May 30, 2009

U.S. artists being embraced by museums

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif., is becoming the most recent museum to embrace U.S. artists, experts say.

Selma Holo, director of the Fisher Museum at the University of Southern California, said the trend among U.S. museums to give homegrown artists their due may reflect the country's state of maturity, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

Our museums featured European and English art as their most prized possessions, Holo said. They were spinning a cultural lineage which was largely true but also embellished. Now we have reached a stage of maturity where we don't have to rely on Europe, but can look at art made by and for Americans.

Meanwhile, art history Professor Frances K. Pohl of Pomona College suggested the trend addresses an increased public demand for U.S. artists fueled by a slew of TV documentaries about U.S. art.

No matter the reason, the Huntington art venue was scheduled to unveil its new U.S. artists display Saturday, allowing it to join New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and other museums in embracing the nation's top artists, the Times said.