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Plain Pictures: Images of the American Prairie

Kinsey, Joni L.

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ISBN 10: 1560986301 / ISBN 13: 9781560986300
Published by The Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington DC, 1996
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First printing, 1996, hardcover with blue cloth boards in dust jacket, oblong quarto, 236pp., illustrated in color and b&w, with exhibition card laid in. Book near fine with handsome boards and tight binding, previous owner's signature to front flyleaf, otherwise text clean bright and unmarked. DJ near fine with hint of shelfwear and sun to spine. Exhibition catalog. Bookseller Inventory # B33409

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Title: Plain Pictures: Images of the American ...

Publisher: The Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington DC

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near fine

Edition: First printing.

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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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