Ashcan Art, Whiteness, and the Unspectacular Man

Alexis Boylan '94

Arriving in New York City in the first decade of the 20th century, six painters—Robert Henri, John Sloan, Everett Shinn, Glackens, George Luks, and George Bellows, subsequently known as the Ashcan Circle—faced a visual culture that depicted the urban man as a diseased body under assault. Ashcan Art, Whiteness, and the Unspectacluar Man examines how these artists countered this narrative, manipulating the bodies of construction workers, tramps, entertainers, and office workers to stand in visual opposition to popular, political, and commercial cultures. 

Alexis L. Boylan is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Connecticut, with a joint appointment in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and Associate Director of Humanities Institute. (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017)

Ashcan Art, Whiteness, and the Unspectacular Man