The decades following World War II were stimulating times for American art. Working in New York, California, the South and abroad, abstract artists created compositions that addressed contemporary social concerns as well as personal history. By the late 1950s, the artists, art dealers, writers, and critics of that time were acknowledged as the forces that brought the United States to preeminence on the world’s art stage.

Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum traces the epic story of American abstract art in the mid twentieth century through forty-three key paintings and sculptures. The exhibition is on tour from the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., and comes to our own Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, offering Nashville residents the wonderful opportunity to view these artworks considered the best representations from this period.

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