The American Art Book is a vibrant, fresh overview of the most influential and best-loved American artists from Colonial times to the present. Covering three centuries, it ranges from Puritan portraits, the luminous paintings of the Hudson River School and the American Impressionists, through to the videos and digital works of today's most intriguing conceptual artists. Like the enormously popular Art Book, it presents 500 artists in an A to Z format which departs from the usual emphasis on genres and time periods: Jenny Holzer faces Winslow Homer, and Robert Mapplethorpe its next to Grandma Moses, encouraging readers to contemplate the connections between art, American history and popular culture. Each artist is presented by a full-page colour plate of a characteristic work, accompanied by an informative and engaging text which places the image and artist in the context of contemporary movements and preceding traditions. The book includes an easy-to-use glossary of artistic terms and movements, and a directory of museums and public collections across the United States and around the world with important holdings of American art, making it a valuable reference work as well as a stimulating way to approach this rich and varied subject.
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