Alicia Czechowski has tried to imagine what might have grown out of the American art which flourished in the early decades of the twentieth century. No artists followed directly in the footsteps of George Bellows or Reginald Marsh. World War II intervened and the vivid representationalism of the Ashcan School was swept away by the rhetoric which preached the gospel of abstract expressionism.
An art of real and present visual experience was nipped in the bud. Instead we have been served up a starving diet of visual formalism. Is it too late to pick up our brushes and paint unencumbered by over-intellectualism?
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