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Civic art : a centennial history of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts

Author: Thomas E Luebke; United States. Commission of Fine Arts.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : U.S. Commission of Fine Arts ; Amherst [Mass.] : Distributed by Univ. of Massachusetts Pr., 2013.
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"From an incomplete composition of brick buildings and informal gardens into an ordered landscape of white classical temples, the image of Washington, D.C., was transformed by visionary planning and implementation in response to the political and artistic movements of the early twentieth century. The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts was created by Congress in 1910 as an independent design review agency to guide the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas E Luebke; United States. Commission of Fine Arts.
ISBN: 9780160897023 0160897025
OCLC Number: 768168746
Notes: Shipping list no.: 2013-0025-S.
Description: 626 pages : illustrations (some color), maps, plans ; 32 cm
Contents: Foreword / by Earl A. Powell --
I. Aim high in hope and work : politics and planning in Washington before 1910 --
An enduring design legacy : Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. in the nation's capital / essay by Arleyn A. Levee --
II. Statues, fountains, and monuments : the Burnham and French chairmanships, 1910-1916 --
The improvement of Washington City : Charles Moore and Washington's monumental core / essay by Pamela Scott --
III. Thine alabaster cities gleam : Charles Moore and the classical paradigm, 1916-1937 --
The Jefferson Memorial : a pyrrhic victory for American architecture / essay by Carroll William Westfall --
IV. Heroism, history, and automobiles : the chairmanships of Gilmore Clarke and David Finley, 1937-1963 --
Presidential influence : Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and the design of Washington's icons of executive power, 1933-1953 / essay by William B. Bushong --
V. Modernism and monumentality : the chairmanship of William Walton, 1963-1971 --
Rather strong advisory : William Walton's Commission and the challenge of the FBI Building / essay by Zachary M. Schrag --
VI. The past is present : J. Carter Brown and the postmodern era, 1971-2002 --
Washington aesthetics : J. Carter Brown and Commission of Fine Arts / essay by Richard Guy Wilson --
VII. To every age its art : the Robinson, Childs, and Powell chairmanships, 2002-2012 --
Appendix A: Legislative history --
Appendix B: Biographies of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, Old Georgetown Board, Contributing Staff, and essayists.
Other Titles: Centennial history of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts
Responsibility: edited by Thomas E. Luebke.

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Explores the role of the US Commission of Fine Arts in the design and architecture of Washington, as well as the city's memorials and commemorative sites that represent the nation. It examines the  Read more...

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