Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists

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Hailed by Choice as "concise, clear, and very informative," The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists—the first such dictionary to appear in three decades—offers an informative, insightful, and long overdue resource on our nation's artistic heritage. Featuring 945 alphabetically arranged entries, here is an indispensable biographical and critical guide to American art from colonial times to contemporary postmodernism. Readers will find a wealth of factual detail and insightful analysis of the leading ...

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Overview

Hailed by Choice as "concise, clear, and very informative," The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists—the first such dictionary to appear in three decades—offers an informative, insightful, and long overdue resource on our nation's artistic heritage. Featuring 945 alphabetically arranged entries, here is an indispensable biographical and critical guide to American art from colonial times to contemporary postmodernism. Readers will find a wealth of factual detail and insightful analysis of the leading American painters, ranging from John Singleton Copley, Thomas Cole, and Mary Cassatt to such modern masters as Jackson Pollack, Romare Bearden, and Andy Warhol. The range of coverage is indeed impressive, but equally important is the quality of analysis that appears in entry after entry. Morgan gives readers a wealth of trustworthy and authoritative information as well as perceptive, well-informed criticism of artists and their work. In addition, the book is thoroughly cross-referenced, so readers can easily find additional information on any topic of interest.

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Independent scholar Morgan revises her 2007 edition to incorporate recent scholarship into nearly 1000 multiparagraph entries. While packed with vital information, the book's concern with spatial economy often leads to frustrating tail chases: when artists or movements are defined solely by See also references, a researcher arrives at the new term only to find another See also reference. Art world figures, defined solely by such forwarding references, frequently lack adequate definition and are consistently difficult to locate in other figures' biographies. However, the book is portable, panoramic in scope, and insightful throughout.


—Savannah Schroll Guz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195373219
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/10/2008
  • Series: Oxford Paperback Reference Series
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Lee Morgan works as an independent scholar in Princeton, New Jersey. She has taught art history at the University of Illinois at Chicago and worked in publishing as an editor of art reference books.

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