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California (Art of the State Series)

California (Art of the State Series)

by Friedman Nancy, Nancy Friedman
     
 
This colorful new series of useful, compact books celebrates the essence of each of the 50 United States. Each book pictures and describes whatever is exceptional about a state and profiles the explorers, artists, writers, and personalities who shaped each state's distinctive heritage. In California, travelers visit goldfields, the Hollywood studio lots, and

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This colorful new series of useful, compact books celebrates the essence of each of the 50 United States. Each book pictures and describes whatever is exceptional about a state and profiles the explorers, artists, writers, and personalities who shaped each state's distinctive heritage. In California, travelers visit goldfields, the Hollywood studio lots, and vineyards that make the West Coast such a popular travel destination. 201 photos, 172 in full color.

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Intriguing New Books on the States If you were planning a trip to a foreign country that seemed alien but not too alien — Morocco, say, or Turkey — you'd do a little research before setting out, right? Of course you would. Okay, you don't want a detailed political history, or the name of every significant artist and writer, or the floor plans of every museum and monument. But you want something, enough to give you a feel for the place, a sense of what has happened there and the forces and factors that have made it the way it is. You want a sense of the life of the place. Would you do the same for Maryland? Or Iowa? Okay, maybe you wouldn't have been interested before, but I think you will be now, thanks to a new series of books from Abrams. Abrams is the distinguished publisher of art books, but they are also masters at presenting a wide range of innovative forms and concepts. This new series is called Art of the State, and the only thing wrong with it is the misleading title. These are not books of artworks associated with individual states. Instead, each of these small hardcover books might better be called a cultural overview of the state it covers. The first four available are California, New Mexico, Maryland, and Iowa. Eventually, the series will include all 50 of the United States. These very handsomely produced little books are filled with vivid imagery, drawing on photography, advertising art, old postcards, fine paintings and portraits, folk art and crafts, natural wonders and historic scenes, famous artists andwriters,popular music of the region, and — everybody's favorite — roadside oddities. Now let's be honest. We all know that California and New Mexico seem natural subjects for this kind of treatment. Sure enough, the California book is filled with bright and lively images. There are paintings by N. C. Wyeth and Albert Bierstadt, photos by Ansel Adams, promotional and advertising art for the state, historic photos and paintings that bring to life the role of gold, oil, water, and the orange in California's story. There are movie posters and writers from Dashiell Hammett to Robinson Jeffers, music images from the Grateful Dead to Charlie Parker and West Coast jazz, and on and on. Okay, I like California, and I once lived there, and on page five there's a painting by James Doolin of a scene on the Santa Monica cliffs near where I lived. How about Iowa, a state I once drove across? Iowa is the "heart of the heartland," the setting of "State Fair" and "Music Man" and "Field of Dreams" and "The Bridges of Madison County," the home of Hamlin Garland and the Iowa Writers Workshop, home also of artist Grant Wood, who created the iconic image of "American Gothic," and of Glenn Miller. And, let us not forget, home too of a famous roadside attraction, the World's Largest Coffeepot. Lewis and Clark passed through here, and John James Audubon and Zebulon Pike. This is a land redolent of Indians and pioneers, the railroad and corn and covered bridges. All of that is captured in photographs and historic images, plus paintings by Thomas Hart Benton and others, and a small gallery of warm and homey paintings by Grant Wood. And, of course, that coffeepot, standing atop a tower that rises 125 feet above the town of Stanton. Maryland and New Mexico get the same thorough treatment. Each of the books has a good text to complement the images, informative and thorough captions, a list of state milestones, lists of Great People and Great Places, a seasonal calendar, song lyrics, and even a regional recipe or two. These are terrific little books, fun, informative, beautifully produced, and endlessly intriguing for visitors and residents alike. —Alan Ryan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810955523
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Series:
Art of the State Series
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
5.67(w) x 6.37(h) x 0.67(d)

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