Rethinking Andrew Wyeth by David CateforisRethinking Andrew Wyeth by David Cateforis

Rethinking Andrew Wyeth

EditorDavid CateforisContribution byWanda M. Corn, Alexander Nemerov

Hardcover | July 9, 2014

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Andrew Wyeth is one of the best loved and most widely recognized artists in American history, yet for much of his career he was reviled by the art world’s critical elite.Rethinking Andrew Wyethreevaluates Wyeth and his place in American art, trying to reconcile these two opposing images of the man and his work.

In addition to surveying the American critical reception of Wyeth’s art over the seven decades of his career, David Cateforis brings together a collection of essays featuring new critical and scholarly responses to the artist. Donald Kuspit’s compelling psycho-philosophical interpretation of Wyeth exemplifies the possibility of new approaches to understanding his work that move beyond the Wyeth "curse,” as do those of the other contributors to this volume#151;from the close analysis of Wyeth’s technical means offered by Joyce Hill Stoner, to the adventuresome interpretive readings of individual Wyeth paintings advanced by Alexander Nemerov and Randall C. Griffin, the considerations of Wyeth’s critical reception in historical context offered by Wanda M. Corn and Katie Robinson Edwards, and the connections of Wyeth to other canonical artists such as Francine Weiss’s comparison of him to Robert Frost and Patricia Junker’s linkage of Wyeth and Marcel Duchamp.

Rethinking Andrew Wyethincludes an appendix with data from visitor surveys conducted at the Wyeth retrospectives in San Francisco in 1973 and Philadelphia in 2006. Illustrated throughout with both iconic and lesser-known examples of Wyeth’s work, this book will appeal to academic, museum, and popular audiences seeking a deeper understanding and appreciation of Andrew Wyeth’s art through its critical reception and interpretation.

Edited by David Cateforis, with essays by David Cateforis, Wanda M. Corn, Katie Robinson Edwards, Randall C. Griffin, Patricia Junker, Donald Kuspit, Alexander Nemerov, Joyce Hill Stoner, and Francine Weiss.

This volume’s release coincides with an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 2014,Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In.
David Cateforisis Professor of Art History at the University of Kansas, where he teaches American, modern, and contemporary art. He has lectured and published widely on 20th-century American art and has contributed essays to numerous museum exhibition and collection catalogues; publishers include the Des Moines Art Center, Nelson-Atkin...
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Title:Rethinking Andrew WyethFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.69 inPublished:July 9, 2014Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520280296

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Rethinking Andrew Wyeth
David Cateforis

Andrew Wyeth in Critical Perspective
David Cateforis

Lifting the Curse
Wanda M. Corn

The Messages in Andrew Wyeth's Medium
Joyce Hill Stoner

The Glitter of Night Hauling: Andrew Wyeth in the 1940s
Alexander Nemerov

Andrew Wyeth's Christina's World: Normalizing the "Abnormal" Body
Randal C. Griffin

Laymen, Experts, and Midcentury America: Jackson Pollock and Andrew Wyeth
Katie Robinson Edwards

Kindred Spirits: Robert Frost and Andrew Wyeth
Francine Weiss

Andrew Wyeth, Rebel
Patricia Junker

Surviving the Conceptual Collapse of Art in the Modern Age of Anxiety: Andrew Wyeth's Place in Twentieth-Century Art
Donald Kuspit

Appendix: Andrew Wyeth Visitor Surveys, 1973 and 2006
Notes
Index
Acknowledgments

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"This volume of essays looks at him afresh, exploring his critical reception and offering new interpretations of his work from a range of art-historical and biographical perspectives."