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American Art: History and Culture is the first inclusive look at five centuries of the architecture, painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and photography created by the diverse peoples who have given direction to the arts of America. Renowned Americanist Wayne Craven has written an engrossing, illuminating text that begins in the time before North America's encounter with Europe and Europeans in the sixteenth century and continues into its seventeenth-century colonial beginnings in the Middle Atlantic and New England regions. The story goes on for another three centuries, right through the pluralistic expressions of contemporary American culture of the 1990s. Acknowledging that there are several ways to study American art, Craven has chosen an approach that is current and accessible - a contextual treatment that discusses the works of art in the circumstances of their creation. The contexts he provides include the social, economic, and religious climates in which works were created; the political, philosophical, and technological movements that influenced their creators; and the scientific and literary postures that affected the forms the artworks took. The narrative blends in biographical information and stylistic analysis along with the latest research on artists, architects, artisans, objects, archaeology, and techniques. Illustrated with nearly eight hundred color and black-and-white pictures, American Art: History and Culture includes a bibliography that is significantly larger and more up-to-date than can be found in other books on American art, a glossary of art-historical terms, and two maps. Whether as a first look at American art or as a return visit to a field that has changed greatly in the last few years, this book is a matchless resource.
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Library Journal
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.
Donna Seaman
This substantial and well-illustrated survey takes an unusually holistic approach to discussing American art by placing architecture, decorative arts, painting, photography, and sculpture within cultural and historical contexts. Craven begins his history just before the arrival of European colonialists and takes care to chronicle the art of America's full spectrum of races and ethnic groups, men and women alike. His volume is also free of any regional bias; the Southwest, Deep South, Midwest, and California are covered just as thoroughly as the Northeast. Craven establishes seven main stylistic periods--colonial, Federal, romantic, the American Renaissance, early modern, postwar modern, and postmodern--and then goes into great detail within each section, profiling individual artists and discussing the effects of various social, political, and technological changes on aesthetics and the role of art in daily life. His coverage of American photography and twentieth-century art are particularly dynamic, but his examples and emphases prove to be insightful and creative throughout. A cogent and comprehensive resource.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071415248
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 1/17/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 13
Acknowledgments 14
Pt. 1 Colonial America
1 The New World and New Spain 16
2 Architecture and Decorative Arts: Virginia, New England, and New Netherland in the Seventeenth Century 28
3 Painting and Sculpture: The Seventeenth Century 42
4 Architecture and Decorative Arts: 1700-50 52
5 Painting and Sculpture: 1700-50 68
6 Architecture and Decorative Arts: 1750-76 79
7 Painting: After 1750 94
Pt. 2 The Federal Period
8 Architecture: 1785-1830 110
9 Decorative Arts: 1785-1830 128
10 Painting: The Tradition of the Grand Manner, 1785-1830 135
11 Painting: Still Life, Genre, Landscape, and Natural History, 1785-1830 153
12 Sculpture: 1785-1830 163
Pt. 3 The Romantic Period
13 Architecture: The Age of Romanticism and Eclecticism, 1825-70 172
14 The Decorative Arts: The Age of Romanticism and Eclecticism, 1800-70 190
15 Painting: Landscape, 1825-70 198
16 Painting: Genre, Narrative, Still Life, and Portraiture, 1825-70 221
17 Photography: The Early Years, 1839-70 237
18 Sculpture: Neoclassicism and Naturalism, 1825-70 248
19 Folk Art: A Special Mode of Vision 261
Pt. 4 The American Renaissance
20 Architecture: The Age of Capitalism, Imperialism, and High Society, 1870-1900 280
21 Toward Modern Architecture: New Technologies and the Advent of the Skyscraper, 1850-1900 302
22 The Artful Interior: Cosmopolitanism, the Aesthetic Movement, and the American Home, 1870-1900 314
23 Painting: The Naturalistic Tradition and Cosmopolitanism, 1870-1900 329
24 Painting: American Impressionism, American Renaissance, and Trompe l'Oeil Realism 349
25 Photography: 1870-1900 367
26 Sculpture: From the American Renaissance to the Western Frontier, 1870-1900 377
Pt. 5 The Early Modern Period
27 Architecture: The First Generation of Modernism, 1900-40 392
28 Decorative Arts and Interiors: The Age of the Machine and Streamlining, 1900-40 412
29 Painting: Realism and Regionalism, 1900-40 422
30 Painting: The Modern Mode, 1900-40 444
31 Photography: Aesthetic Maturity, 1900-40 468
32 Sculpture: Tradition, Diversity, and Anarchy, 1900-40 483
Pt. 6 Postwar Modern, Postmodern Art
33 Architecture: The International Style and the "Glass Box," 1940 to the Present 500
34 Architecture: Diversity and Reaction, 1940 to the Present 515
35 Design in America: Modern and Postmodern, 1940 to the Present 529
36 Painting: The African-American Experience, Social Realism, and Abstraction, 1940 to the Present 543
37 Painting: Hardedge Colorfield, Pop Art, and Realism, 1940 to the Present 566
38 Sculpture: Old Traditions and New Directions, 1940 to the Present 585
39 Sculpture: Feminism, Found Objects, Pop, Minimalism, and Realism, 1940 to the Present 595
40 Photography: 1940 to the Present 620
Glossary 641
Bibliography 646
Notes 664
Picture Credits 666
Index 672
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