Stock Image

Picturing Power: Portaiture And Its Uses In The New York Chamber Of Commerce.

Kusserow, Karl.

0 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0231123582 / ISBN 13: 9780231123587
Published by Columbia University Press, New York, 2013
New Condition: New Hardcover
From Ad Infinitum Books (Mount Vernon, NY, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since August 10, 1999

Quantity Available: 2

Buy New
List Price: US$ 65.00
Price: US$ 60.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 4.99 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

424 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. BUSINESS. The almost three hundred portraits that once composed the New York Chamber of Commerce's renowned collection capture the giants of American business with aesthetic and symbolic power. The images of civic leaders and entrepreneurs, carefully assembled over two hundred years, tell the story of American industry as shaped and reflected in the life of a major institution. Interpreting these images as historical documents, Picturing Power traces the establishment, growth, and eventual decline of the nation's most powerful business organization. Lavishly illustrated, this book also charts the social and aesthetic course of institutional portraiture in the United States. From its inception in 1768, the Chamber regulated and codified commercial practice, provided business interests with a unified means of forming and advancing their agendas, and consolidated and elevated the status of its members and their professions. By linking commercial development to social and cultural progress, portraiture did much to support these ends. Whether enhancing, sanitizing, or stabilizing the reputations of business leaders; downplaying their wealth; or whitewashing their questionable practices, portraiture fashioned a public identity that matched corporate and civic needs as they evolved over time.By following changes in the use of these images, Picturing Power reveals the strategies and preoccupations of an American business culture that strove for egalitarian virtue while remaining firmly committed to the principles of competitive capitalism. Americans' shifting and ambivalent relationship to commerce situates these portraitsÑrepresentations of the human face of businessÑat the critical intersection of enduring contests in American life, between self-interest and the greater good, between equality and the social hierarchy that wealth engenders. (Key Words: Portraits, Power, Business, Karl Kusserow, New Chamber of Commerce). Bookseller Inventory # 78389X1

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Picturing Power: Portaiture And Its Uses In ...

Publisher: Columbia University Press, New York

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: Advance Reading Copy..

Book Type: book

About this title

Synopsis:

The almost three hundred portraits that once composed the New York Chamber of Commerce's renowned collection capture the giants of American business with aesthetic and symbolic power. The images of civic leaders and entrepreneurs, carefully assembled over two hundred years, tell the story of American industry as shaped and reflected in the life of a major institution. Interpreting these images as historical documents, Picturing Power traces the establishment, growth, and eventual decline of the nation's most powerful business organization. Lavishly illustrated, this book also charts the social and aesthetic course of institutional portraiture in the United States.

From its inception in 1768, the Chamber regulated and codified commercial practice, provided business interests with a unified means of forming and advancing their agendas, and consolidated and elevated the status of its members and their professions. By linking commercial development to social and cultural progress, portraiture did much to support these ends. Whether enhancing, sanitizing, or stabilizing the reputations of business leaders; downplaying their wealth; or whitewashing their questionable practices, portraiture fashioned a public identity that matched corporate and civic needs as they evolved over time.

By following changes in the use of these images, Picturing Power reveals the strategies and preoccupations of an American business culture that strove for egalitarian virtue while remaining firmly committed to the principles of competitive capitalism. Americans' shifting and ambivalent relationship to commerce situates these portraits―representations of the human face of business―at the critical intersection of enduring contests in American life, between self-interest and the greater good, between equality and the social hierarchy that wealth engenders.

About the Author:

Karl Kusserow is curator of American art at the Princeton University Art Museum.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Ad Infinitum Books has been an Internet bookseller since 1999. We offer both new and used copies of books still in print as well as those that are out of print. The best way to locate books that may be of interest to you on our website is by entering a Keyword; e.g., Cookbooks, Judaica, Abraham Lincoln, Plays, Film, and so on. If there is a particular title you are looking for, we urge you to send us an email. Or else, just enter the title on our website along with any other relevant information, such as how much you are willing to spend to obtain the book. We promise to give your inquiries our prompt attention. Please keep in mind that you can also reach us by telephone at (800) 697-0402 or (914) 664- 5930. We look forward to hearing from you should you have any questions.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

William Brandon DBA Ad Infinitum Books
7 North MacQuesten Pkwy
Mount Vernon NY 10550
914 664 5930
adinfinitumbooks@yahoo.com
William Brandon/Andrew Brennan

Checks, Money Orders, Master card, Visa, Discover and American Express
accepted.
$4.95 for first book and $1.50 for each addl. book. Free shipping for
domestic orders over $100.
Priority shipping and handling, $7.95 for first book, and $2.00 for each addl.
book.
Customers outside the U.S. please inquire for rates.
Will accept P.O.s from libra...

More Information
Shipping Terms:

Orders usually ship within 2 business days. Shipping costs are based on books
weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may
contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order PayPal