Iconoclasm in New York: Revolution to Reenactment

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Penn State University Press
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7.0 X 1.03 X 10.0 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.


"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 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, Gotham Center for NY History