on March 22, 2013
A nice try but maybe a bit rushed. The coverage of the visual arts is far from 'encyclopedic' concentrating on a few parts of the South and emphasizing earlier periods. One would hardly know that Florida was an early magnet for artists or that Cuban and other Latin painters are an increasingly strong element of the New South. Every state has fine regionalists but this is a point that is not well made. Where is coverage of the many fine African American painters, past and present, who convey a very different experience of the South. Many parts of the South have been and are home to important contemporary artists; the South's contribution to the language of contemporary art is important but missing here. Without belaboring the matter, this is a very incomplete overview and should be revised and expanded to do justice to the subject.
on August 30, 2013
The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 21: Art and Architecture is a comprehensive regional guide to what has shaped the Art and Architecture of a dynamic region of the United States. I appreciate the recognition of my contribution to paintings that illuminate the understanding of southern landscape, along with my two colleagues at Florida State University, Lilian Garcia-Roig and Mark Messersmith.
on May 2, 2014
The beautifully illustrated volume is part of a valuable series on the South. This volume seems oddly disjointed in its approach, and the selection of artists and architects is puzzling, erratic, and small. It is weighted toward an esthetic approach grounded in style and is thus rather old fashioned and a contrast to the qualities of much of the series.