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Glenn O. Coleman

Glenn O. Coleman (1887 – 1932) was an American visual artist who was born in 1887. Glenn O. Coleman has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Childs Gallery and at the The Detroit Institute of Arts.

Glenn O. Coleman’s works covered the years of modernism’s extraordinary, often tumultuous rise in America. The war stirred isolationist feelings in America, and modern art.

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Glenn O. Coleman often focused on lower-class life, he is sometimes classified as an Ashcan School artist. However, a shy lyricism sets his work apart from their typically brasher images. Long after most urban realists had lost interest in the teeming city as a subject, Coleman persevered. Because the New York he painted was disappearing, his scenes seemed increasingly nostalgic. He used a simplified, sometimes even naive, style for sympathetic portrayals of undramatic street life. In his last few years, he rendered architecture in a personal style derived from cubism. Coleman was born in Springfield, Ohio, but grew up in Indianapolis. He worked as a newspaper artist before moving to New York in 1905. There he studied at the New York School of Art (now Parsons, the New School for Design) with Robert Henri and Everett Shinn. He died in Long Beach, where he lived near Long Island’s Atlantic shore in later years.

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2016
We Like It So Much 2016, Childs Gallery, USA, Newbury Street
2008
Give it a Rest: People at Play in American Prints and Drawings, 1890–1945, The Detroit Institute of Arts, USA, Detroit

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