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Longing For Eternity
One Century of Modern and Contemporary Iraqi Art
Preface by Salam Atta Sabri
Edited by Mary Angela Schroth
Contribution by Silvia Naef and Aasim Abdul-Ameer

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Skira
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $85.00
ISBN: 978-88-572-1876-2 (88-572-1876-7)

This volume explores the principal trends of modern and contemporary art in Iraq through some 400 works in the private collection of Hussain Ali Harba, an Iraqi architect and designer. Read more >

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Vanished Smile
The Mysterious Theft of the Mona Lisa
Written by R.A. Scotti

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27838-8 (0-307-27838-7)

On August 21, 1911, Leonardo da Vinci’s most celebrated painting vanished from the Louvre. The prime suspects were as shocking as the crime: Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire, young provocateurs of a new art.

The sensational disappearing act captured the world’s imagination. Crowds stood in line to view the empty space... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Critical Issues in Public Art
Content, Context, and Controversy
Written by Harriet Senie

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 1998
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-769-7 (1-56098-769-3)

In this groundbreaking anthology, twenty-two artists, architects, historians, critics, curators, and philosophers explore the role of public art in creating a national identity, contending that each work can only be understood by analyzing the context in which it is commissioned, built, and received. They emphasize the historical continuum between traditional works... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Way of the Bodhisattva

Written by Shantideva
Translated by Padmakara Translation Group

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-614-7 (1-59030-614-7)

This timeless text of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism has been widely studied and respected for more than a thousand years in all the schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and it is considered one of the great teaching texts of Mahayana Buddhism as well. An exposition of the path of a bodhisattva, a being who... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audio CD and a trade paperback.

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Banquet Years

Written by Roger Shattuck

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 1968
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-70415-9 (0-394-70415-0)

This is Shattuck's acclaimed portrait of a cultural underground that carried the arts into a period of astonishing renewal and accomplishment. Read more >

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Chicago's Nelson Algren

Written by Art Shay
Foreword by David Mamet

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 5, 2007
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-764-0 (1-58322-764-4)

Nelson Algren and Art Shay met in 1949 when Shay was a reporter for Life. Shay followed Algren around with a camera, gathering pictures for a photo-essay piece he was pitching to the magazine. Life didn’t pick up the article, but Shay and Algren became fast friends. Algren gave Shay’s camera... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dime-Store Alchemy
The Art of Joseph Cornell
Written by Charles Simic

Format: Trade Paperback, 88 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-486-9 (1-59017-486-0)

In Dime-Store Alchemy, poet Charles Simic reflects on the life and work of Joseph Cornell, the maverick surrealist who is one of America’s great artists. Simic’s spare prose is as enchanting and luminous as the mysterious boxes of found objects for which Cornell is justly renowned.

Dime-Store the most sustained literary... Read more >

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Matisse the Master
A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954
Written by Hilary Spurling

Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 2, 2007
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71153-4 (0-375-71153-8)

“If my story were ever to be written down truthfully from start to finish, it would amaze everyone,” wrote Henri Matisse. It is hard to believe today that Matisse, whose exhibitions draw huge crowds worldwide, was once almost universally reviled and ridiculed. His response was neither to protest nor to retreat... Read more >

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The Unknown Matisse

Written by Hilary Spurling

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 18, 2005
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71133-6 (0-375-71133-3)

Henri Matisse is one of the masters of twentieth-century art and a household word to millions of people who find joy and meaning in his light-filled, colorful images—yet, despite all the books devoted to his work, the man himself has remained a mystery. Now, in the hands of the superb biographer... Read more >

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Undressed Art
Why We Draw
Written by Peter Steinhart

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 13, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7605-5 (1-4000-7605-6)

To draw is to understand what we see. In The Undressed Art, writer-naturalist Peter Steinhart investigates the rituals, struggles, and joys of drawing. Reflecting on what is known about the brain’s role in the drawing process, Steinhart explores the visual learning curve: how children begin to draw, how most of them... Read more >

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de Kooning
An American Master
Written by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan

Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 4, 2006
Price: $32.50
ISBN: 978-0-375-71116-9 (0-375-71116-3)

Willem de Kooning is one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, a true “painter’s painter” whose protean work continues to inspire many artists. In the thirties and forties, along with Arshile Gorky and Jackson Pollock, he became a key figure in the revolutionary American movement of abstract expressionism... Read more >

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Written by Mark Strand

Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70971-5 (0-375-70971-1)

Expanding his classic work on Edward Hopper to include more paintings, Mark Strand helps us to see Hopper’s art in new and exciting ways.

“Mark Strand once again shows that he has, to a degree that would make any art critic nervous, the not unrelated gifts of looking and seeing. He looks... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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David Hockney
The Biography, 1937-1975
Written by Christopher Simon Sykes

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-53144-3 (0-385-53144-3)

Drawing on exclusive and unprecedented access to David Hockney’s extensive archives, notebooks, and paintings, interviews with family, friends, and on Hockney himself, Christopher Simon Sykes provides a colorful and intimate portrait of one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.

Born in 1937, David Hockney grew up in a northern... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook and a hardcover.

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Seeing Power
Art and Activism in the Age of Cultural Production
Written by Nato Thompson

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-044-0 (1-61219-044-8)

A significant meditation on political art and the politics of art by the country’s most celebrated young curator

A fog of information and images has flooded the world: from advertising, television, radio, and film to the information glut produced by the new economy. With the rise of social networking, even our contemporaries... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Flash of the Spirit
African & Afro-American Art & Philosophy
Written by Robert Farris Thompson

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1984
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-72369-3 (0-394-72369-4)

This landmark book shows how five African civilizations—Yoruba, Kongo, Ejagham, Mande, and Cross River—have informed and are reflected in aesthetic, social, and metaphysical traditions (music, sculpture, textiles, architecture, religion, idiogrammatic writing) in the United States, the Caribbean, and South America.

“A wonderfully enthusiastic book.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Centuries of racist assumptions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Voyage from the Brain to the Soul
Written by Giulio Tononi

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-90721-9 (0-307-90721-X)

This title is printed in full color throughout.

From one of the most original and influential neuroscientists at work today, here is an exploration of consciousness unlike any other—as told by Galileo, who opened the way for the objectivity of science and is now intent on making subjective experience a part of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Always Looking
Essays on Art
Written by John Updike
Edited by Christopher Carduff

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 27, 2012
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95730-6 (0-307-95730-6)

In this posthumous collection of John Updike’s art writings, a companion volume to the acclaimed Just Looking (1989) and Still Looking (2005), readers are again treated to “remarkably elegant essays” (Newsday) in which “the psychological concerns of the novelist drive the eye from work to work until a deep understanding of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Still Looking
Essays on American Art
Written by John Updike

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4418-4 (1-4000-4418-9)

When, in 1989, a collection of John Updike’s writings on art appeared under the title Just Looking, a reviewer in the San Francisco Chronicle commented, “He refreshes for us the sense of prose opportunity that makes art a sustaining subject to people who write about it.” In the sixteen years since... Read more >

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The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects

Written by Giorgio Vasari
Translated by Gaston du C. de Vere
Introduction by Philip Jacks

Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76036-5 (0-375-76036-9)

A painter and architect in his own right, Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) achieved immortality for this book on the lives of his fellow Renaissance artists, first published in Florence in 1550. Although he based his work on a long tradition of biographical writing, Vasari infused these literary portraits with a decidedly modern... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Factory Made
Warhol and the Sixties
Written by Steven Watson

Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: October 21, 2003
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-42372-0 (0-679-42372-9)

Factory Made: Warhol and the Sixties is a fascinating look at the avant-garde group that came together—from 1964 to 1968—as Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory, a cast that included Lou Reed, Nico, Edie Sedgwick, Gerard Malanga, Paul Morrissey, Joe Dallesandro, Billy Name, Candy Darling, Baby Jane Holzer, Brigid Berlin, Ultra Violet, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Large Sketchbook (Lizard, Black)

Written by Watson-Guptill

Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: August 1, 2004
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-5712-2 (0-8230-5712-7)

Sketchbook Sewn Binding, Lizard cover, Black Read more >

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The Bauhaus Group
Six Masters of Modernism
Written by Nicholas Fox Weber

Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 27, 2009
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26836-5 (0-307-26836-5)

Nicholas Fox Weber, for thirty-three years head of the Albers Foundation, spent many years with Anni and Josef Albers, the only husband-and-wife artistic pair at the Bauhaus (she was a textile artist; he a professor and an artist, in glass, metal, wood, and photography). The Alberses told him their own stories... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Clarks of Cooperstown

Written by Nicholas Fox Weber

Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26347-6 (0-307-26347-9)

Nicholas Fox Weber, author of the acclaimed Patron Saints (“Exhilarating avant-garde entertainment”—Sam Hunter, The New York Times Book Review) and Balthus (“The authoritative account of his life and work”—Michael Ravitch, Newsday), gives us now the idiosyncratic lives of Sterling and Stephen Clark—two of America’s greatest art collectors, heirs to the Singer... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Le Corbusier
A Life
Written by Nicholas Fox Weber

Format: Hardcover, 848 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41043-7 (0-375-41043-0)

He was a leader of the modernist movement that sought to create better living conditions and a better society through housing concepts. He predicted the city of the future with its large, white apartment buildings in parklike settings—a move away from the turn-of-the-century industrial city, which he saw as too fussy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Cabinet of Curiosities
Inquiries into Museums and Their Prospects
Written by Stephen Weil

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 1995
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-511-2 (1-56098-511-9)

Reflecting critically on the current condition of museums and their possible futures, Stephen E. Weil argues that cultural institutions need to free themselves from a fascination with technique and process to concentrate more intently on purpose. He contends that to succeed, or merely survive, a museum must be able to project... Read more >
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