Artist and Identity in Twentieth-Century America

Artist and Identity in Twentieth-Century America

by Matthew Baigell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521776015

ISBN-13: 9780521776011

Pub. Date: 03/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Matthew Baigell examines the work of Edward Hopper, Ben Shahn, Frank Stella, and other artists, relating their art works to the social contexts in which they were created. Identifying important and recurring themes in this body of art, such as the persistence of Emersonian values, the search for national and regional identity, and aspects of alienation, he also

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Overview

Matthew Baigell examines the work of Edward Hopper, Ben Shahn, Frank Stella, and other artists, relating their art works to the social contexts in which they were created. Identifying important and recurring themes in this body of art, such as the persistence of Emersonian values, the search for national and regional identity, and aspects of alienation, he also explores the personal and religious identities of artists as revealed in their works. Collectively, Baigell's work demonstrates the importance of America as the defining element in American art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521776011
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Series:
Contemporary Artists and their Critics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

1. Walt Whitman and early twentieth-century American art; 2. American landscape painting and national identity: the Stieglitz circle and Emerson; 3. The silent witness of Edward Hopper; 4. American art and national identity: the 1920s; 5. The beginnings of 'The American Wave' and the Depression; 6. Grant Wood revisited; 7. The relevancy of Curry's paintings of black freedom; 8. Thomas Hart Benton and the Left; 9. The Emersonian presence in abstract expressionism; 10. American art around 1960 and the loss of self; 11. Pearlstein's people; 12. Robert Morris's latest works: slouching toward Armageddon; 13. A ramble around early earthworks; 14. Reflections on/of Richard Estes; 15. Ben Shahn's Post-War Jewish paintings; 16. Barnett Newman's stripe paintings and Kaballah: a Jewish take; 17: Postscript: another kind of canon.

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