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Charlie Chaplin
A Brief Life
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53737-7 (0-385-53737-9)

A brief yet definitive new biography of one of film's greatest legends: perfect for readers who want to know more about the iconic star but who don't want to commit to a lengthy work.

He was the very first icon of the silver screen and is one of the most recognizable of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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New York's Underground Art Museum
MTA Arts and Design
Written by Sandra Bloodworth and William Ayres
Preface by Thomas F. Prendergast
Foreword by Stanley Tucci


Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: November 11, 2014
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-403-9 (1-58093-403-X)

Initiated in 1985, the MTA Arts & Design collection of public art now encompasses more than 250 projects, creating a dynamic underground museum of contemporary art that spans the entire city and its immediate environs. Since the program was founded, a diverse group of artists—including Elizabeth Murray, Faith Ringgold, Eric Fischl... Read more >

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Talk About Street Art

Written by Jerome Catz
Series edited by Elisabeth Couturier


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Flammarion
On Sale: November 11, 2014
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-2-08-020196-6 (2-08-020196-4)

From the OBEY Giant posters to Banksy’s stencils and from iconic bubble letter tags to mosaic space invaders, street art is omnipresent. Graffiti and street art have long been part of our visual culture, from their origins in ancestral caves to New York City’s subway walls. This book covers all aspects... Read more >

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The Parthenon Enigma

Written by Joan Breton Connelly


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47659-3 (0-307-47659-6)

A revolutionary new understanding of the most famous and influential building in the world, a thesis that calls into question our basic understanding of the ancient civilization that we most identify with.

For more than two millennia, the Parthenon has been revered as the symbol of Western culture, the epitome of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Decomposition
A Music Manifesto
Written by Andrew Durkin


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: November 18, 2014
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-91175-9 (0-307-91175-6)

Decomposition is a bracing, revisionary, and provocative inquiry into music—from Beethoven to Duke Ellington, from Conlon Nancarrow to Evelyn Glennie—as a personal and cultural experience: how it is composed, how it is idiosyncratically perceived by critics and reviewers, and why we listen to it the way we do. 

Andrew Durkin, best known as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mademoiselle
Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History
Written by Rhonda K. Garelick


Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: September 30, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6952-1 (1-4000-6952-1)

Certain lives are at once so exceptional, and yet so in step with their historical moments, that they illuminate cultural forces far beyond the scope of a single person. Such is the case with Coco Chanel, whose life offers one of the most fascinating tales of the twentieth century—throwing into dramatic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The View from the Train
Cities and Other Landscapes
Written by Patrick Keiller


Format: Trade Paperback, 228 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-776-5 (1-78168-776-5)

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Politics and Theology in Chinese Contemporary Art
Reflections on the Work of Wang Guangyi
Written by Huang Zhuan
Text by Demetrio Paparoni and Marko Daniel


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Skira
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-88-572-2110-6 (88-572-2110-5)

Wang Guangyi’s art is significant not only in China but across the world: this book investigates his artistic path from a new perspective. For any reader interested in understanding contemporary Chinese culture and art, this book provides a unique viewpoint: it approaches the story of a Chinese contemporary artist from the perspective... Read more >
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