American Effect : Global Perspectives on the United States, 1990-2003

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-08-01
  • Publisher: Whitney Museum of Art

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Timely and compelling, The American Effect explores the wide range of global perceptions of American society and culture in the work of artists from around the world. Encompassing both romanticized and demonized visions of the United States, these works--by approximately 50 artists from 30 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas--date from 1990 to the present and include drawing, photography, film, installation, painting, sculpture, video, and Internet art. As America increasingly comes to terms with how it is perceived abroad, this book, and the exhibition it accompanies at the Whitney Museum of American Art, look at how artists, primarily non-American, depict, imagine, and respond to America and its presence in the world. The works convey a range of responses, from anger and antagonism to affection, warmth, and humor. Essays by well-known writers touch on issues raised by the art, and curator Lawrence Rinder discusses each artist's work in context.

Table of Contents

Artist Indexp. 9
Forewordp. 11
The American Effectp. 15
Freedomp. 47
Abundancep. 63
American Tribalismp. 87
Exile and Resistancep. 107
Hegemonyp. 123
How I Met America
Sweet Violencep. 145
Global Crisis Over Iraqp. 159
Americanization, Hispanizationp. 177
Selected Bibliographyp. 189
Works in the Exhibitionp. 195
Artists' Biographiesp. 199
Acknowledgmentsp. 210
Authors' Biographiesp. 213
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