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Title Making American taste : narrative art for a new democracy / edited by Barbara Dayer Gallati ; contributions by Linda S. Ferber, Ella M. Foshay, Kimberly Orcutt ; [authors, Barbara Dayer Gallati ... [et al.]].
Publisher [New York] : New-York Historical Society ; London : in association with D Giles Limited, c2011.
 Oversize  ND1451.5 .M35 2011  AVAILABLE
Descript 324 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 x 30 cm.
Note Published on the occasion of an exhibition held at the New-York Historical Society, New York, Nov. 11, 2011-Aug. 19, 2012, and followed by 3 other venues.
Summary "Making American Taste features fifty-five works from the New-York Historical Society's collection that cast new light on both the history of American art and the formation of American cultural ideals during a crucial period from the 1830s to the late 1860s. By integrating history, literary and religious subjects with now better-known examples of rural and domestic genre, the exhibition explores the broad range of styles and narrative themes that appealed to nineteenth-century Americans seeking cultural refinement. The exhibition includes Louis Lang's The Return of the 69th (Irish) Regiment, 1862, a Civil War masterpiece rediscovered, as well as works by such canonical artists as Benjamin West, Asher B. Durand, William Sidney Mount and Eastman Johnson. Additionally, significant works by artists who were major figures in their own time, such as Daniel Huntington, Henry Peters Gray and T. H. Matteson, but who have been virtually ignored in current American art surveys, are also on exhibition. The reintegration of these "forgotten" works into the larger art-historical framework challenges the canon of current taste that has elevated genre to a privileged position at the expense of other narrative modes (including Stuart and Tudor, Shakespearean, and idealized subjects inspired by European masters). Together the works expand our understanding of the tastes of the nineteenth-century New Yorkers whose gifts formed the New-York Historical Society's core collections."--Publisher's website.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Foreword / Louise Mirrer -- Preface and acknowledgments / Linda S Ferber -- Note to the reader -- Taste, art. cultural power in nineteenth century America / Barbara Dayer Gallati -- "Nature's Nation": American taste and landscape painting, 1825-1876 / Linda S Ferber -- Luman Reed and Robert L Stuart: a double portrait / Ella M Foshay -- Artists' biographies and catalogue entries / Barbara Dayer Gallati and Kimberly Orcutt.
ISBN 9781904832768 (hardcover)
1904832768 (hardcover)
9780916141172 (softcover)
0916141179 (softcover)
Subject Narrative painting, American -- 19th century -- Exhibitions.
Art, American -- 19th century -- Exhibitions.
Painters -- United States -- 19th century -- Biography -- Exhibitions.
New-York Historical Society -- Exhibitions.
Alt Author Gallati, Barbara Dayer.
Ferber, Linda S.
Foshay, Ella M., 1948-
Orcutt, Kimberly.
New-York Historical Society.
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