Encyclopedia of American art before 1914

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Noncirculating (3)
Location Collection Call #
Carnegie Library of McKeesport Art Books R 709.7303 En19
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
Collection  Art Books
Call Number  R 709.7303 En19
Community Library of Castle Shannon Non Fiction Ref 709.73 Encyclop
Location  Community Library of Castle Shannon
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  Ref 709.73 Encyclop
Northland Public Library Nonfiction 709.31 EN1
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  709.31 EN1
A one-volume work covering all the major artistic developments in the USA from the Colonial period until 1914. From pioneering artists, such as John White, who recorded the native flora, fauna, and peoples of the early Virginia and North Carolina settlements, to the pivotal 1913 Armory Show,the entries chart the evolution of artistic traditions in the emerging American nation. The book features 500 biographies of such well-known figures as John Singleton Copley, Benjamin West, Thomas Cole, and Paul Revere; it also includes some 30 new biographies of late 19th century and early 20thcentury Californian artists, who have frequently been overlooked in previous literature.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The epic Dictionary of Art [RBB D 15 96] has spawned several new series of art encyclopedias. Encyclopedia of American Art before 1914 and Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean Art are the first titles in the Grove Encyclopedias of the Arts in America series. Five other series are planned and will focus on ancient, Asian, African, Australasian, and European art. The aim is to offer smaller, more accessible (and affordable) one-to three-volume encyclopedias, using an arrangement similar to that of the larger set. The original authors of articles in Dictionary of Art were contacted for these works, and many revised and updated their contributions. Bibliographies have also been updated, and numerous black-and-white and color illustrations have been added. The 835 entries in American Art before 1914 cover photographers, painters, architects, sculptors, collectors, engravers, furniture makers, and more. There are articles on major cities (e.g., Chicago, New York, and San Francisco) and their art and architecture and major art movements and styles (e.g., Arts and Crafts Movement, Greek revival, Hudson River school). One criticism of the earlier set was an apparent neglect of West Coast artists, and that has been remedied in this work. Even more useful is Latin American and Caribbean Art, because it explores less-familiar ground. There are 1,296 entries covering individuals (with 25 new biographies of contemporary artists), cities, forms, and movements and schools in Central and South American and the Caribbean, from the European conquest to the present day. Lengthy survey articles examine the artistic development of each nation. There is also an entry on Latin American artists of the USA, which discusses the contributions of U.S. artists of Chicano, Puerto Rican, and Cuban heritage. In both volumes, the signed entries are arranged alphabetically with main headings in bold type. Cross-references guide the reader to other related entries, and each article includes a brief bibliography and often listings of unpublished sources. Crisp black-and-white illustrations punctuate the double columns of text, and the center of the book features 40 pages of sharp color illustrations. Biographical entries provide complete birth and death dates (and often places), always a welcome feature in a reference work. An appendix lists the locations of each of the works of art reproduced. Another appendix lists the full titles of periodicals referred to in abbreviated form in the bibliographies. For collections in need of a solid, well-researched sourcebook on American art before the modern period, or on the art of Latin America and the Caribbean, these works fit the bill, particularly for those libraries unable to afford the "mother" set."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Grove encyclopedias of the arts of the Americas.
Subjects Art, American -- 18th century -- Encyclopedias.
Art, American -- 19th century -- Encyclopedias.
Publisher New York :Grove's Dictionaries,1999
Contributors Turner, Jane, 1956-
Language English
Description xxiii, 688 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 27 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 1884446035 (alk. paper)
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