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The Art of Haiku
Its History through Poems and Paintings by Japanese Masters
Written by Stephen Addiss


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: August 28, 2012
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-886-8 (1-59030-886-7)

In the past hundred years, haiku has gone far beyond its Japanese origins to become a worldwide phenomenon—with the classic poetic form growing and evolving as it has adapted to the needs of the whole range of languages and cultures that have embraced it. This proliferation of the joy of haiku... Read more >

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Stella Adler on America's Master Playwrights
Eugene O'Neill, Thornton Wilder, Clifford Odets, William Saroyan, Tennessee Williams, William Inge, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee
Written by Stella Adler
Edited by Barry Paris


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 14, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-42443-7 (0-679-42443-1)

“Don’t use your conscious past. Use your creative imagination to create a past that belongs to your character. I don’t want you to be stuck with your own life. It’s too little.”

“You must get beneath the words before you can say them. The text must be in you. It is your... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Joan Mitchell
Lady Painter
Written by Patricia Albers


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41437-4 (0-375-41437-1)

“Gee, Joan, if only you were French and male and dead.” —New York art dealer to Joan Mitchell, the 1950s

She was a steel heiress from the Midwest—Chicago and Lake Forest (her grandfather built Chicago’s bridges and worked for Andrew Carnegie). She was a daughter of the American Revolution—Anglo-Saxon, Republican, Episcopalian.

She... Read more >
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Rise of the Videogame Zinesters
How Freaks, Normals, Amateurs, Artists, Dreamers, Drop-outs, Queers, Housewives, and People Like You Are Taking Back an Art Form
Written by Anna Anthropy


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-372-8 (1-60980-372-8)

Part critical essay, part manifesto, part DIY guide, and altogether unprecedented, Anna Anthropy’s Rise of the Videogame Zinesters shows why the multi-billion dollar videogame industry needs to change--and how a new generation of artists can change it.

In Rise of the Videogame Zinesters, pixel-provocateur Anthropy launches the first intergalactic offensive against the... Read more >
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Behind Closed Doors
Art in the Spanish American Home 1492-1898
Edited by Richard Aste


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-365-0 (1-58093-365-3)

A critical contribution to the burgeoning field of Spanish colonial art, Behind Closed Doors reveals how art and luxury goods together signaled the identity and status of Spanish Americans struggling to claim their place in a fluid New World hierarchy.

By the early sixteenth century, the Spanish practice of defining status through... Read more >

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Math and the Mona Lisa
The Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci
Written by Bulent Atalay


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 29, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-493-9 (1-58834-493-2)

Leonardo da Vinci was one of history's true geniuses, equally brilliant as an artist, scientist, and mathematician. Readers of The Da Vinci Code were given a glimpse of the mysterious connections between math, science, and Leonardo's art. Math and the Mona Lisa picks up where The Da Vinci Code left off... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Saul Steinberg
A Biography
Written by Deirdre Bair


Format: Hardcover, 752 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52448-3 (0-385-52448-X)

From National Book Award winner Deirdre Bair, the definitive biography of Saul Steinberg, one of The New Yorker's most iconic artists.

The issue date was March 29, 1976. The New Yorker cost 75 cents. And on the cover unfolded Saul Steinberg's vision of the world: New York City, the Hudson River, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Unexpurgated Beaton
The Cecil Beaton Diaries as He Wrote Them, 1970-1980
Written by Cecil Beaton
Introduction by Hugo Vickers


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 28, 2003
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4112-1 (1-4000-4112-0)

Cecil Beaton was one of the great twentieth-century tastemakers. A photographer, artist, writer and designer for more than fifty years, he was at the center of the worlds of fashion, society, theater and film. The Unexpurgated Beaton brings together for the first time the never-before-published diaries from 1970 to 1980 and... Read more >
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About Looking

Written by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 1992
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73655-4 (0-679-73655-7)

Berger explores our role as observers to reveal new layers of meaning in what we see. How do the animals we look at in zoos remind us of a relationship between man and beast, all but lost in the 20th century? What is it about looking at war photographs that doubles... Read more >
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And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos

Written by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 1992
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73656-1 (0-679-73656-5)

Berger reveals the ties between love and absence, the ways poetry endows language with the assurance of prayer, and the tensions between the forward movement of sexuality and the steady backward tug of time. He recreates the mysterious forces at work in a Rembrandt painting, transcribes the sensorial experience of viewing... Read more >
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Another Way of Telling

Written by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 7, 1995
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73724-7 (0-679-73724-3)

As constructed by John Berger and Swiss photographer Jean Mohr, two of our most thoughtful and eloquent interrogators of the visual, offer a singular meditation on the ambiguities of what is seemingly our most straightforward art form. This theory includes images as well as words; not only analysis, but anecdote and... Read more >
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Art and Revolution
Ernst Neizvestny, Endurance, and the Role of the Artist
Written by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 17, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73727-8 (0-679-73727-8)

In this prescient and beautifully written book, John Berger examines the life and work of Ernst Neizvestny, a Russian sculptor whose exclusion from the ranks of officially approved Soviet artists left him laboring in enforced obscurity to realize his monumental and very public vision of art.  But Berger's impassioned account goes well... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bento's Sketchbook

Written by John Berger


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $32.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-37995-5 (0-307-37995-7)

Bento's Sketchbook is an exploration of the practice of drawing, as well as a meditation on how we perceive and seek to explore our ever-changing relationship with the world around us.

“With his clear, sinuous prose, he gives an account of how the contours of reality ‘harass’ the act of drawing. ... Read more >
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Keeping a Rendezvous

Written by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 27, 1992
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73714-8 (0-679-73714-6)

When he stands before Giorgione's La Tempesta, Berger sees not only the painting but our whole notion of time, sweeping us away from a lost Eden. With the luminous essays in Keeping a Rendezvous we are given to see the world as Berger sees it--to explore themes suggested by the work... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Selected Essays of John Berger

Written by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2003
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71318-7 (0-375-71318-2)

The writing career of John Berger—poet, storyteller, playwright, and essayist—has yielded some of the most original and compelling examinations of art and life of the past half century. In this essential volume, Geoff Dyer has brought together a rich selection of many of Berger’s seminal essays.

Berger’s insights make it impossible to... Read more >
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Sense of Sight

Written by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 30, 1993
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73722-3 (0-679-73722-7)

With this provocative and infinitely moving collection of essays, a preeminent critic of our time responds to the profound questions posed by the visual world. When Berger writes about Cubism, he writes not only of Braque, Leger, Picasso, and Gris, but of that incredible moment early in this century when the... Read more >
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The Shape of a Pocket

Written by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 276 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71888-5 (0-375-71888-5)

“The pocket in question is a small pocket of resistance. A pocket is formed when two or more people come together in agreement. The resistance is against the inhumanity of the New World Economic Order. The people coming together are the reader, me, and those the essays are about–Rembrandt, Paleolithic cave... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Success and Failure of Picasso

Written by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 30, 1993
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73725-4 (0-679-73725-1)

In this stunning critical assessment, Berger focuses upon the most prodigious and enigmatic painter of the Spanish landscape and the very particular culture that shaped Picasso's life and work. Writing with a novelist's sensuous evocation of character and detail, and drawing on an erudition that embraces history, politics, and art, Berger... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Kind of Rapture

Written by Robert Bergman


Format: Hardcover, 120 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: November 3, 1998
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-44257-8 (0-679-44257-X)

For more than 10 years, Robert Bergman traveled by car with two friends, for months at a time, throughout the Rust Belt (Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Gary) and the East Coast, taking color pictures of everyday people who moved him profoundly. A Kind of Rapture brings together the first selection from Bergman’s... Read more >

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Artificial Hells
Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship
Written by Claire Bishop


Format: Trade Paperback, 390 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: July 24, 2012
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-690-3 (1-84467-690-0)

2013 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Since the 1990s, critics and curators have broadly accepted the notion that participatory art is the ultimate political art: that by encouraging an audience to take part an artist can promote new emancipatory social relations. Around the world, the champions of this form of expression are numerous... Read more >
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Old Man Goya

Written by Julia Blackburn


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 8, 2003
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70579-3 (0-375-70579-1)

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award For Criticism

In 1792, when he was forty-seven, the Spanish painter Francisco de Goya contracted an illness that left him stone deaf. Yet he continued to interact with the world and to create, spending the next thirty-five years in a world emptied of sound... Read more >
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Good Living Street
Portrait of a Patron Family, Vienna 1900
Written by Tim Bonyhady


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: November 15, 2011
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-37880-4 (0-307-37880-2)

Vienna and its Secessionist movement at the turn of the last century is the focus of this extraordinary social portrait told through an eminent Viennese family, headed by Hermine and Moriz Gallia, who were among the great patrons of early-twentieth-century Viennese culture at its peak.

Good Living Street takes us from the... Read more >
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Portrait Painting Atelier
Old Master Techniques and Contemporary Applications
Written by Suzanne Brooker
Foreword by Domenic Cretara


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-8230-9927-6 (0-8230-9927-X)

The art of portraiture approached its apex during the sixteenth century in Europe with the discovery of oil painting when the old masters developed and refined techniques that remain unsurpassed to this day. The ascendance of nonrepresentational art in the middle of the twentieth century displaced these venerable skills, especially in... Read more >
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Who Shot Rock and Roll
A Photographic History, 1955-Present
Written by Gail Buckland


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 20, 2009
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27016-0 (0-307-27016-5)

More than two hundred spectacular photographs, sensual, luminous, frenzied, true, from 1955 to the present, that catch and define the energy, intoxication, rebellion, and magic of rock and roll; the first book to explore the photographs and the photographers who captured rock’s message of freedom and personal reinvention—and to examine the... Read more >

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Theater of Cruelty
Art, Film, and the Shadows of War
Written by Ian Buruma


Format: Hardcover, 425 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: September 16, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-777-8 (1-59017-777-0)

Ian Buruma is fascinated, he writes, “by what makes the human species behave atrociously.” In Theater of Cruelty the acclaimed author of The Wages of Guilt and Year Zero: A History of 1945 once again turns to World War II to explore that question—to the Nazi occupation of Paris, the Allied... Read more >
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