Imagining America: Icons of 20th-Century American Art

Imagining America: Icons of 20th-Century American Art

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An innovative and dynamic look at 20-century American art, focusing on its relationship to the nation’s evolving identity and ambitions.

How did artists of the twentieth century use their work to respond to their unique personal experiences and moment in history? This provocative question is explored in this engaging new book on American art. By focusing on broad, defining themes, embodied in the work of such pivotal artists as Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol, the authors look at how art provided a means for re-imagining America, visualizing what it had become, and where it might go in a century of turbulent change.

Richly illustrated with 400 color images, Imagining America is organized around three main themes: nature and the ways diverse artists responded to the transformation of the landscape  from pastoral to industrial; how artists as different as Thomas Eakins and Jackson Pollock demonstrated the perpetual inclination to reinvent both personal and national identity; and the ways that key artists like Stuart Davis, Andy Warhol, and Jean-Michel Basquiat taught us to understand the media and popular culture on a deeper level. The authors also provide a context of social history and parallel developments in American music and film.

With an innovative design, a fabulous selection of iconic images, and an engaging juxtaposition of visual themes, Imagining America presents American art and artists in a completely new light.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300109979
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 11/18/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 11.75(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

John Carlin is an independent writer and curator. He is also chief executive officer of Funny Garbage, a premier media developer in New York City. Jonathan Fineberg is Gutgsell Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois, Champaign, and author of the critically acclaimed textbook Art Since 1940: Strategies of Being.

Table of Contents

1America Pastoral1
Finding nature4
Two tales of the city12
City lights20
The new nature30
Spiritual america42
The industrial wilderness58
2Songs of Myself73
The end of realism76
Slipping glimpses84
A map of the mind92
The space between art and life110
Slipping selves124
3Media is the Message141
The looking glass144
In memory of our feelings150
City of signs160
Andy warhol is a readymade artist166
The spiritual wilderness178
I'll be your mirror186
List of Illustrations199

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