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The Frenzy of Renown
Fame and Its History
Written by Leo Braudy


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 25, 1997
Price: $22.50
ISBN: 978-0-679-77630-7 (0-679-77630-3)

For Alexander the Great, fame meant accomplishing what no mortal had ever accomplished before. For Julius Caesar, personal glory was indistinguishable from that of Rome. The early Christians devalued public recognition, believing that the only true audience was God. Marilyn Monroe owed much of her fame to the fragility that led... Read more >

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Portrait Painting Atelier
Old Master Techniques and Contemporary Applications
Written by Suzanne Brooker
Foreword by Domenic Cretara


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-8230-9927-6 (0-8230-9927-X)

The art of portraiture approached its apex during the sixteenth century in Europe with the discovery of oil painting when the old masters developed and refined techniques that remain unsurpassed to this day. The ascendance of nonrepresentational art in the middle of the twentieth century displaced these venerable skills, especially in... Read more >
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Expressive Figure Drawing
New Materials, Concepts, and Techniques
Written by Bill Buchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: December 14, 2010
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-0-8230-3314-0 (0-8230-3314-7)

Throughout the history of art, figure drawing has been regarded as the very foundation of an artist’s education and the center of the art-making process. Bill Buchman’s Expressive Figure Drawing presents the classic fundamentals of this genre, but with a distinctly contemporary twist—celebrating freedom, expressiveness, and creativity. This unique method incorporates... Read more >

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Youth and Beauty
Art of the American Twenties
Edited by Teresa A. Carbone
Contribution by Bonnie Costello, Randall R. Griffey, Sarah M. Lowe and The Brooklyn Museum


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Skira Rizzoli
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3725-0 (0-8478-3725-4)

Accompanying a nationally touring exhibition, this critical history of American art of the 1920s provides a fresh perspective on the strikingly original modernist imagery of the Jazz Age. Youth and Beauty is the first wide-ranging look at American art during the period following the Great War and before the onset of... Read more >

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Talk About Street Art

Written by Jerome Catz
Series edited by Elisabeth Couturier


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Flammarion
On Sale: November 11, 2014
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-2-08-020196-6 (2-08-020196-4)

From the OBEY Giant posters to Banksy’s stencils and from iconic bubble letter tags to mosaic space invaders, street art is omnipresent. Graffiti and street art have long been part of our visual culture, from their origins in ancestral caves to New York City’s subway walls. This book covers all aspects... Read more >

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The Portrait Photographer's Lighting Style Guide
Recipes for Lighting and Composing Professional Portraits
Written by James Cheadle and Peter Travers


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Amphoto Books
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $29.99
ISBN: 978-0-8174-0005-7 (0-8174-0005-2)

In The Portrait Photographer's Lighting Style Guide, today’s most popular portrait styles are broken down with lighting diagrams and exposure information, as well as the story behind the shot, to create an indispensable reference for anyone interested in creating more up-to-date, professional-style portraits.

Inside you’ll find:

• Diagrams for lighting 60... Read more >

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The Dinner Party
Restoring Women to History
Written by Judy Chicago
Contribution by Jane F. Gerhard
Foreword by Arnold L. Lehman


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: April 15, 2014
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-389-6 (1-58093-389-0)

The official publication celebrating Judy Chicago’s feminist art masterpiece, The Dinner Party installation at the Brooklyn Museum, and an introduction to outstanding women in history.
 
Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party is a defining work of feminist and contemporary art that brought women’s history to light on the national stage when it was... Read more >
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Institutional Time
A Critique of Studio Art Education
Written by Judy Chicago


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: March 18, 2014
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-366-7 (1-58093-366-1)

A revered teacher and the most influential feminist artist of our time, Judy Chicago provides an autobiographical look at higher education in art, a must-read for aspiring artists and educators in studio art programs.
 
How should women—and men—be prepared for a career in today’s art world? For more than a decade... Read more >
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Norman Rockwell
A Life
Written by Laura Claridge


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 25, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6723-4 (0-8129-6723-2)

“[An] excellent and thorough new biography.” —Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times

Norman Rockwell’s hundreds of memorable covers for The Saturday Evening Post made him a twentieth-century American icon. However, because of the very popularity of his idealized depictions of middle-class life, his more serious paintings have been largely ignored, and he... Read more >
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Widow Basquiat
A Love Story
Written by Jennifer Clement


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-41991-7 (0-553-41991-9)

In emotionally resonant prose, award-winning author Jennifer Clement tells the story of an avant-garde street artist and painter Jean-Michel Basquiat and his muse, Suzanne Mallouk during the 1980s in New York City. A poetic interpretation, Widow Basquiat is an expression of the unrelenting power of addiction, obsession and love.
 
“Sublime, poetic…[Clement] chronicles her...

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Girl Singer
An Autobiography
Written by Rosemary Clooney and Joan Barthel


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0555-8 (0-7679-0555-5)

The legendary singer and actress shares the personal story of her extraordinary life and career, detailing her rise to success in the entertainment world, her troubled marriage to Jose Ferrer, her battle with addiction and depression, and the new triumphs in her life.

"Warm, intimate…Clooney's writing conveys the same kind of honesty... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Check the Technique
Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies
Written by Brian Coleman
Introduction by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: June 12, 2007
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7775-2 (0-8129-7775-0)

A Tribe Called Quest • Beastie Boys • De La Soul • Eric B. & Rakim • The Fugees • KRS-One • Pete Rock & CL Smooth • Public Enemy • The Roots • Run-DMC • Wu-Tang Clan • and twenty-five more hip-hop immortals

It’s a sad fact: hip-hop album liners have... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Designing with Type, 5th Edition
The Essential Guide to Typography
Written by James Craig and Irene Korol Scala


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: May 1, 2006
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-0-8230-1413-2 (0-8230-1413-4)

The classic Designing with Type has been completely redesigned, with an updated format and full color throughout. New information and new images make this perennial best-seller an even more valuable tool for anyone interested in learning about typography. The fifth edition has been integrated with a convenient website, www.designingwithtype.com, where students... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Oil Painting Book
Materials and Techniques for Today's Artist
Written by Bill Creevy


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: March 1, 1999
Price: $21.99
ISBN: 978-0-8230-3274-7 (0-8230-3274-4)

Without equal anywhere in print today, this is the most complete guide to oil painting materials, and how to use them to derive best results from the medium. Read more >

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Discovering Leonardo
The Art Lover's Guide to Understanding Da Vinci's Masterpieces
Written by Paul Crenshaw and Rebecca Tucker


Format: Hardcover, 260 pages
Publisher: Universe
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-7893-2268-5 (0-7893-2268-4)

This fine art book with a design twist identifies, decodes, and explains symbols hidden in Leonardo da Vinci’s works, using die-cut windows to enhance the experience of truly appreciating each masterpiece. Discover the secret symbols and meanings behind seventy-five featured drawings and paintings in this unique volume celebrating Leonardo da Vinci... Read more >

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Pop Manga
How to Draw the Coolest, Cutest Characters, Animals, Mascots, and More
Written by Camilla D'Errico and Stephen W. Martin


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $21.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-98550-7 (0-307-98550-4)

Renowned manga artist and comics creator Camilla D'Errico's beginner's guide to drawing her signature Japanese-style characters.

From comics to video games to contemporary fine art, the beautiful, wide-eyed-girl look of shoujo manga has infiltrated pop culture, and no artist's work today better exemplifies this trend than Camilla D'Errico's. In her first instructional... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Ideal Museum
An Art Lover's Dream Collection
Written by Philippe Daverio


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: October 9, 2012
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3755-7 (0-8478-3755-6)

Philippe Daverio is one of Italy’s most important contemporary art historians, whose discerning comments about art are voraciously consumed by the public through his writing as editor of the famed magazine Art e Dossier and his platform on a leading Italian television program Passepartout. Now, in his first full-length work of... Read more >

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Painting and Photography
1839-1914
Written by Dominique de Font-Reaulx


Format: Hardcover, 328 pages
Publisher: Flammarion
On Sale: February 5, 2013
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-2-08-020132-4 (2-08-020132-8)

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How to Draw What You See

Written by Rudy De Reyna


Format: Trade Paperback, 178 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: September 1, 1996
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-0-8230-2375-2 (0-8230-2375-3)

When it was originally published in 1970, How to Draw What You See zoomed to the top of Watson-Guptill’s best-seller list—and it has remained there ever since. “I believe that you must be able to draw things as you see them—realistically,” wrote Rudy de Reyna in his introduction. Today, generations of... Read more >
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The Birth of Venus
A Novel
Written by Sarah Dunant


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 30, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6897-2 (0-8129-6897-2)

2005 BOOK SENSE BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD, ADULT NON-FICTION

Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family’s Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a... Read more >

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In the Company of the Courtesan
A Novel
Written by Sarah Dunant


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 6, 2007
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7404-1 (0-8129-7404-2)

My lady, Fiammetta Bianchini, was plucking her eyebrows and biting color into her lips when the unthinkable happened and the Holy Roman Emperor’s army blew a hole in the wall of God’s eternal city, letting in a flood of half-starved, half-crazed troops bent on pillage and punishment.

Thus begins In the Company... Read more >

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Miro (Compact)
Master Artist Series
Written by Jacques Dupin


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Flammarion
On Sale: May 8, 2012
Price: $44.95
ISBN: 978-2-08-020101-0 (2-08-020101-8)

This definitive monograph, written by Miró’s close friend and contemporary, offers personal insight into the life and work of the artist. Rigorously academic, Dupin’s analysis goes much further than a traditional study of the artist’s work: he recounts Miró’s artistic exploration, from sculpture, through graphic work, to costume design. Dupin’s privileged... Read more >

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Pastel Painting Atelier
Essential Lessons in Techniques, Practices, and Materials
Written by Ellen Eagle


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: April 23, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-8230-0841-4 (0-8230-0841-X)

Revel in the luminous and vibrant qualities of pastel with Ellen Eagle’s essential course in the history, techniques, and practices of the medium. In this comprehensive yet intimate guide, Eagle explores pastel’s rich but relatively unexamined past, reveals her own personal influences and approaches, and guides you toward the discovery and... Read more >
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Traditional Oil Painting
Advanced Techniques and Concepts from the Renaissance to the Present
Written by Virgil Elliott


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: August 7, 2007
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-8230-3066-8 (0-8230-3066-0)

The only book that lets artists explore the highest levels of realistic oil painting.


As more and more artists today look to the past, there has been a tremendous resurgence of interest in painting realistically—in creating convincing illusions of three-dimensional depth on two dimensional surfaces. How did the Old Masters create their... Read more >

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The Hollywood Economist
The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies
Written by Edward Jay Epstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: February 23, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-933633-84-8 (1-933633-84-0)

In The Hollywood Economist, veteran investigative reporter Edward Jay Epstein goes undercover to find the answer to a puzzling question: Why is it that even the biggest grossing new movies, raking in millions at the box office, rarely break even during their theatrical release? How does Hollywood make money?

Epstein penetrates the... Read more >
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