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American realism: Twentieth-century drawings and watercolors from the collection of Glenn C. Janss

Martin, Alvin

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ISBN 10: 0918471044 / ISBN 13: 9780918471048
Published by San Francisco, Calif., 1986
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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240 pages, b&w and color illustrations. Light edge wear. Several pages w/ slightly bent corners, else a very clean, tight copy. Record # 451021. Bookseller Inventory # 451021

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Title: American realism: Twentieth-century drawings...

Publisher: San Francisco, Calif.

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: None

Edition: 1st Edition

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Book by Martin, Alvin

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Both these works combine exhibition catalog with a study of aspects of 20th-century American art. However, the media, approaches, and results are different. In An American Renaissance art historians and critics celebrate an unprecedented flowering of talent. The period since 1940 has been one of rapid change, of new art forms and movements, and the treatment must result in a "synoptic history," a brief glimpse from the New York School through "neo-everything." The decision to sacrifice depth for breadth makes the work visually attractive but intellectually less rewarding, and much of the writing is bogged down in jargon and lists of names. There is, however, a useful bibliography with sections for specific artists. A handsome, but by no means necessary, purchase. American Realism is the catalog of over 200 selections from a major private collection. Martin explores the state of mind that is realism, the effort to define the self in relation to the environment by description. The 13 categories identified for analysis (Natural Landscape through Urban Scene) are grouped in an evolutionary fashion to represent the historic development of the world and the artist's changing relationship to it. One can experience the development of the collector's eye and reap the visual reward of the collector's commitment, aesthetic judgment, and knowledge. A welcome, if not essential, addition to larger collections. Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York
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