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Author Mitchell, Mark DeSaussure, 1975- author.

Title The art of American still life : Audubon to Warhol / Mark D. Mitchell ; with essays by Bill Brown, Mark D. Mitchell, Katie A. Pfohl, and Carol Troyen.

Publication Info. Philadelphia, PA : Philadelphia Museum of Art ; New Haven, CT : in association with Yale University Press, [2015]


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 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    758.4097 MIT    Available
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Description xiii, 271 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map, portraits ; 31 cm
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Note "Published on the occasion of the exhibition Audubon to Warhol: the art of American still life, Philadelphia Museum of Art, October 27, 2015-January 10, 2016"--Title page verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-265) and index.
Contents Foreword / Timothy Rub -- Philadelphia still life and American art / Mark D. Mitchell -- Fruit, flowers, and Lucky Strikes: The still life in American culture / Carol Troyen -- Object cultures and the life of things / Bill Brown -- Still life's shifting ground: American interpretations / Katie A. Pfohl -- Plates / Mark D. Mitchell -- What is a still life? -- Describing, 1795-1845 -- Indulging, 1845-1890 -- Discerning, 1875-1905 -- Animating, 1905-1950 -- Looking back through Pop.
Summary The first survey of American still life in three decades, this exhibition offers 130 oil paintings, watercolors, and works in other media representing the finest accomplishments in the genre. Featuring masterpieces by John James Audubon, the Peale family, William Michael Harnett, Georgia OKeeffe, Andy Warhol, and others, this exhibition explores American still life from its beginnings in the late 1700s to the Pop Art era of the 1960s. Taking a fresh approach to the subject to reveal the genres astonishing variety, the exhibition presents four distinct eras of American still life, each defined by a unique culture of seeing objects: describing, indulging, discerning, and animating. Within these sections, visitors are encouraged to explore still life as a reflection of American identity and culture through time.
Still life is generally an art of intimacy, intended for display in homes and other private settings. From the perfect serenity of tabletop compositions created by Raphaelle Peale (1774-1825), to the trompe loeil illusions of William Michael Harnett (1848-1892), to the explosive floral abstractions of Arthur B. Carles (1882-1952), still lifes provoke the senses and reward close looking. The exhibition employs theatrical displays and interactive technologies to encourage substantive, personal encounters with the works. The genre has a special connection to our region: Philadelphia artists first defined American still-life practice and remained at its forefront well into the twentieth century. This exhibition is the first to explore this distinctive aspect of American still-life painting.
Subject Still-life painting, American -- Exhibitions.
Still-life painting, American -- 19th century -- Exhibitions.
Still-life painting, American -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.
Added Author Brown, Bill, 1958- author.
Pfohl, Katie A, author.
Troyen, Carol, author.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, host institution.
Added Title Audubon to Warhol
ISBN 9780876332689 (PMA)
0876332688 (PMA)
9780300204117 (Yale)
0300204116 (Yale)

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