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Reading American art

Author: Marianne Doezema; Elizabeth Milroy
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1998.
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This anthology brings together 20 works of scholarship on the history of the visual arts in the United States from the colonial period to 1945. The selected essays - all written within the last two decades - reflect the interdisciplinary character of art historiography in America and the variety of approaches that contribute to the dynamism in the field. The authors take up diverse subjects - from colonial portraits  Read more...
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Named Person: John Singleton Copley; Charles Willson Peale; Thomas Cole; Edmonia Lewis; Hiram Powers; Winslow Homer; Mary Cassatt; John Sloan; Georgia O'Keeffe; Charles Sheeler; Grant Wood; Isabel Bishop; Jackson Pollock; Isabel Bishop; Mary Cassatt; Thomas Cole; John Singleton Copley; Winslow Homer; Edmonia Lewis; Georgia O'Keeffe; Charles Willson Peale; Jackson Pollock; Charles Sheeler; John Sloan; Grant Wood
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marianne Doezema; Elizabeth Milroy
ISBN: 0300073488 9780300073485 0300069987 9780300069983
OCLC Number: 37201166
Description: ix, 470 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 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 --
Ideal works of Edmonia Lewis : invoking and inverting autobiography / Kirsten P. Buick --
"Kiss of enterprise" : the Western landscape as symbol and resource / Nancy K. Anderson --
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 --
Open window and the empty chair : Charles Sheeler's View of New York / Carol Troyen --
Birth of a national icon : Grant Wood's American Gothic / Wanda M. Corn --
Question of difference : Isabel Bishop's deferential office girls / Ellen Wiley Todd --
Jackson Pollock : representing the unconscious / Michael Leja.
Responsibility: edited by Marianne Doezema and Elizabeth Milroy.

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This anthology brings together 20 works of scholarship on the history of the visual arts in the United States from the colonial period to 1945. The selected essays - all written within the last two decades - reflect the interdisciplinary character of art historiography in America and the variety of approaches that contribute to the dynamism in the field. The authors take up diverse subjects - from colonial portraits to 19th-century sculptures of women to photographic images of New York - and invite those with a general knowledge of the history of American art to think more deeply about art and culture. Employing many interpretive methodologies, including iconology, social history, structuralism, psychobiography and feminist theory, the contributors to this volume combine close analysis of specific art objects or groups of objects with discussion of how these works of art operated within their cultural contexts. The authors consider the works of such artists as John Singleton Copley, Charles Willson Peale, Georgia O'Keeffe and Jackson Pollock as they assess how paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and photographs have carried meaning within American society. And they investigate how the conceptualization, production and presentation of works of art both inform and are informed by prevailing attitudes towards the role of the arts and the artist in American culture.

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