The American School: Artists and Status in the Late Colonial and Early National Era by Susan Rather
Thu. January 28, 2016
The American School: Artists and Status in the Late Colonial and Early National Era
What did it mean to be an American artist in the 18th- and early-19th-century transatlantic world? In this first comprehensive art-historical study of the subject, Susan Rather examines the status of artists from different geographical, professional, and material perspectives: portrait painting in Boston and London, the trade of art in Philadelphia and New York, the negotiability and usefulness of colonial American identity in Italy and London, and the shifting representation of artists in and from the former British colonies after the Revolutionary War, when London remained the most important cultural touchstone. The book interweaves nuanced analysis of well-known artists (John Singleton Copley, Benjamin West, and Gilbert Stuart, among others) with accounts of non-elite painters and ephemeral texts and images such as painted signs and advertisements, all well represented in this richly illustrated book. Throughout, Rather questions the validity of the term "American,” which she sees as provisional—the product of an evolving, multifaceted cultural construction.
Article by Hannah Wong published in Fall 2015 issue of American Art Journal
Thu. January 7, 2016
Hannah Wong, Ph.D. candidate in Art History, published her article, "Powering Portraiture: Francis Picabia's 291 Mechanomorphs Revived," in the fall 2015 issue of American Art Journal.
John Clarke published in Not Even Past
Fri. December 11, 2015
Dr. John Clarke's article "New Digital Technologies Bring Ancient Roman Villa to Life," describing his team's research of an ancient villa destroyed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that covered Pompeii, was published in Not Even Past.
Eddie Chambers' Black Artists in British Art: A History Since the 1950s listed in Art Forum Best 2015 Books
Mon. December 7, 2015
Eddie Chambers' Black Artists in British Art: A History Since the 1950s was listed in Artforum's Best of 2015: Books.