The Four Arts exhibit focuses on 20th century’s influential artists


The Society of the Four Arts is currently hosting a groundbreaking collection of American modern art that illuminates the artistic transformations that took place in the U.S. during the first half of the 20th century.

“When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection” is on display at The Four Arts through Jan. 29. Admission is $5.

Roy R. Neuberger (1903–2010) was a devoted champion of the art of his time, and he acquired works by a remarkable selection of modern masters. Included in the exhibition are works by Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Willem de Kooning, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.

Neuberger said of himself, “I have not collected art as an investor would, I collect art because I love it.”

“When Modern Was Contemporary” surveys the development of modern art in the U.S., from representational modes in the early years of the 20th century through the Abstract Expressionist revolution at mid-century.

The exhibit begins with works by artists who built upon European precedents, including paintings such as Max Weber’s “La Parisienne” (1907), with sinuous lines inspired by Matisse, and Joseph Stella’s “Gas Tank, Pittsburgh (American Landscape)” (1918), which freely samples from Cubism and Futurism to depict the vibrancy of an American city.

Georgia O’Keeffe, in her “Lake George by Early Moonrise” (1930), is inspired by organic forms in the American landscape, while industry is celebrated in paintings such as Charles Sheeler’s “The Web” (1955), a conceptual view of industrial structures.

The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY.

The Society of the Four Arts is at 2 Four Arts Plaza in Palm Beach. For more information, go online to

Pictured above:Forrest Bess, “Before Man,” 1952-53. Oil on canvas, with artist’s original frame. Collection Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York. Photo by Jim Frank/Courtesy American Federation of Arts

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