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Great American Artists

Updated on December 31, 2014
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Katherine has researched and written about many American and Australian Artists - both past and present

Find out about American Artists

Find out about great American artists of the past and present.

Artists are "great" if they are well known, if their artwork is included in major museums and art galleries and if exhibitions of their work often attracts people from miles around. To pass the art history test, their name needs to be one which is still known and well regarded even when the artist died quite some time ago. Artists can also be important to the history of American Art for a specific achievement.

Great artists in 20th and 21st centuries are those who look as if they're likely to join their peers from the past and will continue to be celebrated long after they are dead

This site includes links to

  • my websites about Great American artists
  • more information about specific named artists
  • genres of art particular to America
  • RECOMMENDED books about American Art and American Artists

Some of my books about my favourite artists from North America
Some of my books about my favourite artists from North America | Source
50 American Artists You Should Know (50...you Should Know)
50 American Artists You Should Know (50...you Should Know)

Paperback: 160 pages

Publisher: Prestel USA (April 1, 2010)

 

Book: 50 American Artists You Should Know - by Deborah N Mancoff

RECOMMENDED: This is a book for those wanting to learn more about American Art and American Artists. In common with all Prestel books of this type, the book is very accessible and provides an informative introduction to great American artists.

Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars (based on 3 customer reviews)

Artists in the book include:

  • Portraits and Figurative - John Singleton Copley, Cassatt, John Singer Sargent,
  • Landscapes - Frederic Church, James McNeill Whistler and Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Modern Art - Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, and Jasper Johns.
  • Contemporary: Cindy Sherman, Richard Serra, and Chuck Close

It also includes important but not well known American artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner - the first African-American painter to gain international acclaim

Debra N. Mancoff is a professor at the Art Institute of Chicago

Nineteenth Century - Great American Artists

These sites were developed by me as a result of projects on my blog - Making A Mark - to investigate the artist primarily using online resources. As interest grew books were bought and the sites expanded.

More American Artists of the 19th Century

Many of the famous American artists of the 19th century are associated with landscape painting and the exploration of the continent

Smithsonian Q & A: American Art and Artists: The Ultimate Question & Answer Book
Smithsonian Q & A: American Art and Artists: The Ultimate Question & Answer Book

Paperback: 224 pages

Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (July 24, 2007)

 

Book: Smithsonian Q & A: American Art and Artists: The Ultimate Question & Answer Book

Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars (3 customer reviews)

The book covers the history of American art and artists from the eighteenth century to the present and all visual arts: painting, photography, and sculpture. It also features prominent movements as well as artists from a variety of backgrounds.

Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists (Oxford Quick Reference)
Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists (Oxford Quick Reference)

Paperback: 560 pages

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (December 10, 2008)

 

Book: Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists - by Ann Lee Morgan

The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists - published in 2008 - is the first exhaustive dictionary focusing on American art in 30 years to be published in one volume

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars (2 customer reviews)

Key features include:

  • 945 A-Z entries relating to visual artists - painters, sculptors, graphic artists, photographers, printmakers etc. Descriptions go beyond bare facts to convey significance and context"
  • includes entries on notable American institutions, organizations, schools, techniques, styles, and movements
  • comments on people who have been important collectors e.g. Peggy Guggenheim
  • covers a full range of terms including artists of all mediums from painting to video, critics, historians and curators, institutions, techniques, styles, and movement
  • Introduction discusses American art as unique genre and criterion used for who and what was included in the Dictionary

20th Century - Great American Artists

More website by me about American Artists - this time these are American Artists who practiced in the 20th century

About Georgia O'Keeffe - American Painter (site is being moved)
Find out about Georgia O'Keeffe - American painter and pioneer of American Modern Art: - her life and influences; - her flower paintings - her southwestern l...

Great Contemporary American Artists

American Contemporary Artists practising in the 20th and 21st centuries

20th Century - More Great American Male Artists

Below you can some of the artists who worked in the USA in the 20th century and became famous internationally for their art. It's worth noting that not all were born in America - some emigrated to America

Video: Jackson Pollock painting (1950)

Contemporary American Women Artists - contemporary artists of the 20th and 21st centuries

Photography is a common theme among female contemporary artists. Sculpture and installation art is another

American Art: History and Culture, Revised First Edition
American Art: History and Culture, Revised First Edition

Paperback: 688 pages

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; Revised edition (November 8, 2002)

Revised First Edition

 

Book: American Art: History and Culture, Revised First Edition - by Wayne Craven

Rated: 4.1 out of 5 stars (11customer reviews)

American Art provides a survey and chronology of American Art. It covers painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, photography, folk art, and graphic arts. Both art and artists are presented within the context of their times.

Seven main stylistic periods are identified by the author: Colonial, Federal, Romantic, the American Renaissance, Early Modern, Postwar Podern, and Postmodern.

The insights into the intellectual, spiritual, and political environment provide a history of American culture as well as American art.

American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America
American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America

Paperback: 648 pages

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; 1st edition (November 9, 1999)

 

American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America

Amazon reviews: 4,0 out of 5 stars (28 customer reviews)

Robert Hughes's book was first published to accompany a television series (PBS). Its 9 chapters cover the people, events and changes in art across three centuries. The author is particularly good at social commentary that connects art to its context and vice versa.

Self Taught, Outsider, and Folk Art: A Guide to American Artists, Locations and Resources
Self Taught, Outsider, and Folk Art: A Guide to American Artists, Locations and Resources

Paperback: 326 pages

Publisher: Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub; Subsequent edition (December 1999)

 

Self Taught, Outsider, and Folk Art

A Guide to American Artists, Locations and Resources

Betty-Carol Sellen and Cynthia J. Johanson's book provides a reference point for all those interested in the folk art of American and artwork produced by self-taught artists and that considered to rate the term Outside Art

The two authors are both members of the Folk Art Society of America and the American Library Association.

The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford Quick Reference)
The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford Quick Reference)

Publication Date: September 3, 2009

Previously entitled The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists

 

The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists

Features of the fourth edition of this essential and authoritative reference work by Ian Chilvers are as follows:

  • Over 2,500 entries which cover Western art - from ancient Greece to the present day
  • Biographical entries for all the different players in the art economy - focusing primarily on the artists - but also including the patrons, dealers, collectors and critics
  • Comprehensive coverage of the different art movements, styles, materials and techniques across the centuries
  • Thorough coverage of styles, groups and movements,
  • Listing of materials, tools and techniques,
  • Entries include quotations from artists and critics

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      Thought I was familiar with all the great American artists - apparently not! Great Hub.

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