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The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Volume 21: Art and Architecture

Charles Reagan Wilson, General Editor

544 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 32 color plates., 27 halftones, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-3718-4
    Published: January 2013
  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6994-9
    Published: January 2013

New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

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From the Potomac to the Gulf, artists were creating in the South even before it was recognized as a region. The South has contributed to America's cultural heritage with works as diverse as Benjamin Henry Latrobe's architectural plans for the nation's Capitol, the wares of the Newcomb Pottery, and Richard Clague's tonalist Louisiana bayou scenes. This comprehensive volume shows how, through the decades and centuries, the art of the South expanded from mimetic portraiture to sophisticated responses to national and international movements. The essays treat historic and current trends in the visual arts and architecture, major collections and institutions, and biographies of artists themselves. As leading experts on the region's artists and their work, editors Judith H. Bonner and Estill Curtis Pennington frame the volume's contributions with insightful overview essays on the visual arts and architecture in the American South.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi


"An informative look at who and what influences the unique visual landscape of the American South."--Library Journal

"[A] multi-year, multi-dimensional, and unprecedented series."--Library Journal

"The book's greatest asset is the large biography section, which covers artists from many media, across time periods, and of different levels of renown, while remaining accessible for most readers. Recommended."--Library Journal

“An excellent resource for the scholar, the undergraduate researcher, the preservationist, and the amateur historian interested in an introduction to thematic topics and individuals associated with Southern art and architecture. The level of scholarship is impressive and the inclusion of key bibliography for each entry is of particular merit.”--Louisiana History

"This volume will no doubt become a major reference work for scholars all across the country and will be much sought out as well by our overseas colleagues."--John Michael Vlach, George Washington University

"The impatience with which all who study and love the South have anticipated this volume make its arrival all the more heralded. It becomes instantly a must-have reference with comprehensive subject matter, well-written biographies, and profound insights into the South's cultural, material, and architectural heritage. Every page is a refutation of H. L. Mencken's jaundiced and misguided judgment of the region and its beaux arts. This volume proves again the South as a particular place."--William Underwood Eiland, Georgia Museum of Art