Coney Island: Visions Of An American Dreamland, 18612008

Coney Island: Visions Of An American Dreamland, 18612008

  • Publish Date: 2015-02-17
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Robin Jaffee Frank
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A captivating look at Coney Island and its iconic place in the history of American art

Called Americas playground, Coney Island is a world-famous resort and national cultural symbol that has inspired music, literature, and films. This groundbreaking book is the first to look at the sites enduring status as inspiration for artists throughout the ages, from its inception as an elite seaside resort in the mid-19th century, to its evolution into an entertainment mecca for the masses, with the eventual closing of its iconic amusement park, Astroland, in 2008 after decades of urban decline. How artists chose to portray Coney Island between 1861 and 2008in tableaux of wonder and menace, hope and despair, dreams and nightmaresmirrored the aspirations and disappointments of the era.

This dazzling catalogue highlights more than 200 images from Coney Islands history, including paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, posters, film stills, architectural artifacts, and carousel animals. An extraordinary array of artists is represented, from George Bellows, William Merritt Chase, Reginald Marsh, and Joseph Stella to Diane Arbus, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Frank, Red Grooms, Weegee, and Swoon. Essays by prominent scholars analyze Coney Island through its imagery and ephemera as both a place and an ideaone that reflected the collective soul of the nation.

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