Tyler Green is an historian, critic and author whose work examines the ways in which artists and their work have engaged and often impacted national histories. Green is also the producer and host of The Modern Art Notes Podcast, the leading audio program about art.
Green’s most recent book is Carleton Watkins: Making the West American from University of California Press. It won the 2019 California Book Awards gold medal for contribution to publishing. Purchase it from your favorite bookstore or website via the links here.
Green’s forthcoming books include:
- Emerson’s Nature and the Artists, a new edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1836 Nature published along with essays that examine how Nature was informed by Emerson’s experiences of art and, in turn, how Nature informed American art well into the twentieth century. Emerson’s Nature will also examine how Emerson joined his Anglo-Saxon race theory to ideas about nature in ways that helped bake whiteness into the American landscape tradition. The book will also feature about 75 artworks that will be reproduced in-line with Green’s essays and the text of Nature. The book will be published by Prestel in the US, the UK and Europe in September 2021;
- A yet-to-be-announced collaboration with an artist in which Green will consider how American artists addressed the antebellum crisis over America’s foundational republicanism and the arrival of the Civil War. It is planned for 2022;
- The Battle of Yosemite: The Civil War, Lincoln and the Invention of National Parks, the first new history of the national park idea since Hans Huth’s 1948 The Story of an Idea. The Battle of Yosemite will reveal artists and their essayist allies and the ways in which they responded to the Civil War as being at the heart of what has become known as the Yosemite Idea, and will foreground the importance of the California genocide to the parks idea; and
- a volume of transcendentalist Thomas Starr King’s collected writings (edited with John A. Buehrens).