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This new survey provides a complete history of American art and architecture from its seventeenth-century colonial beginnings to the latest installation and video work. Structured chronologically, the book defines the characteristics of the different periods and highlights the consistent forms, techniques, and styles that mark the art and architecture as distinctively American. Michael J. Lewis charts the ways in which American artists and architects both adopted and diverged from earlier European models to create an original visual language of their own. He also shows how that language in turn came to influence and eventually dominate art and architecture around the world.

Professor Lewis integrates discussions of both buildings and works of visual art, revealing the shared social and aesthetic concerns that underlie the two. Vernacular, religious, secular, and corporate architecture appears alongside paintings, sculpture, photography, and new-media art. All the major American artists and works from the seventeenth century to today are included, such as epic history paintings by Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley; sublime landscapes by Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, and Frederick Church; society portraits by John Singer Sargent; groundbreaking abstract expressionist and pop art by Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, and Andy Warhol; and challenging sculptural, installation, and video works from more recent years by Robert Gober, Fred Wilson, and Matthew Barney.

In architecture, dozens of different building types are illustrated and discussed, from the earliest colonial houses and churches to the most spectacular modernist and postmodernist houses, stations, museums, and iconic skyscrapers.

Synopsis:

An accessible, concise, and beautifully written survey of American art and architecture from 1600 to the present.

Synopsis:

Provides an introduction to the history of American art and architecture from its 17th-century colonial beginnings to the installation and video work. Structured chronologically, this book not only discusses the key artists and architects, art works and buildings, but also defines the characteristics of the different periods.

Synopsis:

This new addition to the best-selling World of Art Series offers an accessible, concise, and beautifully written survey of American art and architecture, from its seventeenth-century colonial beginnings to the latest installation and video work. Professor Lewis integrates discussions of both buildings and works of visual art, revealing the shared social and aesthetic concerns that underlie the two. He defines the characteristics of the different periods and highlights the consistent forms, techniques, and styles that mark the art and architecture as distinctively American.

About the Author

Michael J. Lewis teaches art history at Williams College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780500203910
Author:
Lewis, Michael J.
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Author:
Lewis, Michael
Subject:
General
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Art, american
Subject:
U.S. Architecture - General
Subject:
Architecture, American.
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
American
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Series:
World of Art
Publication Date:
20060631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
275 illustrations, 175 in color
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.3 x 6 x 1 in 1.565 lb

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Product details 336 pages Thames & Hudson - English 9780500203910 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An accessible, concise, and beautifully written survey of American art and architecture from 1600 to the present.
"Synopsis" by , Provides an introduction to the history of American art and architecture from its 17th-century colonial beginnings to the installation and video work. Structured chronologically, this book not only discusses the key artists and architects, art works and buildings, but also defines the characteristics of the different periods.
"Synopsis" by , This new addition to the best-selling World of Art Series offers an accessible, concise, and beautifully written survey of American art and architecture, from its seventeenth-century colonial beginnings to the latest installation and video work. Professor Lewis integrates discussions of both buildings and works of visual art, revealing the shared social and aesthetic concerns that underlie the two. He defines the characteristics of the different periods and highlights the consistent forms, techniques, and styles that mark the art and architecture as distinctively American.
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