Organized by the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham, this exhibition focuses on the treatment of the human figure by artist George Bellows and his contemporaries. Bellows was a member of the “Ashcan School” group of painters in New York, a group who painted street life, prostitutes, and wrestlers, carving out their lives among the tenements and sidewalks of the city. The exhibit explores how style and subject matter demonstrated awareness of class and a commitment to social realism. Looking through the lens of the nude, the show opens up new and unexpected insights into the Ashcan school’s practice and preoccupations in the early 20th century.
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