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American Images: Selections from the SBC Collection of Twentieth-Century American Art

October 17 marked the opening of one of the most extraordinary exhibitions ever presented by The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art at Central Methodist College in Fayette, Mo. Titled "American Images: The SBC Collection of Twentieth Century American Art," the show features the works of celebrated American artists including Romare Bearden, George Bellows, Edward Hopper and Andy Warhol.

The SBC Collection, owned by Southwestern Bell Corporation., is considered one of the premier collections of 20th century American art. Comprised of more than 1,000 works, the SBC Collection reflects the art of a society of diverse national and ethnic background works "by artists who share an American nationality but who celebrate their individual cultural heritage through their art," notes a spokesperson for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which recently sponsored an exhibition from the SBC Collection.

Company officials say that the SBC Collection of Twentieth Century American Art is "a daily reminder of the companys rich, one-hundred-year history." Although begun only in 1985, the collection covers a period from the first years of this century to contemporary times. It provides a visual record of historical times, thus the SBC Collection reflects the changing environment in which the company has operated since the turn of the century.

Southwestern Bell Communications officials note also that SBC is committed to "sharing this wonderful resource with loans to museums for exhibitions," such as the current one at The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art, which is the first public showing of the Collection in Missouri.

The exhibition was mounted with the assistance of the Carey Ellis firm of Houston, Texas, curatorial agency for the SBC Collection. It features the works of 28 artists and includes watercolors, oils, pastels, crayon on paper, lithographs, serigraphs and screenprints on paper, etchings on paper, mixed media on paper, gouaches on paper, lenticular photos, a mixografia print and a gelatin silver print.

Among well-known pieces included in the show are Andy Warhol's serigraph and screenprint on paper "Letters to the World," Charles Burchfield's watercolor "High Noon," Edward Hopper's etching on paper "Night Shadows," Theodore Roszak's oil "42nd Street" and Romare Bearden's lithograph "In the Garden."

Other artists represented in the exhibition are Adolf Dehn, Alex Katz, Roberto Isaac De la Rocha, Barbara Kruger, Ellsworth Kelly, George Bellows, Helen Frankenthaler, Helen Torr, Jim Dine, Jacob Armstead Lawrence, John Sloan, Marsden Hartley, Max Weber, Robert Henri, Robert Mapplethorpe, Reginald Marsh, Stuart Davis, Bertram Hartman, Ernest Fiene, Elizabeth Murray, Oscar Bluemner and Robert Longo.


Max Weber
New York - 1912
Oil on canvas
21 1/4" x 25 1/4"
  George Bellows
Artists Evenings - Early 20th Century
Lithograph on paper
9 1/2" x 12 7/8"
Charles Burchfield
High Noon - 1916
Watercolor on paper
20" x 13 7/8"
  Robert Henri
In the Deep Woods - 1918
Pastel on paper
12 3/8" x 19 7/8"
Robert Henri
Sunlight in the Woods - 1918
Pastel on paper
15 1/4" x 19"
  Edward Hopper
Night Shadows - 1921
Etching on paper
7 7/16" x 8 7/8"
John Sloan
Romany Marye in Christopher Street - 1922
Etching on paper
8 1/2" x 8 3/4"
  Reginald Marsh
Rue Bonaparte-Priests-Lovers - 1928
Lithograph on paper
9 1/4" x 13 1/2"
Oscar Bluemner
West Pond, South Braintree - 1930
Gouache on paper
5" x 6 7/8"
  Marsden Hartley
Drawing #9 - 1930
Conte crayon on paper
15 7/8" x 12 1/2"
Helen Torr
Composition - 1935
Oil on canvas
22 1/4" x 25 1/2"
   Theordore J. Roszak
42nd Street - 1936
Oil on canvas
47" x 59 1/4"
Ernest Fiene
New York Harbor - 1937
Watercolor on paper
22’ X 17"
  Bertram Hartman
Washington Square Park in Spring - 1939
Watercolor on paper
14 7/8" x 22"
John Sloan
Sunbathers on the Roof - 1941
Etching on paper
7" x 7 15/16"
  Rockwell Kent
Asgaard Cornfield, Asgaard, 1945 - 1945
Oil on canvas
28" x 44"
Adolf Dehn
Winter Scene, 1948 - 1948
Watercolor on paper
18" x 25 3/4"
  Stuart Davis
Detail Study #1 for Cliche - 1955
Gouache on paper
12 3/4" x 15"
Ellsworth Kelly
Red Over Black - 1971
Lithograph on paper
25" x 30"
   Romare Bearden
In the Garden - 1979
Lithograph on paper
28 3/4" x 21 1/8"
Jim Dine
Self-Portrait - 1980
Lithograph on paper
49 7/8" x 35"
  Alex Katz
Blue Umbrella - 1980
Lithograph on paper
20" x 30"
Barbara Kruger
Untitled (Your money or your life/God is on your side) - 1985
Lenticular photo
20" x 20"
  Barbara Kruger
Untitled (We decorate your Life/This is for someone special and you know who you are) - 1985
Lenticular photo
20" x 20"
Robert Longo
Arena Brains - 1986
Lithograph on paper
44" x 28 7/8"
  Andy Warhol
Letter to the World - the Kick - 1986
Serigraph and screenprint on paper
35 1/2" x 35 5/8"
Elizabeth Murray
Down Dog - 1988
9-Color Litho/12 collaged papers
41" x 50 3/4"
  Helen Frankenthaler
Tahiti - 1989
Mixografia print
32" x 53 1/4"
Jacob Armstead Lawrence
Builders in the City - 1993
Gouache on paper
19" x 28 5/8"
  Roberto (Beto) Isaac De la Rocha
Untitled - 1994
Mixed Media on paper
8 7/16" x 11"