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Journey to the Abyss

Written by Harry Kessler
Edited by Laird Easton


Format: Trade Paperback, 960 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 2013
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27843-2 (0-307-27843-3)

These fascinating, never-before-published early diaries of Count Harry Kessler—patron, museum director, publisher, cultural critic, soldier, secret agent, and diplomat—present a sweeping panorama of the arts and politics of Belle Époque Europe, a glittering world poised to be changed irrevocably by the Great War. Kessler’s immersion in the new art and literature... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Thomas Moran and the Surveying of the American West

Written by Joni Louise Kinsey


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 1992
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-170-1 (1-56098-170-9)

Presenting the first in-depth study of Thomas Moran’s early western landscapes, Joni Louise Kinsey describes how the artist created three monumental paintings–The Grand Cañon of the Yellowstone (1872), The Chasm of the Colorado (1873-74), and The Mountain of the Holy Cross (1875)–that, in the aftermath of the Civil War, evoked the... Read more >

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Here We Are

Written by Panos Kokkinias
Contribution by Regis Durand, Alexandra Moschovi and Susan Kismaric


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: February 28, 2012
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-57687-574-2 (1-57687-574-1)

Here We Are is an anthology of Panos Kokkinias’ widely exhibited fine-art photography, from 1994 through 2007. The monograph consists of four sections, each representing different bodies of work linked by a common theme: Kokkinias’ personal, ongoing obsession with existential subject matter.

Home (1994-1995), was produced during a difficult personal period... Read more >

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Ryan McGinley
Whistle for the Wind
Contribution by Chris Kraus, John Kelsey and Gus Van Sant


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: June 26, 2012
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3831-8 (0-8478-3831-5)

In 2002, two years after Ryan McGinley, then a student, staged his first exhibition of photographs in a Soho gallery, he created inexpensive handmade books of a sampling of his work titled The Kids Are Alright. Those books eventually found their way to Sylvia Wolf, then curator of photography at the... Read more >

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African Cosmos

Written by Christine M. Kreamer


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: November 27, 2012
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-343-8 (1-58093-343-2)

African concepts of the universe are intensely personal, placing human beings in relation to the earth and sky, and with the sun, moon, and stars. At the core of creation myths and the foundation of moral values, celestial bodies are often accorded sacred capacities and are part of the “cosmological map”... Read more >

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Master of Shadows
The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens
Written by Mark Lamster


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38735-6 (0-307-38735-6)

Although his popularity is eclipsed by Rembrandt today, Peter Paul Rubens was revered by his contemporaries as the greatest painter of his era, if not of all history. His undeniable artistic genius, bolstered by a modest disposition and a reputation as a man of tact and discretion, made him a favorite... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Devil in the White City
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
Written by Erik Larson


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72560-9 (0-375-72560-1)

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the... Read more >

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The Devil in the White City
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Written by Erik Larson


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: February 11, 2003
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-60844-9 (0-609-60844-4)

Winner, 2004 Edgar Award

Winner, 2003 International Horror Guild Award for Non-fiction

2003 National Book Award Finalist, Non-Fiction

Vintage Paperback is Available

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the... Read more >

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The Ugly Renaissance
Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in an Age of Beauty
Written by Alexander Lee


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-53659-2 (0-385-53659-3)

A fascinating and counterintuitive portrait of the sordid, hidden world behind the dazzling artwork of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and more.

Renowned as a period of cultural rebirth and artistic innovation, the Renaissance is cloaked in a unique aura of beauty and brilliance. Its very name conjures up awe-inspiring images... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Digital Art Studio
Techniques for Combining Inkjet Printing with Traditional Art Materials
Written by Bonny Lhotka, Dorothy Simpson Krause and Karin Schminke


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: August 1, 2004
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-1342-5 (0-8230-1342-1)

Utilizing the combined experience of three traditional artists turned digital imaging pioneers, Digital Art Studio champions combining traditional art techniques with digital media. From their unique position as artists, educators, and technology consultants, the authors provide a wide range of ways to integrate digital processes, using them in unusual and challenging... Read more >

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Presidential Campaign Posters
Two Hundred Years of Election Art
Written by The Library Of Congress


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-59474-554-6 (1-59474-554-4)

Here are 100 ready-to-frame political campaign posters from the annals of American history. The candidates range from Andrew Jackson (“Defender of Beauty and Booty”) and William Henry Harrison (“Have Some Hard Cider!”) to Richard Nixon (“He’s the One!”), Barack Obama (“Hope”), and many, many more. The posters are backed with colorful... Read more >

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Successful Drawing

Written by Andrew Loomis


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
On Sale: May 8, 2012
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-0-85768-761-6 (0-85768-761-1)

The illustrator Andrew Loomis is revered amongst artists for his mastery of drawing technique and his clean, realist style. His hugely influential series of art instruction books have never been bettered and Successful Drawing, the third in Titan's programme of facsimile editions, returns this classic title to print for the first... Read more >

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Foundations in Comic Book Art
SCAD Creative Essentials (Fundamental Tools and Techniques for Sequential Artists)
Written by John Paul Lowe


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3696-4 (0-7704-3696-X)

A comprehensive guide to creating and developing comic book and graphic novel art, from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), one of the world's leaders in sequential arts instruction.

Artists seeking a way to break into the exciting world of sequential art first need to master the tools, techniques, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Vivian Maier
Street Photographer
Written by Vivian Maier
Edited by John Maloof
Contribution by Geoff Dyer


Format: Hardcover, 136 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: November 16, 2011
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-57687-577-3 (1-57687-577-6)

A good street photographer must be possessed of many talents: an eye for detail, light, and composition; impeccable timing; a populist or humanitarian outlook; and a tireless ability to constantly shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot and never miss a moment. It is hard enough to find these qualities in trained photographers with... Read more >

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The Purloined Clinic
Selected Writings
Written by Janet Malcolm


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 2, 1993
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74810-6 (0-679-74810-5)

The Purloined Clinic is a retrospective of essays, reviews, and reports that reflect the range and depth of Janet Malcolm's engagement with psychology, criticism, art, and literature.

She examines aspects of “that absurdist collaboration,” the psychoanalytic dialogue, from which come “small, stray sell recognitions that no other human relationship yields, brought forward... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Reading Pictures
What We Think About When We Look at Art
Written by Alberto Manguel


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75922-2 (0-375-75922-0)

This profoundly illuminating, entertaining book could well change the way we "read" the visual world around us, and certainly help open our eyes and minds to its astonishing riches. The language in which we speak about art has become steadily more abstruse, a jargon that only art critics and con-artists can... Read more >

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The Aesthetic Dimension
Toward A Critique of Marxist Aesthetics
Written by Herbert Marcuse


Format: Trade Paperback, 108 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 15, 1979
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1519-3 (0-8070-1519-9)

Developing a concept briefly introduced in Counterrevolution and Revolt, Marcuse here addresses the shortcomings of a Marxist aesthetic theory and explores a dialectical aesthetic in which art functions as the conscience of society. Marcuse argues that art is the only form of expression that can take up where religion and philosophy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Figure
Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture
Preface by David Kratz
Edited by Margaret McCann
Foreword by Bob Colacello


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Skira Rizzoli
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-4375-6 (0-8478-4375-0)

This book is a celebration of figurative art, essential to those interested in both traditional techniques and the latest developments in the art of the figure. An expansive survey of contemporary figurative art, The Figure showcases work by acclaimed artists including Jenny Saville, Eric Fischl, and Will Cotton alongside emerging talents... Read more >

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The Art of Video Games
From Pac-Man to Mass Effect
Written by Chris Melissinos
Foreword by Elizabeth Broun
Introduction by Mike Mika


Format: Hardcover, 216 pages
Publisher: Welcome Books
On Sale: March 5, 2012
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-59962-110-4 (1-59962-110-X)

This is the story of how video games capture our imaginations and influence our world.

While video games are still a relatively young medium, the industry has seen staggering progress in its forty-year history, both technologically and as an artistic form. The Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Mass Effect... Read more >

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What We See When We Read

Written by Peter Mendelsund


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 5, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7163-2 (0-8041-7163-7)

A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading—how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from one of our very best book jacket designers, himself a passionate reader. 

What do we see when we read? Did Tolstoy really describe Anna Karenina? Did Melville ever really tell us what... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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ABCDuane
A Duane Michals Primer
Written by Duane Michals


Format: Hardcover, 184 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-405-3 (1-58093-405-6)

The legendary photographer relates intimate themes of his life and art in a scrapbook memoir illustrated by his works—from portraits of Magritte to Warhol, to painted tintypes, and the revolutionary multiple-image sequences and handwritten texts for which he is best known—and by pieces from his personal art collection, now donated to... Read more >

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Bodies of Subversion
A Secret History of Women and Tattoo, Third Edition
Written by Margot Mifflin


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: June 25, 2013
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-57687-666-4 (1-57687-666-7)

Bodies of Subversion was the first history of women’s tattoo art when it was released in 1997, providing a fascinating excursion to a subculture that dates back to the nineteenth-century and including many never-before-seen photos of tattooed women from the last century. Newly revised and expanded, it remains the only book... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Bodies of Subversion
A Secret History of Women and Tattoo, Third Edition
Written by Margot Mifflin


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: January 15, 2013
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-1-57687-613-8 (1-57687-613-6)

Bodies of Subversion was the first history of women’s tattoo art when it was released in 1997, providing a fascinating excursion to a subculture that dates back to the nineteenth-century and including many never-before-seen photos of tattooed women from the last century. Newly revised and expanded, it remains the only book... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Earth Matters
Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa
Written by Karen E. Milbourne
Contribution by Allan DeSouza, Clive van den Berg, Wangechi Mutu and George Osodi


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: November 12, 2013
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-370-4 (1-58093-370-X)

Featuring more than 100 extraordinary works of art from 1800 to the present, Earth Matters reveals how African individuals and communities have visually mediated their most poignant relationships with the land–whether it be to earth as a sacred or medicinal material, as something uncovered by mining or claimed by burial, as a... Read more >

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The BetterPhoto Guide to Digital Photography

Written by Jim Miotke


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Amphoto Books
On Sale: June 1, 2005
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8174-3552-3 (0-8174-3552-2)

Digital cameras are the hot new tech toy-but many of the millions of people who are buying the cameras aren't getting the most out of their new purchase. Mysterious icons, strange jargon, a dizzying array of imaging software and hardware...stumbling blocks quickly become tools to create great pictures with The BetterPhoto... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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