Oppositions: The Secessionists vs. The Cleveland Society of Artists
Pulled from the permanent collection of ARTneo, Oppositions explores the contrasting styles of two prominent Cleveland artist groups in the early twentieth century. Portraits, still lifes, and landscapes illustrate the difference between the avant-garde and traditional approaches to creating art. The rivaling groups were formed to both challenge and uphold artistic traditions.
The Secessionists, established in 1911, included Henry Keller, William Sommer, and Abel Warshawsky, who embraced European modernist ideas. Countering the wild aesthetics of the Secessionists was the Cleveland Society of Artists, including George Adomeit, Ora Coltman, and William Edmondson, who felt strongly about upholding traditional values and good craftsmanship.
Oppositions: The Secessionists vs. The Cleveland Society of Artists opens Third Friday, March 20 and runs through Third Friday, May 15. Visit artneo.org for more details.
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