Coney Island Visions of an American Dreamland 1861–2008
Author: Robin Jaffee Frank
Publisher/Date: Wadsworth Atheneum/Yale University Press (c. 2015) 1st Edition. Published in conjunction with the exhibition.
Format/Condition: New hardcover book in Fine condition. 286 pages, index. Dimensions: 9.5 x 11 x 1.15 inches. Lavishly illustrated in color and black-and-white.
Description: Called "America's playground," New York's Coney Island is a cultural symbol that over the past century and a half has inspired music, literature, and films that mirror the aspirations and disappointments of the times, variously portraying a place of wonder or menace, hope or despair, dreams or nightmares.
This dazzling album explores Coney Island's complex identity in American art through more than 200 paintings, drawings, photos, prints, posters, film stills, and images of architectural artifacts and carousel animals, including works from George Bellows, William Merritt Chase, Reginald Marsh, Joseph Stella, Diane Arbus, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Frank, Red Grooms, and Weegee.