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Third Floor Light

Oil on masonite
23 7/8 x 16 inches
Circa 1945–1946

As published in:
Southern/Modern: Rediscovering Southern Art from the First Half of the Twentieth Century

As exhibited in:
Southern/Modern: Rediscovering Southern Art from the First Half of the Twentieth Century, 2023–2024, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, 2023, Frist Art Museum, Nashville, Tennessee, 2024

What Lies Beneath: Masonite and American Art of the 20th Century, 2019, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, Mississippi

McCallum & Halsey: At Home and Abroad, Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC, 2022

In this work, Halsey took a traditional Charleston subject and translated it into the language of modernism. The Charleston single house, typically three stories tall with a long veranda perpendicular to the street, is identifiable here by a square of porch railing and the surrounding stucco texture. By using flat planes and black lines to articulate the rest of the architecture, Halsey combined midcentury aesthetic and the historic South.