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Depression-Era Art

Back in the 1930s, the USA was perhaps even grimmer than it is today. The stock market had just crashed, racial segregation was in full-swing and a devastating war was just a few years away.

 Across several rooms of the Royal Academy, America After the Fall gauges the artistic reaction to the great depression, and let me tell you, it’s no picnic.

Artworks from some of the greatest American artists of the 20th century – including Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock and Edward Hopper – come together to depict the anxiety associated with the shift between rural business and urbanisation in the wake of the financial crash.

But the real feather in the cap is the first ever display of the iconic American Gothic – the painting of Amy Schumer and JK Simmons seen above – outside of North America. Like many of these RA exhibitions, its a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing. Get to it.

Where? Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD

Travel? Piccadilly Circus tube

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