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  • Special Exhibition

Stag at Sharkey’s (detail), 1909. George Bellows (American, 1882–1925). Oil on canvas; 92 x 122.6 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection 1133.1922.

Stag at Sharkey’s: George Bellows and the Art of Sports

Saturday, May 14–Sunday, September 18, 2016
Location:  010 Focus Gallery
Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery

About The Exhibition

Images of sport and fitness punctuate the career of George Bellows (1882–1925), an Ohio State University letterman and semipro baseball player turned artist, who is perhaps best known for his gutsy boxing painting Stag at Sharkey’s (1909) in the Cleveland Museum of Art. This focus exhibition showcases this masterpiece alongside nearly two dozen of the artist’s paintings, drawings, and lithographs. For Bellows, sport and fitness were exhilarating pursuits, and his resultant depictions of skill and rivalry stand as potent symbols for the brash competitive spirit of America itself during the rapidly accelerating Industrial Age.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this exhibition with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Additional support provided by Anita D. and Delos (Toby) M. Cosgrove III in honor of Julia and Larry Pollock.

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