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A new world imagined :art of the Americas /Elliot Bostwick Davis ... [et al.] ; [edited by Fronia Simpson, Mark Polizzotti, and Emiko K. Usui].

Collection Type
Variant Title
Art of the Americas
Davis, Elliot Bostwick.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Polizzotti, Mark.
Usui, Emiko K.
Wissman, Fronia E.
Boston : MFA Publications :
New York, N.Y. : D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers
A New World Imagined / Elliot Bostwick Davis -- Native Peoples of the Americas -- Ancient cultures, modern connections / Gerald W. R. Ward -- The Americas' first art / Dorie Reents-Budet, Heather Hole -- Native North American art / Gerald W. R. Ward, Heather Hole -- Europe and the Americas -- Transatlantic passages / Erica E. Hirshler -- The classical tradition / Gerald W. R. Ward, Karen E. Quinn -- England / Nonie Gadsden, Erica E. Hirshler -- France / Erica E. Hirshler, Kelly H. L'Ecuyer -- Italy / Karen E. Quinn, Gerald W. R. Ward -- Germany / Elliot Bostwick Davis, Dennis Carr -- Spain / Heather Hole, Dennis Carr -- The Netherlands and Scandinavia / Dennis Carr, Cody Hartley -- Africa, the Near East, Asia, and the Americas. -- Artistic influences of the non-Western world / Nonie Gadsden -- Africa / Cody Hartley, Kelly H. L'Ecuyer -- The Near East / Nonie Gadsden, Heather Hole -- Asia / Nonie Gadsden, Elliot Bostwick Davis.
1st ed.
359 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), map ; 27 cm.
This work proposes a bold new look at the art of the Americas by viewing it through its intersections and relationships with the world at large. Taking the vast geography and staggering cultural diversity of the North and South American continents as its starting point, the book introduces the ways in which American art, broadly defined, has been shaped both by its encounters with cultures around the globe and by its own past, from the ancient and native populations that first inhabited these territories to the European, Asian, Scandinavian and Latino emigres who settled here. But beyond actual immigration, foreign cultures, especially the strikingly different cultures of Asia and the Islamic world, have also impacted our own in purely imaginary ways, as American artists projected their fantasies and preconceptions on these far off lands and "imported" their motifs, infusing their work with a rich, wholly invented and thoroughly American vision of the "other." Discussing over 200 artworks, from incense burners and painted drinking vessels to some of this country's most celebrated paintings and sculptures, and coinciding with the opening of MFA Boston's new Art of the Americas wing, this work offers an alternate history of the Americas through the diverse inspirations and interactions through which its art has been fashioned. -- From book jacket.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 347-350) and index.
Maps on endpapers.
Received 2011.
Call Number
Coll. N520.A5 N49 2010 c. 2
Stacks N520.A5 N49 2010 c. 1
Other People and Orgs
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Descriptive terms
Art, American
Art, Latin American
Indian art
Material Type
Massachusetts Boston