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American Identity: Figurative Painting and Sculpture, 1930-1945

May 9 – August 1, 2003

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The New York Times, July 11, 2003

by Ken Johnson

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Who is an American? By looking at a selection of thirty figurative paintings and sculptural works created between 1930 and 1945, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery attempts to answer this question in its group exhibition American Identity. Scenes of the rural South, portraits of industrial workers, familial interior scenes, sporting events and political forums are all included in this snapshot of American life by Richmond Barthé, Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Julius Bloch, James Chapin, Philip Evergood, William Gropper, Chaim Gross, Robert Gwathmey, Palmer Hayden, John Hovannes, Edward Laning, Jacob Lawrence, Jack Levine, Saul Levine, Edmund Lewandowski, Jackson Lee Nesbitt, Thomas LoMedico, Reginald Marsh, Paul Meltsner, Augusta Savage, Raphael Soyer and Warren Wheelock.