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United States

Aaron Douglas

Projections of determination

1899-1979

Ad Reinhardt

"Art-as-art and nothing else"

1913-1967

Adolph Gottlieb

Different times require different images

1903-1974

Alex Katz

How to paint faster than you can think

1927-

Alice Neel

The unblinking anxiety of modern life

1900-1984

Alma Thomas

Tackling abstraction at 75

1891-1978

Andy Warhol

The prince of pop

1928-1987

Anne Estelle Rice

The life behind the line

1877-1959

Anne Goldthwaite

Artist turns modernism into equal rights activism

1869-1944

Barnett Newman

Staring down the present moment

1905-1970

Brice Marden

Grow the ability to see

1938-

Cecilia Beaux

The 'new woman' in painting

1855-1942

Charmion von Wiegand

Beyond the grid

1896-1983

Clyfford Still

Painting with knives

1904-1980

Cy Twombly

The power of the scribble

1928-2011

Dorothea Lange

Iconic photographer bar None

1895-1965

Dorothea Tanning

Exploring the strange world of dreams

1910-2012

Edward Hicks

A pacifist paints lions and leopards

1780-1849

Elaine de Kooning

Writer, teacher, and a natural painter

1918-1989

Ellsworth Kelly

Deconstructing the visible

1923-2015

Florine Stettheimer

Non-competitive art for the literati, gay and polyglot

1871-1944

Frederic Edwin Church

The theater of sun, sky and mountains

1826-1900

Georgia O'Keeffe

Sometimes a flower is just a flower

1887-1986

Gertrude Käsebier

Elevating photography to emotional portraiture

1852-1934

Gordon Parks

Modern Day Polymath

1912-2006

Harriet Powers

A freed slave tells stories in quilts.

1837-1910

Helen Frankenthaler

The joy of pure color

1928-2011

Henry Ossawa Tanner

A quiet man transcends racism to bring art back to religion

1859-1937

James McNeill Whistler

A lesson in making enemies

1834-1903

Jennie Augusta Brownscombe

Sentimentality and Colonialism

1850-1936

Jim Dine

Embracing the iconography of childhood

1935-

Joan Mitchell

Art as competitive sport

1925-1992

Joshua Johnson

Who was Joshua Johnson?

1763-1824

Judith Scott

Cocoons, totems and twins

1943-2005

Kay Sage

"I have built an ivory tower of despair"

1898-1963

Lee Krasner

Insomnia and aggressive painting

1908-1984

Man Ray

Humor, sex, and a new camera

1890-1976

Marsden Hartley

Spirituality comes first, cult status second

1877-1943

Mary Cassatt

The unflinching embrace of motherhood

1844-1926

Mary Edmonia Lewis

African-American Chippewa woman takes over sculpture

1844-1907

Norman Lewis

Making your own way to contribute to culture

1909-1979

Robert Cornelius

The inventor of the selfie

1809-1893

Robert Motherwell

Painting as experience

1915-1991

Robert Rauschenberg

Blowing up modernism

1925-2008

Robert Smithson

Relationships with physical landscape

1938-1973

Romaine Brooks

Fiercely independent lesbian paints Paris in shades of gray

1874-1970

Thomas Cole

Five kids, a farm, and dizzying allegory

1801-1848

Thomas Eakins

America's uncompromising realist

1844-1916

Winslow Homer

Transcend criticism by embracing solitude

1836-1910

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