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Sexual Personae
Art & Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson
Written by Camille Paglia


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 20, 1991
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73579-3 (0-679-73579-8)

Paglia seeks to demonstrate the unity and continuity of western culture. Accepting the canonical western tradition and rejecting the modernist idea that culture has collapsed into meaningless fragments, she argues that Judeo-Christianity did not defeat paganism, which, along with androgyny, sadism, and the aggressive western eye, continues to flourish in art... Read more >

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Mathew Brady and the Image of History

Written by Mary Panzer


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 2004
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-143-3 (1-58834-143-7)

Modern memory of the Civil War owes much to the lens of Mathew Brady, one of the most famous and paradoxical figures in American photography. During a career that spanned the 1840s to the 1890s, Mathew Brady consciously set out to capture the pivotal moments of the second half of the... Read more >

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Elegance and Refinement
The Still-Life Paintings of Willem van Aelst
Written by Tanya Paul, James Clifton, Julie Berger Hochstrasser and Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr.


Format: Hardcover, 184 pages
Publisher: Skira Rizzoli
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3821-9 (0-8478-3821-8)

The paintings of Willem van Aelst (1627—1683) are known for their fine finish, innovative compositions, sumptuous subject matter, and rich, jewel-toned palette. Published on the occasion of an unprecedented traveling exhibition, this book celebrates Van Aelst’s achievements and his significant impact on Dutch still-life painting.

Van Aelst masterfully depicted arrangements of... Read more >

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Nothing and Everything - The Influence of Buddhism on the American Avant Garde
1942 - 1962
Written by Ellen Pearlman


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: EVOLVER EDITIONS
On Sale: April 24, 2012
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-363-2 (1-58394-363-3)

In America in the late 1950s and early 60s, the world–and life itself–became a legitimate artist’s tool, aligning with Zen Buddhism’s emphasis on “enlightenment at any moment” and living in the now. Simultaneously and independently, parallel movements were occurring in Japan, as artists there, too, strove to break down artistic boundaries... Read more >
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Before and after the Horizon
Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes
Edited by David Penney


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-452-6 (1-58834-452-5)

Before and after the Horizon is the only book to consider the work of Anishinaabe artists overall and to discuss 500 years of Anishinaabe art history. This book--which accompanies an exhibition of the same title opening in August 2013 at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York--reveals how... Read more >

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The Changing Face of Portrait Photography
From Daguerreotype to Digital
Text by Shannon Perich


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-274-4 (1-58834-274-3)

A richly illustrated volume examines ten photographers’ portrait work and explores the power of the portrait and the role it plays in our personal and national identities.

The Changing Face of Portrait Photography explores ten groups of portraits selected from within the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s Photographic History Collection. The... Read more >

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Antoine's Alphabet
Watteau and His World
Written by Jed Perl


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 15, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38594-9 (0-307-38594-9)

Antoine Watteau, one of the most mysterious painters who ever lived, is the inspiration for this delightful investigation of the tangled relationship between art and life. Weaving together historical fact and personal reflections, the influential art critic Jed Perl reconstructs the amazing story of this pioneering bohemian artist who, although he... Read more >
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New Art City
Manhattan at Mid-Century
Written by Jed Perl


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3465-9 (1-4000-3465-5)

A fascinating, panoramic exploration of art and culture in mid-twentieth-century New York City from one of our most important and influential art critics.

New Art City takes us from the solitude of the artist’s studio to the uproarious bars where artists gathered, from the ramshackle bohemian neighborhoods of downtown Manhattan to... Read more >
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The Art Prophets
The Artists, Dealers, and Tastemakers Who Shook the Art World
Written by Richard Polsky


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-406-1 (1-59051-406-8)

In The Art Prophets, Richard Polsky introduces us to influential late twentieth-century dealers and tastemakers in the art world. These risk takers opened doors for artists, identified new movements, and resurrected art forms that had fallen into obscurity. In this distinctive tour, Polsky offers an insightful and engaging dialog between artists... Read more >
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I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon)

Written by Richard Polsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: April 26, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-456-6 (1-59051-456-4)

"[Richard Polsky] weaves his personal story into the story of a business culture that has grown more venal and volatile in recent years…. Art dealers have played a pivotal role in this pricey shuffle, and Mr. Polsky paints them as an entertainingly infantile, manipulative bunch… That Mr. Polsky operates at the... Read more >
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John James Audubon
The Making of an American
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71393-4 (0-375-71393-X)

John James Audubon came to America as a dapper eighteen-year-old eager to make his fortune. He had a talent for drawing and an interest in birds, and he would spend the next thirty-five years traveling to the remotest regions of his new country–often alone and on foot–to render his avian subjects... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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John James Audubon
The Making of an American
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41412-1 (0-375-41412-6)

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Richard Rhodes, the first major biography of John James Audubon in forty years, and the first to illuminate fully the private and family life of the master illustrator of the natural world.

Rhodes shows us young Audubon arriving in New York from France in 1803, his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Life of Picasso
The Prodigy, 1881-1906
Written by John Richardson


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 16, 2007
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71149-7 (0-375-71149-X)

As he magnificently combines meticulous scholarship with irresistible narrative appeal, Richardson draws on his close friendship with Picasso, his own diaries, the collaboration of Picasso's widow Jacqueline, and unprecedented access to Picasso's studio and papers to arrive at a profound understanding of the artist and his work.

“A powerhouse of a book... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, trade paperback and a trade paperback.

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A Life of Picasso
The Cubist Rebel, 1907-1916
Written by John Richardson


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 16, 2007
Price: $32.50
ISBN: 978-0-375-71150-3 (0-375-71150-3)

In The Cubist Rebel, 1907–1916, the second volume of his Life of Picasso, John Richardson reveals the young Picasso in the Baudelairean role of “the painter of modern life”—a role that stipulated the brothel as the noblest subject for a modern artist. Hence his great breakthrough painting, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, with... Read more >
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A Life of Picasso
The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
Written by John Richardson


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71151-0 (0-375-71151-1)

Now in paperback: the third volume of John Richardson’s magisterial Life of Picasso.

Here is Picasso at the height of his powers in Rome and Naples, producing the sets and costumes with Cocteau for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, and visiting Pompei where the antique statuary fuel his obsession with classicism; in Paris, creating... Read more >
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Artistic Anatomy

Written by Dr. Paul Richer


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: February 1, 1986
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-0297-9 (0-8230-0297-7)

Artistic Anatomy is widely acknowledged to be the greatest book of its kind since the Renaissance. The original French edition, now a rare collector's item, was published in 1889 and was probably used as a resource by Renoir, Braque, Degas, Bazille, and many others. The English-language edition, first published 35 years... Read more >

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Instant Art History
From Cave Art to Pop Art
Written by Walter Robinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 21, 1995
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-449-90698-9 (0-449-90698-1)

From the prehistoric cave paintings to Andy Warhol's soup cans, this lively chronicle surveys the rich history of artistic expression. Instant Art History examines such geniuses as Michelangelo, da Vinci, Rembrandt, Renoir, van Gogh, and the Impressionists as well as Dali, Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, and Lichtenstein.

Some topics explored include:
* How... Read more >

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The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing
How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals for the Visual, Literary, and Performing Artist
Written by Gigi Rosenberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: December 14, 2010
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-8230-0070-8 (0-8230-0070-2)

The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing is designed to transform readers from starving artists fumbling to get by into working artists who confidently tap into all the resources at their disposal. Written in an engaging and down-to-earth tone, this comprehensive guide includes time-tested strategies, anecdotes from successful grant writers, and tips... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Painting Below Zero
Notes on a Life in Art
Written by James Rosenquist and David Dalton


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 27, 2009
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26342-1 (0-307-26342-8)

From James Rosenquist, one of our most iconic pop artists—along with Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg, and Roy Lichtenstein—comes this candid and fascinating memoir. Unlike these artists, Rosenquist often works in three-dimensional forms, with highly dramatic shifts in scale and a far more complex palette, including grisaille and Day-Glo colors... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mythology
The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross
Written by Alex Ross


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71462-7 (0-375-71462-6)

Here is the incomparable cast of the DC Comics universe: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, the Green Lantern, and the rest of the Justice League as you’ve never seen them before. Mythology brings together the best-loved comic characters in the world, brought to life by one of the most... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Juan Rulfo's Mexico

Photographed by Juan Rulfo
Translated by Carlos Fuentes and Margot Glantz


Format: Hardcover, 223 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 2002
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-097-9 (1-58834-097-X)

Juan Rulfo was one of the great literary innovators of the twentieth century. His 1955 novel Pedro Páramo is considered one of the foundational classics of magic realism, predating One Hundred Years of Solitude by more than a decade. Lesser known are his haunting photographs of Mexico, which exhibit remarkable parallels... Read more >

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The Mushroom in Christian Art
The Identity of Jesus in the Development of Christianity
Written by John A. Rush
Foreword by Martin W. Ball, Ph.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-960-5 (1-55643-960-1)

In The Mushroom in Christian Art, author John A. Rush uses an artistic motif to define the nature of Christian art, establish the identity of Jesus, and expose the motive for his murder. Covering Christian art from 200 CE (common era) to the present, the author reveals that Jesus, the Teacher... Read more >

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Japanese Masterworks from the Price Collection

Edited by Arthur M. Sackler Gallery


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 1, 2007
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-258-4 (1-58834-258-1)

This lavishly illustrated volume of Japanese masterpieces from the Etsuko and Joe Price Collection, widely recognized as one of the finest private collections of Edo-period art in the world, features 225 full-color and 114 black-and-white images representing the rich aesthetic diversity that characterized the Edo period. At the collection’s core are... Read more >

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Landscape And Memory

Written by Simon Schama


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 5, 1996
Price: $29.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73512-0 (0-679-73512-7)

One of Time Magazine's Best Books of the Year


In Landscape and Memory Schama ranges over continents and centuries to reveal the psychic claims that human beings have made on nature. He tells of the Nazi cult of the primeval German forest; the play of Christian and pagan myth in Bernini's Fountain... Read more >

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The Network
Portrait Conversations
Written by Lincoln Schatz


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: December 11, 2012
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-335-2 (1-58834-335-9)

As the nation grapples with some of the greatest developments and challenges to date, The Network presents a dynamic portrait of the people who help shape America’s current technology, policy, and education. Drawing inspiration from Richard Avedon's 1976 photographic portfolio, The Family, The Network consists of generative video portraits of 100... Read more >
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