Lure of the West: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Representing one of eight exhibitions in "Treasures to Go" from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, touring the nation through 2002, this book contains paintings and sculptures from the 1820s through the 1940s, including work by such artists as Charles Bird King, George Catlin, Irving Couse, and Olin Warner. Pastan, a freelance writer and editor of fine art and photography books, provides the commentary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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These picture books accompany four of the eight exhibitions traveling through 2002 while the National Museum of American Art undergoes renovation. They cover periods or themes in American art and historyDthe West from the Louisiana Purchase to the Taos School, young America from 1760 to the Civil War, the Gilded Age from the Civil War into the 1920s, and American Impressionism from 1880 to 1930. Organized alphabetically by artist, each book presents single-page color plates facing brief entries of 100-150 words written by the museum's staff. With the minimal text and the arrangement by artist, the books lack sustained arguments. Nevertheless, they give a broad overview of their particular periods, including many famous and less-well-known works, and will make quite affordable additions to public libraries. (Illustrations seen only in galleys.)DJack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago
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