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American Art: History and Culture [Hardcover]

Wayne Craven
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April 1994 0810919427 978-0810919426 First Edition
Here is the most thorough, well-researched, and beautifully illustrated study ever to examine American art from a cultural perspective. The author presents art and artists within the context of their times, including insights into the styles, trends, and political climate that defined each important era.

He covers:
* Painting
* Sculpture
* Decorative arts
* Folk Art
* Architecture
* Photography

Highlighted by more than 750 magnificent illustrations (165 in full color), this reference surveys American art from its beginnings in the colonial period through contemporary works, and charts the growth of a distinctly American art culture.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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How often does one come across a textbook that attracts and holds the interest of audiences outside as well as inside the classroom? Craven here shares his considerable knowledge of and excitement over the subject, developed through decades-long participation in the strong American art history program at the University of Delaware. The result is a survey that art lovers, collectors, and students will all enjoy. Taking the approach that American art holds greater meaning when viewed in a cultural context, Craven has expanded the traditional scope of the topic, namely, art, sculpture, and architecture, to include photography and decorative arts as well. He divides the volume into six sections, beginning with the Native American and European material culture of New Spain and ending with Cindy Sherman and postmodern photography. The result is a visual feast of 785 photographs, 99 in color. Were all textbooks so glorious and inspiring! Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.
- Kathleen Eagen Johnson, Historic Hudson Valley, Tarrytown, N.Y.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This substantial and well-illustrated survey takes an unusually holistic approach to discussing American art by placing architecture, decorative arts, painting, photography, and sculpture within cultural and historical contexts. Craven begins his history just before the arrival of European colonialists and takes care to chronicle the art of America's full spectrum of races and ethnic groups, men and women alike. His volume is also free of any regional bias; the Southwest, Deep South, Midwest, and California are covered just as thoroughly as the Northeast. Craven establishes seven main stylistic periods--colonial, Federal, romantic, the American Renaissance, early modern, postwar modern, and postmodern--and then goes into great detail within each section, profiling individual artists and discussing the effects of various social, political, and technological changes on aesthetics and the role of art in daily life. His coverage of American photography and twentieth-century art are particularly dynamic, but his examples and emphases prove to be insightful and creative throughout. A cogent and comprehensive resource. Donna Seaman

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 687 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N Abrams; First Edition edition (April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810919427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810919426
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 19 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book June 27, 2013
Book was in great condition, really came in handy when doing class work. Would rent books in the future as a substitue to buying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "American Art" 101 July 3, 2011
By Carmen
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This is one of the texts that the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco requires for its docent training program. As a trainee I will be using this book Fall semester as we continue with the very intense study program that the FAMSF conducts. Price was reasonable, delivery on time, quality perfect.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Never received the book. June 27, 2013
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I purchased this book for a college class I was required to take and needed it right away. I ordered in plenty of time to receive it and make use of the book for my class. When my package arrived textbooksnow sent me the wrong book...some beginners book on criminology not worth 1/5 of what I paid for the other. My frantic emails and attempts to contact textbooksnow fell on deaf ears. Needless to say, I did not receive the book, ever, and was forced to pay a much higher price at a college book store.

Amazon made all of this right by me financially, as I knew they would. The seller was never heard from. Beware of any dealings with textbooksnow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you only own one American Art book September 19, 2005
By Treejb
If you only own one book on American Art it should be this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Class Material March 16, 2014
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This material was required for a class, unfortunately I did not complete the class, but for required material it was perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars American Art March 11, 2014
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This is a very good class for college Arts/125. It is very detailed on the history of art and has a lot of useful information in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars American Art History and Culture by Wayne Craven January 26, 2014
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Craven is an expert and his book is a classic textbook used in university Art History courses. It is big, as are all Art History textbooks, and full of photographs of paintings and sculptures. It was the textbook my professor recommended for the class and I found it covered the basics of the course, academic and detailed but very readable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book January 1, 2014
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I had to buy this book for an Art class that I took and it helped me with what I needed to know.
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