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Plain pictures : images of the American prairie

Author: Joni Kinsey; University of Iowa. Museum of Art.; Amon Carter Museum of Western Art.; Joslyn Art Museum.
Publisher: Washington, : Published for the University of Iowa Museum of Art by the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996.
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Bountifully illustrated with 160 years of artistic responses to both the vast grasslands and agricultural expanses of the Midwest, Plain Pictures is the first book to address representations of the midwestern Prairie as a genre distinct from American western art. In a wide-ranging narrative, Joni Kinsey argues that images of the grassland, far from being plain, offer a paradox of their own: the significance of the
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Genre/Form: Art
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Kinsey, Joni.
Plain pictures.
Washington, : Published for the University of Iowa Museum of Art by the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996
(OCoLC)605009618
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joni Kinsey; University of Iowa. Museum of Art.; Amon Carter Museum of Western Art.; Joslyn Art Museum.
ISBN: 1560986883 9781560986881 1560986301 9781560986300
OCLC Number: 33665865
Notes: "The University of Iowa Museum of Art, August 17 to November 3, 1996; Amon Carter Museum, November 23, 1996 to February 25, 1997; Joslyn Museum of Art, April 19 to July 27, 1997"--T.p. verso.
Description: xx, 236 p. : ill. (some col.), col. map ; 25 x 26 cm.
Contents: Foreword: The American Prairies and the Literary Aesthetic / Wayne Fields --
Exhibition Acknowledgments / Stephen Prokopoff --
1. Prairie Prospects: The Aesthetics of Absence --
2. Prospecting the Prairies: Explorations, Encounters, and Enterprising Solutions --
3. Promises of Prosperity: Cultivating the Garden --
4. Regional Reconciliations, 1920-1940s --
5. Competing Prospects: The Contemporary Prairie.
Responsibility: Joni L. Kinsey.

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Bountifully illustrated with 160 years of artistic responses to both the vast grasslands and agricultural expanses of the Midwest, Plain Pictures is the first book to address representations of the midwestern Prairie as a genre distinct from American western art. In a wide-ranging narrative, Joni Kinsey argues that images of the grassland, far from being plain, offer a paradox of their own: the significance of the subject is equaled only by the struggle to express it.

One hundred twenty color and black-and-white reproductions showcase works by George Catlin, Worthington Whittredge, Albert Bierstadt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Laura Gilpin, Dorothea Lange, Terry Evans, and many others.

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