Benton's America


November 14, 1996|By John Dorsey

Thomas Hart Benton was an American artist and a regionalist, a member of a movement that rejected modernism in favor of a representational art that recorded the American scene (particularly the rural scene) and could be understood by ordinary people.

But Benton's images are not strictly realistic; they are often distorted in ways that owe something to the modernism that he rejected, and it's interesting to know that Jackson Pollock, one of the greatest abstract artists America has ever produced, studied with Benton.

Benton is best known for his paintings, but an exhibit of 66 of his drawings can now be seen at St. John's College in Annapolis. Dating from 1901 to 1970, they cover a range of subjects both urban and rural.

Benton's "Lasting Impressions" exhibit is at the Mitchell Gallery of St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, through Dec. 15. For information, call (410) 626-2556.

Pub Date: 11/14/96

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