Picks and Pans Review: John Sloan, a Printmaker

updated 07/21/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/21/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Since 1984, an exhibit of 101 prints by the neglected 20th-century artist John Sloan has been crisscrossing the U.S. Sloan, part of the social realist Ashcan school, did not sell a painting until he was 42. He had even less success with his prints, which critics derided as vulgar and immoral. But today his earthy sketches and lithographs are enjoying a modest revival. Sloan's strength lay in reflecting what he saw without prettifying it. In Love on the Roof, the embracing couple is surrounded by flapping sheets and shirts. In Isadora Duncan there is a glimpse of the aging dancer, thick thighed and potbellied. The show will be at the Anchorage, Alaska Museum of History and Art until July 27 and opens in Tacoma, Wash. Aug. 17.

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