The Fine Arts in America

The Fine Arts in America

by Joshua C. Taylor, Taylor

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"Though comparatively short, it is no once-over-lightly chronicle full of insignificant names and dates. It brilliantly achieves its principal aim: to provide readers with a compact but broad and well rounded conception of the progress of the fine arts in America from ca. 1670 to the present day. . . . It is a fascinating book, full of new vistas; it has all the earmarks of an instant classic."—American Artist

"[Taylor] describes changing definitions of art as much as he describes art itself, and he shows how the shifting forms of patronage affected the forms of art. He analyzes artists' associations . . . and he shows how museums and schools have expanded the audience for art. In short, he places artists and their work in cultural context. This treatment of the social history of art is the most original and intriguing aspect of Taylor's sketch."—Journal of American History

"This is a brilliantly subtle book. It builds with one insight after another, and suddenly the reader finds that a whole new way of looking at American art is being proposed. . . . After decades of thinking and looking and teaching, Dr. Taylor has written it all down. This work will become a classic interpretation almost overnight."—Peter Marzio, director, Corcoran Gallery of Art

"Interest in American art is unlikely to abate. . . . Mr. Taylor's short book is an invaluable guide through this activity and to its traditions."—Neil Harris, Wall Street Journal 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226791517
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 02/28/1981
Series: Chicago History of American Civilization Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 7.25(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Joshua C. Taylor (1917-1981) was director of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. His many publications include Learning to Look, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Author's Preface
Art and the New Republic
The Art of Recording America
Europe and the Great Tradition
The Identification of Art with America
The Persistence of Traditional Ideals
A Crisis for Art
The Professional Artist
Collectors and Collecting
The Break with Institutional Values
An Art Community
The Artist and Society
Since 1945
A Center for Art
Bibliographical Note

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