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Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints
Essays
Written by Joan Acocella


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27576-9 (0-307-27576-0)

Here is a dazzling collection from Joan Acocella, one of our most admired cultural critics: thirty-one essays that consider the life and work of some of the most influential artists of our time (and two saints: Joan of Arc and Mary Magdalene).

Acocella writes about Primo Levi, Holocaust survivor and chemist... Read more >

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101 Stories of the Great Ballets
The scene-by-scene stories of the most popular ballets, old and new
Written by George Balanchine and Francis Mason


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 20, 1975
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-03398-5 (0-385-03398-2)

Authored by one of the ballet's most respected experts, this volume includes scene-by-scene retellings of the most popular classic and contemporary ballets, as performed by the world's leading dance companies. Certain to delight long-time fans as well as those just discovering the beauty and drama of ballet. 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Art in the Streets

Written by Jeffrey Deitch, Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Skira Rizzoli
On Sale: April 12, 2011
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3617-8 (0-8478-3617-7)

While other books have chronicled graffiti in the US and abroad, this is the first to assemble the most important artists and writers from around the world and their interlocutors in one exhibition and accompanying volume. No other book on the subject has gathered all the major figures (experts and those... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Art in the Streets

Written by Jeffrey Deitch, Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Skira Rizzoli
On Sale: April 12, 2011
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3648-2 (0-8478-3648-7)

While other books have chronicled graffiti in the US and abroad, this is the first to assemble the most important artists and writers from around the world and their interlocutors in one exhibition and accompanying volume. No other book on the subject has gathered all the major figures (experts and those... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Masters of Movement
Portraits of America's Great Choreographers
Written by Rose Eichenbaum
Foreword by Clive Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 1, 2007
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-248-5 (1-58834-248-4)

Where does the impulse to create originate? How does one cope with the highs and lows of the artist’s life? What is the choreographer’s responsibility to the dancers, the audience, the self? These are just a few of the probing questions that Rose Eichenbaum, a dancer turned photographer, asks 59 of... Read more >

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The Dance
Poems
Edited by Emily Fragos


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $12.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-26350-6 (0-307-26350-9)

A celebration in verse of the silent poetry of dance and the dancer, this anthology features a dizzying range of subjects: Chinese dagger dances and Hindu festival dances, belly dancers and whirling dervishes, high school proms and wedding waltzes, tango, tarantella, flamenco, modern dance, reels and jigs, disco, and ballet. Some... Read more >

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Reading Dance
A Gathering of Memoirs, Reportage, Criticism, Profiles, Interviews, and Some Uncategorizable Extras
Edited by Robert Gottlieb


Format: Hardcover, 1360 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-42122-8 (0-375-42122-X)

Robert Gottlieb’s immense sampling of the dance literature–by far the largest such project ever attempted–is both inclusive, to the extent that inclusivity is possible when dealing with so vast a field, and personal: the result of decades of reading.

It limits itself of material within the experience of today’s general readers, avoiding... Read more >

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Apollo's Angels
A History of Ballet
Written by Jennifer Homans


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6874-3 (0-8129-6874-3)

Finalist, 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
Named one of “The 10 Best Books of 2010” by the editors of the New York Times Book Review
A 2011 Choice "Outstanding Academic Title"
A 2012 American Library Association Notable Book for Adults (Nonfiction)


For more than four hundred years, the art of ballet has... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Nureyev
The Life
Written by Julie Kavanagh


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70472-7 (0-375-70472-8)

Rudolf Nureyev, one of the most iconic dancers of the twentieth century, had it all: beauty, genius, charm, passion, and sex appeal. No other dancer of our time has generated the same excitement, for both men and women, on or off the stage.

In this superb biography, Julie Kavanagh deftly brings... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Classic Ballet
Basic Technique and Terminology
Written by Lincoln Kirstein and Muriel Stuart
Preface by George Balanchine


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 5, 2004
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71077-3 (0-375-71077-9)

“For soundness, for clarity, for succinctness, this manual of basic ballet is the best there is anywhere.”
—Edwin Denby, The Nation

With a precision unparalleled in any other book of its kind, The Classic Ballet presents a lucid text, and nearly six hundred drawings describe and illustrate in minute detail the proper... Read more >

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Begin Again
A Biography of John Cage
Written by Kenneth Silverman


Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4437-5 (1-4000-4437-5)

John Cage was a man of extraordinary and seemingly limitless talents: musician, inventor, composer, poet. He became a central figure of the avant-garde early in his life and remained at that pinnacle until his death in 1992 at the age of eighty. Now award-winning biographer Kenneth Silverman gives us the first... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Tango
The Art History of Love
Written by Robert Farris Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 5, 2006
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9579-7 (1-4000-9579-4)

In this generously illustrated book, world-renowned Yale art historian Robert Farris Thompson gives us the definitive account of tango, "the fabulous dance of the past hundred years—and the most beautiful, in the opinion of Martha Graham.”

Thompson traces tango’s evolution in the nineteenth century under European, Andalusian-Gaucho, and African influences through its... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Stage Makeup
The Actor's Complete Guide to Today's Techniques and Materials
Written by Laura Thudium


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Back Stage Books
On Sale: April 1, 1999
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-8230-8839-3 (0-8230-8839-1)

This up-to-date, full-color makeup manual is designed to lie open on the makeup table right as a guide for student, amateur, or professional performers.

Whether you are an actor in a summer-stock or regional theater, an acting conservatory program, a high-school or college production, a community theater, a local holiday pageant...or... Read more >
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