American Vistas: The Life and Art of John Van Alstine

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11.2 X 11.4 X 1.1 inches | 4.2 pounds

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About the Author
Tim Kane is an award-winning journalist covering numerous topics from business to the arts for over 30 years. In 2003, he began focusing on visual culture, writing reviews and features on artists primarily in Upstate New York, for various publications, including Art In America, Art News, SCULPTURE Magazine, Adirondack Life, Frieze, Albany Times Union, Houston, Santa Fe and Palm Springs magazines, while also teaching American Studies at Empire State College. Among other projects, he catalogued John Van Alstine's work in 2014-15 and contributed one of the two main essays in John Van Alstine Sculpture 1971-2018.
In this handsomely designed and sumptuously illustrated publication, author Tim Kane provides an illuminating overview of John Van Alstine's art and the creative bloodline that flows through his professional, intellectual, and personal development, from his undergraduate student days through his early Washington, DC-based career, to his prominent place among a generation of modern sculptors both nationally and internationally. Kane probes the relationship of Van Alstine's sculpture to nature with special attention to his veneration of the distinctly north American landscape and the esteemed nineteenth-century Hudson River School of wilderness painting. American Vistas is a must-have volume for all who admire Van Alstine's art.
-- Howard N. Fox, Emeritus curator of contemporary art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

This beautiful volume -- like the work it illuminates -- makes a distinctive contribution. John van Alstine's considerable gifts as a sculptor are rooted in his love of the land, and of the materials intrinsic to the American terroir. Tim Kane explains van Alstine's work in the context of his sense of purpose, and his understanding of what it means to be American. At last, we can see this major sculptor in context, as heir to the legacy of painters such as Homer, Luminists from Cole to Durand to Gifford, and American Modernists such as Rockwell Kent. Should we not also consider van Alstine in the context of Turrell, Goldsworthy and Lin?
-- William R. Cross, Author of recent (2022) biography, Winslow Homer: American Passage published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York. Chair of the advisory board of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture

American Vistas: The Life and Art of John Van Alstine reveals just that for one of America's great modernist and contemporary artists. Tim Kane's singular contribution with this handsome companion volume to The Artist Book Foundation's John Van Alstine: Sculpture 1971-2018 is his insightful interpretation of the biographical details of the artist's life as architect and author of his creative expressions. The landscapes of Van Alstine's life-the Adirondacks, the West, Maine plus the dynamism of New York City-are fundamental to the artist's vocabulary and vision. Mentors, family, art and literature, and serendipity all play a role but Van Alstine has always been the brains and the brawn in his creative process. The resulting sculptures span five decades and stand testament to this artist's exceptional and ongoing artistic journey as he explores the themes of life in nature, stone and steel.
-- Caroline M. Welsh,
Art Historian and Director Emerita, Adirondack Museum

The publication of the gorgeous new book on the art of John Van Alstine, American Vista, is a perfect opportunity to review the artist's career, one that now spans fifty years. A major figure in American sculpture over that entire period, Van Alstine has combined elements of metal and stone to create a large body of works that are thrilling both in the splendid, rugged materials that he uses and in their dynamic and elegant juxtaposition.
-- Steven Naifeh,
Pulitzer Prize-winning co-author of Jackson Pollock: An American Saga and Van Gogh: The Life

American Vistas: The Life and Art of John Van Alstine tells the story of a great American sculptor. Major museums across the United States and internationally collect his work, which is abstract, monumental, and elemental. As this book makes clear, his sculptures are borne of the faded upstate industrial city where he grew up and gritty North Country landscape where he has lived for decades. As an artist, he is a master of the alchemy created by heat and pressure and physics applied to stone and steel. This coffee table book merges stunning images, penetrating...