Edited by Barbara Haskell. Essays by Morris Dickstein, Erika Doss, Barbara Haskell, Jackson Lears, Lance Mayer and Gay Myers, and Sasha Nicholas
Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York is the first major assessment of the work of American Scene artist Reginald Marsh (1898-1954) in 30 years. Focusing on 60 paintings, drawings, and prints, drawn from public and private collections across the U.S., along with a selection of his photographs and sketches, it puts Marsh's exuberant depictions of urban daily life within the context of the economic uncertainty of 1930's America and the work of fellow artists who shared his interest in the New York scene.
This striking volume sets Marsh's fascinating work of the 1930's alongside paintings, prints, and photographs of contemporaries such as Isabel Bishop, Kenneth Hayes Miller, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Walt Kuhn, Raphael and Isaac Soyer, Guy Pene du Bois, Bernice Abbott, Aaron Siskind, Walker Evans and Arthur Rothstein. Together, they tell a complex and highly contrasting visual story of New York City life in this tumultuous time of change just before the world returned to war.