Upcoming NOBS Forum: Wednesday, October 15th, 7:00 pm

Our Next NOBS Forum will be: Larry Waldman: Painting in Pure Color: Modern Art in Cleveland before the Armory Show 1908-1913

Cleveland has long been remarkable among American cities for the whole-hearted way in which its artist community embraced Modernism during the early years of the twentieth century. Encouraged by a close relationship with the Cleveland School of Art, regional modernism flourished far from the European centers of the avant-garde. Back in 1910, a group of young but serious and enthusiastic artists, most of whom worked in Cleveland’s dynamic commercial trades, banded together for the purpose of pursuing their ‘radically progressive’ ideas along artistic lines untrammeled by the limitations of academic art. Well-known names such as William Zorach and William Sommer were among its ranks but the majority of artists are now largely unknown.

Larry Waldman, independent art historian, will speak on his new book Painting in Pure Color: Modern Art in Cleveland before the Armory Show 1908-1913 written together with Henry Adams, professor of American Art, Case Western Reserve University. His presentation will celebrate our city’s triumph of artistic expression by assembling an array of paintings, sculptures and decorative designs encompassing both the fine art and commercial work of these early Cleveland Modernists.

All NOBS Forums are FREE and open to the public.

The forum will be held at Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Boulevard, Shaker Heights 44120. There are many events at Loganberry Books. See their website for more details on upcoming events, including NOBS Forums.

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