The American landscape has inspired artists throughout history. This selection of twenty-eight prints, drawn from the Cincinnati Art Museum’s permanent collection, explores American artists’ varied visions as they interpreted their country’s landscape from coast to coast over the last fifty years. No one artistic movement dominates these images and artists oftentimes straddle more than one movement, ranging from the mechanical slickness of Pop Art, to Conceptual Art, to the revival of Expressionism and finally to figurative art. The variety of approaches expands the way we see and thus can think about art and America today. Views of cityscapes and country roads embrace features and landmarks identifying specific geographical locations from Santa Barbara to Chicago, and from Cincinnati to New York City, and places in between. From grand vistas and panoramas to intimate views of urban neighborhoods, this is America as our artists see it.
Coast to Coast: American Prints 1960—2010 includes works by David Hockney, Saul Steinberg, Terry Allen, Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, Tom Bacher, Claes Oldenburg, Red Grooms, Edward Ruscha and more.
Image: Tom Bacher (United States b. 1951); Zipper, 1994; color screen print with phosphorescent ink; Gift of Cincinnati Art Galleries; 1996.64