The Easel

America’s Cool Modernism: O’Keeffe to Hopper review – a whole new story

American artists in the inter-war years were challenged. How could they express the emerging Modern Age in their art? Further, how best to do this with a uniquely American voice. One critic finds their response “timid and detached, devoid of human warmth”. This writer concedes that it’s beauty is “dour” but maintains it offers a “whole new chapter of the story … the birth of cool”.