Here are 20 outstanding works of recent scholarship on the history of the visual arts in the United States from the colonial period to 1945. Employing many interpretive methodologies, contributors combine close analysis of specific art objects or groups of objects with discussion of how these works of art operated within their cultural contexts. ...
Here are 20 outstanding works of recent scholarship on the history of the visual arts in the United States from the colonial period to 1945. Employing many interpretive methodologies, contributors combine close analysis of specific art objects or groups of objects with discussion of how these works of art operated within their cultural contexts. 163 illustrations.
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VG (Previous owner's name written at bottom of first page; otherwise clean. ) White & color illus. wraps, 470 pp., some BW illus. "This anthology brings together twenty outstanding works of recent scholarship on the history of the visual arts in the United State from the colonial period to 1945. The selected essays--all written within the past two decades--reflect the interdisciplinary character of current art historiography in America and the variety of approaches that contribute to the dynamism in the field." (back cover) Essays are: The Seventeenth-century New England mercantile image: social content and style in the Freake portraits / Wayne Craven--Character and class: the portraits of John Singleton Copley / Paul Staiti--Charles Willson Peale's expressive design: The Artist in His Museum / Roger B. Stein--Thomas Cole and the aristocracy / Alan Wallach--"A correct likeness": culture and commerce in nineteenth-century rural America / David Jaffee--The Painter's Triumph: William Sidney Mount and the formation of a middle-class art / William T. Oedel and Todd S. Gernes--"Doomed to perish": George Catlin's depictions of the Mandan / Kathryn S. Hight--Narratives of the female body: The Greek Slave / Joy S. Kasson--The Ideal works of Edmonia Lewis: invoking and inverting autobiography / Kirsten P. Buick--"The Kiss of enterprise": the Western landscape as symbol and resource / Nancy K. Anderson--The Gross Clinic, or Portrait of Professor Gross / Elizabeth Johns--Winslow Homer in his art / Jules D. Prown--Mary Cassatt: painter of women and children / Griselda Pollock--Image and ideology: New York in the photographer's eye / Alan Trachtenberg--John Sloan's images of working-class women: a case study of the roles and interrelationships of politics, personality, and patrons in the development of Sloan's art, 1905 / Patricia Hills--O'Keeffe and the masculine gaze / Anna C. Chave--The Open window and the empty chair: Charles Sheeler's View of New York / Carol Troyen--The Birth of a national icon: Grant Wood's American Gothic / Wanda M. Corn--The Question of difference: Isabel Bishop's deferential office girls / Ellen Wiley Todd--Jackson Pollock: representing the unconscious / Michael Leja.
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