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 C.E.

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Romare Bearden, <em>Three Folk Musicians</em>
Romare Bearden, Three Folk Musicians

An abstract painting, a collage, three musicians, two guitars and a banjo.

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

Faith Ringgold’s Dancing at the Louvre is all about breaking the rules, and having lots of fun while doing it.

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