Radical Painter of the American Scene
- PUBLISHED: November 2010
- SUBJECT LISTING: Art
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 224 Pages, 11 x 9.5 in, 155 illus., 80 in color
- ISBN: 9780891780946
This groundbreaking volume is a long-overdue consideration of the life and work of Joe Jones (1909–1963), an American scene painter and social realist from St. Louis. The book examines Jones’s meteoric rise from humble housepainter to established artist of national importance and recognition. It considers his work in terms of its modernism, relationship to Communism and issues of race, as well as the artist’s involvement with locale, ideas about authenticty and social commitment, and the aesthetic debates of the 1930s.
Five essays place Joe Jones in social and art-historical context, exploring his significance in the St. Louis art world, the centrality of race and social justice to his life and work, the Dust Bowl, the Ste. Genevieve art colony, and Jones's years in New York.
Authors & Contributors
Andrew Walker is assistant director for curatorial affairs at the Saint Louis Art Museum. The other contributors are Debra Bricker Balken, Kevin Sharp, Janeen Turk, and M. Melissa Wolfe.
This catalogue includes page insets on obscure artists, generous color reproductions, a signature analysis, detailed chronology, family photographs, an exhibition list, and an extensive bibliography. Summing up: Recommended.- Choice
This comprehensive exhibition catalog brings Jones's prolific career to the attention of current scholarship thereby acknowledging his stature within the American art scene of the twentieth-century. Expertly published, this work is recommended for the academic or museum library with an in interest in American art.- Kasia Leousis, Arlis
A coffee table art book that tells the story of a man through his art work, and makes for a solid and vital addition to art collections.- Midwest Book Review