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Jewel City

Art from San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition

James A. Ganz (Editor), Emma Acker (Contributor), Laura Ackley (Contributor), Heidi Applegate (Contributor), Gergely Barki (Contributor), Karin Breuer (Contributor), Melissa E. Buron (Contributor), Martin Chapman (Contributor), Renée Dreyfus (Contributor), Victoria Kastner (Contributor), Anthony W. Lee (Contributor), Scott A. Shields (Contributor), Colleen Terry (Contributor) & 8 more

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Hardcover, 400 pages
ISBN: 9780520287181
October 2015
$45.00, £34.95

Timed with the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) of 1915, Jewel City presents a large and representative selection of artworks from the fair, emphasizing the variety of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and prints that greeted attendees. It is unique in its focus on the works of art that were scattered among the venues of the exposition—the most comprehensive art exhibition ever shown on the West Coast. Notably, the PPIE included the first American presentations of Italian Futurism, Austrian Expressionism, and Hungarian avant-garde painting, and there were also major displays of paintings by prominent Americans, especially those working in the Impressionist style. This lavishly illustrated catalogue features works by masters such as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Robert Henri, Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Edvard Munch, Oskar Kokoschka, Umberto Boccioni, and many more. The volume also explores the PPIE’s distinctive murals program, developments in the art of printmaking, and the legacy of the French Pavilion, which hosted an abundance of works by Auguste Rodin and inspired the founding and architecture of the Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco. A rich and fascinating study of a critical moment in American and European art history, Jewel City is indispensable for understanding both the United States’ and California’s role in the reception of modernism as well as the region’s historical place on the international art stage.

Published in association with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Exhibition dates:
de Young Museum, San Francisco: October 17, 2015–January 10, 2016
Foreword (Colin B. Bailey)
Lenders to the Exhibition
Introduction: “A Beautiful Jewel Set in the Turquoise of the Sea”  (James A. Ganz)
Gem of the Golden Age of World’s Fairs (Laura A. Ackley)
Power of Beauty: Bernard Maybeck’s Palace of Fine Arts (Victoria Kastner)
The Classical Ideal in the New Athens (Renée Dreyfus)
Harmony and Discord in the Murals (Anthony W. Lee)
“A Pageant of American Art”: Constructing Nation and Empire at the Fair (Emma Acker)
Jewels of Light and Color: American Painting in the Palace of Fine Arts (Scott A. Shields)
“Progressing Along Normal, Wholesome Lines”: Modern American Painting (Heidi Applegate)
Prints at the Exposition (Colleen Terry)
Gallery 34: Contemporary Color Prints (Karin Breuer)
Exposing Photography at the Fair (James A. Ganz)
The French Pavilion (Martin Chapman)
French Paintings at the Exposition: A Triumph of Diplomacy (Melissa E. Buron)
A Debut of Hungarian Art in America (Gergely Barki)
Ground Plan and Floor Plans
Catalogue of the Exhibition
Selected Bibliography
James A. Ganz is curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. His recent publications include the Rembrandt’s Century, Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964, and Impressionist Paris: City of Light.
"The editors of this densely illustrated volume have succeeded in describing the elaborateness of the PPIE production and the profound historic and cultural relevance of the entire exposition. VERDICT: Fascinating throughout, this is a definitive account of a historic San Francisco milepost and the development of its cultural firmament."—Library Journal
<p>John Singer Sargent (American, b. Italy, 1856–1925), “The Sketchers,” 1913. Oil on canvas. 22 × 28 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts</p> <p>E. Charlton Fortune (American, 1885–1969), “The Pool (The Court of the Four Seasons),” ca. 1915. Oil on canvas. 16 1/4 × 20 in. Private collection.</p> <p>Edwin Deakin (American, b. England, 1838–1923), “Palace of Fine Arts and the Lagoon,” ca. 1915. Oil on canvas. 32 3/8 × 48 3/8 in. Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, long-term loan from the California Department of Finance, conserved with funds provided by Gerald D. Gordon</p> <p>'French Pavilion at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition,' 1915. San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library</p> <p>George Elbert Burr (American, 1859–1939), “Arizona Clouds,” before 1915. Color mezzotint (sandpaper ground) with color drypoint. 7 1/16 × 9 15/16 in. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California State Library long loan</p> <p>Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910) 'Saco Bay,' 1896. Oil on canvas. 23 7/8 x 38 in. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts</p> <p>Robert Spencer (American, 1879-1931), 'Courtyard at Dusk,' 1913. Oil on canvas. 30 x 36 1/8 in. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald MacDougall</p> <p>Bruce Nelson (American, 1888–1952), 'The Summer Sea,' ca. 1914. Oil on canvas. 30 × 40 in. Irvine Museum, California. Courtesy of the Irvine Museum</p> <p>Arthur Putnam (American, 1873-1930), 'Combat: Puma and Serpents,' ca. 1906. Bronze. 11 x 26 ½ x 12 ½ in. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels</p> <p>Umberto Boccioni (Italian, 1882–1916), 'Dynamism of a Soccer Player,' 1913. Oil on canvas. 76 × 79 1/8 in. Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection</p> <p>Charles Holloway (American, 1859-1941), “Study for ‘The Pursuit of Pleasure,’” 1913. Oil on canvas, squared for transfer in graphite. 20 1/8 x 40 in. Collection of Margaret E. Hass</p> <p>Arthur Frank Mathews (American, 1860– 1945), “The Victory of Culture over Force (Victorious Spirit),” 1914. Oil on canvas. 119 × 238 in. San Francisco War Memorial</p>

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