|New York, New York|
Those roots sprouted in the moist dirt of John Sloan's Ashcan School. They were nourished by the prosperity, also the social, artistic, and intellectual freedom of the Jazz Age. They were hardened and deepened by tough times in the Depression, but fertilized by the Federal Arts Project of that era. They matured quickly in the face of a world war, ready to flower once that war was over. In 1940 there were 40 art galleries in New York City. By 1946 there were 150. Harper's Bazaar featured the work of Mondrian and Fernand Leger as backdrops for postwar fashion spreads. Salvadore Dali was decorating windows for Bonwit Teller Department Stores. Money, the lifeblood of art, could be heard jingling and crinkling all over the city as its corporate pillars replaced its aging bluebloods as the major collectors of art.
|The Museum of Modern Art, |