Cult of the Machine
San Francisco Area
Cult of the Machine features over 100 masterworks of American Precisionism by such artists as Charles Sheeler, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Charles Demuth. Precisionism emerged in the 1910s and flourished in the United States during the next two decades. Artists associated with the style typically produced highly structured, geometric compositions with smooth surfaces and lucid forms to create a streamlined, “machined” aesthetic, with themes ranging from the urban and industrial to the pastoral. Reconciling realist imagery with abstracted forms, Precisionism married the influence of avant-garde European art styles such as Purism, Cubism, and Futurism with American subject matter.