November 8, 2010
155 illus., 80 in color
9.50 Inches (US)
11.00 Inches (US)
3.5 Pounds (US)
$60.00 USD
v2.1 Reference

Joe Jones

Radical Painter of the American Scene

This groundbreaking volume is a long-overdue consideration of the life and work of Joe Jones (1909–1963), an American scene painter and social realist from St. Louis. The book examines Jones’s meteoric rise from humble housepainter to established artist of national importance and recognition. It considers his work in terms of its modernism, relationship to Communism and issues of race, as well as the artist’s involvement with locale, ideas about authenticty and social commitment, and the aesthetic debates of the 1930s.

Five essays place Joe Jones in social and art-historical context, exploring his significance in the St. Louis art world, the centrality of race and social justice to his life and work, the Dust Bowl, the Ste. Genevieve art colony, and Jones's years in New York.

About the Author

Andrew Walker is assistant director for curatorial affairs at the Saint Louis Art Museum. The other contributors are Debra Bricker Balken, Kevin Sharp, Janeen Turk, and M. Melissa Wolfe.


"This catalogue includes page insets on obscure artists, generous color reproductions, a signature analysis, detailed chronology, family photographs, an exhibition list, and an extensive bibliography. Summing up: Recommended."—Choice, August 2011

"This comprehensive exhibition catalog brings Jones's prolific career to the attention of current scholarship thereby acknowledging his stature within the American art scene of the twentieth-century. Expertly published, this work is recommended for the academic or museum library with an in interest in American art."—Kasia Leousis, Arlis, December 2011

"A coffee table art book that tells the story of a man through his art work, and makes for a solid and vital addition to art collections."—Midwest Book Review

St Louis Art Museum

9780891780946 : joe-jones-walker
224 Pages
$60.00 USD

Other Titles by Andrew Walker

Forest Guardians, Forest Destroyers

Tim Forsyth, Andrew Walker, foreword by K. Sivaramakrishnan
Jan 2008 - University of Washington Press
$95.00 USD - Hardback
$30.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in ART / Individual Artists / General

Gullah Images

illustrated by Jonathan Green, foreword by Pat Conroy
May 2020 - University of South Carolina Press
$49.99 USD - Hardback
$49.99 USD - Electronic book text

Forever Seeing New Beauties

Eve M. Kahn
Nov 2019 - Wesleyan University Press
$35.00 USD - Hardback
$27.99 USD - Electronic book text

Becoming Mary Sully

Philip J. Deloria
Apr 2019 - University of Washington Press
$34.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$95.00 USD - Hardback

Other Titles in The arts

Ridley Scott

Vincent LoBrutto
May 2019 - University Press of Kentucky
$40.00 USD - Hardback

J. W. Power Abstraction-Creation

edited by A. D. S. Donaldson, Ann Stephen
Jan 2018 - Power Publications, Sydney
$39.95 USD - Hardback

Making Race

Jacqueline Francis
Jul 2015 - University of Washington Press
$40.00 USD - Paperback / softback
$95.00 USD - Hardback