The first one-volume dictionary of American Art to be published in thirty years, this essential resource’s 945 alphabetically-arranged entries offer an insightful and informative view of America’s artistic heritage. An indispensable biographical and critical guide to American art from colonial times to contemporary postmodernism, this long overdue resource provides readers with a wealth of factual detail and perceptive analysis of America’s leading painters, ranging from John Singleton Copley, Thomas Cole, and Mary Cassatt to such modern masters as Jackson Pollack and Andy Warhol. Prominent sculptors and photographers are also covered - from Alexander Calder to Louise Nevelson and Man Ray to Walker Evans - as well as contemporary installation artists, including video master Bill Viola. The dictionary also provides entries on notable American institutions, organizations, schools, techniques, styles, and movements, while examining important individuals connected to the art scene, such as the collector Peggy Guggenheim and the critic Clement Greenberg.
Morgan offers readers a wealth of authoritative information as well as perceptive, well-informed analysis and criticism of artists and their work. In addition, the book is thoroughly cross-referenced, so readers can easily find additional information on any topic of interest. Well-written, filled with fascinating historical background and penetrating insight, The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists is an essential one-volume resource for art lovers everywhere.