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 Emerson’s Nature and the Artists: Idea as Landscape, Landscape as Idea is just out from Prestel. The book features a new appraisal of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s classic 1836 text, new research that discovers it was informed by Emerson’s engagement with American art, and critical analysis of how the ideas Emerson offered in Nature informed American art for 100 years after it was published. Emerson’s Nature will also examine how Emerson joined his Anglo-Saxon white-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. In adherence with Emerson’s landmark definition of landscape, all of the images in the book come from museums and libraries with open-access policies.
Green’s first book was Carleton Watkins: Making the West American. It was published by University of California Press in 2018 and 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:
- A yet-to-be-announced collaboration with an artist in which Green will consider a key way in which American painters 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 how the California genocide enabled and was connected to the parks idea; and
- A volume of transcendentalist Thomas Starr King’s collected writings (edited with John A. Buehrens).
Books to which Green has contributed are listed here.