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Artist and Identity in Twentieth-Century America : Contemporary Artists and Their Critics - Matthew Baigell

Artist and Identity in Twentieth-Century America

Contemporary Artists and Their Critics

Paperback Published: 4th June 2001
ISBN: 9780521776011
Number Of Pages: 308

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This volume brings together a selection of essays by one of the leading scholars of American art. Matthew Baigell examines the work of a variety of artists, including Edward Hopper, Thomas Hart Benton, Ben Shahn, and Frank Stella, relating their art works closely to the social and cultural contexts in which they were created. Identifying important and recurring themes in this body of art, such as the persistence of Emersonian values, the search for national and regional identity, aspects of alienation, and the loss of individuality, he also explores the personal and religious identities of artists as revealed in their works. Collectively, Baigell's work demonstrates the importance of America as the defining element in American art.

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"Baigell provides a scholarly and serious book of 17 thought-provoking essays illustrated with 47 black-and-white images...Baigell (Rutgers Univ.) identifies important and recurring themes...His wisdom comes through with much passion. He asks unanswerable question sthat need to be "answered" again and again and deeply pondered anew...Highly recommended." Choice

Walt Whitman and early twentieth-century American art
American landscape painting and national identity: the Stieglitz circle and Emerson
The silent witness of
American art and national identity: the 1920s
The beginnings of 'The American Wave' and the Depression
Grant Wood revisited
The relevancy of Curry's paintings of black freedom
Thomas Hart Benton and the Left
The Emersonian presence in abstract expressionism
American art around 1960 and the loss of self
Pearlstein's people
Robert Morris's latest works: slouching toward Armageddon
A ramble around early earthworks
Reflections on/of
Post-War Jewish paintings
stripe paintings and Kaballah: a Jewish take
Postscript: another kind of canon
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ISBN: 9780521776011
ISBN-10: 0521776015
Series: Contemporary Artists and Their Critics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 4th June 2001
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.59

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