Americana Art: A Road Trip through Time

Americana is a loose genre, which still denotes a strong tradition of American folk art: the open highway, independence and the frontier, and the pursuit of the American dream. Shop our curators selection of Americana-inspired artworks, and discover the history and aesthetic of Americana!

  Palm Tree Restaurant by Stefanie Schneider
Palm Tree Restaurant
Stefanie Schneider
£ 159
  Bellagio by Sarah Johanna Eick
Bellagio
Sarah Johanna Eick
from £ 449 to £ 1,399
  US Flag by Freddy Reitz
US Flag
Freddy Reitz
from £ 699 to £ 1,999
  Troopers' atop a Skyscraper by David Eger
Troopers' atop a Skyscraper
David Eger
£ 29
  Ground Zero by Sabine Wild
Ground Zero
Sabine Wild
£ 199
  Palm Springs Palm Trees by Stefanie Schneider
Palm Springs Palm Trees
Stefanie Schneider
£ 799
  Crazy Ketchup by Freddy Reitz
Crazy Ketchup
Freddy Reitz
  North Shore Surfing #16 by Ed Freeman
North Shore Surfing #16
Ed Freeman
from £ 549 to £ 1,099
  NY ON MY MIND by Luc Dratwa
NY ON MY MIND
Luc Dratwa
  Diner by Sarah Johanna Eick
Diner
Sarah Johanna Eick
from £ 449 to £ 1,399
  PALM SPRINGS CITY HALL (Albert Frey) by Stephanie Kloss
PALM SPRINGS CITY HALL (Albert Frey)
Stephanie Kloss
£ 1,099
  Brooklyn Diner, Times Square by James & Karla Murray
Brooklyn Diner, Times Square
James & Karla Murray
from £ 499 to £ 1,149
  Johanna by Formento²
Johanna
Formento²
from £ 549 to £ 1,799
  Stonewall Pond II by Alison Shaw
Stonewall Pond II
Alison Shaw
£ 999
  Flatiron Building by Reinhart Wolf
Flatiron Building
Reinhart Wolf
£ 1,799
  Times Square by Larry Yust
Times Square
Larry Yust
£ 549
  LA Dreams by Tim Marrs
LA Dreams
Tim Marrs
from £ 799 to £ 1,599
  Brooklyn Bridge I by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Brooklyn Bridge I
Horst & Daniel Zielske
from £ 699 to £ 3,390
  Griffith Park by Erik Chmil
Griffith Park
Erik Chmil
from £ 799 to £ 1,999
  375 Lexington Ave, New York by Jason Schmidt | Trunk Archive
375 Lexington Ave, New York
Jason Schmidt | Trunk Archive
from £ 799 to £ 1,399
  Room in NY by Gustav Deutsch
Room in NY
Gustav Deutsch
from £ 499 to £ 949
  City Landscape, Chicago, IL by Andrea B. Stone
City Landscape, Chicago, IL
Andrea B. Stone
£ 699
  DREAM IS NOT OVER by Luc Dratwa
DREAM IS NOT OVER
Luc Dratwa
from £ 649 to £ 1,149
  Western Motel by Gustav Deutsch
Western Motel
Gustav Deutsch
from £ 499 to £ 949
  Brooklyn Bridge Crossing by Pep Ventosa
Brooklyn Bridge Crossing
Pep Ventosa
from £ 499 to £ 1,049
  NY Projection LXX by Sabine Wild
NY Projection LXX
Sabine Wild
from £ 499 to £ 1,999
  Bloomingdale´s, Lexington Avenue by James & Karla Murray
Bloomingdale´s, Lexington Avenue
James & Karla Murray
from £ 899 to £ 1,299
  Darklight III by Lutz Hilgers
Darklight III
Lutz Hilgers
from £ 749 to £ 1,499
  Times Square Snow Show by Christophe Jacrot
Times Square Snow Show
Christophe Jacrot
£ 229
  Central Park #2, New York, USA by Larry Yust
Central Park #2, New York, USA
Larry Yust
£ 549
  Laguna Seca by Frank M. Orel
Laguna Seca
Frank M. Orel
from £ 259 to £ 479
  Heiße Luft, balloons 2 by Julia Christe
Heiße Luft, balloons 2
Julia Christe
from £ 449 to £ 2,990
  Potrero Hill Seven by Pep Ventosa
Potrero Hill Seven
Pep Ventosa
£ 159
  NY Projection LXXI by Sabine Wild
NY Projection LXXI
Sabine Wild
from £ 549 to £ 1,999
  NYC allday by Sandra Rauch
NYC allday
Sandra Rauch
£ 699
  Bond 45, Times Square by James & Karla Murray
Bond 45, Times Square
James & Karla Murray
from £ 549 to £ 899
  Man on Broadway by Christophe Jacrot
Man on Broadway
Christophe Jacrot
£ 229
  Exchange Place, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
Exchange Place, Manhattan
Berenice Abbott
£ 499
  White Sands #4 by Julia Christe
White Sands #4
Julia Christe
£ 279
  Fuller Building by Reinhart Wolf
Fuller Building
Reinhart Wolf
£ 2,490
  Morning Sun by Gustav Deutsch
Morning Sun
Gustav Deutsch
from £ 499 to £ 949
  Times Square and Paramount Building's Clocktower by Evan Joseph
Times Square and Paramount Building's Clocktower
Evan Joseph
from £ 499 to £ 1,399
  Untitled IV by Peter Funch
Untitled IV
Peter Funch
from £ 699 to £ 1,599
  Sunlight on Brownstones by Gustav Deutsch
Sunlight on Brownstones
Gustav Deutsch
from £ 499 to £ 949
  Bronx I by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Bronx I
Horst & Daniel Zielske
from £ 699 to £ 2,190
  NY03 by Annette Herdemann
NY03
Annette Herdemann
from £ 399 to £ 1,499
  Lucy Vincent Beach III by Alison Shaw
Lucy Vincent Beach III
Alison Shaw
£ 999
  NY Projection LVI by Sabine Wild
NY Projection LVI
Sabine Wild
from £ 549 to £ 2,190
  NY Projection LV by Sabine Wild
NY Projection LV
Sabine Wild
from £ 499 to £ 1,599
  Gold Coast by Erik Chmil
Gold Coast
Erik Chmil
from £ 799 to £ 1,999
  East River II by Horst & Daniel Zielske
East River II
Horst & Daniel Zielske
£ 799
  EL by Ralph Richter
EL
Ralph Richter
from £ 499 to £ 1,499
  San Francisco, Octavia Street  by Larry Yust
San Francisco, Octavia Street
Larry Yust
from £ 449 to £ 999
  Cotton Harvesting, Buckeye, Arizona by Alex Maclean
Cotton Harvesting, Buckeye, Arizona
Alex Maclean
£ 1,999
  Ovid, Napa Valley, USA by Rafael Neff
Ovid, Napa Valley, USA
Rafael Neff
from £ 499 to £ 2,190
  The Empire State Building on St. Patrick's Day by Evan Joseph
The Empire State Building on St. Patrick's Day
Evan Joseph
£ 499
  Point Reyes by Alison Shaw
Point Reyes
Alison Shaw
£ 999
  NY Projection LVII by Sabine Wild
NY Projection LVII
Sabine Wild
from £ 499 to £ 1,299
  42nd St #2 (Bryant Park) by Larry Yust
42nd St #2 (Bryant Park)
Larry Yust
from £ 399 to £ 1,499
  Dream by Ursula Cyriax
Dream
Ursula Cyriax
£ 1,099
  Wyatt (Peter Fonda) und Billy (Dennis Hopper) by Dennis Hopper
Wyatt (Peter Fonda) und Billy (Dennis Hopper)
Dennis Hopper
from £ 219 to £ 559
  Heiße Luft, balloons 1 by Julia Christe
Heiße Luft, balloons 1
Julia Christe
from £ 449 to £ 2,290
  East River III by Horst & Daniel Zielske
East River III
Horst & Daniel Zielske
£ 1,049
  Fifth Avenue #2, New York, USA by Larry Yust
Fifth Avenue #2, New York, USA
Larry Yust
£ 399
  Change by Ursula Cyriax
Change
Ursula Cyriax
£ 1,099
  Big Tank V by Hiepler & Brunier
Big Tank V
Hiepler & Brunier
from £ 499 to £ 2,390
  Sutter Stockton, San Francisco by Christopher Woodcock
Sutter Stockton, San Francisco
Christopher Woodcock
from £ 999 to £ 1,999
  Katama by Alison Shaw
Katama
Alison Shaw
£ 1,999
  The Handkerchief by Christophe Jacrot
The Handkerchief
Christophe Jacrot
£ 1,599



Americana in Art: An American Aesthetic


While Americana can relate to an interest in anything America, in fact, it is typically associated with music and pictorial art, and attaches to a number of guiding myths: the open road, the frontier, or the American dream.

Americana as an art style took rise in art in the second half of the 20th century, amid urbanization and the hollowing out of rural communities. Similar to fine art, vintage art, and retro art, it is a style which is at least partially nostalgic and negatively defined: it points to something which is no longer available, is imagined to have once existed, or now needs to be defined against its resurgent opposite.

Famous artworks like Grant Wood's American Gothic, Jasper Johns famous Flag, and Edward Hopper's cinematic portraits of urban loneliness and intrigue set the stage for a variety of meditations on the meaning of American life. In visual art, these emerged against the backdrop of cities, deserts, small towns, and a specifically Southwestern aesthetic of arid climates, motels, gas stations, and color-distorted photography. Pop Art broke through in the 60's and 70's with a new vision: contemporary America as they saw it, a place of consumerist frenzy, inauthenticity, and reinvention.

Flags by Berlin-based artist Freddy Reitz work in the tradition of Johns to capture the meaning of American life through collage art. Photographic artworks by Stefanie Schneider and Sarah Johanna Eick capture well the aesthetic of Americana: abandoned small-town scenery on the one hand, and bright pastel declarations of freedom and independence on the other.



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