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Thomas Hart Benton and the American sound

Author: Leo G Mazow; Thomas Hart Benton
Publisher: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Argues that musical imagery in the art of American painter Thomas Hart Benton was part of a larger belief in the capacity of sound to register and convey meaning.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Thomas Hart Benton; Thomas Hart Benton
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leo G Mazow; Thomas Hart Benton
ISBN: 9780271050836 0271050837
OCLC Number: 732967835
Description: xvi, 200 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Contents: Painting the song --
Painting the sound --
Anthology --
Regionalist radio --
Epilogue: Sound, touch, and beyond.
Responsibility: Leo G. Mazow.

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Argues that musical imagery in the art of American painter Thomas Hart Benton was part of a larger belief in the capacity of sound to register and convey meaning.

Alternately praised as "an American original" and lampooned as an arbiter of kitsch, the regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton has been the subject of myriad monographs and journal articles, remaining almost as controversial today as he was in his own time. Missing from this literature, however, is an understanding of the profound ways in which sound figures in the artist's enterprises. Prolonged attention to the sonic realm yields rich insights into long-established narratives, corroborating some but challenging and complicating at least as many. A self-taught and frequently performing musician who invented a harmonic tablature notation system, Benton was also a collector, cataloguer, transcriber, and distributor of popular music. In Thomas Hart Benton and the American Sound, Leo Mazow shows that the artist's musical imagery was part of a larger belief in the capacity of sound to register and convey meaning. In Benton's pictorial universe, it is through sound that stories are told, opinions are voiced, experiences are preserved, and history is recorded.

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