BOOKS RECEIVED: Laura Anne Kalba, “Color in the Age of Impressionism: Commerce, Technology, and Art” (Penn State UP, 2017)
This study analyzes the impact of color-making technologies on the visual culture of nineteenth-century France, from the early commercialization of synthetic dyes to the Lumire brothers perfection of the autochrome color photography process. Focusing on Impressionist art, Laura Anne Kalba… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Oscar E. Vazquez, “The End Again: Degeneration and Visual Culture in Modern Spain” (Penn State UP, 2017)
As fin de siglo Spain struggled with perceived decadence and decline, the visual arts reflected the debate and influenced the outcome. This volume argues that the way artists understood and depicted the concepts of degeneration and regeneration is essential to… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Edgar Peters Bowron, ed., “Buying Baroque: Italian Seventeenth-Century Paintings Come to America” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Although Americans have shown interest in Italian Baroque art since the eighteenth centuryThomas Jefferson bought copies of works by Salvator Rosa and Guido Reni for his art gallery at Monticello, and the seventeenth-century Bolognese school was admired by painters Benjamin… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Paula Knight, “The Facts of Life” (Penn State UP, 2017)
In the 1970s, best friends Polly and April collect hazy knowledge about the facts of lifesex, reproduction, and gender normsthrough the gossip of older girls, magazines and books, and the everyday behavior of their families and teachers. What they learn… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: MK Czerwiec, “Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371” (Penn State UP, 2017)
In 1994, at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the United States, MK Czerwiec took her first nursing job, at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, as part of the caregiving staff of HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371. Taking Turns… Read More
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