Renegade Regionalists: The Modern Independence Of Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, And John Steuart Curry by James M. DennisRenegade Regionalists: The Modern Independence Of Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, And John Steuart Curry by James M. Dennis

Renegade Regionalists: The Modern Independence Of Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, And John Steuart…

byJames M. Dennis

Paperback | March 15, 1998

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Famous for iconic images of the rural Midwest—such as American Gothic, Politics in Missouri, and Baptism in Kansas—Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and John Steuart Curry have long been lumped together under the rubric the "Regionalists." James M. Dennis offers a fresh and sophisticated look at the modernist tendencies of this trio of American painters, arguing that the individual styles of Wood, Benton, and Curry were both mislabeled and misunderstood. Revisiting the artistic and political culture of America between the World Wars, he shows that critics and ideologues—from Time Magazine to the Partisan Review—pigeonholed, praised, or pilloried the Regionalists to serve their own critical intentions.

James M. Dennis is professor of art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He is the author of Grant Wood: A Study in American Art and Culture, as well as of  catalogs for the traveling exhibition Grant Wood: An American Master Revealed and for the Grant Wood collection of the Cedar Rapids Art Center.
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Title:Renegade Regionalists: The Modern Independence Of Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, And John Steuart…Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:March 15, 1998Publisher:University of Wisconsin Press

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ISBN - 10:0299155846

ISBN - 13:9780299155841

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"Dennis offers many fresh new observations on the nature of regionalism . . . a major contribution to the field."—Choice