Top US Art Galleries


When you think of museums and galleries of great  art , it is easy to think of Europe. Certainly with the Renaissance of the 14th to 17th centuries, the number of works of  art  surged. It was natural for galleries and museums to spring up to house these masterpieces. America, on the other hand, wasn’t even a country during this time period. Don’t let that fact mislead you into thinking that there are no great  art  galleries in the US.

As America grew, she became a country of great wealth and power. This lured many Europeans to immigrate to America for a better life. Included in these numbers were artists such as Marcel Duchamp, who is considered the father of object  art . He left Paris during World War I for the safety of America. The Roaring Twenties became a time of great change in culture,  art , and societal norms in the US. America’s move to the forefront of the  art  world became most evident following World War II. Because of the physical devastation to much of Europe, the  art  community was all but forgotten there. However in the US, artists and varying  art  styles developed.

The 20th century brought American realism and modernism with artists such as Mary Cassatt and George Bellows. The American Southwest movement had notables including Bert Greer Phillips and Georgia O’Keeffe. Artist Aaron Douglas and photographer James VanDerZee were included in the Harlem Renaissance. The Depression brought about New Deal  Art , and Abstract Expressionism was a popular Post-World War II  art  form including artists Jackson Pollock and James Brooks. More modern American movements included Pop  Art  and Conceptual  Art .

As American  art  grew, so did US  art  galleries and museums to display the pieces. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, America has many huge cities, and each one has notable galleries worth visiting. Some of the more famous ones include the  Art  Institute of Chicago, the National Museum of American  Art  at the Smithsonian Institute and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Orlando Museum of  Art , the Museum of Fine  Art  in Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of  Art  in New York and the San Diego Museum of  Art . Sometimes galleries are specific to one artist such as the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe or the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

If you are considering a career in  art , don’t limit your education to just a good  art  school. Broaden your horizon by visiting as many  art  galleries across the US or just in the state where you live. Collections constantly change, giving you opportunities to regularly expose yourself to a variety of  art . There will be no greater thrill than when your own  art  is displayed in a gallery for all to enjoy!

Source by Michael L. B.

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