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5.0 out of 5 stars File under cultural studies as well as art, 11 Jun 2012
Phillyfan (Nottingham UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures: Orientalism in America, 1870-1930 (Paperback)
If you are only looking for images of orientalist art then there are better choices than this book (I would recommend the catalogue to the Tate exhibition, 'The Lure of the East'). While it does have many excellent examples of orientalist painting, what this book does is explore the effects of orientalism on American culture between the 1880's and 1920's. This includes fashion and advertising, American attitudes towards the east, and even a chapter on a Masonic Society set up with orientalist practices and rituals, including wearing a fez! The photographs and illustrations connecting orientalism with American culture are just as interesting as the examples of painting. I would recommend this to anyone interested in American history, American culture, or American art.
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