An American art colony / Paul H. Mattingly.
- Vancouver ; Madison : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; Lanham, Maryland : The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., 
xxii, 257 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Artist colonies -- New Jersey -- Leonia -- History -- 19th century.
Artist colonies -- New Jersey -- Leonia -- History -- 20th century.
Art and society -- New Jersey -- Leonia -- History -- 19th century.
Art and society -- New Jersey -- Leonia -- History -- 20th century.
Artists -- United States -- Biography.
Leonia (N.J.) -- Biography.
Art and society.
New Jersey -- Leonia.
- An American Art Colony' demonstrates the social dimension of American art in the 20th century, paying special attention to the role of fellow artists, nonartists and the historical context of art production. The book treats the art colony, not as a static addendum to an artist's profile, but rather an essential ingredient in artistic life. The art colony here becomes an historical entity that changes over time and influences the kind of art that ensues. It is a special methodology of the study that collective features of three generation of artists help clarify how artists engage their audiences. Since many of these artists worked within the cultural confines of metropolitan New York and its magazine industry, they cultivated subjects that were recognizable by ordinary citizens. Early on, they drew from the emergent suburban life of their neighbors for their artistic themes. Gradually these contexts become more formally institutionalized and their subjects gravitated away from themes of ordinary life to themes more exotic, expressionistic and fanciful. A key methodology for this study consisted of an analysis of collective biographies of 170 participating artists. The theme of modern art explains here how abstraction was suborned to public images, widening the very meaning of the term modern.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Kilmer, Nicholas, writer of foreword.
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- Online version: Mattingly, Paul H., author. American art colony
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