New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press with Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and the Terra Foundation for American Art, 2015. First/First. Hardcover. Beautifully color-illustrated boards with white lettering on navy blue spine. 280 pp. with 260 color images and occasional bw figures. VG. Item #152094
With an introduction, Landscape Painting across the Americas: An Inquiry, by the three editors. The catalogue is divided into 6 sections: Land Icon Nation; Field to Studio; Land Encounter Territory; Land as Resource; Land Transformed; and Icon Nation Self. Each chapter contains an overview, at least two case studies, separate sections on individual artists/paintings, and more, all by different expert authors. "As nations in the Americas gained independence in the early 19th century, a pictorial landscape tradition emerged. By 1840, landscape painting had become the primary medium for articulating conceptions of land and nation in the development of North and South American cultural identity. Picturing the Americas offers the first comprehensive treatment of this genre on both American continents, bringing into dialogue the landscape traditions of artists practicing between 1840 and 1940. Includes works by U.S. artists Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Church, and Georgia O’Keeffe; Canadian artists Joseph Légaré, Frances Anne Hopkins, and Lawren Harris; Mexico’s José María Velasco, Uruguay’s Joaquín Torres-García, and Brazil’s Tarsila do Amaral, among many others. Leading scholars offer a Pan-American perspective on these landscape traditions: essays consider the emergence of modernism, as well as how the development of landscape imagery reflects the intricately intertwined geographies and sociopolitical histories of the peoples, nations, regions, and diasporas of the two continents." Catalogue to accompany the exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), June to September 2015; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, Arkansas), November 2015 to January 2016; and Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo (Brazil), February to May 2016.