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American arts at The Art Institute of Chicago : from Colonial times to World War I
Barter, Judith A., 1951-
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First edition.
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Chicago, Ill. : Art Institute of Chicago ; New York : Distributed by Hudson Hills Press, [1998]

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359 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
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N6507 .B37 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
N6507 .B37 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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This comprehensive catalogue presents the Institute's great collection of American paintings, sculpture, and decorative art, including furniture, silver, and glass.

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Library Journal Review

This visually stunning publication, which focuses on a wide range of the finest examples of decorative arts created in this country between 1650 and 1920, presents the heart and soul of the American art collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. The introduction sets the tone of the catalog with an essay on the evolution of the collection, including context regarding the rise of Chicago as a major urban center after The Great Fire of 1871. Following this, the catalog is divided into four chapters, each representing a different era in American art history: "Colony to Nation," "Young Republic," "Civil War Era and the Gilded Age," and "Modern Era." The featured artifacts are placed in historical context through brief essays accompanying each painting or piece of sculpture, furniture, or silver or glassware. Among the host of artists represented are John Singleton Copley, Frederic Remington, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Frank Lloyd Wright. This noteworthy volume is highly recommended for all types of library collections focusing on American or decorative arts.ÄStephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The Art Institute of Chicago has been fortunate in its patrons, directors, and curators. Barter presents a selection of 200 (from almost 3000) of the museum's American works, dating from Colonial times to WW I. The different choices in collecting from the founding in 1882 are traced; the totality--an extraordinarily fine and comprehensive collection. Individual objects are discussed in chronological order; painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts are intermingled. Each is illustrated and accompanied by an intelligent, succinct essay, often with one or two supplementary illustrations--a print from a 17th-century publication shows the relation of a New York chest, or kast, to its Dutch precursors; an 1876 illustration shows a sculpture, The Freed Slave, different from the Institute's The Freedman, by J.Q.A. Ward, of 1863; a portrait of Manet is compared with that of Whistler. The essays skillfully provide basic information about each piece--its origin, purpose, use, or meaning in the context of its period. The overall historical flow is conveyed. Texts and notes reflect recent scholarship. Amateurs and specialists alike will enjoy this beautifully produced and informative volume. All levels. J. J. Poesch emeritus, Tulane University