- Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art Series
- Hardcover: 652 pages
- Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art; First Edition edition (September 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300085184
- ISBN-13: 978-0300085181
- Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.4 x 1.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Art and the Empire City First Edition Edition
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In 1825 the Erie Canal, connecting the Atlantic with the American heartland via the Great Lakes, was completed, and in 1861 the Civil War, disrupting American unity, began. This volume examines the exhilarating period between these two far-reaching events. The Erie Canal turned the port of New York into the gateway to the United States, ushering in a time of enormous growth and change for the city of New York. Still very much a work in progress, New York became both an international economic and cultural center: it was transformed into what contemporary observers variously termed the Empire City, the Great Emporium, and the Empress City of the West.
The cultural component of this transformation was as significant as its economic aspect. Highly skilled artists and craftsmen working in New York, both native born and immigrant, grew in number, and institutions devoted to the arts emerged and flourished. With Broadway at its heart, the Great Emporium developed into the nation's major manufacturing and retailing center, the depot for luxury goods made in and around the city and imported from Europe.
The complex story of the proliferation of the arts in New York and the evolution of an increasingly discerning audience for those arts during the antebellum period is the focus of this book, which accompanies a major exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In essays that will interest scholars as well as a more general audience, specialists from the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, and the University of California at Berkeley bring new research and insights to bear on a broad range of subjects. Their texts offer both historical and cultural contexts and explore the city's development as a nexus for the marketing and display of art, as well as private collecting; landscape painting viewed against the background of tourism; new departures in sculpture, architecture, and printmaking; the birth of photography; New York as a fashion center; shopping for home decorations; changing styles in furniture; and the evolution of the ceramics, glass, and silver industries. This volume is lavishly illustrated in color and black and white, providing reproductions of the more than three hundred works in the exhibition as well as comparative material. A checklist of works in the exhibition, a bibliography, and an index are included.652 pages; 642 illustrations, including 412 in full color; checklist of the exhibition; bibliography; index The book accompanies an exhibition that opens at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on 11 September 2000 and ends 7 January 2001.
About the Author
Catherine Hoover Voorsanger is Associate Curator, Department of American Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Project Director, "Art and the Empire City: New York, 1825--1861." John K. Howat is Lawrence A. Fleischman Chairman, Departments of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Edited by Catherine Hoover Voorsanger and John K. Howat - this book was written by a stellar panel of experts to accompany the Metropolitan Museum's breathtaking exhibition in 2000. Each chapter is a masterful essay - covering the entire social, political, and economic development of every aspect of art, industry, commerce, social mores, fashion, entertainment - and more!
Among the topics presented, the following are traced in great depth: Urbanity in Antebellum New York, early Art Exhibitions, private and public Collectors and their Collections, Painting - including local and world influences, Sculpture - and it's gradual acceptance in America, Architects and Architecture, Printmaking, early Photography, Ladies and Men's Fashion, Furniture and Cabinetmaking, Glass and Ceramics, Silver and precious metals.
New York is contrasted with other great cities - both in America and Europe - and the effect that they had on each other.
This book is written with intelligence and respect for the reader. The narrative is almost as good as living through the entire period, and I found that each time I sat down to read another chapter - it was like taking a small vacation and being assimilated into the best that the period had to offer.
The illustrations are superb, gleaned from multiple Museum and Private Collections. In addition to some old favorites, there are quite a number of previously unpublished items to whet our appetites!
This is an impressively large book encompassing 636 pages. If you love American Art and History - you will LOVE this book. It stands alone in it's category - and should be a must for the collector of Nineteenth Century American Art & Antiques.