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Twentieth-century American art : the Ebsworth collection
Robertson, Bruce, 1955-
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Washington [D.C.] : National Gallery of Art, [1999]

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303 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
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Catalog of an exhibition held at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Mar. 5-June 11, 2000 and the Seattle Art Museum, Aug. 10-Nov. 12, 2000.
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N6512.5.M63 R63 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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A twentieth century American art book which focuses on the collection of a St. Louis businessman, Barney A. Ebsworth. It contains colour and black and white illustrations and is intended as a companion volume to exhibitions of the Ebsworth Collection at the Seattle Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

This beautifully put together catalog showcases an exhibition of 74 paintings, sculpture, and works on paper from the collection of St. Louis businessman Barney A. Ebsworth, which traveled from Washington!s National Gallery to the Seattle Art Museum this year. It!s an especially fine example of the art of collecting, with noteworthy pieces superbly exemplifying American art up to the late 1960s. There!s an invigorating range of media and schools as well, from abstract canvases by Frank Stella and Jasper Johns to landscapes by John Marin and intimate figurative work by Alice Neel, Georgia O!Keefe, and Edward Hopper. Arranged alphabetically by artist, all 74 colorplates are accompanied by almost chapter-length biocritical essays written by curatorial luminaries on the staff of the National Gallery. These short texts are so richly informative that in a sense their educational power compensates for what!s surely lost in the visual translation of the adjacent reproductions. As good a simulacrum of actually visiting the museum as can be imagined, this would be a worthy purchase for all academic and large public libraries."Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This tome, which accompanies the exhibition of the Ebsworth Collection of Twentieth-Century American Art, covers painting, sculpture, and works on paper created between 1913 and 1998. The introductory essay by Robertson (Univ. of California, Santa Barbara) includes "History of American Modern Art"; there are copious essays on each work of art in the catalog by some ten contributors, including Brock. Each of the works and essays are enhanced with extensive references, provenance, and exhibitions. Of the 186 illustrations, 88 are in color. The catalog is lucid, thorough, and comprehensive, while introducing new art concepts concerning the influences in the evolution of the era's art with respect to the reorganization of direction, manipulation of surfaces textures, color use, materials, media, techniques, styles, light, reflection, refraction, and shadow (shade) rather than relying on those theories previously accepted in the century. Indeed, Robertson's historical essay is most thought-provoking, suggesting that the artists were far more studied, analytical, and innovative with relevance to the "isms" of the period. More than a coffee-table book; it demands not only a greater and immediate understanding of the period but an astute knowledge of that which influenced and preceded it. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. R. R. Henry; Pine Manor College