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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fin-De-Siecle Vienna
Politics and Culture
Written by Carl E. Schorske


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 12, 1980
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74478-0 (0-394-74478-0)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

This is Schorske's magnificent revelation of turn-of-the-century Vienna where out of a crisis of political and social disintegration so much of modern art and thought was born.

"Not only is it a splendid exploration of several aspects of early modernism in their political context; it is an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Elsa Schiaparelli
A Biography
Written by Meryle Secrest


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-70159-6 (0-307-70159-X)

Her name was Elsa Schiaparelli. She was known as the Queen of Fashion; a headline attraction in the international glitter-glamour show of the late twenties and thirties, feted in Rome (where she was born), Paris, New York, London, Moscow, Hollywood . . .

Her style was a social revolution through clothing—luxurious, eccentric... Read more >
Also available as 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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In the Name of the Son
The Life of Jesus in Art, from the Nativity to the Passion
Written by Vittorio Sgarbi
Translated by Alastair McEwen


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris
On Sale: November 18, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-4389-3 (0-8478-4389-0)

How artists from Giotto to Caravaggio have written a visual biography of Christ through the finest masterpieces in the history of art. In the Name of the Son approaches figurative art through the lens of the greatest mystery of mankind: the life of Jesus Christ. From the late medieval period through... Read more >

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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 Alchemy...is 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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David Hockney
The Biography, 1975-2012
Written by Christopher Simon Sykes


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: November 11, 2014
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-53590-8 (0-385-53590-2)

The final say on the most colorful and controversial artist at work today: David Hockney.
    
In this fascinating and entertaining second volume, Christopher Sykes explores the life and work of our most popular living artist. 

David Hockney's career has spanned the past five decades. Volume 1, A Rake's Progress, covered his early life... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, 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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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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Phi
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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