Junk Yard on East 29th St.

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Junk Yard on East 29th St.


Nearby to many of New York's factories, power plants, and slaughterhouses, there's an obvious social ecology to Myers' choice of location. It's possible that the photographic of this painting may have mis-titled it, given frequent references to a Junk Shop.

About the Artist: Born in Petersburg, VA, and traveling to New York City at age eighteen, Myers knew poverty at first hand. He took art classes when he was able at the Art Students League and Cooper Union, but was largely self-taught and perhaps motivated more by a desire to render the city honestly—an aesthetic that had much in common with the so-called “Ashcan School” of American realism of the early twentieth century. But Myers’ own familiarity with the working class, wrote Harry Wickey, meant that his subject matter “was approached from the standpoint neither of the artist, tourist, or one who was out to expose the conditions under which these people lived. He sought out the life these quarters had to offer and it transformed itself into a thing of beauty as it passed through him” (Jerome Myers Memorial Exhibition 3). Widespread fame eluded Myers during his lifetime, but his paintings are held by dozens of museums, among them: 9 works at Smithsonian American Art Museum; 11 works at Metropolitan Museum of Art; 20 works at Brooklyn Museum; 1 work at Detroit Institute of Arts; 1 work at the Corcoran Collection; 13 works at The Athenaeum. 4 more images at FAP.


Myers, Jerome, 1867-1940


Federal Art Project




Cooper, Ken


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