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American Art: History and Culture

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"American Art: History and Culture" is a thorough and engaging chronology of American art, including painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, photography, folk art, and graphic arts. Wayne Craven presents art and artists within the context of their times, including insights into the intellectual, spiritual, and political environment. Along the way Craven charts ...more
Hardcover, 688 pages
Published 1993 by McGraw-Hill
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Craven is a typical old white guy art historian, only concerned with other old white guys. Women rarely mentioned and than almost always have their marital status included. Native Americans are idiots. Columbus was some sort of national hero. etc. etc. etc. The publisher tried to save money by printing some images in black and white which severely detracts from the appreciation of the work. A decent survey with decent critique and historical information if you can look beyo
Emma (Miss Print)
The text here was good, offering interesting background information on artists and context for the pieces (especially furniture shown). BUT a lot of the pictures were black and white, which drove me crazy and the sections on furniture were still alienating (though that might say more about me than about the book).
Tina Gauthier
I have reviewed a few American Art History books for teaching the subject to high school students. This is the best book I have found for that purpose. It is very comprehensive in touching upon different styles, movements and artists and understandable to the average high school reader.
used as jumping off point for american art and architecture class. pretty thorough.

i'm so desperate i'm putting textbooks on my list but i enjoyed it and i'm not ashamed to say it.
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