American Art: History and Culture, Revised First Edition / Edition 1

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Overview

American Art set the standard for American art survey courses for the last decade by providing a thorough and engaging chronology of American art, including painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, photography, folk art, and graphic arts. Wayne Craven presents art and artists within the context of their times, including insights into the intellectual, spiritual, and political environment. Along the way, Craven charts the growth of a distinctly American art culture. The resulting book is as much a history of American culture as of American art.

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Editorial Reviews

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How often does one come across a textbook that attracts and holds the interest of audiences outside as well as inside the classroom? Craven here shares his considerable knowledge of and excitement over the subject, developed through decades-long participation in the strong American art history program at the University of Delaware. The result is a survey that art lovers, collectors, and students will all enjoy. Taking the approach that American art holds greater meaning when viewed in a cultural context, Craven has expanded the traditional scope of the topic, namely, art, sculpture, and architecture, to include photography and decorative arts as well. He divides the volume into six sections, beginning with the Native American and European material culture of New Spain and ending with Cindy Sherman and postmodern photography. The result is a visual feast of 785 photographs, 99 in color. Were all textbooks so glorious and inspiring! Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.-- Kathleen Eagen Johnson, Historic Hudson Valley, Tarrytown, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072823295
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 11/8/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 71,292
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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Table of Contents

Part One: Colonial AmericaChapter 1 The New World and New SpainChapter 2 Architecture and Decorative Arts: Virginia, New England, and New Netherland in the Seventeenth CenturyChapter 3 Painting and Sculpture: The Seventeenth CenturyChapter 4 Architecture and Decorative Arts: 1700-1750Chapter 5 Painting and Sculpture: 1700-1750Chapter 6 Architecture and Decorative Arts: 1750-1776Chapter 7 Painting: after 1750Part Two: The Federal PeriodChapter 8 Architecture: 1785-1830Chapter 9 Decorative Arts: 1785-1830Chapter 10 Painting: The Tradition of the Grand Manner, 1785-1830Chapter 11 Painting: Still Life, Genre, Landscape, and Natural History, 1785-1830Chapter 12 Sculpture: 1795-1830Part Three: The Romantic PeriodChapter 13 Architecture: The Age of Romanticism and Eclecticism, 1825-1870Chapter 14 The Decorative Arts: The Age of Romanticism and Eclecticism, 1800-1870Chapter 15 Painting: Landscape, 1825-1870Chapter 16 Painting: Genre, Narrative, Still Life, and Portraiture, 1825-70Chapter 17 Photography: The Early Years, 1839-1870Chapter 18 Sculpture: Neoclassicism and Naturalism, 1825-1870Chapter 19 Folk Art: A Special Mode of VisionPart Four: The American RenaissanceChapter 20 Architecture: The Age of Capitalism, Imperialism, and High Society, 1870-1900Chapter 21 Towards Modern Architecture: New Technologies and the Advent of the Skyscraper,1850-1900Chapter 22 The Artful Interior: Cosmopolitanism, The Aesthetic Movement, and the American Home, 1870- 1900Chapter 23 Painting: The Naturalistic Tradition and Cosmopolitanism, 1870-1900Chapter 24 Painting: American Impressionism, American Renaissance, and Trompe L'Oeil RealismChapter 25 Photography, 1870-1900Chapter 26 Sculpture: From the American Renaissance to the Western Frontier, 1870-1900Part Five: Early Modern PeriodChapter 27 Architecture: The First Generation of Modernism, 1900-1940Chapter 28 Decorative Arts and Interiors: The Age of the Machine and Streamlining, 1900-1940Chapter 29 Painting: Realism and Regionalism, 1900-1940Chapter 30 Painting: The Modern Mode, 1900-1940Chapter 31 Photography: Aesthetic Maturity, 1900-1940Chapter 32 Sculpture: Tradition, Diversity, and Anarchy, 1900-1940Part Six: Postwar Modern, Postmodern Art Chapter 33 Architecture: The International Style and the "Glass Box," 1940 to the PresentChapter 34 Architecture: Diversity and Reaction, 1940 to the PresentChapter 35 Design in America: Modern and Postmodern, 1940 to the PresentChapter 36 Painting: The African-American Experience, Social Realism, and Abstraction, 1940 to the PresentChapter 37 Painting: Hardedge Colorfield, Pop Art, and Realism, 1940 to the PresentChapter 38 Sculpture: Old Traditions and New Directions, 1940 to the PresentChapter 39 Sculpture: Feminism, Found Objects, Pop. Minimalism, and Realism, 1940 to the PresentChapter 40 Photography: 1940 to the PresentGlossaryBibliographyNotesPicture CreditsIndex

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