The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art: Volumes 1-5

ISBN : 9780195335798

Joan M. Marter
2608 Pages
246 x 302 mm
Pub date
Feb 2011
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  • More than 2,300 entries provide comprehensive coverage of American art from Pre-Columbian sources to the colonial period to the 21st century
  • An extensive illustration program includes over 700 images and 128 color plates
  • Complete coverage of American painting, architecture, sculpture, photography, digital art, and more make this a reference source without equal
  • In addition to entries on individual artists, articles on major events, movements, and exhibitions in American art add breadth and depth to inquiries
  • A bibliography accompanies each entry, providing new pathways to further research
  • Individual entries examine the lives and careers of prominent American artists like John Singer Sargent and Kiki Smith
  • Coverage includes international artists who have influenced the American landscape, including Marcel Duchamp, Erwin Panofsky, and Max Beckmann
  • Previously underrepresented areas including African American, Asian American, and Native American art and artists are given equal standing alongside traditional topics
  • Scope ranges beyond art history, with relevance to researchers in American studies, American history, and cultural anthropology

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

About the author: 

Joan Marter: Distinguished Professor of Art History, Rutgers University; author, Abstract Expressionism: The International Context (Rutgers, 2007); author, American Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Yale, 2001); editor in chief, Woman's Art Journal.


Editorial Board:
Wendy Bellion, Professor of 18th century American Art, University of Delaware
Robert Craig, Professor, College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology
Robert Hobbs, Thalhimer Chair of Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University and Yale University
Katherine Manthorne, The Graduate Center, City University of New York 
Nancy Mowll Mathews, Curator, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
Doug Nickel, Professor of History of Photography, Brown University
Pamela Simpson, Professor of Art History, Washington and Lee University
Paula Wisotzki, Professor, Department of Fine Arts, Loyola University, Chicago 

Area Editors:
James Smalls, Professor of Art History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County 
Paul Apodaca, Professor of Anthropology and American Studies, Chapman University and Visiting Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
Melissa Chiu, Museum Director, Asia Society, and Curator of Contemporary Asian American Art, New York

"This will be an invaluable reference tool for high school and college students, scholars, researchers, and general readers. Most highly recommended." --Library Journal, Starred Review

"Especially notable is the extensive treatment of artists and artwork not previously considered 'in the mainstream,' both in entries for individual artists and in overviews such as African American art and Native North American art (which is almost 100 pages long). Articles and bibliographies in the GEAA are uniformly excellent...highly recommended for its quality and new material."--Booklist, starred review

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