American Art : History and Culture

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1993-11-01
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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American Art: History and Culture is a thorough and engaging chronology of American art, including painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, photography, folk art, and graphic arts.Wayne Craven presents art and artists within the context of their times, including insights into the intellectual, spiritual, and political environment. Along the way Craven charts the growth of a distinctly American art culture. The resulting book is as much a history of American culture as of American art.

Table of Contents

Part I Colonial America

1 The New World and New Spain

2 Architecture and Decorative Arts: Virginia, New England, and New Netherland in the Seventeenth Century

3 Painting and Sculpture: The Seventeenth Century

4 Architecture and Decorative Arts: 1700-1750

5 Painting and Sculpture: 1700-1750

6 Architecture and Decorative Arts: 1750-1776

7 Painting: after 1750

Part II The Federal Period

8 Architecture: 1785-1830

9 Decorative Arts: 1785-1830

10 Painting: The Tradition of the Grand Manner, 1785-1830

11 Painting: Still Life, Genre, Landscape, and Natural History, 1785-1830

12 Sculpture: 1795-1830

Part III The Romantic Period

13 Architecture: The Age of Romanticism and Eclecticism, 1825-1870

14 The Decorative Arts: The Age of Romanticism and Eclecticism, 1800-1870

15 Painting: Landscape, 1825-1870

16 Painting: Genre, Narrative, Still Life, and Portraiture, 1825-70

17 Photography: The Early Years, 1839-1870

18 Sculpture: Neoclassicism and Naturalism, 1825-1870

19 Folk Art: A Special Mode of Vision

Part IV The American Renaissance

20 Architecture: The Age of Capitalism, Imperialism, and High Society, 1870-1900

21 Towards Modern Architecture: New Technologies and the Advent of the Skyscraper, 1850-1900

22 The Artful Interior: Cosmopolitanism, The Aesthetic Movement, and the American Home, 1870- 1900

23 Painting: The Naturalistic Tradition and Cosmopolitanism, 1870-1900

24 Painting: American Impressionism, American Renaissance, and Trompe L'Oeil Realism

25 Photography, 1870-1900

26 Sculpture: From the American Renaissance to the Western Frontier, 1870-1900

Part V The Early Modern Period

27 Architecture: The First Generation of Modernism, 1900-1940

28 Decorative Arts and Interiors: The Age of the Machine and Streamlining, 1900-1940

29 Painting: Realism and Regionalism, 1900-1940

30 Painting: The Modern Mode, 1900-1940

31 Photography: Aesthetic Maturity, 1900-1940

32 Sculpture: Tradition, Diversity, and Anarchy, 1900-1940

Part VI Post-War Modern, Post-Modern Art

33 Architecture: The International Style and the "Glass Box," 1940 to the Present

34 Architecture: Diversity and Reaction, 1940 to the Present

35 Design in America: Modern and Postmodern, 1940 to the Present

36 Painting: The African-American Experience, Social Realism, and Abstraction, 1940 to the Present

37 Painting: Hardedge Colorfield, Pop Art, and Realism, 1940 to the Present

38 Sculpture: Old Traditions and New Directions, 1940 to the Present

39 Sculpture: Feminism, Found Objects, Pop. Minimalism, and Realism, 1940 to the Present

40 Photography: 1940 to the Present




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