The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art is an ambitious publishing
endeavor, unparalleled in its comprehensive approach to the study
of art in the United States. Edited by Joan Marter, Distinguished
Professor of Art History at Rutgers University, the five-volume
Encyclopedia reconceptualizes American Art from the vantage point
of the twenty-first century with a new methodological approach and
broader scope than any such work published to date. The project
takes a fresh look at what American art is, how it is defined, and
who influenced it and produced it, and it offers a new foundation
for scholarship for decades to come.
Taking the American art content from Grove Art Online as its
starting point, the Encyclopedia contains entries that were
reviewed, revised, and updated as well as hundreds of new entries
that comprise an up-to-date survey of this essential and
ever-growing area of art history. It covers American painting,
architecture, sculpture, and photography from the Pre-Columbian
sources to the colonial period to the twenty-first century devoting
coverage to many previously underrepresented areas of inquiry,
including African American artists, Asian American artists, and
Native American art, both historical and contemporary. Artists,
major movements, institutions, critics, and the architecture found
in major cities of the United States are covered, as are new media
and methodologies, including digital art, performance art, and
installation art. In addition to American artists such as John
Singer Sargent, Robert Rauschenberg, Maya Lin, and Kiki Smith,
attention is also paid to individuals who have had a significant
impact on American art and art history through their activity in
the United States, including Marcel Duchamp, Erwin Panofsky, Renzo
Piano, and Max Beckmann.
With an extensive illustration program totaling over 700 images,
128 color plates, a topical outline, and a detailed bibliography
accompanying each of the more than 2,300 entries, The Grove
Encyclopedia of American Art will be of particular interest to
students, researchers, and collectors specializing in American art
as well as students and researchers in art history, American
history, and cultural anthropology.
2011 Booklist Editors' Choice
RUSA/ALA Outstanding Reference Source
Library Journal Best Reference 2011
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