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A new world imagined : art of the Americas

Author: Elliot Bostwick Davis; Fronia E Wissman; Mark Polizzotti; Emiko K Usui; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Publisher: Boston : MFA Publications ; New York, N.Y. : D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, ©2010.
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This work proposes a bold new look at the art of the Americas by viewing it through its intersections and relationships with the world at large. Taking the vast geography and staggering cultural diversity of the North and South American continents as its starting point, the book introduces the ways in which American art, broadly defined, has been shaped both by its encounters with cultures around the globe and by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Catalogs
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elliot Bostwick Davis; Fronia E Wissman; Mark Polizzotti; Emiko K Usui; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
ISBN: 9780878467600 0878467602
OCLC Number: 670206854
Notes: Maps on endpapers.
Description: 359 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 27 cm
Contents: A new world imagined / Elliot Bostwick Davis --
Native peoples of the Americas. Ancient cultures, modern connections / Gerald W.R. Ward ; The Americas' first art / Dorie Reents-Budet and Heather Hole ; Native North American art / Gerald W.R. Ward and Heather Hole --
Europe and the Americas. Transatlantic passages / Erica E. Hirshler ; The classical tradition / Gerald W.R. Ward and Karen E. Quinn ; England / Nonie Gadsden and Erica E. Hirshler ; France / Erica E. Hirshler and Kelly H. L'Ecuyer ; Italy / Karen E. Quinn and Gerald W.R. Ward ; Germany / Elliot Bostwick Davis and Dennis Carr ; Spain / Heather Hole and Dennis Carr ; The Netherlands and Scandinavia / Dennis Carr and Cody Hartley --
Africa, the Near East, Asia, and the Americas. Artistic influences of the non-Western world / Nonie Gadsden ; Africa / Cody Hartley and Kelly H. L'Ecuyer ; The Near East / Nonie Gadsden and Heather Hole ; Asia / Nonie Gadsden and Elliot Bostwick Davis.
Other Titles: Art of the Americas
Responsibility: Elliot Bostwick Davis [and others] ; [edited by Fronia Simpson, Mark Polizzotti, and Emiko K. Usui].

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This work proposes a bold new look at the art of the Americas by viewing it through its intersections and relationships with the world at large. Taking the vast geography and staggering cultural diversity of the North and South American continents as its starting point, the book introduces the ways in which American art, broadly defined, has been shaped both by its encounters with cultures around the globe and by its own past, from the ancient and native populations that first inhabited these territories to the European, Asian, Scandinavian and Latino emigres who settled here. But beyond actual immigration, foreign cultures, especially the strikingly different cultures of Asia and the Islamic world, have also impacted our own in purely imaginary ways, as American artists projected their fantasies and preconceptions on these far off lands and "imported" their motifs, infusing their work with a rich, wholly invented and thoroughly American vision of the "other." Discussing over 200 artworks, from incense burners and painted drinking vessels to some of this country's most celebrated paintings and sculptures, and coinciding with the opening of MFA Boston's new Art of the Americas wing, this work offers an alternate history of the Americas through the diverse inspirations and interactions through which its art has been fashioned. -- From book jacket.

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