American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America

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Harvill, 1999 - Art - 635 pages
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Robert Hughes begins where American art itself began, with the Native Americans and the first Spanish invaders in the Southwest; he ends with the art of today. In between, in a scholarly text that crackles with wit, intelligence and insight, he tells the story of how American art developed. Hughes investigates the changing tastes of the American public; he explores the effects on art of America's landscape of unparalleled variety and richness; he examines the impact of the melting-pot of cultures that America has always been. Most of all he concentrates on the paintings and art objects themselves and on the men and women - from Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins to Edward Hopper and Georgia O'Keeffe, from Arthur Dove and George Bellows to Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko -awho created them. This is an uncompromising and refreshingly opinionated exploration of America, told through the lens of its art.

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A good overview and robert hUghes is a good writer who takes you with him on his journey Read full review

Review: American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America

User Review  - Goodreads

A good overview and robert hUghes is a good writer who takes you with him on his journey Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Robert Hughes was born in Australia in 1938. Since 1970 he has lived and worked in the United States, where he has been Time magazine's art critic for more than twenty-five years. He is the recipient of a number of awards and prizes for his work, including one from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Age Book of the Year Award for The Fatal Shore. Robert Hughes died in August 2012.

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