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Yosemite: Art of an American Icon / Edition 1

Yosemite: Art of an American Icon / Edition 1

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This lavishly illustrated volume offers a stunning new view of Yosemite's visual history by presenting two hundred works of art together with provocative essays that explore the rich intersections between art and nature in this incomparable Sierra Nevada wilderness.
Integrating the work of Native peoples, it provides the first inclusive view of the artists who helped create an icon of the American wilderness by featuring painting, photography, basketry, and other artworks from both well-known and little-studied artists from the nineteenth century to the present. Yosemite: Art of an American Icon pursues several evocative themes, including the relationship between environment and aesthetics in Yosemite; the various ways in which artists have shaped how we see and use the park; and the dynamic intersections between art, nature, and commerce that have played out during its history.
In addition to offering a wide-ranging view of Yosemite's art over the past two centuries, the volume provides intriguing insights into the complexities and contradictions inherent in its enduring image as both an unspoiled natural wonder and a must-see spot for sightseers.

With Essays by Amy Scott, William Deverell, Kate Nearpass Ogden, Gary F. Kurutz, Brian Bibby, Jennifer A. Watts, and Jonathan Spaulding

Copub: Museum of the American West

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520249226
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/30/2006
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 9.88(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Amy Scott is Curator of Visual Arts at the Autry National Center's Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, California. William Deverell is Director of the Huntington-USC
Institute on California and the West. Kate Nearpass Ogden is Associate Professor of Art History at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Gary Kurutz is Curator of Special Collections at the California State Library. Brian Bibby is an independent scholar and author. Jennifer Watts is curator of photography at the Huntington Library. Jonathan Spaulding is executive director and chief curator at the Autry National Center's Museum of the American West.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Yosemite Calls
Amy Scott
“Niagara Magnified”: Finding Emerson, Muir, and Adams in Yosemite
William Deverell
California as Kingdom Come
Kate Nearpass Ogden
Yosemite on Glass
Gary F. Kurutz
Native American Art of the Yosemite Region
Brian Bibby
Photography’s Workshop: Yosemite in the Modern Era
Jennifer A. Watts
Revisiting Yosemite
Amy Scott
Epilogue: Yosemite Falls Again
Jonathan Spaulding
Artist Biographies
Laureen Trainer



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