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Here is the most thorough, well-researched, and beautifully illustrated study ever to examine American art from a cultural perspective. The author presents art and artists within the context of their times, including insights into the styles, trends, and political climate that defined each important era.
* Decorative arts
* Folk Art
Highlighted by more than 750 magnificent illustrations (165 in full color), this reference surveys American art from its beginnings in the colonial period through contemporary works, and charts the growth of a distinctly American art culture.
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Wayne Craven (Newark, DE) is the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Professor of Art History, Emeritus, at the University of Delaware, where he has taught for forty years. Mr. Craven is the author of several other art-related titles and has curated exhibitions at the White House.From Booklist:
This substantial and well-illustrated survey takes an unusually holistic approach to discussing American art by placing architecture, decorative arts, painting, photography, and sculpture within cultural and historical contexts. Craven begins his history just before the arrival of European colonialists and takes care to chronicle the art of America's full spectrum of races and ethnic groups, men and women alike. His volume is also free of any regional bias; the Southwest, Deep South, Midwest, and California are covered just as thoroughly as the Northeast. Craven establishes seven main stylistic periods--colonial, Federal, romantic, the American Renaissance, early modern, postwar modern, and postmodern--and then goes into great detail within each section, profiling individual artists and discussing the effects of various social, political, and technological changes on aesthetics and the role of art in daily life. His coverage of American photography and twentieth-century art are particularly dynamic, but his examples and emphases prove to be insightful and creative throughout. A cogent and comprehensive resource. Donna Seaman
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