America: Painting a Nation will be the first major survey of historical art of the United States to take place in Australia. Featuring more than 100 American paintings, as well as decorative arts and design, from the collections of four U.S. institutions, the exhibition debuted as Art Across America at the National Museum of Korea, in Seoul, and then traveled to the Daejeon Museum of Art, located near the center of the nation. This will be the final stop of the exhibition.
Co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH); the National Museum of Korea (NMK), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA); and the Terra Foundation for American Art (TFAA), America: Painting a Nation has been developed to introduce Australian audiences to three centuries of American art and identity.
“The primary aim of the exhibition is to help people better understand and appreciate American art history in particular and the cultural history of the United States in general,” said Austen Barron Bailly, lead curator for the project. “Sections will highlight the significance of portraiture and landscape painting to the development of an American art history, 19th-century genre painting as an expression of American society, American artists abroad and their myriad responses to modernism, among other subjects.”
For more information, please visit http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/america/.