The Museum of Modern Art
December 16, 1959 – February 14, 1960
New York 1959c
Sixteen Americans, an exhibition of nearly 100 recent paintings and sculptures, is on view at The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, from December 16 through February 14, 1959. Organized by Dorothy C. Miller, curator of the collections, this is one of a series of American group exhibitions which have been presented periodically at the museum since its founding. The artists in this exhibition are: J. De Feo, Wally Hedrick, James Jarvaise, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Alfred Leslie, Landés Lewitin, Richard Lytle, Robert Mallary, Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg, Julius Schmidt, Richard Stankiewicz, Frank Stella, Albert Urban and Jack Youngerman.
Differences rather than similarities in point of view, as well as age, experience and fame, have been emphasized in this exhibition as in previous ones of the series. In the catalog accompanying the show Miller says: “”Sixteen Americans continues the pattern by bringing together distinct and widely varying personalities, contrasting these personalities sharply rather than attempting to unite them within any given movement or trend. These sixteen are presented simply as individuals and Americans.””
Among the eight paintings selected by Miller to represent Kelly are Charter, North River, and Running White.
Sixteen Americans at The Museum of Modern Art organized by Dorothy Miller opens December 16, 1959 through February 14, 1960.