Art 100 was a sweeping survey course in art history that was and perhaps still is a a right of passage for any student majoring in art. I remember coming to know and love all of the artists who would influence me over the years, in particular the dissonant and oddly haunting American Gothic by Grant Wood. Like Robert Frank's photographs of American life, this was a painting that manifest the psychological underbelly of American consciousness. Wood's work also investigates the anxiety of being an artist and a deeply repressed homosexual in the Midwest in the 1930s. Wood's double portrait of a pitchfork-wielding farmer and a woman commonly presumed to be his wife—is one of the most recognizable paintings in 20th century American art and perhaps Wood's most famous artwork. The Whitney's survey of the Wood's career that opened in early March, Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables brings together the full range of his art, from his early Arts and Crafts decorative objects and Impressionist oils through his mature paintings, murals, and book illustrations, revealing a complex artist whose image as a farmer-painter was as mythical as the fables he depicted in his art. Read Philip Kennicott's review of the show here.