Coney Island : Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008
Coney Island is a world-famous resort and national cultural symbol that has inspired music, literature, and films. The modern American mass-culture industry was born at Coney Island, and the constant novelty of the resort made it a seductively liberating subject for artists. This groundbreaking companion book to an exhibition at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the first to look at the site's enduring status as inspiration for artists throughout the ages.
What these artists saw from 1861 to 2008 at Coney Island and how they chose to portray it varied widely in style and mood over time from early depictions of 'the people’s beach' by Impressionists William Merritt Chase and John Henry Twachtman to modern and contemporary images by photographers Diane Arbus and Walker Evans and artists Red Grooms, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Joseph Stella and George Tooker.
This beautiful catalogue highlights more than 200 images from Coney Island's history, including paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, posters, film stills, architectural artefacts, and carousel animals. Essays by prominent scholars analyse Coney Island through its imagery and ephemera as both a place and an idea.
This exhibition catalogue won the New York City Book Awards Hornblower Award in December 2015.
- Author: Robin Frank, Chief Curator and Krieble Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Date published: March 2015
- Language: English
- Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
- ISBN: 978-0300189902
- Product Dimensions: 28.0 x 24.0 cm