This unmissable show is a time capsule of 1930 s America, from the Dust Bowl to Jean Harlow at the movies
A stupendous battalion of Wrigleys gum hovers like a Zeppelin before the Manhattan skyline. The sky is cloudless cobalt, the East river lies tranquil below. Here is the perfect gum( or so the slogan boasts) in an ideal eyesight where everything is reduced to pristine rectangles, from the rising skyscrapers to the gum to the abstract reflections. Pop fused with minimalism three decades in advance: what a staggering start to this show.
Charles G Shaw, otherwise known as one of the Park Avenue cubists, is not a reputation on everyones lips. Certainly the majority of members of America After the Autumn: Paint in the 1930 s comes as a revelation , not least because so little labours have jaunted outside the US before. This is our first chance to see Grant Woods nightmarishly exuberant gondola clang, in which a scarlet truck boomings over the hill towards an impending pile-up, or his great American Gothic , the long-faced pair standing sentinels before their famous wooden home.