Ralston Crawford had been teaching at the Cincinnati Art Academy for a year when his work was selected for this show by Frank, who was a student under Crawford as well as the director of the Modern Art Society (they married later).
“Realism is a word America likes. It evokes a homespun, earthly provincialism on one hand; on the other, it stands for things like cocktail shakers, laundry labels, electric ice boxes – and painters of the social scene like the priestly trio of Benton, Curry and Wood. The present offering of Cincinnati’s Modern Art Society – patriotically and aptly titled “A New Realism” is not at all ‘out of line’ with contemporary U. S. thought. The reason, perhaps, is that the subject matter of the paintings . . . is never lost in the execution.” Elizabeth Sacartoff (A New Realism, 2)