Painters very often use their canvases as windows unto unreal worlds, but when American artist Grant Wood painted American Gothic in 1930, he created the ultimate façade of rural American life. This artifice, alongside other works by the famed Regionalist, are examined in the groundbreaking exhibition, “Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables,” on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 2 March to 10 June 2018.
Though the image of American Gothic is one of the most famous of all time, this showcase probes the fictive reality that Wood tended to construct in his paintings. This exhibition extends this discussion to other compositions by Wood to reveal to the viewer how Wood expressed his own personal, social, and cultural apprehensions through the characters and views he manifested in his work. As a result, this exhibition offers a new look at a time-honored painting. Read more about the exhibition on the museum’s website.