Art Diplomacy

Summer Landscape

Stuart Davis- Summer Landscape

From its inception the International Council sought ways to send modern American art abroad. In 1953 the Council organized an exhibition to be sent to the embassy residents of Ambassador L. Corrin Strong in Oslo, Norway. This exhibit set the precedent for utilizing embassies as outlets for art diplomacy. Among the artwork sent to Oslo was Stuart Davis’s Summer Landscape and John Kane’s Homestead. A few years later the International Council arranged for a collection of Rothko paintings to go to the embassy in Delhi which was so popular weekend viewing hours had to be organized. These efforts were done in cooperation with the State Department, but were completely supported by the International Council.


John Kane- Homestead