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Modeling the Figure in Clay, 30th Anniversary Edition
A Sculptor's Guide to Anatomy
Written by Bruno Lucchesi
Text by Margit Malmstrom

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: April 1, 1996
Price: $21.99
ISBN: 978-0-8230-3096-5 (0-8230-3096-2)

Master sculptor Bruno Lucchesi invites you on a guided tour of the human form. Follow him as he creates a figure in clay—literally from the inside out—starting with the skeleton, laying on the muslces to show male and female anatomy, and finishing with a complete figure sculpture with every detail of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Edward Weston

Edited by Filippo Maggia

Format: Hardcover, 150 pages
Publisher: Skira
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-88-572-1633-1 (88-572-1633-0)

From nudes to landscapes, a wide-ranging retrospective of the work of Edward Weston, one of the greatest twentieth-century American photographers. After abandoning pictorial photography, Weston turned his interest to realism, developing his original style based on the quest for a pure form to express his contemporary world. He believed that the... Read more >

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New York September 11 by Magnum Photographers

Photographed by Magnum Photographers
Introduction by David Halberstam

Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: November 1, 2001
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-57687-130-0 (1-57687-130-4)

“The date, September 11, 2001, now has a certain permanence, graven on our collective memory, like a very few others December 7, 1941, and November 22, 1963, dates which seem to separate yesterday from today, and then from now. They become the rarest of moments; ordinary people will forever be able... Read more >

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Vivian Maier
Street Photographer
Written by Vivian Maier
Edited by John Maloof
Contribution by Geoff Dyer

Format: Hardcover, 136 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: November 16, 2011
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-57687-577-3 (1-57687-577-6)

A good street photographer must be possessed of many talents: an eye for detail, light, and composition; impeccable timing; a populist or humanitarian outlook; and a tireless ability to constantly shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot and never miss a moment. It is hard enough to find these qualities in trained photographers with... Read more >

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Daily Painting
Paint Small and Often To Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist
Written by Carol Marine

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $22.99
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3533-2 (0-7704-3533-5)

Author Carol Marine (who is among the most celebrated daily painters and the curator of the popular online gallery was suffering from painter’s block until she discovered “daily painting.” The idea is simple: do art (usually small) often (how often is up to the individual) and, if desired, post it... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Art of Encaustic Painting
Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax
Written by Joanne Mattera

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: June 1, 2001
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-0283-2 (0-8230-0283-7)

Encaustic is a waxed-based painting medium characterized by luminous color and a lush surface. It's an ancient art, dating as far back as Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, and today is enjoying a revival.

Here is the first comprehensive guide available on mastering this beautiful yet demanding medium. In The... Read more >

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The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head

Written by William Maughan

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: January 1, 2004
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-0-8230-0359-4 (0-8230-0359-0)

In this innovative guide, master art instructor William Maughan demonstrates how to create a realistic human likeness by using the classic and highly accurate modeling technique of chiaroscuro (Italian for “light and dark”) developed by Leonardo da Vinci during the High Renaissance.

Maughan first introduces readers to the basics of this centuries-old... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Figure
Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture
Preface by David Kratz
Edited by Margaret McCann
Foreword by Bob Colacello

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Skira Rizzoli
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-4375-6 (0-8478-4375-0)

This book is a celebration of figurative art, essential to those interested in both traditional techniques and the latest developments in the art of the figure. An expansive survey of contemporary figurative art, The Figure showcases work by acclaimed artists including Jenny Saville, Eric Fischl, and Will Cotton alongside emerging talents... Read more >

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Trust the Process

Written by Shaun McNiff

Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: March 31, 1998
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-57062-357-8 (1-57062-357-0)

Whether in painting, poetry, performance, music, dance, or life, there is an intelligence working in every situation. This force is the primary carrier of creation. If we trust it and follow its natural movement, it will astound us with its ability to find a way through problems--and even make creative use... Read more >

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A Duane Michals Primer
Written by Duane Michals

Format: Hardcover, 184 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-405-3 (1-58093-405-6)

The legendary photographer relates intimate themes of his life and art in a scrapbook memoir illustrated by his works—from portraits of Magritte to Warhol, to painted tintypes, and the revolutionary multiple-image sequences and handwritten texts for which he is best known—and by pieces from his personal art collection, now donated to... Read more >

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Earth Matters
Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa
Written by Karen E. Milbourne
Contribution by Allan DeSouza, Clive van den Berg, Wangechi Mutu and George Osodi

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: November 12, 2013
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-370-4 (1-58093-370-X)

Featuring more than 100 extraordinary works of art from 1800 to the present, Earth Matters reveals how African individuals and communities have visually mediated their most poignant relationships with the land–whether it be to earth as a sacred or medicinal material, as something uncovered by mining or claimed by burial, as a... Read more >

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Body Land

Photographed by Arno Rafael Minkkinen

Format: Hardcover, 60 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 1999
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-880-9 (1-56098-880-0)

In this collection of self-portraits Arno Rafael Minkkinen incorporates his own nude body into a range of isolated settings, emphasizing its bond to the natural world. Whether rooted to the ground like an aspen or emerging from a smooth bank of snow, he contorts himself to merge with the contours of... Read more >

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BetterPhoto Basics
The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro
Written by Jim Miotke

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Amphoto Books
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $21.99
ISBN: 978-0-8174-0502-1 (0-8174-0502-X)

In BetterPhoto Basics, Jim Miotke, founder of the popular online photography school, shares tips and tricks to improve photos right away, no matter what camera is being using. Flip the book to any page for an instant tip to use right away. Learn to compose knockout shots, make the most... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The BetterPhoto Guide to Digital Photography

Written by Jim Miotke

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Amphoto Books
On Sale: June 1, 2005
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8174-3552-3 (0-8174-3552-2)

Digital cameras are the hot new tech toy-but many of the millions of people who are buying the cameras aren't getting the most out of their new purchase. Mysterious icons, strange jargon, a dizzying array of imaging software and hardware...stumbling blocks quickly become tools to create great pictures with The BetterPhoto... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Walrus and the Elephants
John Lennon's Years of Revolution
Written by James A. Mitchell

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-467-1 (1-60980-467-8)

Nineteen-seventy-one was the year John Lennon left London and pop stardom for a life in New York City as a solo artist, record producer and activist looking to help end the war in Vietnam. He settled in Greenwich Village and quickly came to be seen by the leaders of the faltering... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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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Wondrous Cold
An Antartic Journey
Written by Joan Myers

Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 1, 2006
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-238-6 (1-58834-238-7)

For centuries Antarctica has captured the imagination of explorers, scientists, and armchair travelers. Its starkly beautiful landscape, extraordinary wildlife, and harsh climate only begin to suggest the wonders of the world’s least understood continent.

Intrigued by a part of the planet vividly described in the journals of explorers Robert Falcon Scott and... 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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Women of Vision
National Geographic Photographers on Assignment
Written by National Geographic
Afterword by Elizabeth Crist
Foreword by Ann Curry
Introduction by Chris Johns

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1272-7 (1-4262-1272-0)

Women photographers have produced many of National Geographic’s most powerful photo-narratives of the past decade. These talented photojournalists are celebrated in this captivating photography book, covering places and subjects around the globe and sharing the same passion and commitment to storytelling that has come to define National Geographic magazine, with more... Read more >

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The Rape of Europa
The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
Written by Lynn H. Nicholas

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75686-6 (0-679-75686-8)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

The cast of characters includes Hitler and Goering, Gertrude Stein and Marc Chagall--not to mention works by artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso. The story told in this superbly researched and suspenseful book is that of the Third Reich's war on European... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Spirit of the Wild
Written by Paul Nicklen

Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1176-8 (1-4262-1176-7)

Paul Nicklen, wildlife photojournalist, showcases his stunning photography for National Geographic with this collection of North American bears: the grizzly, polar bear, black bear and the rarest spirit bear. Evocative storytelling combines with Nicklen’s landmark photographs to reveal the truths and myths about these amazing creatures, and sheds light on their... Read more >

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What Happens Next
A History of American Screenwriting
Written by Marc Norman

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: September 30, 2008
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-39388-3 (0-307-39388-7)

Los Angeles Times

A brilliant, wildly entertaining history of Hollywood from the screenwriters’ perspective

In this truly fresh take on the movies, veteran Oscar-winning screenwriter Marc Norman gives us the first comprehensive history of the men and women who penned some of the greatest movies of all time. Impeccably researched, erudite, and filled... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Make Comics Like the Pros
The Inside Scoop on How to Write, Draw, and Sell Your Comic Books and Graphic Novels
Written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $22.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-34463-0 (0-385-34463-5)

A step-by-step guide to all aspects of comic book creation--from conceptualization to early drafts to marketing and promotion--written by two of the industry's most seasoned and successful pros.

In today's comics industry there are many creative roles available—writer, penciller, inker, colorist, letterer, editor, and more. Each creator serves a vital function... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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