Framing America A Social History of American Art

Frances K. Pohl

The most socially conscious introduction to American art, now even more inclusive.

With its sweeping continental perspective, Frances Pohl’s Framing America has long been hailed as the most progressive introduction to the history of American art, from prehistory to the present. The Fifth Edition builds on that reputation, increasing the diversity of artists and other Americans represented, and foregrounding the role Native Americans, African Americans, and immigrants from around the world have played both in producing and inspiring American art.


Frances K. Pohl


Frances K. Pohl is an Emerita Professor of Art History at Pomona College in Claremont, California. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. While at Pomona College, she taught a wide variety of courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century North American art. Her work has focused on the art of the United States, in particular the work of Ben Shahn, about whom she has written two books, and the relationship between the visual arts and working-class culture. Professor Pohl taught in the United States for many years, but her Canadian origins give her a unique continental perspective on American art.