Sister Wendy's American CollectionBook - 2000
A nun-turned-art expert travels to six American museums in search of masterworks of painting and sculpture.
Sister Wendy Beckett has been dubbed a "pop star" by the New York Times and "a phenomenon" by the Washington Post. She is certainly one of the world's best-known and best-loved art critics, familiar to millions from her wildly popular art series on PBS.
In Sister Wendy's American Collection, she visits six of America's most prestigious museums: the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, Massachusetts), the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth, Texas), and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In each, Sister Wendy chooses a wide variety of artpaintings, sculpture, porcelain figures-and draws attention to the small details of the work, revealing hidden meanings and symbolism. She relates the background of the artist and explains the techniques and the histories behind each work in a straightforward language that speaks to all with humor and insight.
More than 250 full-color illustrations illuminate Sister Wendy's text. Sister Wendy's American Collection is a wonderful tour of six great American museums -- it is also the equivalent of taking a personal tour with Sister Wendy, studying and enjoying her favorite pieces of art, chosen from across the whole breadth of history to the present. It is a fascinating journey, one that can be taken again and again. Sister Wendy's American Collection is soon to be a PBS miniseries.
Sister Wendy Beckett, a contemplative nun and author, presents this companion to a PBS series of the same name airing in the spring of 2001. She focuses on six encyclopedic American museums: the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has selected about 150 works and addresses the style and meaning of each, and the cultural and historical contexts within which the artists existed from ancient civilizations throughout the 20th century. Attractively formatted and contains about 250 color illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The nun-turned-art expert travels to six American museums--the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Chicago Art Institute, Kimbell Art Museum, and Cleveland Museum of Art--in search of masterworks of painting, sculpture, and porcelain. 100,000 first printing.