America's Art: Masterpieces from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

America's Art: Masterpieces from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

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by Theresa J. Slowik
     
 
After being closed for several years, on July 4, 2006, The Smithsonian American Art Museum will celebrate the grand reopening of its newly restored building, home to the world's premier collection of American art. Those who cannot attend can console themselves with this magnificent volume, which puts the museum's galleries at their fingertips. Edward Hopper, Georgia O

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After being closed for several years, on July 4, 2006, The Smithsonian American Art Museum will celebrate the grand reopening of its newly restored building, home to the world's premier collection of American art. Those who cannot attend can console themselves with this magnificent volume, which puts the museum's galleries at their fingertips. Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Nam June Paik are just a few of the artists represented in a book that spans all of American history and features gorgeous reproductions of works in a dazzling variety of styles and mediums, including paintings, sculpture, photography, and folk art. With text that illuminates the nation's history through examples of its art-including many rarely displayed pieces from the collection-this is one art book that belongs on every American coffee table.

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This catalog marks the July 4 reopening of the Smithsonian American Art Museum after six years of renovations. Bringing its art from behind closed doors, the museum has published no fewer than ten publications devoted to distinct portions of its collection since 2000, and this is the third highlights catalog devoted to the entire collection in as many decades. So where does it stand in relation to the other two? While there are significant overlaps in coverage among all three, the latest approaches the art from a different angle, placing it within a broad historical narrative. Slowik (chief of publications, Smithsonian American Art Museum) concentrates on how the art informs and reflects American history. Some chapters manage this interweaving of art and history more successfully than others: "Ever Westward" and "The Harlem Renaissance" are rich and multilayered chapters, while "The Abstract Impulse" tells its story without Jackson Pollack. This work includes more than 200 full-color images, and though it lacks detailed entries, it nevertheless has broader, more general appeal than its predecessors. Recommended for public and undergraduate library collections.-Kraig Binkowski, Yale Ctr. for British Art Lib. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810955325
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Pages:
324
Sales rank:
518,344
Product dimensions:
10.37(w) x 12.75(h) x 1.50(d)

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America's Art: Masterpieces from the Smithsonian American Art Museum 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not what i expected at all. there was to much focus on modern and contemporary art. and no free ship for members.. back it goes...:(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago