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Grand Rapids Art Museum Presents Dutch Utopia: American Artists in Holland

GRAND RAPIDS, MI.- The Grand Rapids Art Museum presents the internationally-touring exhibition Dutch Utopia: American Arts in Holland, 1880 1914 from May 21 to August 15, 2010. Dutch Utopia is the first major exhibition to explore the little-known phenomenon of American artists settling or working in Holland around the turn of the twentieth century, and to consider the cultural significance of their artwork. These artists created visions of Dutch society that celebrated a pre-industrial lifestyle and, in some cases, alluded to America’s own colonial Dutch heritage. Dutch Utopia features over seventy paintings and works on paper drawn from public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. It includes works by distinguished artists such as Robert Henri, William Merritt Chase, John Twachtman, and John Singer Sargent, along with those of painters admired in their own time but less well-known today&#151