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Lost History
The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists
Written by Michael H. Morgan


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: June 19, 2007
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0092-2 (1-4262-0092-7)

In an era when the relationship between Islam and the West seems mainly defined by mistrust and misunderstanding, we often forget that for centuries Muslim civilization was the envy of the world. Essential reading for any student seeking to understand the major role played by the early Muslim world in influencing... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Hearts of the City
The Selected Writings of Herbert Muschamp
Written by Herbert Muschamp
Introduction by Nicolai Ouroussoff


Format: Hardcover, 912 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 17, 2009
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-40406-1 (0-375-40406-6)

From the late Herbert Muschamp, the former architecture critic of The New York Times and one of the most outspoken and influential voices in architectural criticism, a collection of his best work.

The pieces here—from The New Republic, Artforum, and The New York Times—reveal how Muschamp’s views were both ahead of their... Read more >
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Van Gogh
The Life
Written by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 976 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75897-3 (0-375-75897-6)

Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, who galvanized readers with their Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Jackson Pollock, have written another tour de force—an exquisitely detailed, compellingly readable portrait of Vincent van Gogh. Working with the full cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Naifeh and Smith have accessed a wealth... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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National Geographic Image Collection

Written by National Geographic
Foreword by Leah Bendavid-Val
Introduction by Michelle Delaney


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0968-0 (1-4262-0968-1)

Behind National Geographic’s worldwide reputation as a powerhouse of photography lies one of the most extensive, valuable, and unique graphic resources on Earth: the National Geographic Image Collection. The book by the same name lets readers plumb the fascinating depths of this immense archive from the earliest photographs collected in the... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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The Lady in Gold
The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer
Written by Anne-Marie O'Connor


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26564-7 (0-307-26564-1)

The spellbinding story, part fairy tale, part suspense, of Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, one of the most emblematic portraits of its time; of the beautiful, seductive Viennese Jewish salon hostess who sat for it; the notorious artist who painted it; the now vanished turn-of-the-century Vienna that shaped it; and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Mouse Muse
The Mouse in Art
Written by Lorna Owen


Format: Hardcover, 168 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: November 18, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-394-0 (1-58093-394-7)

A beautifully designed introduction to art history by way of artworks that feature the mouse—from the ancient world to drawings by Picasso, Disney, and Art Spiegelman.
 
Across centuries and civilizations, artists have used the mouse—the planet’s most common mammal after us—to illustrate our myths and beliefs. Mice have appeared as Japanese symbols... Read more >

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Glittering Images
A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars
Written by Camille Paglia


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 13, 2013
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27802-9 (0-307-27802-6)

Modern life is a sea of images. With so much visual data bombarding us—from personal devices to mass media—our brains must rapidly adapt to make sense of it all. Here to guide us is America's premier intellectual provocateur, Camille Paglia.

In these pages, Paglia returns to the subject that made her famous... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Glittering Images
A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars
Written by Camille Paglia


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: October 16, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-42460-1 (0-375-42460-1)

From the best-selling author of Sexual Personae and Break, Blow, Burn and one of our most acclaimed cultural critics, here is an enthralling journey through Western art’s defining moments, from the ancient Egyptian tomb of Queen Nefertari to George Lucas’s volcano planet duel in Revenge of the Sith.

America’s premier intellectual provocateur... Read more >
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Glittering Images
A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars
Written by Camille Paglia


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 16, 2012
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-90780-6 (0-307-90780-5)

From the best-selling author of Sexual Personae and Break, Blow, Burn and one of our most acclaimed cultural critics, here is an enthralling journey through Western art’s defining moments, from the ancient Egyptian tomb of Queen Nefertari to George Lucas’s volcano planet duel in Revenge of the Sith.

America’s premier intellectual provocateur... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
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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 >
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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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