Any French Restaurant

University of Iowa Museum of Art--"New Forms"

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) was established in 1969 and is considered one of the best university art museums in the country. It has a collection of over 15,000 objects which includes the Stanley Collection of African Art and Jackson Pollock's Mural (1943). Although the UIMA lost access to its building in the 2008 flood, its collection can be seen at the following temporary locations: Black Box Theater and Visual Classroom at the Iowa Memorial Union, Old Capitol Museum, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, and throughout the state of Iowa through its Legacies for Iowa Collections Sharing Project.

The Daily Palette is celebrating "New Forms: The Avant-Garde Meets the American Scene, 1934-1949", the UIMA's current exhibition at the Black Box Theater in the Iowa Memorial Union. The show, which is on view through December 4, 2013, presents works of art from the museum's collection of 20th century American art. The exhibition explores the complicated relationship between American Scene painting and avant-garde art, with a special focus on Iowa as "a hotbed of controversy and innovation."

This week the Daily Palette is celebrating "New Forms" by featuring works of art by Iowa-affiliated artists that are included in the exhibition. These works highlight the variety of media included in the exhibition, including paintings, photographs, drawings, and prints.

Any French Restaurant, ink on paper, 10 7/8" x 7 1/4", 1945

Gift in memory of Lester and Florence Longman from Stanley and Ruth Longman, 2012.43

Image courtesy of University of Iowa Museum of Art

Philip Guston (1913-1980) was born in Montreal and grew up in Los Angeles where he attended Manual Arts High School with Jackson Pollock.  After being expelled from school, marking the end of his formal arts education, Guston became a self-taught artist.  In 1935 he moved to New York where he painted murals for the Works Progress Administration.  After a few years he removed himself from the urban art scene by moving to Woodstock, New York and later to Iowa City where he taught at the University of Iowa from 1941-1945.  Guston spent most of the rest of his career teaching at various universities throughout the country and working in New York City and Woodstock.  While he is best known for the non-objective art he created as a member of the New York School, he created figurative art as well--at the beginning of his career and again when he painted his controversial canvases of the 1970s.

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