Reading American Art / Edition 1

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This anthology brings together twenty works of recent scholarship on the history of the visual arts in the United States from the colonial period to 1945. The selected essays - all written within the past two decades - reflect the interdisciplinary character of current art historiography in America and the variety of approaches that contribute to the dynamism in the field. The authors take up diverse subject - from colonial portraits to nineteenth-century sculptures of women to photographic images of New York - and invite those with a general knowledge of the history of American art to think more deeply about art and culture.
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Jeffrey Hayes
A much needed, thoughtfully chosen array of influential essays that will introduce students to the many ways of approaching American art.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300069983
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 901,002
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Editors' Preface
1 The Seventeenth-Century New England Mercantile Image: Social Content and Style in the Freake Portraits 1
2 Character and Class: The Portraits of John Singleton Copley 12
3 Charles Willson Peale's Expressive Design: The Artist in His Museum 38
4 Thomas Cole and the Aristocracy 79
5 "A Correct Likeness": Culture and Commerce in Nineteenth-Century Rural America 109
6 The Painter's Triumph: William Sidney Mount and the Formation of a Middle-Class Art 128
7 "Doomed to Perish": George Catlin's Depictions of the Mandan 150
8 Narratives of the Female Body: The Greek Slave 163
9 The Ideal Works of Edmonia Lewis: Invoking and Inverting Autobiography 190
10 "The Kiss of Enterprise": The Western Landscape as Symbol and Resource 208
11 The Gross Clinic, or Portrait of Professor Gross 232
12 Winslow Homer in His Art 264
13 Mary Cassatt: Painter of Women and Children 280
14 Image and Ideology: New York in the Photographer's Eye 302
15 John Sloan's Images of Working-Class Women: A Case Study of the Roles and Interrelationships of Politics, Personality, and Patrons in the Development of Sloan's Art, 1905-16 311
16 O'Keeffe and the Masculine Gaze 350
17 The Open Window and the Empty Chair: Charles Sheeler's View of New York 371
18 The Birth of a National Icon: Grant Wood's American Gothic 387
19 The Question of Difference: Isabel Bishop's Deferential Office Girls 409
20 Jackson Pollock: Representing the Unconscious 440
Contributors 465
Acknowledgments 468
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