Southern/Modern

Rediscovering Southern Art from the First Half of the Twentieth Century

Edited by Jonathan Stuhlman, Martha R. Severens

Southern/Modern

Approx. 280 pp., 9 x 12, 196 color plates

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-7408-7
    Published: June 2023

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Inspired by a companion exhibition, Southern/Modern is the first book to survey progressive art created in the American South during the first half of the twentieth century. Featuring twelve essays, this lavishly illustrated volume includes all the works from the exhibition and assesses a broader body of contextual pieces to offer a fascinating, multipronged look at modernism's thriving presence in the South—until now, something largely overlooked in histories of American art. Contributors take a broad view of the region, considering artists working in the states below the Mason-Dixon Line and those bordering the Mississippi River. It examines the central roles played by women and artists of color, providing a fuller, richer, and more accurate overview of the artistic activity in the region than has been previously presented. The book is structured around key themes, including the embrace of "high" modernism, the importance of emerging university programs and artist colonies, the depiction of rural and urban modern life, and the role of artists from the South who left and artists from outside the region who came to the South seeking new subjects.

Contributors are Daniel Belasco, Katelyn D. Crawford, William Underwood Eiland, William R. Ferris, Shawnya Harris, Todd A. Herman, Karen Towers Klacsmann, Leo G. Mazow, Christopher C. Oliver, Jeffrey Richmond-Moll, Martha R. Severens, Jonathan Stuhlman, Rebecca VanDiver, and Jonathan Frederick Walz.

Published in association with The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

About the Authors

Jonathan Stuhlman is senior curator of American art at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina.


For more information about Jonathan Stuhlman, visit the Author Page.

Martha R. Severens was curator at the Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, South Carolina, from 1992 to 2010.


For more information about Martha R. Severens, visit the Author Page.

Reviews

"A fantastic guide, Southern/Modern may be one of the first publications to underscore the connections artists held to both the South and each other, producing a fuller accounting of southern art from 1913 to 1955 than currently exists."—Jennifer Jankauskas, curator of art, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts