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ISBN 10: 1560986883 / ISBN 13: 9781560986881
Published by Smithsonian, 1996
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Publisher: Smithsonian

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 60.

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Illustrated with 120 color and black-and-white reproductions showcasing works by George Catlin, Worthington Whittredge, Albert Bierstadt, Georgia O'Keefe and others, Plain Pictures is the first book to address representations of the midwestern prairie as a genre distinct from American western art. In a wide-ranging narrative, Kinsey argues that images of the grassland, far from being plain, offer a paradox of their own: the significance of the subject is equalled only by the struggle to express it.

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Artistic representations of the Midwest's prairies and plains are cloaked in metaphor in this sweeping survey of middle American landscapes from early settlement to the present day. Kinsey (art history, Univ. of Iowa; Thomas Moran and the Surveying of the American West, Smithsonian, 1992) delves deeply into the aesthetics of absence and emptiness while tracking artists' and photographers' evolving interpretations of the plains from wilderness through prosperity and decline to contemporary attitudes. More than an academic study, this book accompanies an exhibition traveling to Iowa City, Fort Worth, and Omaha. As such, major artists, including George Catlin, Karl Bodmer, Grant Wood, and Thomas Hart Benton, are amply represented along with numerous photographers, especially those sponsored by the Farm Securities Administration and contemporary photographers. Highly recommended for all academic libraries for its breadth of scholarship and thoughtful historical treatment and for larger regional public collections.?Russell T. Clement, Univ. of Tennessee Lib., Knoxville
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