Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2004. Hardbound. Tan cloth with silver lettering; teal dj with color illustration and white lettering; 456 pp. with color and bw illustration throughout. NF/VG. Item #117781
Considers select artwork rendered by American Gilded Age artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). "To the present day, Whistler's pictures, with their abstract qualities and confusing titles, remain 'uneasy pieces.' In an engaging series of linked essays, American art scholar David Park Curry explores the intersection of Whistler's determined aestheticism with the commercial art world. Common denominators in Whistler's long career -- performance, fashion, and display -- lead to a richer understanding of 'modernism' and a broader assessment of his contribution to it." (dj) The annotated and illustrated catalogue addresses 51 pieces. The book includes corresponding works by other artists of the times.
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