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Artists in Their Studios: Images from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Artby Liza Kirwin
Synopses & Reviews
Published in conjunction with the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art, this book provides insight to the work of American artists and their unique studio spaces.
Over 100 photographs with letters and other primary source materials (notes, sketchbook pages, invitations, etc.) offer an intimate perspective on the work and studios of over 100 significant American artists from the late 19th century to the 1970s. ARTISTS IN THEIR STUDIOS shows the evolution of studio spaces and by extension the public/private personae of the artists. It also informs the public about the holdings of the Smithsonian's Archives and creates an awareness of the value of these primary sources as historical evidence.
Book News Annotation:
What an extraordinary, rich collection--a demonstration of how pictures can speak a thousand words. Like a privileged visit, the photos heighten our sense of each artist's personality, work methods, and practical realities. Kirwin, curator of manuscripts at the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art, and her assistant Joan Lord offer an intimate view of 75 important American artists from the late 19th century to the present. Each artist is presented in a two- page spread, the primary focus a photo of the artist in his or her studio, which is accompanied by brief text and other materials such as facsimiles of letters and sketches. Offering further enrichment is a section of transcriptions of letters and notes--personal, unfiltered writings, sparkling with feelings and ideas. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Liza Kirwin is the curator of manuscripts at the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her articles have appeared in the Archives of American Art Journal, Artforum, Drawing, The Magazine Antiques, American Art, American Libraries Journal, and other publications. She is the author of More Than Words: Illustrated Letters from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art and coauthor of Artists in Their Studios: Images from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art. She lives in College Park, Maryland.
Joan Lord received her M.A. in Art History f rom the George Washington University in Washington D.C. She is a curatorial assistant at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, and the coauthor of Artists in Their Studios: Images from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art.
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