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"In this newly revised and expanded survey, David Bjelajac punctures the idea of a uniquely American way of seeing or representation. Instead, he sifts painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and contemporary new media within a broader material culture, documenting a visual history characterized by conflict and a rich diversity - from European colonial settlement to the themed environments of Disney and art exhibitions in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in America." "Dismissing the idea of art as a stately evolution of styles or "-isms", the author sees America's visual culture as an arena in which conflicting notions of class, gender, race, and regional allegiance are fought. Stepping outside traditional art-historical discourse, he launches into the realms of politics, religion, science, literature, and popular culture in order to analyze individual art works within their specific historical contexts. Throughout, using generous quotations from primary sources, Bjelajac pays close attention to how contemporary artists, audiences, and beholders from different backgrounds have talked about specific works, the nature of art, and the artist's role in American society"--Back cover.
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Baker County Library 709.7309 .B626a 2005 (Text) 37814002921055 NON-FICTION Book None 10/17/2017 Available -

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  • ISBN: 013145580X
  • ISBN: 0131455796
  • Physical Description: xi, 512 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 29 cm
  • Edition: Second edition.
  • Publisher: Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall, Inc., [2005]

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 490-496) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Invention and mapping of America, 1492-1760 -- Religious rituals and the visual arts in colonial America, 1620-1760 -- Art and the consumer revolution in colonial America, 1700-75 -- Revolutionary icons and the representation of republican virtue, 1765-1825 -- National identity and private interests in antebellum America, 1825-65 -- Art and commerce in the gilded age, 1865-1905 -- Modernist art and politics, 1905-41 -- Modernism, postmodernism, and the survival of a critical vision, 1941-80 -- Globalization and the culture wars, 1980-2003.
Summary, etc.:
"In this newly revised and expanded survey, David Bjelajac punctures the idea of a uniquely American way of seeing or representation. Instead, he sifts painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and contemporary new media within a broader material culture, documenting a visual history characterized by conflict and a rich diversity - from European colonial settlement to the themed environments of Disney and art exhibitions in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in America." "Dismissing the idea of art as a stately evolution of styles or "-isms", the author sees America's visual culture as an arena in which conflicting notions of class, gender, race, and regional allegiance are fought. Stepping outside traditional art-historical discourse, he launches into the realms of politics, religion, science, literature, and popular culture in order to analyze individual art works within their specific historical contexts. Throughout, using generous quotations from primary sources, Bjelajac pays close attention to how contemporary artists, audiences, and beholders from different backgrounds have talked about specific works, the nature of art, and the artist's role in American society"--Back cover.
Subject: Art and society > United States > History.
Art, American

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