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Art in the Streets

Written by Jeffrey Deitch, Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Skira Rizzoli
On Sale: April 12, 2011
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3648-2 (0-8478-3648-7)

While other books have chronicled graffiti in the US and abroad, this is the first to assemble the most important artists and writers from around the world and their interlocutors in one exhibition and accompanying volume. No other book on the subject has gathered all the major figures (experts and those... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Puerto Rico Mio
Four Decades of Change, in Photographs by Jack Delano
Written by Arturo Carrion
Photographed by Jack Delano
Translated by Alan Fern

Format: Trade Paperback, 242 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 1990
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-0-87474-389-0 (0-87474-389-3)

Puerto Rico Mio is an extraordinary collection from two series of photographs: the first taken when Delano first went to Puerto Rico with the Farm Security Administration in 1941-42 and the second when he re-photographed those same places in the 1980s.

“Delano, who first visited Puerto Rico in 1941 as a photographer... Read more >

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The Nude in America
Written by Bram Dijkstra

Format: Hardcover, 476 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: October 26, 2010
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3366-5 (0-8478-3366-6)

A presentation of the nude in American art, photography, and popular culture, from the eighteenth century to the present. With more than four hundred color illustrations, this is the most thorough and wide-reaching survey of the representation of the male and female nude in American visual culture yet published. Bram Dijkstra... Read more >

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Still Life with Oysters and Lemon
On Objects and Intimacy
Written by Mark Doty

Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 19, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6609-6 (0-8070-6609-5)

Mark Doty’s prose has been hailed as “tempered and tough, sorrowing and serene” (The New York Times Book Review) and “achingly beautiful” (The Boston Globe). In Still Life with Oysters and Lemon he offers a stunning exploration of our attachment to ordinary things-how we invest objects with human store, and why.

“Books... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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)


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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Miro (Compact)

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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The Ongoing Moment

Written by Geoff Dyer

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3168-9 (1-4000-3168-0)

Great photographs change the way we see the world; The Ongoing Moment changes the way we look at both.

Focusing on the ways in which canonical figures like Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Walker Evans, André Kertész, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, and William Eggleston have photographed the same things—barber shops... 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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On Ugliness

Written by Umberto Eco

Format: Trade Paperback, 456 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3723-6 (0-8478-3723-8)

In the mold of his acclaimed History of Beauty, renowned cultural critic Umberto Eco’s On Ugliness is an exploration of the monstrous and the repellant in visual culture and the arts. What is the voyeuristic impulse behind our attraction to the gruesome and the horrible? Where does the magnetic appeal of... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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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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Grant Wood
A Life
Written by R. Tripp Evans

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $37.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-26629-3 (0-307-26629-X)

He claimed to be “the plainest kind of fellow you can find. There isn’t a single thing I’ve done, or experienced,” said Grant Wood, “that’s been even the least bit exciting.”

Wood was one of America’s most famous regionalist painters; to love his work was the equivalent of loving America itself... Read more >
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I Wanna Take Me a Picture
Teaching Photography and Writing to Children
Written by Wendy Ewald and Alexandra Lightfoot

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3141-4 (0-8070-3141-0)

Written for parents and teachers, I Wanna Take Me a Picture is an accessible and practical guide to getting children involved in photography. Through a series of lessons-from self-portraiture to representing their dreams-it teaches everything a beginner needs to know: how to compose a picture, set up a darkroom, and develop... Read more >

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The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression

Written by Gary Faigin

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: August 19, 2008
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-0432-4 (0-8230-0432-5)

Artists love this book, the definitive guide to capturing facial expressions. In a carefully organized, easy-to-use format, author Gary Faigin shows readers the expressions created by individual facial muscles, then draws them together in a section devoted to the six basic human emotions: sadness, anger, joy, fear, disgust, and surprise. Each... Read more >
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A Natural History of the Palette
Written by Victoria Finlay

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7142-2 (0-8129-7142-6)

Discover the tantalizing true stories behind your favorite colors.
For example: Cleopatra used saffron—a source of the color yellow—for seduction. Extracted from an Afghan mine, the blue “ultramarine” paint used by Michelangelo was so expensive he couldn’t afford to buy it himself. Since ancient times, carmine red—still found in lipsticks and Cherry... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Native American Photography at the Smithsonian
The Shindler Catalogue
Written by Paula Fleming

Format: Hardcover, 408 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: December 17, 2003
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-121-1 (1-58834-121-6)

This book of hauntingly beautiful Native American portraits reflects the tragic history of the Cheyenne, Sioux, Pawnee, Cherokee, and other groups whose leaders traveled to Washington in the mid-nineteenth-century to negotiate treaties with the US government. As compelling as the famous photographs of Indians by Edward S. Curtis, these unique images... Read more >

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Short Cuts: Artists in China
Artists in China Vol. 1
Edited by Rosa Maria Falvo
Contribution by Lorenz Helbling, Shen Qilan and Jean Loh
Photographed by Thomas Fuesser

Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Skira
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-88-572-1486-3 (88-572-1486-9)

The first intimate visual documentation of artists who have influenced and transformed the Chinese art scene over the last two decades. Since 1993, photographer Thomas Fuesser has developed close and enduring professional relationships with the artistic community in China. His striking portraits tell their stories by depicting their work and personalities... Read more >

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Earl Cunningham's America

Written by Wendell Garrett, Virgina Mecklenburg and Carolyn Weekley

Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 1, 2007
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-249-2 (1-58834-249-2)

This beautifully illustrated volume presents Earl Cunningham (1893-1997) as a folk modernist who used the flat space and brilliant color typical of Matisse and Van Gogh to create sophisticated compositions. A creative, eccentric, and restless young man, Cunningham studied automobile mechanics and coastal navigation, earned a license as a harbor and... Read more >

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Isms: Understanding Religion

Written by Ronald Allen Geaves and Theodore Gabriel

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Universe
On Sale: April 24, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7893-1530-4 (0-7893-1530-0)

ISMS: UNDERSTANDING RELIGION offers concise synopses of the religions of the world and highlights their artistic and architectural manifestations. This helpful resource to understanding human spiritual belief is organized into familiar groupings (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, etc.), each of which is then further broken down into individual sects, denominations, or branches--in... Read more >

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Best Addresses
A Century of Washington's Distinguished Apartment Houses
Written by James M. Goode

Format: Hardcover, 597 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2003
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 978-0-87474-476-7 (0-87474-476-8)

A century ago, the popularity of early Washington landmarks like Stoneleigh Court and the controversial Cairo (which, at a soaring twelve stories, shocked District officials into enacting the city’s height limit) made it clear that apartment living was here to stay. By the 1920s, Beaux Art and Art Deco palaces offered... Read more >

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Capital Losses
A Cultural History of Washington's Destroyed Buildings, Second Edition
Written by James M. Goode

Format: Hardcover, 541 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 2003
Price: $69.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-105-1 (1-58834-105-4)

Before the passage of critical preservation legislation in 1978, the Nation’s Capital lost an irreplaceable assembly of architecturally and culturally significant buildings. Wanton destruction in the name of progress–particularly in the decades immediately following World War II–resulted in a legacy forever lost, a cultural heritage destroyed by the wrecker’s ball. By... Read more >

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G. R. S. Mead and the Gnostic Quest

Edited by Clare Goodrick-Clarke
Introduction by Clare Goodrick-Clarke

Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: August 10, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-572-0 (1-55643-572-X)

George Robert Stowe Mead (1863-1933) was a major translator, editor, and commentator on Gnostic and hermetic literature and thus a pivotal figure linking the late 19th-century esoteric revival to 20th-century art, literature, and psychology. As a young convert to the new movement of theosophy, he served as private secretary to its... Read more >

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Art and Culture
Critical Essays
Written by Clement Greenberg

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 1971
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6681-2 (0-8070-6681-8)

“Clement Greenberg is, internationally, the best-known American art critic popularly considered to be the man who put American vanguard painting and sculpture on the world map. . . . An important book for everyone interested in modern painting and sculpture.” -The New York Times Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Life in Color
National Geographic Photographs
Text by Susan Hitchcock
Edited by Annie Griffiths
Foreword by Jonathan Adler

Format: Hardcover, 504 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0962-8 (1-4262-0962-2)

Life in Color is arranged by color in a rainbow of beauty. Each chapter, devoted to a color, begins with a short, inspiring essay that explores the qualities, meaning, and symbolism of that color, written in the same voice that guided the reader through Visions of Earth. Color chapters include photographs... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Rogues' Gallery
The Secret Story of the Lust, Lies, Greed, and Betrayals That Made the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Written by Michael Gross

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 11, 2010
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2489-4 (0-7679-2489-4)

“Behind almost every painting is a fortune and behind that a sin or a crime.” With these words as a starting point, Michael Gross, leading chronicler of the American rich, begins the first independent, unauthorized look at the saga of the nation’s greatest museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In this... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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On the New

Written by Boris Groys

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: July 15, 2014
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-292-0 (1-78168-292-5)

On the New looks at the economies of exchange and valuation that drive modern culture's key sites: the intellectual marketplace and the archive. As ideas move from one context to another, newness is created. This continuous shifting of the line that separates the valuable from the worthless, culture from profanity, is... Read more >
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