Treasures from the Art Institute of Chicago

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At last a comprehensive, full-color volume joins Hudson Hills Press's successful series of books on one of the world's greatest art museums.
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Library Journal
The nearly 450 objects selected by director Wood reflect different directions in the Art Institute of Chicago's acquisitions over its 120-year history. While the expected fine art of Europe and America is represented (i.e., Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, drawings, and sculpture), the museum also encompasses worldwide media of various kinds, such as ceramics, textiles, and ritual items from Asian, African, and Native American cultures. One-page introductions to each of these cultural areas and chronological chapters put some of the illustrated items in context. Readers wanting further explanatory text can consult the large number of more specific catalogs published by the Art Institute through the years. This sumptuously illustrated book serves more as a highlight tour around the museum. Recommended for all public libraries.--Anne Marie Lane, Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-This compendium is not only a catalog of pieces owned by the museum, but it is virtually an introduction to the history of art throughout the world as well, using only the finest examples of each style or area. Here are the Impressionists (Georges Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte is a notable example), modern art from Ren Magritte to Andy Warhol, and American art (Grant Wood, among others). Superb examples from Asian; African; classical Greek and Roman; and other regional art, crafts, ceramics, and media add a wonderfully broad scope. Considering the architectural importance of the city of Chicago, it is not surprising to find structural pieces and drawings representative of much of modern architecture. Through a series of gifts and judicious acquisition, this museum has evolved into a glorious destination for visitors interested in art of almost any sort. The incisive text is enhanced by the excellent quality of the reproductions. The result is an engaging introduction to world art and a browser's paradise. Clear captions and a chronological, geographical arrangement make this a good source for reports, but many teens will want merely to linger and look.-Susan H. Woodcock, Chantilly Regional Library, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
This volume will give the reader a notion of the broad range and superb quality of the collection of the Chicago Art Institute. The text consists of a short history of the museum and brief introductory essays that precede the selected catalog of each area of the collection. The main purpose of the book is to showcase the high- quality color reproductions, displayed on oversize (10x12<">) pages, of the highlights from the collection Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Selected by James Wood and with commentaries by Debra Mancoff, Treasures From The Art Institute Of Chicago showcases almost 450 works of art taken from The Art Institute Of Chicago,. The entries are divided into cultural and chronological sections consisting of a short, informative text and fully captioned images reproduced in full color. An informative introduction summarizes The Art Institute Of Chicago's history, from its founding in 1879 to the present, tracing the changing aesthetic and intellectual criteria that determined the definition of "treasure" with respect to this museum's outstanding collection. An outstanding addition to any art appreciation or art history collection, Treasures From The Art Institute Of Chicago is especially recommended as a community library Memorial Fund acquisition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300116229
  • Publisher: Art Institute of Chicago
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 10.12 (w) x 12.34 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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