- Series: Photography
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Prestel Pub; First Edition edition (June 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3791327879
- ISBN-13: 978-3791327877
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,342,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Visions from America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1940-2001 (Photography) Hardcover – June 1, 2002
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About the Author
Sylvia Wolf is Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum, New York. Previously she was Associate Curator of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her publications include The Space Between: The Art of Michal Rovner, Kenneth Josephson: A Retrospective, Julia Margaret Cameron's Women, and Dieter Appelt.
Andy Grundberg is a writer, curator, and teacher. He is the author of Crisis of the Real, and is the recipient of the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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I offer one major disclaimer about this book: It features outright nudity in several pictures. I found a few photographs distasteful and unwanted. I had wished to give this book as a present, but upon seeing these pieces, knew that it would be inappropriate for many of my friends. I was sorely dissappointed that nudity was not mentioned anywhere in the book's description!
If you enjoy abstract/daring pieces of artwork, then you might appreciate this book. However, if you seek wholesome and clean art, please do not buy this book!!
In the front of the book Andy Grundberg contributes a short essay detailing the changes in photography from the fifties and from the Whitney's point of view the interesting change (and increasingly so) was loss of distinction between photographers work and artists who took photographs. The museum, rightly I think, collects work that displays innovation whatever the photo medium, which now includes video and digital imagery. New technology will increasingly blur the edges of traditional brush art and photography.
The book's production is rather conservative in design but the portfolio section works well with each photo having generous margins. The matt art paper supports the 250 screen the images are printed in. Because of the very creative and personal nature of so many of the works I think the book might achieve an interesting stature in the future.
***FOR AN INSIDE LOOK click 'customer images' under the cover.