Imagining America: Icons of 20th-Century American Art

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How did artists of the twentieth century use their work to respond to their unique personal experiences and moment in history? This provocative question is explored in this engaging new book on American art. By focusing on broad, defining themes, embodied in the work of such pivotal artists as Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol, the authors look at how art provided a means for re-imagining America, visualizing what it had become, and where it...

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Overview

How did artists of the twentieth century use their work to respond to their unique personal experiences and moment in history? This provocative question is explored in this engaging new book on American art. By focusing on broad, defining themes, embodied in the work of such pivotal artists as Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol, the authors look at how art provided a means for re-imagining America, visualizing what it had become, and where it might go in a century of turbulent change.

Richly illustrated with 400 color images, Imagining America is organized around three main themes: nature and the ways diverse artists responded to the transformation of the landscape  from pastoral to industrial; how artists as different as Thomas Eakins and Jackson Pollock demonstrated the perpetual inclination to reinvent both personal and national identity; and the ways that key artists like Stuart Davis, Andy Warhol, and Jean-Michel Basquiat taught us to understand the media and popular culture on a deeper level. The authors also provide a context of social history and parallel developments in American music and film.
With an innovative design, a fabulous selection of iconic images, and an engaging juxtaposition of visual themes, Imagining America presents American art and artists in a completely new light.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300109979
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 11/11/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 12.14 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

John Carlin is an independent writer and curator. He is also chief executive officer of Funny Garbage, a premier media developer in New York City. Jonathan Fineberg is Gutgsell Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois, Champaign, and author of the critically acclaimed textbook Art Since 1940: Strategies of Being.

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Table of Contents

1 America Pastoral 1
Finding nature 4
Two tales of the city 12
City lights 20
The new nature 30
Spiritual america 42
The industrial wilderness 58
2 Songs of Myself 73
The end of realism 76
Slipping glimpses 84
A map of the mind 92
The space between art and life 110
Slipping selves 124
3 Media is the Message 141
The looking glass 144
In memory of our feelings 150
City of signs 160
Andy warhol is a readymade artist 166
The spiritual wilderness 178
I'll be your mirror 186
Notes 196
List of Illustrations 199
Index 203
Acknowledgments 206
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