Synopses & Reviews
As American expatriates living in Paris, the writer Gertrude Stein, her brothers Leo and Michael, and Michael's wife Sarah were absolutely pivotal in shaping the city's vibrant cultural life in the early 20th century. They hosted Saturday evening salons at which the brightest artists, writers, musicians, and collectors convened to discuss the latest developments. They aggressively promoted and collected emerging painters and sculptors, particularly their close friends Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. And along the way they developed unparalleled holdings in modernist work by such figures as Paul Cand#233;zanne, Juan Gris, Francis Picabia, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Lavishly produced and featuring more than 600 images, The Steins Collect
is the first comprehensive exploration of the Steins' extraordinary collections and their enduring cultural influence.
The book explores the Steins' impact on art-making and collecting practices in Europe and the United States; the intense sibling rivalries that developed around key artists and ideas; the roots of Leo's aesthetic theories in the thought of William James and Bernard Berenson; Sarah and Michael's role in founding the Acadand#233;mie Matisse; Gertrude's complex relationship with Picasso and their artistic influence on each other; Le Corbusier's radical villa design for the family; and much more. The Steins Collect not only reveals the artistic prescience of this innovative family and their important patronage, but also traces how they created a new international standard of taste for modern art.
In honor of the 50th birthday of the Sheldon Museum of Artand#8217;s Philip Johnsonand#8211;designed building and the 125th anniversary of the Sheldon Art Association and the University of Nebraskaand#8211;Lincoln art collection, Painting from the Collection of the Sheldon Museum of Art
showcases the Sheldonand#8217;s impressiveand#160;collection, featuring reproductions of 125 major works along with smart, engaging entries by a team of respected scholars.
The catalog presents some of the museumand#8217;s most beloved and widely known canvases, including eighteenth- and nineteenth-century masterpieces by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, and Benjamin West; iconic pictures by twentieth-century artists such as Edward Hopper, Lee Krasner, Barnett Newman, Georgia Oand#8217;Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol; and works by both emerging artists and giants in the contemporary field, including Dan Christensen, Carmen Herrera, Hung Liu, Ed Ruscha, Patssi Valdez, and Philemona Williamson.
This survey highlights the artistic, cultural, and geographic conflicts and concurrences that shaped more than two centuries of American painting and offers art enthusiasts and scholars alike a means to reconnect with old favorites while discovering new onesand#8212;all freshly interpreted based on recent discoveries and research.
About the Author
Brandon K. Ruud is the curator of transnational American art at the Sheldon Museum of Art. He is the editor of Karl Bodmerand#8217;s North American Prints
(Nebraska, 2004), which was named a New York Times
notable book. More recently, he contributed to the catalogs American Modernism at the Art Institute of Chicago
and Apostles of Beauty: Arts and Crafts from Britain to Chicago
and edited Encounters: Photography from the Sheldon Museum of Art
Gregory Nosan is director of education and publications at the Sheldon Museum of Art. Nosan served as associate director of publications at the Art Institute of Chicago. In that capacity he managed the journal Museum Studies and edited major exhibition catalogs including Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913and#8211;1917 and John Marinand#8217;s Watercolors: A Medium for Modernism.
Jorge Daniel Veneciano is the director of the Sheldon Museum of Art. He is the series editor ofand#160; American Transnationalism: Perspectives from the Sheldon Museum of Art, the coeditor of Fabulous Harlequin: ORLAN and the Patchwork Self (Nebraska, 2010), and the editor of The Geometric Unconscious: A Century of Abstraction (Nebraska, 2012).