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Art Across America - Two Centuries of Regional Painting

Gerdts, William H.

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ISBN 10: 1558590331 / ISBN 13: 9781558590335
Published by Abbeville Press, New York, 1990
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Three slipcased volumes. Volume One - New England, New York, Mid Atlantic - 422 pages. Illustrated in full color and black & white. Dust jacket shows minor wear. Clean, bright copy. Volume Two - The South, Near Midwest - 396 pages. Illustrated in full color and black & white. Dust jacket shows minor wear. Clean, bright copy. Volume Three - The Far Midwest, Rocky Mountain West, Southwest, Pacific - 396 pages. Illustrated in full color and black & white. Dust jacket shows minor wear. Clean, bright copy. Red Cloth slipcase with 3/4" of light fading to cloth along mouth. Light wear overall. Additional shipping required. Record # 610393. Bookseller Inventory # 610393

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Title: Art Across America - Two Centuries of ...

Publisher: Abbeville Press, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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With over 800 artists represented by over 1,000 illustrations, the three volumes of Art Across America chronicle the development of painting in cities and towns from their beginnings to 1920. This monumental study is a landmark of scholarship, a revelation of the creative spirit that has flourished throughout this country. Three volumes, slipcased. Over 1,000 illustrations.

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Gerdts, a respected and prolific art historian at CUNY, has produced not a coffee-table book but the coffee-table itself. His three volumes, adding up to more than 1200 large pages, are roughly comparable in reach, if not structure, to the standard work by George C. Groce and David H. Wallace, New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America 1564- 1860 (Yale Univ. Pr., 1957) , although Gerdts disregards the few early artists and carries forward to cover those active by 1920. These volumes are not dictionaries, but rather geographically arranged, more selective, narratives. (The author specifically excludes artists chiefly active in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia.) There are very brief introductions to regions and illuminating summaries about art institutions and art activities embedded in the various state-by-state essays; coverage varies according to material, from four pages (Nevada) to 120 (northern and southern California). Gerdts provides no overarching conclusions but rather vast amounts of distilled information on even the smallest art centers. The extensive bibliographies, also geographically arranged, will be an aid to further research. Some 900 of the 1000 artists discussed are illustrated. Typography and layout are generous and helpful; the plates are generally good; a few typographical errors appear in names and dates. Most of the artists are of primarily local interest, and libraries will probably find the volume covering their region heavily used while the other two languish. At this price, recommended for strong art reference collections and local history collections in centers with art traditions.
- Jack Perry Brown, Ryerson & Burnham Libs., Art Inst. of Chicago
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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