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American Movie Palaces

Written by Rolf Achilles


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1282-1 (0-7478-1282-9)

Beginning with the Nickelodeons and penny arcades in the 1890s, the American movie theater evolved as films did, in sophistication and mass appeal, reaching new heights in architecture, décor and glamour by the 1920s and 30s. This book is the story of the American Movie Palace and how the emergence of... Read more >

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Landscape Painting
Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice
Written by Mitchell Albala


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: November 17, 2009
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-8230-3220-4 (0-8230-3220-5)

Because nature is so expansive and complex, so varied in its range of light, landscape painters often have to look further and more deeply to find form and structure, value patterns, and an organized arrangement of shapes. In Landscape Painting, Mitchell Albala shares his concepts and practices for translating nature's grandeur... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Oil Painting for the Serious Beginner
Basic Lessons in Becoming a Good Painter
Written by Steve Allrich


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: June 1, 1996
Price: $21.99
ISBN: 978-0-8230-3269-3 (0-8230-3269-8)

If looking at wonderful paintings fills you with desire to create your own, this book is for you. Even if you’ve never put brush to canvas before, but are committed to learning how, Oil Painting for the Serious Beginner will enable you to express yourself richly through this esteemed art medium.

With... Read more >

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Draw 50 Aliens
The Step-by-Step Way to Draw UFOs, Galaxy Ghouls, Milky Way Marauders, and Other Extraterrestrial Creatures
Written by Lee J. Ames and Ric Estrada


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-0-8230-8616-0 (0-8230-8616-X)

Alien fever is running high: the Alien movies and reissue of the Star Wars trilogy have made outer space fascinating to a whole new generation of children. And who better to help budding artists master their drawings of the friendly folk from the final frontier than Lee Ames--creator of the phenomenally... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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I Love Lucy Book

Written by Bart Andrews


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Main Street Books
On Sale: August 13, 1985
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-19033-6 (0-385-19033-6)

Foreword by Jess Oppenheimer. This classic book traces the history of the popular comedy series, offers plot summaries, cast listings, ratings, and original air dates for all 179 episodes, and shares behind-the-scenes information about the show. Also includes researched notes on how the program was created, written, and filmed plus an... Read more >

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Fundamentals of Photography
The Essential Handbook for Both Digital and Film Cameras
Written by Tom Ang


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 25, 2008
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71157-2 (0-375-71157-0)

The most comprehensive, accessible, and completely up-to-date guide available for today’s photographer: whether beginner or advanced, using a film camera or digital.

Award-winning photographer Tom Ang provides a thorough, explicitly detailed bottom-to-top understanding of modern photography, explaining all the techniques that will help anyone who uses a camera—in a professional capacity or... Read more >

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Classical Drawing Atelier
A Complete Course in Traditional Studio Practice
Written by Juliette Aristides


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: November 1, 2006
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-0657-1 (0-8230-0657-3)

Ateliers have produced the greatest artists of all time—and now that educational model is experiencing a renaissance. These studios, a return to classical art training, are based on the nineteenth-century model of teaching artists by pairing them with a master artist over a period of years. Students begin by copying masterworks... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Classical Painting Atelier
A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice
Written by Juliette Aristides


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: April 1, 2008
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-8230-0658-8 (0-8230-0658-1)

Students of art hailed Classical Drawing Atelier, Juliette Aristides’s first book, as a dynamic return to the atelier educational model. Ateliers, popular in the nineteenth century, teach emerging artists by pairing them with a master artist over a period of years. The educational process begins as students copy masterworks, then gradually... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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100 Creative Drawing Ideas

Written by Anna Held Audette


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: March 2, 2004
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-105-0 (1-59030-105-6)

Here, in the first book ever of its kind, is a collection of interesting and original ideas for drawing projects, contributed by art instructors from all over the United States (and a few from Canada, Great Britain, and Australia) who have invented creative alternatives to standard exercises.

The accompanying illustrations demonstrate ways... Read more >

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Three Blind Mice
How the TV Networks Lost Their Way
Written by Ken Auletta


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 1, 1992
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74135-0 (0-679-74135-6)

Auletta chronicles the revolution in American business and popular culture that was the story of network television in the 1980s: the big three networks lost a third of their audience and more than half of their annual profits, while takeovers and coups turned NBC and ABC into assets of two megacorporations... Read more >
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Epileptic

Written by David B.


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-42318-5 (0-375-42318-4)

From the highly-acclaimed French comics artist, a moving and powerful graphic memoir that describes growing up with an epileptic brother in France in the late 60s and 70s and the devastating effects of his illness on the entire family. David B. was born Pierre-Francois Beauchard in a small town outside of... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Conservation Concerns
A Guide for Collectors and Curators
Written by Konstanze Bachmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 1992
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-174-9 (1-56098-174-1)

Written in accessible, nontechnical language, this book’s twenty-three essays provide invaluable conservation guidelines for a variety of materials and media. Focusing also on proper storage techniques and environmental control, contributors offer information on emergency planning, disaster management, and identifying damages that may require professional treatment.

“The volume is remarkable for its clarity... 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 >
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Creating Characters with Personality

Written by Tom Bancroft
Introduction by Glen Keane


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: February 1, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-2349-3 (0-8230-2349-4)

From Snow White to Shrek, from Fred Flintstone to SpongeBob SquarePants, the design of a character conveys personality before a single word of dialogue is spoken. Designing Characters with Personality shows artists how to create a distinctive character, then place that character in context within a script, establish hierarchy, and maximize... Read more >

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Drawing Ideas
A Hand-Drawn Approach for Better Design
Written by Mark Baskinger and William Bardel


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34462-3 (0-385-34462-7)

A primer for design professionals across all disciplines that helps them create compelling and original concept designs by hand--as opposed to on the computer--in order to foster collaboration and win clients. In today's design world, technology for expressing ideas is pervasive; CAD models and renderings created with computer software provide an... Read more >
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Acting for Young Actors
For Money Or Just for Fun
Written by Mary Lou Belli and Dinah Lenney


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Back Stage Books
On Sale: August 1, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-4947-9 (0-8230-4947-7)

Aimed at teens and tweens, Acting for Young Actors lets kids hone their skills and develop their craft. It begins with the five W's: WHO am I? WHAT do I want? WHY do I want it? WHERE am I? WHEN does this event take place? Sounds basic - but many young... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Place of Remembrance
Official Book of the National September 11 Memorial
Written by Allison Blais and Lynn Rasic
Foreword by Michael R. Bloomberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: August 9, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0807-2 (1-4262-0807-3)

On September 11, 2011, the world will be watching as the National September 11 Memorial opens on the site of the World Trade Center. With photographs and architectural plans never before published, paired with comments in the very voices of those who witnessed the event, those who struggled in its shadow... Read more >

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Old Buildings, New Forms

Written by Francoise Bollack
Foreword by Kenneth Frampton


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: November 12, 2013
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-369-8 (1-58093-369-6)

It is clear that working with historic structures is both more environmentally sustainable and cost effective than new architecture and construction–and many believe that the best design occurs at the intersection of old and new. Françoise Astorg Bollack presents 28 examples gathered in the United States and throughout Europe and the... Read more >

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The Frenzy of Renown
Fame and Its History
Written by Leo Braudy


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 25, 1997
Price: $22.50
ISBN: 978-0-679-77630-7 (0-679-77630-3)

For Alexander the Great, fame meant accomplishing what no mortal had ever accomplished before. For Julius Caesar, personal glory was indistinguishable from that of Rome. The early Christians devalued public recognition, believing that the only true audience was God. Marilyn Monroe owed much of her fame to the fragility that led... Read more >
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