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Collection: American Art
Date: 1927
Artist/Maker: Thomas Hart Benton
Classification: Paintings

Thomas Hart Benton painted Bootleggers, 1927, during a pivotal time in his career. Its large scale reflects his recent mural project, the American Historical Epic series. But the contemporary setting, in the Prohibition era of the 1920s, points the way toward his next project, a series he called America Today.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1936
Artist/Maker: Thomas Hart Benton
Classification: Prints

For his murals celebrating American culture and mores, Thomas Hart Benton traveled extensively across the country, sketching and recording vignettes for a future autobiography. Along the Mississippi River he mused: “The thought of floating effortlessly away on running water has an irresistible charm whether or not there is any real purpose or end set to it.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: Joseph Beuys
Classification: Prints

Joseph Beuys was a politically conscious artist who used his art—mostly large-scale installations and performances—to convey his position on contemporary issues. He was involved for a short while with Fluxus, an interdisciplinary movement which often relied on performance pieces and texts.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1871-1873
Artist/Maker: Albert Bierstadt
Classification: Paintings

Albert Bierstadt established his reputation painting the grandeur and unspoiled wilderness of the West.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1854
Artist/Maker: George Caleb Bingham
Classification: Prints

Beginning in the late 1840s, the Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham took as his subject the exercise of American democracy. In a series of paintings depicting crowds gathered to hear political speeches, politicians personally appealing for votes, and the public announcement of election results, Bingham wryly critiqued the political process as it was experienced on the local level.

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