World War I and American Art
Edited by Robert Cozzolino, Anne Classen Knutson & David M. Lubin
With contributions by Pearl James, Amy Helene Kirschke, Alexander Nemerov, David Reynolds & Jason Weems


World War I had a profound impact on American art and culture. Nearly every major artist responded to events, whether as official war artists, impassioned observers, or participants on the battlefields. It was the moment when American artists, designers, and illustrators began to consider the importance of their contributions to the wider world and to visually represent the United States' emergent role in modern global politics. World War I and American Art provides an unprecedented consideration of the impact of the conflict on American artists and the myriad ways they reacted to it.

Artists took a leading role in chronicling the war, crafting images that influenced public opinion, supported mobilization efforts, and helped to shape how the appalling human toll was mourned and memorialized. World War I and American Art features some eighty artists—including Ivan Albright, George Bellows, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Violet Oakley, Georgia O’Keeffe, Man Ray, John Singer Sargent, and Claggett Wilson—whose paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, posters, and ephemera span the diverse visual culture of the period to tell the story of a crucial turning point in the history of American art.

Taking readers from the home front to the battlefront, this landmark book will remain the definitive reference on a pivotal moment in American modern art for years to come.

Exhibition schedule:

  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
    November 4, 2016–April 9, 2017
  • New-York Historical Society
    May 26–September 3, 2017
  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville
    October 6, 2017–January 21, 2018

Robert Cozzolino is the Patrick and Aimee Butler Curator of Paintings at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Anne Classen Knutson is an independent scholar and curator. David M. Lubin is the Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University.