Edith Halpert and American Modernism

Little Giant Still Life, 1950, by Stuart Davis. Oil on canvas. (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, John Barton Payne Fund. Artwork © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photograph by Katherine Wetzel)
Every artist needs a Jewish mother like her.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE E dith Halpert and the Rise of American Art is now at the Jewish Museum. If there’s a show to see in New York, it’s this one. It’s beautifully done, as are all the Jewish Museum’s shows, with great art and a majestic personality at its center. Halpert (1900–1970) was self-made, tough, kind, focused on the next buck, a charming woman with a canny sense for under-the-radar art. She took trompe l’oeil gun paintings, old weather vanes, American cubism, and Georgia O’Keeffe and made an American whole. As a young woman, at the start of the Depression, she opened the cutting-edge

(Photograph © Estate of Louis Faurer)

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