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March 3, 2015
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Follies of God
Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog
Written by James Grissom

Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 3, 2015
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26569-2 (0-307-26569-2)

An extraordinary book; one that almost magically makes clear how Tennessee Williams wrote; how he came to his visions of Amanda Wingfield, his Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski, Alma Winemiller, Lady Torrance, and the other characters of his plays that transformed the American theater of the mid-twentieth century; a book that does... Read more >
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Rogues' Gallery
The Secret Story of the Lust, Lies, Greed, and Betrayals That Made the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Written by Michael Gross

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 11, 2010
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2489-4 (0-7679-2489-4)

“Behind almost every painting is a fortune and behind that a sin or a crime.” With these words as a starting point, Michael Gross, leading chronicler of the American rich, begins the first independent, unauthorized look at the saga of the nation’s greatest museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In this... Read more >
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On the New

Written by Boris Groys

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: July 15, 2014
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-292-0 (1-78168-292-5)

On the New looks at the economies of exchange and valuation that drive modern culture's key sites: the intellectual marketplace and the archive. As ideas move from one context to another, newness is created. This continuous shifting of the line that separates the valuable from the worthless, culture from profanity, is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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One of the Great Correspondents of the Twentieth Century Tells Her Story
Written by Ruth Gruber

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 24, 2007
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4243-0 (0-8052-4243-0)

With her perfect memory (and plenty of zip), ninety-five-year-old Ruth Gruber–adventurer, international correspondent, photographer, maker of (and witness to) history, responsible for rescuing hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees during World War II and after–tells her story in her own words and photographs.

Gruber’s life has been extraordinary and extraordinarily heroic. She... Read more >
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Photography: The Origins 1839-1890

Edited by Walter Guadagnini
Contribution by Quentin Bajac, Elizabeth Siegel and Francesco Zanot

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Skira
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-88-572-0718-6 (88-572-0718-8)

The Skira History of Photography series will be released in four separate volumes: 1839-1890; 1890-1939; 1939-1980; and 1980-2010. Each volume is made up of essays by specialists, including a series of short monographic essays dedicated to individual photographers written by a single author, providing a narrative voice that ensures continuity throughout... Read more >

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5,000 Years of Textiles

Written by Jennifer Harris

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 15, 2011
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-307-9 (1-58834-307-3)

5,000 Years of Textiles is an authoritative reference and a visual delight, with examples from the Far East to the Americas, from Africa to Scandinavia, and from Egyptian artifacts dating from 3000 BC to the most up-to-date modern craftwork and furnishings. The book includes an expert guide to nine fundamental textile... Read more >

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Cultural Capital
The Rise and Fall of Creative Britain
Written by Robert Hewison

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: November 11, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-591-4 (1-78168-591-6)

Britain began the twenty-first century convinced of its creativity. Throughout the New Labour era, the visual and performing arts, museums and galleries, were ceaselessly promoted as a stimulus to national economic revival, a post-industrial revolution where spending on culture would solve everything, from national decline to crime. Tony Blair heralded it... Read more >
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Dynamic Anatomy
Revised and Expanded Edition
Written by Burne Hogarth

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: May 1, 2003
Price: $29.99
ISBN: 978-0-8230-1552-8 (0-8230-1552-1)

Praised by critics and teachers alike for more than 40 years, Burne Hogarth’s Dynamic Anatomy is recognized worldwide as the classic, indispensable text on artistic anatomy. Now revised, expanded, and completely redesigned with 75 never-before-published drawings from the Hogarth archives and 24 pages of new material, this award-winning reference explores the... Read more >

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Dynamic Figure Drawing

Written by Burne Hogarth

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: August 1, 1996
Price: $22.99
ISBN: 978-0-8230-1577-1 (0-8230-1577-7)

This powerful book offers a systematic approach to rendering action figures that seem to leap off the page.

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American Visions
The Epic History of Art in America
Written by Robert Hughes

Format: Trade Paperback, 648 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 9, 1999
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70365-2 (0-375-70365-9)

Writing with all the brilliance, authority, and pungent wit that have distinguished his art criticism for Time and his greatly acclaimed study of modern art, The Shock of the New, Robert Hughes now addresses his largest subject: the history of art in America.

The intense relationship between the American people and... Read more >

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Written by Robert Hughes

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 7, 2006
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71128-2 (0-375-71128-7)

Robert Hughes, who has stunned us with comprehensive works on subjects as sweeping and complex as the history of Australia (The Fatal Shore), the modern art movement (The Shock of the New), the nature of American art (American Visions), and the nature of America itself as seen through its art (The... Read more >
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The Shock of the New

Written by Robert Hughes

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 13, 1991
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72876-4 (0-679-72876-7)

This book encapsulates the hundred-year history of modern art, from the birth of Cubism to the end of the Avant-garde. Robert Hughe's powerful response to painting, sculpture, architecture, his brilliantly expressive narrative voice, his lively scholarship and wit, and his critical poise combine to make this the best account one can... Read more >
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Things I Didn't Know

Written by Robert Hughes

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38598-7 (0-307-38598-1)

Robert Hughes has trained his critical eye on many major subjects, from the city of Barcelona to the history of his native Australia. Now he turns that eye inward, onto himself and the world that formed him. Hughes analyzes his experiences the way he might examine a Van Gogh or a... Read more >
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Stone Carvers, The
Master Craftsmen of Washington National Cathedral
Written by Marjorie Hunt

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 1, 2007
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-247-8 (1-58834-247-6)

Marjorie Hunt presents the lives and careers of two Italian American master stone carvers, Roger Morigi and Vincent Palumbo, who have spent decades creating the sculptural works, such as gargoyles, grotesques, capitals, pinnacles, saints, and angels that embellish Washington National Cathedral. Exploring the carvers’ underlying aesthetic attitudes, Hunt reveals the spirit... Read more >

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Richard Pousette-Dart

Written by Joanne Kuebler and Paola Gribaudo
Edited by Sam Hunter

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Skira
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $80.00
ISBN: 978-88-7624-155-0 (88-7624-155-8)

This groundbreaking volume on Richard Pousette-Dart is the most comprehensive publication on his painting to be published since the artist’s death. It provides fresh insights into his oeuvre by five outstanding, contemporary art historians, who have interpreted the artist’s creative output from the 1930s to 1992.
Richard Pousette-Dart, one of the founding... Read more >

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Malick Sidibe

Written by Laura Serani and Sabrina Zannier
Edited by Laura Incardona

Format: Trade Paperback, 140 pages
Publisher: Skira
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-88-572-1125-1 (88-572-1125-8)

Born in 1936 at Soloba, in the Yanfolila Cercle, Mali, Malik Sidibé is now an internationally recognized artist and is considered the greatest African photographer.

In1962, just after Mali proclaimed its independence, Sidibé opened his studio in Bamako, devoting himself to reportage and documentary photography. His famous black-and-white images portray youth... Read more >

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Conversations with Frank Gehry

Written by Barbara Isenberg

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26800-6 (0-307-26800-4)

An unprecedented, intimate, and richly illustrated portrait of Frank Gehry, one of the world’s most influential architects. Drawing on the most candid, revealing, and entertaining conversations she has had with Gehry over the last twenty years, Barbara Isenberg provides new and fascinating insights into the man and his work.

Gehry’s subjects range... Read more >
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The Renaissance
A Short History
Written by Paul Johnson

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 6, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6619-0 (0-8129-6619-8)

The Renaissance holds an undying place in our imagination, its great heroes still our own, from Michelangelo and Leonardo to Dante and Chaucer. This period of profound evolution in European thought is credited with transforming the West from medieval to modern and producing the most astonishing outpouring of artistic creation the... Read more >
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The Lost Battles
Leonardo, Michelangelo and the Artistic Duel That Defined the Renaissance
Written by Jonathan Jones

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 13, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74178-3 (0-307-74178-8)

In 1504, the informal rivalry between two of the most celebrated artists in Florence became a direct competition. Michelangelo was commissioned to paint a scene from the ancient battle of Cascina on a wall of the Palazzo Vecchio—in the same room where Leonardo da Vinci had already been commissioned to paint... Read more >
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Typography and Graphic Design
From Antiquity to the Present
Written by Roxanne Jubert
Foreword by Serge Lemoine and Ellen Lupton

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Flammarion
On Sale: December 26, 2006
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-2-08-030523-7 (2-08-030523-9)

This chronological study traces the evolution of graphic form, from Antiquity through the Middle Ages and up through the age of technology. Each period is explained in detail, from Classical craftsmanship to the changes brought on by the Industrial Revolution and the modern-day potential of the digital world. As computers now... Read more >

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A Novel
Written by Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore

Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: December 29, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52620-3 (0-385-52620-2)

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

Written with wit and exuberance by longtime friends and distinguished historians, Blindspot is at once history and fiction, mystery and love story, tragedy and farce. Set in boisterous, rebellious Boston on the eve of the American Revolution, it ingeniously weaves together the fictional stories... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Visual Shock
A History of Art Controversies in American Culture
Written by Michael Kammen

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 6, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3464-2 (1-4000-3464-7)

In this lively narrative, award-winning author Michael Kammen presents a fascinating analysis of cutting-edge art and artists and their unique ability to both delight and provoke us. He illuminates America’s obsession with public memorials and the changing role of art and museums in our society. From Thomas Eakins’s 1875 masterpiece The... Read more >
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Difference and Desire in American Portraiture
Written by Jonathan D. Katz and David C. Ward

Format: Hardcover, 296 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-299-7 (1-58834-299-9)

*2011 ALA Stonewall Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award
*An Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 — Choice Magazine

Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture is the companion book to the first major museum exhibition in American history to focus on lesbian and gay art and culture from the late nineteenth century to the present... Read more >

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The Angel of the Left Bank
The Secrets of Delacroix's Parisian Masterpiece
Written by Jean-Paul Kauffmann

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7086-9 (0-8129-7086-1)

In this mesmerizing examination of Delacroix’s crowning masterwork, Jacob Wrestling with the Angel, and of Saint-Sulpice, the grand church that houses it, Jean-Paul Kauffmann reveals the city of Paris in an entirely new way.

With the same insight and understanding he brought to his National Book Critics Circle Award–nominated The Black Room... Read more >

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Experimental Drawing, 30th Anniversary Edition
Creative Exercises Illustrated by Old and New Masters
Written by Robert Kaupelis

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: August 1, 1992
Price: $23.99
ISBN: 978-0-8230-1622-8 (0-8230-1622-6)

Stimulating exercises to help beginner to advanced students push the boundaries of traditional drawing.

As with most art forms, it's best to comprehend traditional drawing techniques before you break the rules. But once you've mastered the basics, you may find that you gravitate to more abstract ways of rendering everything from still... Read more >
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