Made in the U S A: Modern/Contemporary Art in America

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iUniverse, 2010 - Art - 560 pages
This book begins with an abbreviated background on the origins and development of European Modernism. This is followed by attention to a transitional phase moving art's center from Paris to New York. Next is examination of various phases of Contemporary Art as it evolved in this country. The coverage is broad - inclusive of Black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian American and Caucasian artists of both sexes and of every age group. The story is told against a background of socio-political events/affairs. There is a wealth of information augmented by selected visual matter that is listed with links for e-readers, greatly enhancing the portability of this art book. This feature allows readers to browse further and to learn via textual matter and visual/audio tapes. Targeted audiences include college students, artists, and general readers.

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I wonder about the accuracy of the information in this book. I specifically read page 275 online, because I was a friend of Paloma Cernuda, and was surprised to find that the author states that she was African American. I believe that she was at least part Argentinian, and possibly part Brazilian, and appeared to be Caucasian of European descent. I don't care about anyone's race, creed, color, etc., but Paloma has passed on, and I want to set the record straight (to avoid confusion) for the sake of an accurate memory of a great person and artist. 


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My qualifications include 5 years as a Associate Director, Neuberger Museum, SUNY-Purchase museum director and 12 years, Director Hillwood Art Museum & Public Art Program, Long Island University, C. W. Post campus. I taught Contemporary and Modern Art on the university level for 15 years and lectured on the subject for 25 years. Moreover, I have written 3 books on the topic plus numerous articles, essays and stints as newspaper art columnist/reviewer. My education has consisted of a B.A. in Art Education, MFA in Painting and a Ph.D. in Modern/Contemporary art. For years I served on the New York State Council of the Arts and have also been part of panels for the MTA, AAM and NY Percent for Art. All of my life, I have been involved with art in some capacity - doing it, studying it, curating it, writing about it, talking about it and making decisions about funding for it. Living in New York offers incredible opportunities to to view recent and historical art. This I do on at least a weekly basis, visiting museums and galleries. Perhaps the most valuable possibility is visiting artists' studios and talking with them about their work.

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