#CuratingAmerica

American creators include painters, sculptors and artists who continue to shape the world’s cultural output. Portraits of past and present producers are included who have left indelible marks in their disciplines and shown every nation that America is a dynamic hotbed of artistic creativity.

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A Forgotten Pioneer: Alexey Brodovitch

Alexey Vyacheslavovich Brodovitch was one of the best-known art directors in America in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, famous for his work on venerable fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar, published by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Although he's not as recognized today as some of his peers from that era, Brodovitch set the standard for avant-garde publication design in the middle of the 20th century, especially for mass-market culture periodicals.

A Style Unto Himself: Saul Steinberg

Saul Steinberg was an artist and illustrator most famous for his cartoon drawings, many of which appeared both in the interior pages and on the cover of the venerable literary magazine The New Yorker.

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Reclusive Perfectionist: Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin was a pioneering American minimalist painter who self-identified with the movement of abstract expressionism in the 1950s and 1960s, although her work differed from orthodox abstract expressionists in subtle but important ways, such as her more organic and humanist approach to repetition and form, while still questing for a perfectionist ideal.

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The New Abstractionist: Matt Connors

New York-based abstract painter Matt Connors is an up-and-coming art world star, whose minimalist work evokes and recalls the color-field artistry of such 20th-century past masters as Hans Hoffman, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Helen Frankenthaler, Ray Parker, John Hoyland and Jack Bush. Connors' use of large blocks of solid color produces a refreshing boldness and an immediacy in his work that leaves a jarring yet familiar impression on viewers.

Emerging New Voice: Daniel Magariel

Every so often, a new author makes such a profound impact with their debut work that critics and readers can’t help but sit up and pay attention as it becomes clear that a major new talent has emerged on the literary scene. In 2017, writer Daniel Magariel was just such a talent, debuting his short novel One of the Boys early in the year to near-universal critical acclaim. The book has since won an Amazon Best Book award and was a Book Review Editors’ Choice of the New York Times.

The New Abstractionist: Matt Connors

New York-based abstract painter Matt Connors is an up-and-coming art world star whose minimalist work evokes and recalls the color-field artistry of such 20th-century past masters as Hans Hoffman, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Helen Frankenthaler, Ray Parker, John Hoyland and Jack Bush.

Clever Innovator: Frank Stella

In the world of American art, Frank Stella remains one of the most significant living American artists because of his perennial insistence on emphasizing his artworks as objects unto themselves, rather than as representations of any specific subject matter.