The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects
Hardcover ISBN: 1594205299
The Smithsonian Institution is America's largest, most important, and most beloved repository for the objects that define our common heritage. Now Under Secretary for Art, History, and Culture Richard Kurin, aided by a team of top Smithsonian curators and scholars, has assembled a literary exhibition of 101 objects from across the Smithsonian's museums that together offer a marvelous new perspective on the history of the United States. Ranging from the earliest years of the pre-Columbian continent to the digital age, and from the American Revolution to Vietnam, each entry pairs the fascinating history surrounding each object with the story of its creation or discovery and the place it has come to occupy in our national memory. Kurin sheds remarkable new light on objects we think we know well, from Lincoln's hat to Dorothy's ruby slippers and Julia Child's kitchen, including the often astonishing tales of how each made its way into the collections of the Smithsonian. Other objects will be eye-opening new discoveries for many, but no less evocative of the most poignant and important moments of the American experience. Some objects, such as Harriet Tubman's hymnal, Sitting Bull's ledger, Cesar Chavez's union jacket, and the Enola Gay bomber, tell difficult stories from the nation's history, and inspire controversies when exhibited at the Smithsonian. Others, from George Washington's sword to the space shuttle Discovery, celebrate the richness and vitality of the American spirit. In Kurin's hands, each object comes to vivid life, providing a tactile connection to American history. Beautifully designed and illustrated with color photographs throughout, The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects is a rich and fascinating journey through America's collective memory, and a beautiful object in its own right.
An American Vision
Paperback ISBN: 0714874191
The peerless and comprehensive survey of this important American artist, now available in paperback for the first time This thoroughly researched, immensely readable study on Winslow Homer, one of America's most significant and prolific painters, presents a full account of his life and work and offers a fresh and provocative reassessment of his place in the history of late nineteenth-century art. Homer's work is popular and accessible, and Griffin's text, with its solid documentation, original research and fresh interpretations, has become an essential survey of Homer and his creative output.
Barbs, Prongs, Points, Prickers, and Stickers
A Complete and Illustrated Catalogue of Antique Barbed Wire
Paperback ISBN: 0806108762
On the Great Plains, a land barren of wood and rock for the traditional rail and stone fences, the wire fence was a logical invention. Hundreds of barded-wire designs were invented, and the more practical patents were manufactured and shipped west at great profit. Today collectors are carefully searching out that wire for both enjoyment and historical interest. This book was designed to provide a well-organized identifying, classifying, and cataloguing system for the many designs and variations of barded wire. Nearly one thousand drawings and three indexes to patents, inventors, and manufacturers provide an immediate means of identification.
Currier & Ives' America
From a Young Nation to a Great Power
2nd Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0789212587
The definitive book of Currier & Ives prints, now available in a new format and price point! In the 1800s, long before the days of photojournalism and television, colorful up-to-date pictures of news events, portraits of important political and social figures, and scenic views of American natural wonders were circulating widely all through the country. From early in the exciting century that saw a small nation expand into a mighty world power, the famous lithographic firm of Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives produced over 7,000 lithographs picturing scenes of American life, portraits of American leaders, and dramatic re-creations of the events that make the news of the day. Each Currier & Ives prints was individually colored by hand, and the skilled craftsmanship as well as keenness of observation make Currier & Ives prints among the most collectible of Americana. This book features the largest number of Currier & Ives prints ever reproduced in a single volume, as well as many that have never been published. It contains more than three hundred illustrations in full color.
The Epic History of Art in America
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0679426272
The companion volume to a eight-part, PBS series traces the history of art in America, from the early works of Native Americans, through its richly varied evolution, to the present day, including critical commentaries, anecdotes, profiles, and hundreds of illustrations. TV tie-in. 100,000 first printing.
Hardcover ISBN: 1555953352
Artist Charles Biederman (1906-2004) had a long life and a long career during which he wrote 14 books and many articles and created art that attracted the support of Pierre Matisse, Katherine Kuh, and Clement Greenburg, among others. Despite travels in Europe and connections in Paris, he decided to settle in Chicago, and then in Red Wing, Minnesota. This oversize volume (10.5x12.5") features a narrative describing every phase of Biederman's life, photos of the artist, and abundant full-page color plates of paintings, drawings, and sculptures. A friend and colleague of Biederman, Neil Juhl Larsen (1956-2006), initiated the writing but died before completion; Susan C. Larsen, an independent curator based in Maine, completed the manuscript. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Before Ever After
The Lost Lectures of Walt Disney's Animation Studio
Hardcover ISBN: 1484710819
BEFORE EVER AFTER is a compilation of never-before-seen lecture notes from classes that were held in preparation for the production ofSnow White. Walt knew that to fulfill his once-impossible dream of crafting a feature-length animated film,he had to establish an on-campus art school for his staff. He hand-picked Don Graham, a respected instructor from the Chouinard Art Institute, to hold classes on entertainment, drawing, and acting and was also innovative enough to document the thought process behind the nascent art form of feature animation.Guest lecturers included Frank Lloyd Wright who spoke about art philosophy and USC psychology professor Dr. Boris Morkovin who talked about humor. Previously unseen outside of the Disney studios, these lecture notes contain the wisdom behind the artistry that audiences generation after generation have come to appreciate inSnow White, and this wisdom also provided the artistic foundation for many films to come.