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Still Looking: Essays on American Art
John Updike
1400044189
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Published primarily in the New York Review of Books, the collected essays in Still Looking are less art criticism than finely honed art appreciations. Reviewers note Updike’s inquisitive tone and earnest interest in his subject matter. The often honored (an American Book Award, an O. Henry Prize, a National Medal for the Humanities) and prolific author once aspired for a career in cartooning and studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford, England. The major complaint, if it can be registered as such, is that Updike is so effective at bringing these works to life that the book, though amply illustrated, provokes frustration that the exhibitions are no longer running.Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.

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Arthur Dove: Watercolors and Pastels
Melanie Kirschner
0807614475
November 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
The first book to focus exclusively on the luminous watercolors and pastels of Arthur Dove (1880-1946), this volume explores the contributions of these mediums to the development of Dove's distinctive images of the American landscape. Dove's landmark pastel series of 1911-12, "The Ten Commandments," represents American modernism's first breakthrough into abstraction. His subsequent pastels of the 1910s and 1920s provided him with the stylistic innovations he later adapted in his oil paintings. Watercolor became the primary medium of Dove's summer months in the early 1930s and remained so throughout his career. Bringing together watercolors and pastels from collections across the country, this book will be of deep interest to both scholars and admirers of twentieth-century American art.

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Arthur Dove: A Retrospective
Debra Bricker Balken
0262522403
August 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
For years it seemed that the American abstractionist Arthur Dove was nearly forgotten. This book, compiled to accompany the first major exhibition of his work since the early 1970s, is a worthy tribute to his legacy. Dove's small, vibrant, enigmatic abstractions, like those of his good friend Georgia O'Keeffe, were tied to his observations of the world around him. There were always a few of his works on view at the Washington, D.C., Phillips Collection, which sponsored the exhibition in conjunction with the Addison Gallery of American Art. However, Dove's work rarely turned up in print--except for the witty yet uncharacteristic collage The Critic--a monocle on roller skates. This collection, long overdue, is chock-a-block with color plates of paintings, collages, drawings, family photographs, and other...


Arthur Dove: A Retrospective
Debra Bricker Balken
0262024330
September 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
For years it seemed that the American abstractionist Arthur Dove was nearly forgotten. This book, compiled to accompany the first major exhibition of his work since the early 1970s, is a worthy tribute to his legacy. Dove's small, vibrant, enigmatic abstractions, like those of his good friend Georgia O'Keeffe, were tied to his observations of the world around him. There were always a few of his works on view at the Washington, D.C., Phillips Collection, which sponsored the exhibition in conjunction with the Addison Gallery of American Art. However, Dove's work rarely turned up in print--except for the witty yet uncharacteristic collage The Critic--a monocle on roller skates. This collection, long overdue, is chock-a-block with color plates of paintings, collages, drawings, family photographs, and other...


Dear Stieglitz, Dear Love
Alfred Lee Morgan
0874132924
May 1988
Hardcover
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Four Artists of the Stieglitz Circle: A Sourcebook on Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, and Max Weber
R. Scott Harnsberger
0313314888
September 2002
Hardcover
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Review
“Essential for research on American modernism and recommended for all undergraduate and graduate libraries. Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals.”–Choice

Book Description
Providing a detailed annotated bibliography and research guide to the Stieglitz Circle and four of its leading members--Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, and Max Weber--this new sourcebook offers a chapter on each of the four artists. Complete with biographical essay and guides to writings, statements, correspondence, books, articles, reviews, reference sources, and archival sources, each artist's chapter gives the researcher an exhaustive catalogue of relevant material.

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Slogans or Distinctives: Reforming Christian Higher Education
David L. Wolfe
0819189898
March 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
In this book, the authors first identify the "educational slogans" that often mark Christian higher education-"All truth is God's truth," "Integration of Faith and Learning," "Holistic Education," and "The Personal Touch," for example. The authors then contrast these supposed distinctives with tacit assumptions prevalent in traditional models of Christian higher education. They first propose an agenda for existing Christian liberal arts colleges and then a new model called Ambrose House, consisting of interrelated phases. One chapter is a dialogue between two fictional characters, one defending Christian higher education and the other opposing it. Contents: Foreword; To the Reader; Prologue: A Rabbit Tale; From Slogans To Distinctives; Possibilities and Prioritites: A Dialogue in Which a Skeptic Calls Christian Higher...


An American Point of View: The Daniel J Terra Collection
Elizabeth Kennedy
0932171273
February 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A Pennsylvania native who made his fortune in fast-drying printer's ink, Terra (1911-1996) was praised by Ronald Reagan as a man who was "doing more for American art than any other man in the history of the country." While that may be a stretch, Terra did amass a very respectable collection of American paintings during his lifetime, and he worked hard to share his enthusiasm with others; cultural conservatives considered his private philanthropy to be a model of post-public support for the arts. His Terra Museum of Art in downtown Chicago was inaugurated in 1987, and five years later he founded the Musée d'Art Américain in Giverny, France; this fine catalogue collects the highlights of his collection from both museums. Revealing a traditional but intelligent aesthetic, the Terra paintings present a...


Debating American Modernism
Debra Bricker Balken
1891024493
January 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This handsome, complexly imagined catalogue for a traveling art exhibition of the same name proffers a new, organizing schism to early-century avant-garde artmaking: namely, a division between French arch-conceptualist Marcel Duchamp and red-blooded American photographer Alfred Stieglitz, who foresaw radically different aesthetic futures for American modernism, and whose personalities set the tone of the New York art world at the time. In two well-considered essays, with rich reproductions by luminaries such as Georgia O'Keefe, Arthur Dove, and Marsden Hartley (on the Stieglitz side), and Man Ray, Francis Picabia, and Jean Crotti (on Duchamp's side), the authors trace divergent responses to artistic polarities of the day-masculine/feminine, Nature/machine-and find in both camps a similar recourse to the...


Democratic Visions: Art and Theory of the Steiglitz Circle, 1924-1934
Celeste Connor
0520213548
December 2000
Hardcover
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Artforum¹s Bookforum
"[A] compelling argument for the richness and complexity of this underappreciated phase of American art."

Times Literary Supplement
"[Q]uestions the assumption that . . . [the] modernist movement only took root in America in the 1940s with Abstract Expressionism."

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