Modernism may not be the field one most naturally associates with The Hyde Collection, yet founder Mrs. Hyde clearly exhibited an interest in twentieth-century art and an understanding that collecting modernism was implicit in the Museum’s development. She was influenced by the taste and example of Joseph Jeffers Dodge, her second curator who served from 1941 to 1962 in her selection of outstanding works by Picasso and Matisse.
Many of the works on view were gifts to the Museum and Dodge himself donated a small group of modernist works to the Museum in 1996, including his Hudson River Town, 1959. The exhibition will feature works created by Werner Drewes, Lyonel Feininger, Stanley Hayter, Wassily Kandinsky, Amedeo Modigliani, and Ben Nicholson gifted to the collection by Jane Murray between 1991 and 1997. Several works donated from the collection of Stephen and Nancy Sills between 2002 and 2007 by Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, Max Beckmann, Max Ernst, Adolph Gottlieb, Chaim Gross, Philip Guston, and Abraham Walkowitz will also be on view.
This exhibition presents a glimpse of the Museum’s modernist holdings, and provides an overview of artistic developments in America and Europe in the twentieth century. We are especially delighted to feature this aspect of The Hyde’s collection as part of our continuing commitment to the art of the last century. Director’s Choice: Focus on Modernism is organized by The Hyde Collection and curated by director David F. Setford.