Iconoclasm in New York: Revolution to Reenactment

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7.3 X 10.3 X 1.1 inches | 1.6 pounds

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About the Author

Wendy Bellion is Professor and Sewell C. Biggs Chair of American Art History at the University of Delaware. She is the author of the award-winning Citizen Spectator: Art, Illusion, and Visual Perception in Early National America.


"A triumphant endorsement of the power of objects to act upon the human imagination."

--Caroline Culp, Panorama

"A timely study, given recent interest in removing Confederate statuary, this interdisciplinary volume will resonate with readers interested in history as well as those studying public monuments and memory. Highly recommended."

--J. Decker, Choice

"Bellion investigates many other pockets of American culture in her exploration of iconoclasm and its fractured meanings. The extent of her research is breathtaking, and her agile wit and engaging style keep the reader striding through the text. Somehow her command of theoretical work from a variety of disciplines manages to burnish rather than deaden the text. Eleven color plates and fifty-one black and white illustrations also give the reader plenty of visual material to ponder."

--Benjamin L. Carp, The Gotham Center for New York City History

"Vivid and visceral, Iconoclasm in New York weaves a brilliant tapestry of meanings from a moment of ritual violence in 1776 New York. Untangling the paradox of the always-toppling, never-quite-vanquished King George III, Wendy Bellion plumbs a central mystery of American culture. To see the destructive creation of the United States through Bellion's keen eyes is to witness the American Revolution transformed."

--Jane Kamensky, author of A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley

"Wendy Bellion has one of the most powerful interpretive voices helping us see what the early United States imagined of itself and for itself. In her new book on the power of destructive acts, she looks closely at the art of destruction, showing us how King George III fell and rose (along with other emblems of monarchy and Great Britain) in a pattern that continues to this day. I'm looking forward to regularly reading, teaching, and thinking through Iconoclasm in New York."

--Karin Wulf, author of Not All Wives: Women of Colonial Philadelphia

"Bellion's provocative and timely study weaves together the geographic, environmental, political, and sensory landscapes of New York City to create a highly original contribution to scholarship on the American Revolution and its memorialization."

--Matthew Dziennik, The William and Mary Quarterly

"Meticulously researched and vividly written, Iconoclasm in New York provides a model for the field, demonstrating that the practice of art history can be at once expansive in scope and highly specific in its claims."

--Catherine Roach, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide

"Iconoclasm in New York will be indispensable to interdisciplinary scholarship on the episode and illuminating to work on American iconoclasm and commemoration. The abundant archival research is inestimable; the book is brimming with exciting discoveries and new features of what once seemed a familiar story. This deep history solidifies the pivotal role of iconoclasm in a myth of American origins."

--Michelle Sizemore, Early American Literature

"Bellion's book helps me to contextualize and understand at least two forms of iconoclasm that we are experiencing today, both nationally and on a global scale: one that rejects monuments to white supremacy and imperialism and another that defends those monuments and would see anything that threatens them toppled in their stead."

--Kirsten Pai Buick, Winterthur Portfolio