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America: A History in Art: The American Journey Told by Painters, Sculptors, Photographers, and Architects Hardcover – November 1, 2008
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I do still feel that the style of writing is pretentious in that too much jargon is used without carefully defining these terms for the layman. In addition, the author uses too many run on sentences to make reading the text most tedious. If the reader can forget the writing and concentrate on the illustrations he will be overwhelmingly rewarded.
William Scheller's book, America: A History in Art, is a well-organized, beautifully illustrated review of American art that gives an informative, envigorating historical context to the work of this country's artists from its earliest years through the 20th Century and beyond. Scheller's writing style is as lively as it is unpretentious -- a breath of scholarly fresh air in what can be a suffocatingly self-important area of research. The images that the author uses to illustrate this book are not the usual, painfully predictable choices. Altogether, with its concise historical backdrop, its delightful images and its casual and yet elegant writing, this book makes an excellent addition to the library of both practicing artists and lovers of art.