Art in the American South: Works from the Ogden Collection

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Written for the general reader, this oversize volume (10x13.25") presents 237 full-page color reproductions of pieces selected from the Ogden Collection of Sourthern Art, which currently numbers some 1,200 works, including oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, sculptures, and photographs dating from the early 18th century to the present. Diverse selected works are arranged by theme and chronologically within each section. The text traces artistic trends and movements in the region, examining not only southern art but the vision of the South that emerges from that art. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Within the purview of American art, art historians and critics have focused on a sweeping view of this nation from the colonization of the Northeast, to the new frontier of the West, to the American Heartland, to the New York School of the 1950s, but few have looked to the art of the South as integral to the American identity. Randolph Delehanty aptly proves that engendered in southern art is the American spirit. Delehanty, former curator of the Ogden Collection, superbly culled 237 oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, photographs and sculptures from over 1,200 works of art in the collection to showcase in this book. The Ogden Collection, renowned for its remarkable breadth, is one of the most comprehensive collections of southern art in the world. Arranged both chronologically and thematically, the selected images reveal a sense of history of southern art from the 18th century to the present, that not only parallels mainstream European traditions, but goes beyond Western influence to reveal a distinctly southern characteristic, that of Folk art or Outsider art. Delehanty deftly categorized the book into subjects such as landscape, rivers and seaboards, southern flora and fauna, still-lifes, rural and urban scenes and portraits of southerners, giving balance to artists both formally trained and self-taught. In his last chapter, Delehanty reached for images with a more universal message, ones he says speak to "private visions that seek to feed the soul." Each of the images, exquisitely reproduced and carefully annotated, gives insight into the artist, the time, the narrative and a southern sensibility. If you've never had a yearning for southern light, the mystical quality of a southern landscape, or the atmospheric evocation of mist rising from the bayou, you will after reading Art in the American South. -- From Independent Publisher

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This worthy companion to William Gerdts's Art Across America: The South (LJ 12/90) and Estill Curtis Pennington's Look Away: Reality and Sentiment in Southern Art (LJ 12/89) showcases 237 works, mostly 20th-century representational paintings, from the rich and diverse collection of New Orleans entrepreneur Roger Ogden. While recognizing the pitfalls of pigeonholing all visual arts produced in the South, Delehanty, former curator of the collection, convincingly organizes such catalog themes as landscapes, marine paintings, flora and fauna, still lifes, rural and cityscapes, portraits, and spirituality. Of 150 artists represented, studio and academic practitioners are balanced against folk and outsider artists. Informative captions, color reproductions, and sources for information about each artist add appeal and usefulness. Highly recommended for regional collections and all academic art collections.?Russell T. Clement, Univ. of Tennessee Lib., Knoxville
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