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Artists in their studios; images from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art.


Artists in their studios; images from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art.

Kirwin, Liza.



191 pages




What an extraordinary, rich collection--a demonstration of how pictures can speak a thousand words. Like a privileged visit, the photos heighten our sense of each artist's personality, work methods, and practical realities. Kirwin, curator of manuscripts at the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art, and her assistant Joan Lord offer an intimate view of 75 important American artists from the late 19th century to the present. Each artist is presented in a two- page spread, the primary focus a photo of the artist in his or her studio, which is accompanied by brief text and other materials such as facsimiles of letters and sketches. Offering further enrichment is a section of transcriptions of letters and notes--personal, unfiltered writings, sparkling with feelings and ideas.

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Date:Aug 1, 2007
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