Ten on Tuesday, the American art edition.

Even though I have a BA in art history, I am not terribly familiar with American artists. European art from medieval through 19th century, Japanese art of the 16th through 19th century, and early Chinese art — those I can handle. So my list may be pretty short. And consist of American artist that I know.

Ten Favorite American Artists.


  1. Georgia O'Keefe. I'm sure she will appear on many lists. Because she was awesome.


  2. George Segal. This artist has a personal appeal to me. Back in my college days I often visited the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. It was free and fun. One day I wandered into a gallery in an ::cough:: altered state of mind ::cough::. I thought there was someone else already there, and it made me self-conscious. Eventually I looked around and discovered that the other *person* was actually one of Segal's life-size white plaster human sculpture. I felt embarassed for a moment, then decided that if the measure of a piece of art was the strength of its effect on the viewer, then this was a masterpiece.


  3. Edward Weston. Somewhere I have a book of his photographs. The pepper, below, was my introduction to him.

    Weston  Weston 2

  4. Edward Hopper. Another painter who will appear on many lists.


  5. Chuck Close. It is not so much that I like his work as that one of his huge self-portraits also hung in the Walker back in the day, and it made an impression on me.
    Chuck close

  6. Mark Rothko. Another one that needs a little background. Back when Younger Son was in middle school he did color study in art class that reminded me of Rothko's work.

    Rothko  Younger Son

  7. Alfred Steiglitz. Okay, he is not necessarily one of my favorites, although he did do wonderful work. But as I was perusing his photographs, the one below left caught my eye. Separated at birth?

    Steiglitz  Penn

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0 Responses to Ten on Tuesday, the American art edition.

  1. Bonny says:

    I know next to nothing about art, American or otherwise, so thanks for introducing me to Segal and Rothko. Maybe an upcoming ToT will be favorite Japanese artists!

  2. Carole says:

    Thanks for playing along – a challenging topic is good for us once in a while, right?

  3. Kwizgiver says:

    Chuck Close is new to me, I’m off to discover his works!

  4. Kym says:

    I just love Mark Rothco! (Forgot about him on my own list.) And Stieglitz? So influential for so many artists. . . so he kind of can’t be denied. (And, yeah. Major resemblance there.) šŸ™‚

  5. Beverly says:

    I met Chuck Close years ago and was a bumbling idiot because I was so in awe of his work! I’m glad you put him on your list–I forgot him in the excitement of making mine!

  6. soxanne says:

    I’d add Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder and Grant Wood.
    I remember the Segals at the Walker too – so striking.

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