Massachusetts Art History

with an emphasis on representational art



 

Introduction

This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Massachusetts Art History." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to the articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the date of publication in Resource Library.

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Texts contained in Resource Library by named authors listed by author name in alphabetical order:

Charles Webster Hawthorne Founds the Cape Cod School of Art by James R. Bakker

Artists of Cape Ann: A 150 Year Tradition by Kristian Davies

Artists of Cape Ann: A 150 Year Tradition by Kristian Davies

Tirca Karlis Gallery: Pivotal Decades of Provincetown Art by Julie Heller and Whitney Smith

Academic and Impressionist Traditions in Provincetown by Elizabeth Ives Hunter

Legacy of Cape Ann by James M. Keny

Sculptors of Cape Ann by Steven Law

The Provincetown Art Association and Museum by Christine McCarthy

The Legacy of Cape Ann: Generations of Artists Drawn to its Shores by Judith McCulloch

Bringing the Colony to Light by Alexander J. Noelle

A Legacy of Beauty: Paintings in the Boston School Tradition by Christopher Volpe

 

Articles contained in Resource Library without named authors listed by article name in alphabetical order:

A Century of Impressionism on Cape Cod

A Century of Impressionism on Cape Cod

Against The Grain: The Second Generation of Boston Expressionism

Artists of the Boston Art Club, 1854 - 1950

A Taste of Provincetown: Works From the Collection of Napi Van Dereck

Guild of Boston Artists

Keeping Time: Clockmaking in Concord, 1790-1835

The Lynn Beach Painters: Art Along the North Shore of Massachusetts, 1880-1920

Made in Massachusetts

More Than One: Prints and Portfolios from Center Street Studio, Boston

North Shore Arts Association

Rockport Art Association

The Tides of Provincetown: Pivotal Years in America's Oldest Continuous Art Colony (1899-2011)

The Tides of Provincetown: Pivotal Years in America's Oldest Continuous Art Colony, 1899-2011

 

Museums and other non-profit sources of Resource Library articles and essays:

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Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy

Art Complex Museum

Art Institute of Boston

Berkshire Museum

Boston Athenæum

Boston University Art Galleries

Cahoon Museum of American Art

Cape Ann Historical Association

Cape Ann Historical Museum

Cape Cod Art Association

Cape Cod Museum of Art

Carney Gallery at Regis College

Clark (Sterling and Francine) Art Institute

Concord Museum

Danforth Museum of Art

Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College

DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park

Fitchburg Art Museum

Fuller Craft Museum

Guild of Boston Artists

Harvard University Art Museums

Heritage Plantation of Sandwich

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Lynn Museum

MASS MoCA

Mead Art Museum

Monteserrat College of Art

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

New Bedford Art Museum

Norman Rockwell Museum

North Shore Arts Association

Peabody Essex Museum

Smith College Museum of Art

Springfield Museums

University Gallery - University of Massachussetts Amherst

Williams College Museum of Art

Worcester Art Museum

 

Other online information:

Artists from Massachusetts in Wikipedia

Artists of This Vicinity, by Mrs. Elwyn G. Campbell. Presented at the Roundabout Club in 1921 and at the Fairhaven Colonial Club in 1922, from The Millicent Libary. Accessed December 2013.

Cape Cod Artists' Registry, Published by Shank Painter Publishing/Cape Arts Review Magazine

Copley Society

Folly Cove Designers from Wikipedia

Lowell Art Association from AskArt.com

Marion Art Colony from Millicent Library, Fairhaven, MA

Massachusetts State House - from State of Massachusetts

The Nantucket Art Colony, 1920-45, a collaborative exhibition presented by the Nantucket Historical Association and the Artists Association of Nantucket,

Nonquitt Art Colony from Millicent Library, Fairhaven, MA

Provincetown Art Colony from Provincetown Art Association and Museum

Provincetown Artist Registry is a directory of artists who worked in Provincetown, MA

Rocky Neck Art Colony from rockyneckartcolony.org/ A website on the historic art colony in Gloucester, MA

St. Botolph Club

Women Artists in the Back Bay from The Boston Women's Heritage Trail

Boston Athenaeum partnered with the WGBH Forum Network for a series of lectures on American art by David Dearinger, who is Susan Morse Hilles Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Boston Athenaeum. An art historian and curator, he received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, with a specialty in nineteenth-century American art. Titles include:

 


TFAO's Distinguished Artists catalogue provides online access to biographical information for artists associated with this state. Also, Search Resource Library for online articles and essays concerning both individual artists associated with this state's history and the history of art centers and museums in this state. Resource Library articles and essays devoted to individual artists and institutions are not listed on this page.


 

Books, listed by year of publication, with most recently published book listed first:

Monuments and Memory: History and Representation in Lowell, Massachusetts, By Martha K. Norkunas. Published by Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002. ISBN 1588340856, 9781588340856. 258 pages. Google Books says: "At the center of Martha Norkunas's narrative is her intimate connection to the city of Lowell, Massachusetts through her family's rich history. She looks for the interplay of the personal and public, singular and collective memory and history through Lowell's public spaces, always examining where her personal memory converges with the history of the city."

A Guide to Public Art in Greater Boston: From Newburyport to Plymouth, By Marty Carlock. Published by Harvard Common Press, 1993. ISBN 1558320628, 9781558320628. 256 pages

Artists and the Athenæum in the Early 19th Century, by Boston Athenaeum - Art, American - 1992. "September 3 through December 31, 1992."

Boston Lithography, 1825-1880: The Boston Athenæum Collection, by Sally Pierce, Catharina Slautterback - Art - 1991

Artworks in Our Parks: An Inventory of Public Memorials, Worcester, Massachusetts, By Pamela E Beall, Don Eaton, Parks and Recreation Dept, Worcester (Mass.). Published by Parks Dept, 1986

Boston, Statues, By Walter Muir Whitehill. Illustrated by Katharine Knowles. Published by Barre Publishers, 1970. ISBN 0827170157, 9780827170155. 120 pages

Other Statues of Boston: Reproductions of Other Statues of Boston as a Sequel to Our Brochure of 1946 Entitled "Some Statues of Boston," By Allan Forbes, Ralph Mason Eastman, State Street Trust Company (Boston, Mass.), Published by State Street Trust Company, Boston 1947. 93 pages

Some Statues of Boston: Reproductions of Some of the Statues for which Boston is Famous, with Information Concerning the Personalities and Events So Memorialized, By Allan Forbes, Ralph Mason Eastman, Published by State Street Trust Company, Boston, 1946. Original from the University of Virginia. Digitized Sep 7, 2007. 75 pages

The Athenæum Gallery, 1827-1873: The Boston Athenæum as an Early Patron of Art, By Mabel Munson Swan. Published 1940. The Boston Athenæum. Art. 312 pages. Original from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Digitized Sep 12, 2007

Oil Paintings by the Guild of Boston Artists, by Arnot Art Museum - Painting, American - 1928. Catalog of an exhibition held Apr., 1928.

Monuments, Tablets and Other Memorials Erected in Massachusetts to Commemorate the Service of Her Sons in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 ..., By Alfred Seelye Roe. Published by Wright & Potter printing company, state printers, 1910. Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized Jul 18, 2006. 132 pages

 

Articles:

Joan Archer: "Women of Vision - A Century of Painting on Cape Cod" American Art Review March-April 2002 (Volume XIV, Number 2)

Christian Goodwillie & Jane Crosthwaite:"Hancock Shaker Village" American Art Review May-June 2004 (Volume XVI, Number 3)

Judith A. Curtis: "Exponents of the Boston School" American Art Review March-April 2000 (Volume XII, Number 2)

Judith A. Curtis: "Guild of Boston Artists: 90th Anniversary Exhibition" American Art Review September-October 2004 (Volume XVI, Number 5)

Erica E. Hirshler: "Women Artists in Boston 1870-1940" American Art Review September-October 2001 (Volume XIII, Number 5)

Martha Hoppin: "Women Artists in Boston, 1870-1900: The Pupils of William Morris Hunt" American Art Journal  ( vol. 13, no. 1; 1981)

R. Roger Howlett: "The Lynn Beach Painters" American Art Review March-April 1999 (Volume XI, Number 2)

Jean G. Lightman, Paul Ingbretson & Ellen E. Roberts: "A Women's Perspective at the Guild of Boston Artists" American Art Review September-October 2001 (Volume XIII, Number 5)

Leah Lipton: "The Boston Artists' Association, 1841-1851" American Art Journal ( vol. 15, no. 4; 1983)

Christine McCarthy: "Provincetown: A Community of Artists" American Art Review September-October 2003 (Volume XV, Number 5)

Christine McCarthy: "Provincetown: A Creative Colony" American Art Review March-April 2005 (Volume XVII, Number 2)

Linda Muehlig: "Painting & Sculpture from the Smith College Museum of Art" American Art Review March-April 2002 (Volume XIV, Number 2)

Linda Muehlig: "Smith College Museum of Art" American Art Review May-June 2004 (Volume XVI, Number 3)

Cindy Nickerson: "A Century of Impressionism on Cape Cod" American Art Review July-August 1999 (Volume XI, Number 4)

James O'Gorman: "Painting at Gloucester" American Art Review September-October 1973 (Volume I, Number 1)

David Paley: "American Art Selections from Amherst College" American Art Review November-December 1976 (Volume III, Number 6)

Rebecca Reynolds: "85 Years of the North Shore Arts Association" American Art Review September-October 2007 (Volume XIX, Number 5)

Kathleen Valentine: "Families of the North Shore Arts Association" American Art Review May-June 2002 (Volume XIV, Number 3)


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