Modern Art in America 1908-68

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By William C. Agee

A radical re-evaluation of American modernism through four generations of artists and their work – now in paperback.

Twentieth-century art in America has long been understood in two very separate distinct halves: pre-World War II, often considered as inferior and provincial; and the triumphant, international post-war work that made a complete break with everything that went before. Agee discovers exciting new connections between artists and artworks, which strongly suggest that 1945 was not such a dividing line in art history after all. His fresh research offers an innovative approach and a brilliant take on art history.

Paperback, 353 pages, 275 illustrations

Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 1 1/8 inches

About The Author:
William C. Agee taught at Hunter College since 1988 until his retirement in 2014 and was awarded an endowed chair in 2004, the Evelyn Kranes Kossak Professor of Art History. Prior to Hunter, he held directorships at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and at the Pasadena Art Museum. 

"That rarity of rarities, an opinionated but not eccentric scholarly history by a veteran museum curator whose every page crackles with original thinking and bears the stamp of a preternaturally sharp eye." — The Wall Street Journal

"Illuminating... Modern Art in America is a magisterial book - rich, readable, and resplendent - that promises radically to realign our understanding of a visual age more native and deeply complex in its making than has hitherto been shown." — Art Quarterly