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The Invention of Painting in America (Leonard Hastings Schoff Lectures)

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Within the modest confines of this trim and attractive volume (based on a series of lectures), Columbia art historian Rosand (The Meaning of the Mark) tells the big story of how American painting grew and struggled from colonial obscurity to its stunning mid–20th-century coming-of-age. Rosand is refreshingly unapologetic about the triumph of postwar American art, which saw abstract expressionism vanquish all before it and New York replace Paris—permanently, it appears—as the world center of art. But if he chooses not to see this dominance as a State Department plot, he is adept at delineating those historical and cultural forces (from the WPA and FDR to the Mexican muralists) that helped to bring it into being. Rosand is an able practitioner of what he calls "studio history": art history not as gossip or " 'tangible evidence' for something else," but as a practice centered on the professional lives and productions of working artists. But while the often Herculean efforts of American painters, from George Singleton Copley to Arshile Gorky, to educate themselves, make a living, find worthy subjects and deal with both European influences and a hostile or indifferent public are recounted in incisive detail, Rosand does so in a way that never strays very far from an analysis of the paintings themselves, which are generously and numerously reproduced among the 96 b&w and four-color illustrations.
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Within the modest confines of this trim and attractive volume...Columbia art historian Rosand...tells the big story of how American painting grew and struggled from colonial obscurity to its stunning mid-20th-century coming-of-age.

(Publishers Weekly 4/1/2005)

Readers will be reinspired, and their souls and minds reinvented...Highly recommended.

(Choice )

Indispensable...Rosand provides a unifying, and uniquely satisfying, view of painting in America.

(Margaret Moorman Columbia Magazine )

An academic treatise that will stimulate artists and fellow scholars.

(Stephen May American Arts Quarterly )

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Product Details

  • Series: Leonard Hastings Schoff Lectures
  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231132972
  • ASIN: B006OI3FY0
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,145,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashlee Forde on January 19, 2014
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The book was great for the purpose it was intended. The price for this text book was cheaper on-line then it was in the school book store. Will indeed use amazon for all my text book needs.
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