American Artist Magazine, March/April 2012


6    Editor’s Note

53  Business of Art

92  Bulletin Board

94  Coming in…

96  Announcing the 
American Artist 75th 
Anniversary Exhibition



75 Years of American Art

10    Robert Henri: Painter, Teacher, Artistic Crusader
by Austin R. Williams
The lessons of this early-20th-century master—
including advice about portrait painting and figure drawing—are as relevant today as when American Artist first reported on them more than 70 years ago. 
14    Call to Arms
by James Duncan
In 1945, American Artist examined some of the
iconic images that shaped the home front during World War II. Sixty-seven years later, these works remain as compelling and poignant as ever.

16    Finding the Beauty in Everyday Life
by Eric Sutphin
Throughout his career, Leon Kroll turned to the female form for its grace and symbolic power.  His idyllic images of tranquil women asserted the presence of beauty even in the darkest of times.

22    Degas + Renoir: Point and Counterpoint
by John A. Parks
After World War II, America became the world’s center for artistic patronage, and works by the Impressionists were some of the most highly sought-after. Today, exhibitions of work by two major Impressionists reveal distinctly different creative visions.

30    Mary Blair: Painting in Hollywood
by Michael Gormley
A prolific and innovative artist, Blair influenced a generation of children’s books, animated films, theme parks, and architectural décor.

36    The New New
Art director Amy Petriello looks back on the design changes that American Artist has undergone over the last 75 years and shows us the importance of timelessness.

38    Discovering America
by Naomi Ekperigin
For many artists, World War I incited a shift in their approach to making art that was highly personal and called for direct contact with the American landscape.

42    Houghton Cranford Smith: Painter of Dreamscapes
by Michael Gormley
Houghton Cranford Smith spent a lifetime painting. The evolution of his work evinces both changing tastes and a faithful adherence to eternal truths.

46     The Classical Revisited
by Allison Malafronte
Starting in the 1980s, classical realism emerged as a vital representational art movement. This article looks at some of the original proponents of the practice and the schools that continue to pursue this tradition today.

56     2012 Workshop & Art School Directory
Our annual compilation of domestic and foreign workshops and art schools.







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Brian Riley is the managing editor for the American Artist family of titles (American Artist, Watercolor, Drawing & Workshop) and has been part of the AA team since 2003. He first became interested in art as a child, specifically drawing, but drifted away from the visual arts as he grew older, gravitating towards writing while in college. His position at AA has offered him the opportunity to reinvigorate his early passion and continue his education.