Critical Issues in American Art: A Book of Readings / Edition 1

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This anthology of essays on different critical approaches and methodologies for the analysis and interpretation of American art and artists is designed for students and teachers in American art history and American studies programs. It contains twenty selections from academic journals on American art from colonial times to 1940. Mary Ann Calo provides an introduction to the anthology, explaining its purpose and organization, and each selection has a brief introduction about its main focus and scholarly approach. These case studies show the diversity of scholarly thinking about interpreting American works of art, which should be useful for teachers and comprehensible and interesting for students.This anthology contains twenty articles on American art from colonial times to 1940. The selections are mainly from academic journals and aim to provide the student and teacher with different critical approaches and methodologies for the analysis and interpretation of American art and artists. Mary Ann Calo’s preface to the anthology explains its purpose and organization, and each article will have a brief introduction about its main focus and scholarly approach.This text meets the need in American art history studies for an anthology of essays on critical approaches and methodologies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064309875
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Lexile: 1640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.76 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Calo is assistant professor of art and art history at Colgate University. She is the author of Bernard Berenson and the Twentieth Century and various journal articles.
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Table of Contents

1 Coming of Age: Historical Scholarship in American Art 1
2 Reading Eighteenth-Century American Family Portraits: Social Images and Self-Images 35
3 Ariadne and the Indians: Vanderlyn's Neoclassical Princess, Racial Seduction, and the Melodrama of Abandonment 47
4 Thomas Cole and Jacksonian America: The Course of Empire as Political Allegory 59
5 George Caleb Bingham's The County Election: Whig Tribute to the Will of the People 77
6 Two Sculptures for the Capitol: Horatio Greenough's Rescue and Luigi Persico's Discovery of America 93
7 American Folk Art: Questions and Quandaries 109
8 New Mexican Santos and the Preservation of Religious Traditions 125
9 Albums of War: On Reading Civil War Photographs 135
10 Trapper, Hunter, and Woodsman: Winslow Homer's Adirondack Figures 155
11 Thomas Eakins and "Pure Art" Education 171
12 The "Earnest, Untiring Worker" and the Magician of the Brush: Gender Politics in the Criticism of Cecilia Beaux and John Singer Sargeant 177
13 Lifting the "Veil": Henry O. Tanner's The Banjo Lesson and The Thankful Poor 199
14 Columbus and Columbia: Man of Genius Meets Generic Woman, Chicago, 1893 221
15 George Bellows's Stag at Sharkey's: Boxing, Violence, and Male Identity 243
16 Who Will Paint New York? The World's New Art Center and the New York Paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe 253
17 American Art and National Identity: The 1920s 269
18 "In My Family of Primitiveness and Tradition": William H. Johnson's Jesus and the Three Marys 285
19 Images of American Women in the 1930s: Reginald Marsh and Paramount Picture 295
20 Florine Stettheimer: Rococo Subversive 303
About the Editor and Contributors 319
Index 321
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