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American Artists

Signatures and Monograms, 1800 to 1989

John Castagno

Listing 5,100 artists, with nearly 10,000 signatures, Castagno gives approximately 25% more information about artists' full names and birth and death dates than any other directory; lists nearly 1,000 artists overlooked by the American Art Annuals; and includes many important 19th-century artists and notable late 20th-century artists omitted in other indexed directories. With 600 listings of prominent Canadian and Latin American artists, and 900 listings of monograms, pseudonyms, symbols, etc. that would be unidentifiable without the use of the book. « less more »
Scarecrow Press
Pages: 844Size: 9 x 11 3/8
978-0-8108-2249-8 • Hardback • March 1990 • $260.00 • (£170.00)
John Castagno is a multimedia artist and sculptor. He has been an art researcher for the past forty years and also lectures on art and on art as an investment. Mr. Castagno's recent books include Abstract Artists: Signatures and Monograms, An International Directory, From 1900 (2007), American Artists II: Signatures and Monograms, From 1800 (2007), Artists' Monograms and Indiscernible Signatures II: An International Directory, From 1900 (2007), and European Artists II: Signatures and Monograms, From 1800 (2007).
...well researched and documented. It is the best volume available on the subject and is highly recommended.
The Antiquer's Guide

...is far the most comprehensive American artist signature directory ever published...Castagno lists over 1,000 more artists than are listed in the next best directory...the first such reference to include sources of biographical, bibliographical, pictorial, and auction catalogue information with each artist listing...Castagno's directory is a must for any serious reference library.
Art Talk

Will be used by anyone interested in art research.
American Reference Books Annual

...will have use in academic, large public, and art museum libraries.

Art historians years hence will be deeply indebted to Castagno for greatly simplifying their detective work. Meanwhile, galleries and libraries will find it a useful tool...every bit as important a reference work as both Castagno's previous volumes...
Wilson Library Bulletin