method of the surrealists to open the subconcious which came from the divine leoanrdo who said that one should throw sponges against a wall and create landscapes from the blotches--but I digress..where was I? Not sure..anyways , etc.

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