This exhibition features work by Robert E. Locher (1888-1956), artist, theater designer, interior designer, and longtime friend of Charles Demuth.
Locher was well known for his illustrations in publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, and House and Garden, as well as interior design. He was considered one of the leading modern designers of the 20th century. Prolific during his time and well respected by his contemporaries, some of Locher’s clients included Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Juliana Force.
Robert E. Locher: A Modern Classic exhibit features furniture, housewares, costume designs, and other work by this all but forgotten artist.
Whether you go or not, accompanying this exhibition is a major catalogue, Robert E. Locher: A Modern Classic. This is the first monograph on this now lesser-known but very influential Renaissance man of the applied arts. Born at the end of the 19th century, Robert E. Locher developed an eye for the modernization of America while incorporating the classical elements of previous generations. This ability to combine the classic and the modern catapulted him to the forefront of American design in the late twenties and early thirties, a ground-breaking time in American culture and aesthetics. He left an indelible mark on the future of modern design in America. In all his work, Locher remained steadfast to his ability to bridge between the timelessness of classic design and the contemporary modes of the modern world.
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