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Art and the Empire City
New York, 1825-1861; [in Conjunction With the Exhibition "Art and the Empire City: New York, 1825-1861", Organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Held There From September 19, 2000, to January 7, 2001]
Book News Presented in conjunction with the September 2000 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, this volume presents the complex story of the proliferation of the arts in New York and the evolution of an increasingly discerning audience for those arts during the antebellum period. Thirteen essays by noted specialists bring new research and insights to bear on a broad range of subjects that offer both historical and cultural contexts and explore the city's development as a nexus for the marketing and display of art, as well as private collecting; landscape painting viewed against the background of tourism; new departures in sculpture, architecture, and printmaking; the birth of photography; New York as a fashion center; shopping for home decorations; changing styles in furniture; and the evolution of the ceramics, glass, and silver industries. The 300-plus works in the exhibition and comparative material are extensively illustrated in color and b&w. Oversize: 9.25x12.25. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)