Postwar figurative art

Despite the popularity of Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, many American artists remained committed to figural representation—with a critical edge.

1945 - 1980

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Thelma Streat, <i>Girl with Bird</i>
Thelma Streat, Girl with Bird

Is the bird real or imagined?

Lin Tianmiao on Alex Katz’s <i>Black and Brown Blouse</i>
Lin Tianmiao on Alex Katz’s Black and Brown Blouse

"He enlarges private life and makes it public, catching the most touching, the most revealing, the most hidden moment ..."

Tooker, <em>Highway</em>
Tooker, Highway

There is no open road

Faith Ringgold, <em>Ben</em>
Faith Ringgold, Ben

Politics, experience, and humanity on the streets of 1970s New York

Duane Hanson, <em>Executive</em>, originally titled, <em>Another Day</em>
Duane Hanson, Executive, originally titled, Another Day

Museum visitors often mistake this sculpture for a real person

Jess, <em>If All the World Were Paper and All the Water Sink</em>
Jess, If All the World Were Paper and All the Water Sink

From the Manhattan Project to nursery rhymes, a collision of art and science.

Benny Andrews, <em>Flag Day</em>
Benny Andrews, Flag Day

Does the figure emerge from the stripes of the flag, or do they imprison him?

Faith Ringgold, <em>Dancing at the Louvre</em>
Faith Ringgold, Dancing at the Louvre

Marcia and her three little girls took me dancing at the Louvre. I thought I was taking them to see the Mona Lisa. You’ve never seen anything like this. Well, the French hadn’t either. Never mind Leonardo da Vinci and Mona Lisa, Marcia and her three girls were the show. — Willa Marie Simone, Dancing at […]

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