new-york

“Seven Americans”

Washburn Gallery

A small but impressive show called “Seven Americans,” partly reconstructing an exhibition put together by Stieglitz at the Anderson Galleries in 1925, included works by Demuth, Dove, Hartley, Marin, O'Keefe, Stieglitz, and Paul Strand. For Hartley’s part there was a massive, energetic work called Landscape, New Mexico, from about 1918, together with a significant if less gripping study for it. Hartley, we always have to remember, is more than something like a German Expressionist: by 1918 he had shown with the Blaue Reiter and had a one-man show in Berlin. The strength and directness of technique in his Landscape is the real embodiment of a deep, moody response to the heavy, stony New Mexico mountains, and helps to place Hartley in more continuous relation with later American Expressionism than the anthologists normally allow. Marin also had some Central European experience, although his

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