Fasanella’s dark mood after the execution of the Rosenbergs is reflected in “McCarthy Press,” 1958, in which a crane lowers the couple’s coffins into the ground, surrounded by symbols and images relating to their fate. The “A” shape recurs at the center, filled with newspaper headlines documenting the anticommunist hysteria of the time, which the artist believed sealed the fate of the Rosenbergs. Outlined under a fearsome red sky are icons of democracy, the US Capitol with a secret military war room, the Lincoln Memorial, behind which the Supreme Court meets behind closed doors to deny the Rosenbergs a stay of execution, and the Lincoln Memorial overlooking a line of guards at Sing-Sing, where the convicted spies spent their last days. On the left, common folk gather under a futile sign reading “Save.” American Folk Art Museum, New York, gift of Eva Fasanella and her children, Gina Mostrando and Marc Fasanella.—Gavin Ashworth photo, New York. ©1958, estate of Ralph Fasanella

Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget At American Folk Art Museum

It is always exciting when an underappreciated self-taught artist with talent and important messages to convey comes to light. That is emphatically the case with the oeuvre of Ralph Fasanella (1914–1997), who chronicled the struggles of America’s working people, as well as his patriotic ideals for society as reflected in complex issues of post-World War II America.Fortuitously, “Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget,” organized in honor of the artist’s centenary by Leslie Umberger, curator of folk and self-taught art at Smithsonian American Art Museum, is on view at American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) through November 30. It comprises 17 of Fasanella’s most significant, large paintings, along with a selection of relevant drawings, sketches, photographs and other archival material. Relatively well known to members of the labor movement, this will be the first exposure for many people to this special artist, one of the great American self-trained painters of the Twentieth Century, ...

Fasanella’s dark mood after the execution of the Rosenbergs is reflected in “McCarthy Press,” 1958, in which a crane lowers the couple’s coffins into the ground, surrounded by symbols and images relating to their fate. The “A” shape recurs at the center, filled with newspaper headlines documenting the anticommunist hysteria of the time, which the artist believed sealed the fate of the Rosenbergs. Outlined under a fearsome red sky are icons of democracy, the US Capitol with a secret military war room, the Lincoln Memorial, behind which the Supreme Court meets behind closed doors to deny the Rosenbergs a stay of execution, and the Lincoln Memorial overlooking a line of guards at Sing-Sing, where the convicted spies spent their last days. On the left, common folk gather under a futile sign reading “Save.” American Folk Art Museum, New York, gift of Eva Fasanella and her children, Gina Mostrando and Marc Fasanella.—Gavin Ashworth photo, New York. ©1958, estate of Ralph Fasanella

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