New York: Art and Cultural Capital of the Gilded Age

1st Edition

Margaret R. Laster, Chelsea Bruner

Routledge
Published July 24, 2018
Reference - 226 Pages - 10 Color & 60 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138493629 - CAT# K350257
Series: Routledge Research in Art History

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Summary

Fueled by a flourishing capitalist economy, undergirded by advancements in architectural design and urban infrastructure, and patronized by growing bourgeois and elite classes, New York’s built environment was dramatically transformed in the 1870s and 1880s. This book argues that this constituted the formative period of New York’s modernization and cosmopolitanism—the product of a vital self-consciousness and a deliberate intent on the part of its elite citizenry to create a world-class cultural metropolis reflecting the city’s economic and political preeminence. The interdisciplinary essays in this book examine New York’s late nineteenth-century evolution not simply as a question of its physical layout but also in terms of its radically new social composition, comprising the individuals, institutions, and organizations that played determining roles in the city’s cultural ascendancy.

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