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American Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago: From Colonial Times to World War I

Judith A. Barter, Kimberly Rhodes, and Seth A. Thayer, with contributions by Andrew J. Walker

CBC Honorable Mention

Hardcover $75.00
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For the first time in its history, the Art Institute of Chicago has published a catalogue highlighting its extensive collection of American arts. Among the 200 works featured in this landmark publication are paintings by Cassatt, Copley, Eakins, Homer, Inness, Sargent, and Whistler; sculptures by Greenough, Hosmer, Saint-Gaudens, and Taft; furniture from the colonial era to the 20th century, including masterpieces by Herter Brothers and Frank Lloyd Wright; and superb examples of silver and glass objects.

This copiously illustrated book begins with a lively introduction by curator Judith A. Barter on the evolution of the museum's collection and the social context in which it developed. Featured works are discussed in 150 short essays, which include new research and are the most authoritative studies of these important objects. The authors have presented their findings in an accessible style that will engage both the general reader and the specialist. For anyone interested in American art, this is an indispensable guide to an important collection.

Table of Contents:

James N. Wood 
Judith A. Barter 
American Art in the "Great Grey City": The Evolution of a Collection at The Art Institute of Chicago 
Judith A. Barter 
The American Arts Collection 
Entries by Judith A. Barter, Kimberly Rhodes, and Seth A. Thayer, with contributions by Andrew Walker 
From Colony to Nation 
The Young Republic 
The Civil War Era and the Gilded Age 
The Modern Era 
Glossary of Decorative Arts Terms

The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998 
9 1/2 x 12 in.; 360 pages; 340 illustrations 
Hardcover ISBN 0-86559-172-5