Art of the United States, 1750-2000: Primary Sources [book review]

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Maggie Murphy, Associate Professor, Art & Design Librarian (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Art of the United States, 1750-2000: Primary Sources is a new anthology that introduces the field of American art from the nation’s inception to the end of the twentieth century, through the words of its artists, critics, patrons, and cultural commentators. The volume is somewhere between a sourcebook and a textbook, bringing together selected excerpts of historical documents and images of key art works with introductions, robust headnotes, documentary illustrations and photographs, and maps across ten chronological chapters. These chapters trace the way ideas about authority, identity, representation, and form in art have shifted amid centuries marked by the development of new cultural institutions, violent clashes over the end of slavery and the expansion of American imperialism, and ongoing political struggle for equity and justice. Throughout the text, images are treated with extended captions that, while not formal image descriptions, could serve to make the visual elements of the work more accessible to readers with vision differences. A timeline appendix, covering the period of 1500-2000 with entries that highlight significant cultural, political, and economic events further contextualizes the letters, diary entries, reviews, reports, and other writings by artists and their historical contemporaries.

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ARLIS/NA Reviews
Language: English
Date: 2020
book review, primary sources, art history, United States

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