American Military and Wartime Art

 




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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

The Poignancy of Painting and Poetry in Bold, Cautious, True; essay by Sylvia Yount (7/14/12)

Westchester Women & War: Portraits (7/14/12)

A Soldiers View of Civil War Charleston (5/18/11)

A Soldier's View of Civil War Charleston, article by Pamela S. Wall (5/18/11)

So Bravely and So Well: The Life and Art of William T. Trego (4/19/11)

Civil War Drawings from the Becker Collection (2/3/11)

For Us the Living": The Civil War in Paintings by Mort Kunstler (9/15/10)

Red, White, and Blue: American Sculpture for and by Veterans; article by Robin Salmon (6/17/10)

Painting World War II: The California Style Watercolor Artists; essay by Glen Knowles (6/16/10)

Painting World War II: The California Style Watercolor Artists (6/16/10)

Mourning the Losses of the Civil War; article by Elizabeth Johns (5/17/10)

The Unwritten War: A Visual Story of the Civil War Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War (9/8/09)

Bold, Cautious, True: Walt Whitman and American Art of the Civil War Era (7/29/09)

Designing for Victory 1914-1945 (12/13/07)

Fire and Ice: Marine Corps Combat Art from Afghanistan and Iraq / Soldier (6/21/07)

Patriotism and Persuasion: Posters of World War I (5/16/05)

Picturing Change: The Impact of Ledger Drawings on Native American Art (11/24/04)

George Bellows: The Tragedies of War (8/9/03)

One Nation: Patriots and Pirates Portrayed by N.C. and James Wyeth; by Lauren Raye Smith (10/4/01)

One Nation: Patriots and Pirates Portrayed by N. C. Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth / Foreword; by David Michaelis (10/4/01)

Winslow Homer: The Civil War Years and Winslow Homer: The Gloucester Years (12/4/00)

Selections From The Air Force Art Collection - Keeping The Peace (10/16/00)

Eye of The Storm: The Civil War Drawings of Robert Knox Sneden (10/2/00)

One Nation: Patriots and Pirates Portrayed by N.C. Wyeth and James Wyeth (8/12/00)

For Love of Country (4/18/00)

From the Front: World War II Watercolors by Peter Sanfilippo (4/18/00)

Paul Revere: Artisan and Patriot (4/3/00)

Robert Capa: Photographs (4/2/00)

New Frontiers #4: elin o'Hara slavick (3/3/00)

Terrain of Freedom: American Art and the Civil War (9/20/99)

The Irvine Museum Receives Gift of Arthur Beaumont Paintings (2/25/99)

"A Splendid Little War" The Spanish-American War, 1898: The Artists' Perspective (2/25/99)

George Bellows: The War Series (1/16/99)

George Washington: American Symbol (12/4/98)

The Civil War Naval Scenes of Xanthus Smith (9/98)

Culture y Cultura: How the U.S.-Mexican War Shaped the West (5/25/98)

 

TFAO references:

As of 11/1/10 TFAO Digital Library contained:

 

From other web sites:

After Melville and Whitman: Contemporary Responses to the Civil War, an exhibit held April 9 - July 4, 2013 at Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. Includes online exhibit. Accessed 12/14.

American Artists in Uniform from Brown University. Accessed 4/14

The Becker Collection from Boston College, including 14 biographies with artwork images, list of exhibitions and related resources. Accessed 4/14

Bold Cautious True: Walt Whitman and American Art of the Civil War Era, exhibited at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts June 2 - August 26, 2012. Accessed 4/14

Call to Duty: World War Posters, an exhibit held 9/13/14 - 1/4/15 at the Reading Public Museum. Includes online video. Accessed April, 2015.

Center for Civil War Photography. Accessed 4/14

The Chicago Humanities Festival presents a Terra Foundation for American Art lecture series with art history lectures online, including "Art for War's Sake" November 11, 2006, by David Lubin. Accessed 4/14

The Civil War and American Art, an exhibit held May 27-September 2, 2013 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Includes 33-minute online video"Paintings on the Battlefront and Home Front," by H. Barbara Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, American Wing,. Accessed February, 2015.

The Civil War and American Art, an exhibit held November 16, 2012 - April 28, 2013 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Includes online video, podcast and press coverage. Accessed April, 2015.

Civil War Drawings from the Becker Collection, an exhibit held January 15 to April 3, 2011 at University of Richmond Museums. Accessed February, 2015.

The Civil War: Unfolding Dialogues, an exhibit held at the Addison Gallery, Phillips Academy October 14, 2011 - April 15, 2012. Accessed 4/14

Combat Artists of World War II from PBS [accessed 3/4/13]

"The coming storm: American landscape painting and the Civil War" By Eleanor Jones Harvey, from The Magazine Antiques. Accessed 4/14

Civil War Art, from AskArt.com. Accessed 4/14

Disunion! The American Civil War 150 Years Later, an exhibit held July 16 ­ December 11, 2011 at the Mead Art Museum. Includes checklist and press release. Accessed February, 2015

Dr. Seuss Went to War: A Catalog of Political Cartoons, from University of California San Diego. Accessed 4/14

Emory University, Department of English post on the World War I propaganda poster "Enlist," by Fred Spear. Accessed February 9, 2013

Femininity in Propaganda blog page by Ariana H. posted in May, 2011 discussing the propaganda poster "Enlist," by Fred Spear. Accessed February 9, 2013

STrAY: Found Poems from a Lost Time, curated by Jennifer Farrell, an exhibit held from January 25 - May 26, 2013 at The Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia. Texts include labels. Accessed May, 2014

John Rogers: American Stories, an exhibit held November 09, 2012 - February 18, 2013 at the New-York Historical Society. Includes video by curator. Accessed April, 2015.

Lima Company Memorial at Ohio Statehouse. Accessed 4/14

Military Aircraft Nose Art from University of Arizona and Dr. James S. Griffith. Accessed 4/14

Military/War Art and Artists from John Gilinsky. Accessed 4/14

Navy Art Collection Accessed 4/14

Naval Art of Thomas Hart Benton from the Navy Art Collection. Accessed 4/14

National Veterans Art Museum Accessed 4/14

Photography and photographers of the American Civil War from Wikipedia. Accessed 4/14

Remembering the Battle of Gettysburg: The Civil War Art of Mort Künstler, an exhibit held April 26 - July 28, 2013 at the Reading Public Museum. Includes online videos. Accessed April, 2015.

Selected Civil War Photographs from The Library of Congress. Accessed 4/14

Shades of Gray and Blue is a website containing elements relating to the visual arts in Civil War Tennessee including The Persistence of Memory: Commemorative Works of Art, from Vanderbilt University Libraries, Middle Tennessee State University Walker Library, and the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation. Accessed 4/14

Steve Mumford's War Journals, 2003-2013, an exhibit held February 28-June 8, 2014 at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Includes video and gallery guide. Accessed 11/20/14.

Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial, an exhibit held September 15, 2013 - January 20, 2014 at the National Gallery of Art. Includes 32:13 video, 12-page exhibit brochure and press materials. Accessed March, 2015.

US Army Official War Artists from The Great War Society. Accessed 4/14

U.S. Army Vietnam Combat Art Program by Jim Pollock. Accessed 4/14

U.S. Naval Art of Arthur Beaumont from Arthur Beaumont Naval Art Website. Accessed 4/14

United States Air Force Art Collection from University of Iowa Libraries. Accessed 4/14

War as a topic in Art & Social Issues in American Culture, a presentation of Columbus Museum of Art. Accessed 4/14

Wartime Security - Civil War Camera Shots from CCTV Camera Pros. Accessed 4/14

Your Country Calls! Posters of the First World War, an exhibit held August 2 - November 3, 2014 at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Includes gallery guide and press release. Accessed February, 2015.

 

E-books:

Cartoons of the Spanish-American War from Archive.org

Gardner's Photographic Sketchbook of War from Cornell University Library

A Photographic History of the Civil War in 10 Volumes from Quinnipiac University

 

Online video:

Art and Democracy gallery tour [14:47] from Meridian Gallery

Art of Democracy: A Talk and Tour with Art Hazelwood -- a conversation with Art Hazelwood about art, politics, and the nationwide exhibition of The Art of Democracy. part 1 [10:41], part 2 [9:30], part 3 [5:07]

Art from the Battlegrounds of Iraq, February 19th, 2008, [01:19:19] thirteeen.org says: "Panelists include five artists who have had first-hand experience of the Iraq War - embedded painter Steve Mumford; embedded photographer and filmmaker Brian Palmer; performance artist and Army Sergeant Aaron Hughes; sculptor and Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Roa; and Chief Warrant Officer-2 Michael Fay, one of two official combat artists currently serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. They discuss their experiences in Iraq and how the war has affected their art. This panel, moderated by Leonard Lopate of WNYC, was presented by the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in conjunction with the exhibition "Testimony to War: Art from the Battlegrounds of Iraq," on view until March 8, 2008.

Hidden Treasures -- The Official Art Collection of the United States Army presented as a segment of the CBS program Sunday Morning.

Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial, an exhibit held September 15, 2013 - January 20, 2014 at the National Gallery of Art. Includes 32:13 video. Accessed March, 2015.

Testimony to War: Art from the Battlegrounds of Iraq from School of Visual Arts

 

Related Books:

Brown, Thomas J. The public art of Civil War commemoration : a brief history with documents. Boston, Mass. : Bedford/St. Martin's, c 2004.

Calvin, Paula E. , Deacon, Deborah A. American Women Artists in Wartime, 1776-2010, McFarland, 2011 - 214 pages. Google Books says: "For generations, men have left their homes and families to defend their country while their wives, mothers and daughters remained safely at home, outwardly unaffected. A closer examination reveals that women have always been directly impacted by war. In the last few years, they have actively participated on the front lines. This book tells the story of the women who documented the impact of war on their lives through their art. It includes works by professional artists and photographers, combat artists, ordinary women who documented their military experiences, and women who worked in a variety of types of needlework. Taken together, these images explore the female consciousness in wartime."

Fralin, Frances. The Indelible Image: Photographs of War - 1846 to the Present. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1985.

Kelbaugh, Ross J. Directory of Civil War Photographers. Baltimore, MD: Historic Graphics, 1990.

Lewinski, Jorge. The Camera at War: A History of War Photography from 1848 to the Present Day. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1980.

Moeller, Susan D. Shooting War : Photography and the American Experience of Combat. New York : Basic Books, c1989.

Maslowski, Peter. Armed With Cameras : The American Military Photographers Of World War II. New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1993.

Neely, Mark E. The Union Image : Popular Prints of the Civil War North. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c 2000.

Sneden, Robert Knox. Images from the Storm : 300 Civil War images by the author of Eye of the storm. Edited by Charles F. Bryan, Jr., James C. Kelly, and Nelson D. Lankford. New York : Free Press, c 2001.

Thompson, William Fletcher. The Image of War : the pictorial reporting of the American Civil War. Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 1994.

Witham, George F., comp. Catalogue of Civil War Photographers : A Listing of Civil War Photographers' Imprints. Portland, OR: G. F. Witham, 1988.

Zeller, Bob. The Blue and Gray in Black and White : a history of Civil War photography. Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2005.

Vietnam Images : war and representation. Edited by Jeffrey Walsh and James Aulich. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1989.

Information courtesy of Google Books

 

11/2/10: TFAO wishes to thank Andrea Merkel for providing updated information for this topic.

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