John Murphy is Research Associate in the Department of American Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. He recently received his PhD from Northwestern University where he wrote his dissertation on the art colony at Woodstock, New York. He co-curated the exhibition “The Left Front: Radical Art in the ‘Red Decade,’ 1929-1940” at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in 2014.
With their perverse relish in time-ravaged bodies and haunted, moldering doors, Ivan Albright’s paintings continue to shock, dismay and fascinate audiences. In iconic works such as Read More
Bolton Coit Brown (1864–1936) liked to set himself seemingly insurmountable physical and artistic challenges. Best known today as the collaborating printer of George Bellows’s (1882–1925) great lithographs of the 1920s, Brown was also an accomplished mountaineer and a serious artist in his own right Read More
“Mr. Gropper, the first question is: Are you a member of the Communist Party?” William Gropper—painter, political cartoonist, writer and social activist— appeared before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Government Operations headed by Joseph McCarthy in May 1953. He had been subpoenaed to account for his painting William Gropper’s America, Its Folklore (1946), a whimsical geography of the country’s folk heroes, from Johnny Appleseed to Rip Van Winkle, prints of which had been distributed in U.S. Information Services libraries abroad. Read More