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Current & Forthcoming Exhibition Catalogues: Found 153 titles
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Item Number: 144920
Title: Things of Beauty Growing : British Studio Pottery
Author: Adamson, Glenn (et al)
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 9780300227468
Record created on 03/26/17
Available September 2017
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Description: New Haven and London: Yale University Press, in association with the Yale Center for British Art and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 392pp., 316 color illus. Exhibition held at Yale Center for British Art, New Haven.

Summary: For nearly a century British potters have invigorated traditional ceramic forms by developing or reinventing techniques, materials, and means of display. Things of Beauty Growing explores major typologies of the vessel—such as bowl, vase, and charger—that have defined studio ceramics since the early 20th century. It places British studio pottery within the context of objects from Europe, Japan, and Korea and presents essays by an international team of scholars and experts. The book highlights the objects themselves, including new works by Adam Buick, Halima Cassell, and Nao Matsunago, featured alongside works by William Staite Murray, Lucie Rie, Edmund de Waal, and others, many published here for the first time. Rounding out the beautifully illustrated volume is an interview with renowned collector John Driscoll and approximately fifty illustrated short biographies of significant makers.

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Item Number: 144382
Title: JOSEF ALBERS : Midnight and Moon
Author: Fox Weber, Nicholas (intro)
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 9781941701621
Record created on 01/19/17
Description: New York: David Zwirner Books, 2017. 27cm., hardcover, 144pp., 75 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: Using minimal means—paint straight from the tube, applied meticulously with a palette knife—and a focused selection of colors, Josef Albers’s sustained, serial investigation into rhythm, mood, and spatial movement is explored in this lavishly produced volume that looks solely at his respective grey and yellow paintings, exploring two distinct color palettes pervasive to his oeuvre. Highlighting the rich diversity of effects Albers drew from a narrow range of colors, this publication centers around the groundbreaking Homage to the Square (A) (1950), the inaugural painting in the series that would occupy the artist until his death in 1976. The pairing of two palettes—black, white, and grey and an array of yellows—stems in part from Albers’s 1964 series of lithographs, Midnight and Noon, which brought together these two opposing color sets in a single portfolio. Together they address the limitless possibilities the artist found in color and form in relation to light. The impossible simultaneity of “midnight” and “noon” moreover speaks to Albers’s transcending of what he called “factual facts” in favor of the play of perception and illusion possible in art. Opening with an introduction by Nicholas Fox Weber, Executive Director of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, that contextualizes these works and their color palettes, this volume also includes Albers’s own writing on Homage to the Square. Additionally, Elaine de Kooning’s historic text and Colm Tóibín’s recent writing explore this body of work from different perspectives and time periods. Published on the occasion of exhibitions at David Zwirner’s New York and London galleries in 2016 and 2017, this beautifully illustrated publication looks at one of the most influential abstract painters of the twentieth century.

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Item Number: 144743
Title: Summer of Love : Art, Fashion, and Rock and Roll
Author: D'Alessandro, Jill (et al)
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 9780520294820
Record created on 03/04/17
Description: Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017. 29cm., hardcover, 340pp. illus. Exhibition held at de Young Museum, San Francisco.

Summary: Featuring a wide array of iconic rock posters, period photographs, music memorabilia and light shows, “out-of-this-world” clothing, and avant-garde films, this catalogue celebrates San Francisco’s rebellious and colorful counterculture that blossomed in the years surrounding the 1967 Summer of Love. This book explores, through essays and a succession of thematic plates, the visual and material cultures of a generation searching for personal fulfillment and social change. Presenting key cultural artifacts of the time, Summer of Love introduces and explores the events and experiences that today define this dynamic era.

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Item Number: 145107
Title: Playing with Fire: Paintings by CARLOS ALMARAZ
Author: Fox, Howard N. (et al)
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 9783791356853
Record created on 04/05/17
Available August 2017
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Description: Munich-New York: Prestel, 2017. 27cm., hardcover, 144pp., 100 color illus. Exhibition to be held at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Summary: Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz is the first fulllength monograph devoted to an artist known for both his politically engaged cultural production as well as his vibrant, highly sought-after studio art, particularly his scenes of car crashes and pastoral depictions of L.A.'s Echo Park. Among the leading figures whose artistic, cultural, and political motivations catalyzed the Chicano Art movement in the 1970s, Almaraz began his career with works for the United Farm Workers and cofounded the important artists collective Los Four. Although he saw himself as an activist, Almaraz straddled multiple- and often contradictory-identities that drew from divergent cultures and approaches, and his work became less overtly political and more personal, psychological, dreamlike, and even mystical as he evolved artistically. The book features more than 60 works, mostly from the late 1970s through 1989, the year of the artist's untimely death at age 48, as well as selections from his journals and recollections from numerous colleagues and friends who knew him throughout his career.

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Item Number: 145094
Title: Photography in Argentina - Contradiction and Continuity
Author: Alonso, Idurre ; Judith Keller
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 9781606065327
Record created on 04/04/17
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Description: Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2017. 25cm., hardcover, 332pp. illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: Contradiction and Continuity emphasizes crucial historical moments and aesthetic movements in Argentina in which photography had a critical role, producing, and at other times dismantling, national constructions, utopian visions, and avant-garde artistic trends. The exhibition examines the complexities of Argentina over the past 150 years, stressing the heterogeneity of its realities, the creation of contradictory histories, and the power of constructed photographic images in the configuration of a national imaginary. With significant works dating from the decade of Argentina’s first constitution to the bicentennial of its independence, the exhibition will include almost 300 photographs representing the work of more than sixty artists.

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Item Number: 145085
Title: Mexico 1900–1950 : Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde
Author: Arteaga, Agustin
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 9780300229950
Record created on 04/04/17
Available June 2017
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, for the Dallas Museum of Art, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 360pp., 209 color, 87 b&w illus. Exhibition catalogue (previously at Grand Palais, Paris)

Summary: México 1900–1950 offers an unprecedented survey of Mexican art from the turn of the century through the Revolution (1910–20) and until the early 1950s. It examines key works across different mediums by major Mexican artists, including Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and José Clemente Orozco, as well as by lesser-known figures and women artists. The catalogue showcases Mexican modern art as its own distinct avant-garde, fundamentally different from that of Europe. Although many Mexican artists lived and practiced in Paris during the early decades of the 20th century, they eventually returned home and drew extensively from themes surrounding nationhood and Mexico’s rich, mythical past, poignantly articulating their country’s revolutionary ideals, traditions, and aspirations. Over 250 illustrations foreground this wholly original and sweeping study of Mexico as a hotbed for modernism and artistic achievement.

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Item Number: 145202
Title: Der Expressionist FRITZ ASCHER : Leben ist Glühn. The Expressionist Fritz Ascher: To Live is to Blaze with Passion
Author: Barfod, Jörn (et al)
Price: $54.95
ISBN: 9783868323610
Record created on 04/13/17
Available October 2017
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Description: Köln: Wienand, 2017. ed. The Fritz Ascher Society. 28cm., hardcover, 292pp., 193 color illus. Exhibition held at Kunstsammlungen, Chemnitz. German-English text.

Summary: During the National Socialist era, the Berlin Expressionist Fritz Ascher (1893-1970) was temporarily imprisoned as a degenerate artist and political dissident and survived in hiding. The large-scale retrospective with approximately 70 works sheds new light on this once defamed and all but forgotten painter, presenting drawings, gouaches, and paintings from all phases of his career. Also included in the catalogue are examples of Ascher’s impressive poetry.

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Item Number: 144753
Title: (BALLA) Futurballa : Life Light Speed
Author: Coen, Ester
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 9788857233864
Record created on 03/06/17
Available September 2017
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Description: Milano: Skira, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 216pp. illus. Exhibition held at Fondazione Ferrero, Alba. English edition.
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Item Number: 145050
Title: ROGER BALLEN / HANS LEMMEN : Unleashed
Author: Fruehsorge, Jan-Philipp (ed)
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 9783735603562
Record created on 04/03/17
Available August 2017
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Description: Bielefeld: Kerber Verlag, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 144pp., 81 color, 26 b&w illus. Exhibition held at Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris. English-French text.

Summary: Two artists, two techniques—a highly unusual collaborative project. Unleashed brings together two very different artists: the photographer Roger Ballen (*1950), who lives in South Africa, and the Dutch draughtsman Hans Lemmen (*1959). Both share an interest in the conditio humana and in archetypal images that describe a world beyond our familiar civilisation. Unleashed shows a universe of enigmatic dreams and surreal truths, a world apparently out of time, populated by people and animals subject to forces let loose. Over a period of several months they exchanged images and turned each other’s respective medium into their own material. With camera, scissors, and drawing tools—separated by time and space—they carried on an intensive and challenging dialogue.

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Item Number: 145203
Title: BASELITZ VEDOVA
Author: Smerling, Walter (et al)
Price: $52.95
ISBN: 9783868322804
Record created on 04/13/17
Available October 2017
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Description: Köln: Wienand, 2017. 29cm., hardcover, 160pp., 131 color illus. German-English text.

Summary: Since the 1960s, the German painter Georg Baselitz and his Italian colleague Emilio Vedova developed a close personal and professional friendship. Vedova impressed Baselitz with his powerful painting style and proved that abstract painting can also have a political dimension. The richly illustrated book brings together late paintings by Vedova from the 1980s with, among others, works from Baselitz’s most recent series Ma grigio from 2015.

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Item Number: 145081
Title: Delirious : Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1980
Author: Baum, Kelly (et al)
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 9781588396334
Record created on 04/04/17
Available October 2017
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Description: New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2017. 27cm., hardcover, 224pp., 150 illus. Exhibition to be held at The Met Breuer, New York.

Summary: Addressing the maniacal, eccentric, and disorienting in artworks made between 1950 and 1980, Delirious situates a fascination with the absurd and irrational within the context of the violence and brutality witnessed during World War II as well as the rapid expansion of industrial capitalism in the 1950s. Skepticism of science and technology—along with fear of its capability to promote mass destruction—developed into a distrust of rationalism, which in the arts had the paradoxical result of extracting irrational effects from rational means. Disturbing and challenging, these works upended traditional notions of aesthetic harmony. This thought-provoking book features work by approximately 70 artists from Europe, Latin America, and the United States, including Dara Birnbaum, León Ferrari, Bruce Nauman, Howardena Pindell, Peter Saul, Nancy Spero, and many others. Placing the fascination with delirium within historical, literary, political, and cultural contexts, it offers a provocative view of how like-minded artists experimented with irrational subject matter and techniques—ranging from sculpture, painting, photography, and works on paper to film, video, and book design—and forged a new aesthetic that directly responded to the unbalanced times in which they were created.

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Item Number: 145079
Title: GIOVANNI BELLINI : Landscape of Faith in Renaissance Venice
Author: Gasparotto, Davide
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 9781606065310I
Record created on 04/04/17
Available October 2017
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Description: Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2017. 25cm., hardcover, 128pp. illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to experience masterpieces by Giovanni Bellini (about 1430–1516), one of the greatest Venetian painters of the Renaissance. Landscape played a prominent role throughout his long and illustrious career, complementing his religious subject matter and enhancing the meditational nature of paintings intended for the private devotion of highly sophisticated patrons. Distinguished by a refined sensitivity to the natural world, Bellini transformed traditional symbolic motifs into convincing yet poetic depictions of the Venetian mainland, marking the beginning of a new chapter in the history of European painting.

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Item Number: 144588
Title: Italienbilder zwischen Romantik und Realismus : Malerei des 19. Jahrhunderts
Author: Biedermann, Heike ; Andreas Dehmer (ed)
Price: $40.95
ISBN: 9783954982684
Record created on 02/14/17
Description: Dresden: Sandstein Verlag, 2017. 30cm., hardcover 196pp., 139 color illus. Exhibition held at Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

Summary: In diesen Worten spiegelt sich die im 19. Jahrhundert tief verwurzelte deutsche Sehnsucht nach dem Licht und den Farben Italiens, das ebenso mit seinen antiken und christlichen Stätten, mit seiner Fülle an Renaissance­kunst sowie mit seinen rauen und elegischen Land­schaften verzauberte. Das Albertinum zeigt ein umfassendes Panorama gemalter Italien­bilder jener Zeit. Erstmals wird hierzu der reiche Bestand der Staatlichen Kunst­sammlungen Dresden in den Fokus gerückt und in kunst­historische Kontexte gesetzt. Das Schaffen deutsch­sprachiger Künstler steht im Dialog mit Arbeiten heraus­ragender Maler anderer Nationen wie Johan Christian Dahl, Camille Corot, William Turner und Arnold Böcklin, aber auch mit zeit­genössischer Skulptur sowie prägenden Vorbildern früherer Jahrhunderte – von der Antike bis hin zu Nicolas Poussin und Claude Lorrain, deren Land­schafts­darstellungen die Natur­wahrnehmung bis weit in das 19. Jahrhundert hinein beeinflussten.

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Item Number: 145032
Title: Charles II : Art and Power
Author: Bird, Rufus ; Olivia Fryman (eds)
Price: $95.00
ISBN: 9781909741447
Record created on 04/02/17
Available November 2017
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Description: London: Royal Collection Trust, 2017. 27cm., hardcover, 496pp., ca. 400 color illus. Exhibition to be held at The Queen's Gallery, London.

Summary: The Restoration of the English monarchy in 1660 led to a resurgence of the arts in England, and Charles II became a leading patron and collector throughout the mid- and late seventeenth century. Fine and decorative arts served not only as furnishings for the royal residences but also as a means of glorifying the restored monarchy and reinforcing the position of Charles II as the rightful king. Sumptuously illustrated, Charles II: Art & Power looks at the art and culture of the court of Charles II, as well as James II, who followed his brother as a liberal patron. It includes an exploration of the theme of power throughout the reigns of these monarchs, and looks at ritual and the decorative uses of art; and the development of a distinct 'English Baroque'. Among the many works of art showcased here are the replacement Crown Jewels made for the coronation of Charles II in 1661, John Michael Wright’s monumental portrait of Charles II in his coronation robes, the glittering gilt plate that adorned the altar of Westminster Abbey during the coronation, Charles II’s collection of Italian Old Master paintings (includingdrawings by Leonardo da Vinci) and many spectacular furnishings from the Palace of Whitehall and St James’s Palace.

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Item Number: 145263
Title: WILLIAM BLAKE and the Age of Aquarius
Author: Eisenman, Mark Crosby (et al)
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 069117525X
Record created on 04/18/17
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Description: Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017. 27cm., hardcover, 224pp., 137 color illus. Exhibition held at Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University.

Summary: In his own lifetime, William Blake (1757-1827) was a relatively unknown nonconventional artist with a strong political bent. William Blake and the Age of Aquarius is a beautifully illustrated look at how, some two hundred years after his birth, the antiestablishment values embodied in Blake's art and poetry became a model for artists of the American counterculture. This book provides new insights into the politics and protests of Blake's own lifetime, and the generation of artists who revived and reimagined his work in the mid-1940s through 1970, or what might be called the "long sixties." Contributors explore Blake's outsider status in Georgian England and how his individualistic vision spoke to members of the Beat Generation, hippies, radical poets and writers, and other voices of the counterculture. Among the artists, musicians, and writers who looked to Blake were such diverse figures as Diane Arbus, Jay DeFeo, the Doors, Sam Francis, Allen Ginsberg, Jess, Agnes Martin, Ad Reinhardt, Charles Seliger, Maurice Sendak, Robert Smithson, Clyfford Still, and many others. This book also explores visual cultures around such galvanizing moments of the 1960s as Woodstock and the Summer of Love. William Blake and the Age of Aquarius shows how Blake's myths, visions, and radicalism found new life among American artists who valued individualism and creativity, explored expanded consciousness, and celebrated youth, peace, and the power of love in a turbulent age.

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Item Number: 145315
Title: Vision of Albion : WILLIAM BLAKE in Sussex
Author: Loukes, Andrew (et al)
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 9781911300298
Record created on 04/20/17
Available February 2018
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Description: London: Holberton, 2018. 21cm., pbk., 80pp., 60 color illus. Exhibition held at National Trust’s Petworth House.

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Summary: Accompanying the first exhibition devoted to the subject, William Blake in Sussex considers the collective significance of the English county to the life and work of the the celebrated artist and writer. Sussex, the only place outside London where Blake ever lived, inspired a wide body of extraordinary work, done for new and existing patrons and ranging from the familiar to the rarely considered. Accompanying an exhibition at the National Trust's Petworth House, this catalogue will explore William Blake's association with Sussex and the works by him at Petworth, the only major country house to hold examples by the artist. Disillusioned with London life and struggling to make a living, Blake and his wife Catherine went in 1800 to live at the coastal village of Felpham, which the artist soon described as "the sweetest spot on earth". Providing his principal encounters with both English rural life and the coast, the artist's three years "on the banks of the ocean" informed his two greatest illustrated epic poems, Milton and Jerusalem, and continued to be reflected in his work for the rest of his career: "In Felpham I saw and heard Visions of Albion". The authors will examine the relationships formed by Blake in Sussex, particularly with the poet William Hayley, the sculptor John Flaxman, the 3rd Earl of Egremont at Petworth House and his estranged wife Elizabeth Ilive, who commissioned two of the three Blakes now in Petworth. Blake's work for Hayley, often dismissed as illustrative and decorative, will be reappraised, and other projects he worked on in Sussex will be celebrated, including extraordinary biblical illustrations. Blake's infamous arrest for sedition, allegedly for cursing the king while throwing a drunken soldier out of his Felpham garden, will be discussed. It is not widely known that Blake was tried first in Petworth, where he was vouched for by the 3rd Earl. Most importantly, the authors will contextualize the Petworth Blakes, not only the three pictures but also the artist's engravings to The Book of Job and Robert Blair's The Grave, copies of which survive in the private library in the house. Finally, the lasting influence of Sussex on Blake's work will be considered.

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Item Number: 145072
Title: Visual Voyages : Images of Latin American Nature from Columbus to Darwin
Author: Bleichmar, Daniela
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 9780300224023
Record created on 04/04/17
Available October 2017
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 240pp., 153 color illus.

Summary: From the voyages of Christopher Columbus to those of Charles Darwin, the depiction of the natural world played a central role in shaping how people on both sides of the Atlantic understood and imaged the region we now know as Latin America. Nature provided incentives for exploration, commodities for trade, specimens for scientific investigation, and manifestations of divine forces. It also yielded a rich trove of representations, created both by natives to the region and visitors, which are the subject of this lushly illustrated book. Author Daniela Bleichmar shows that these images were not only works of art but also instruments for the production of knowledge, with scientific, social, and political repercussions. Early depictions of Latin American nature introduced European audiences to native medicines and religious practices. By the 17th century, revelatory accounts of tobacco, chocolate, and cochineal reshaped science, trade, and empire around the globe. In the 18th and 19th centuries, collections and scientific expeditions produced both patriotic and imperial visions of Latin America. Through an interdisciplinary examination of more than 150 maps, illustrated manuscripts, still lifes, and landscape paintings spanning four hundred years, Visual Voyages establishes Latin America as a critical site for scientific and artistic exploration, affirming that region’s transformation and the transformation of Europe as vitally connected histories.

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Item Number: 145013
Title: LOUIS BOURGEOIS : An Unfolding Portrait
Author: Wye, Deborah
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 9781633450417
Record created on 04/01/17
Available October 2017
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Description: New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 248pp. illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait explores the prints, books, and creative process of the celebrated sculptor Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010). Bourgeois’s printed oeuvre, a little-known aspect of her work, is vast in scope and comprises some 1,400 printed compositions, created primarily in the last two decades of her life but also at the beginning of her career, in the 1940s. The Museum of Modern Art has a prized archive of this material, and the exhibition will highlight works from the collection along with rarely seen loans. A special installation will fill the Museum’s Atrium. The artist’s creative process is the organizing principle behind the exhibition. Over the course of her career, Bourgeois constantly revisited the themes of her art, all of which emerged from emotions she struggled with for a lifetime. Also, she said there was no “rivalry” between the mediums in which she worked, noting that “they say the same thing in different ways.” Here, her prints and illustrated books will be seen in the context of related sculptures, drawings, and paintings, and within thematic groupings that explore motifs of architecture, the body, and nature, as well as investigations of abstraction and works made from old garments and household fabrics. In addition, the evolving states and variants of her prints will be emphasized in order to reveal Bourgeois’s creative thinking as it unfolded.

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Item Number: 145338
Title: MARK BRADFORD
Author: Aquin, Stéphane ; Evelyn Hankins
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 9780300230772
Record created on 04/21/17
Available February 2018
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 96pp., 60 illus.

Summary: This beautifully illustrated book documents Pickett’s Charge, an ambitious and timely project by renowned artist Mark Bradford. Eight new paintings extend nearly four hundred feet to form a 360-degree experience encircling an entire floor of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. Bradford’s monumental installation is inspired by the 1883 cyclorama painted by Paul Philippoteaux to commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg, which has been considered the critical turning point of the Civil War and, consequently, of American history. Elements from Philippoteaux’s paintings are among multiple layers of collaged paper that Bradford has scraped through to reveal hidden textures and complexities, and this interplay—between past and present, between the legible and the mysteriously evocative—encourages a reconsideration of history’s conventional linear narratives. The catalogue features an interview with the artist by Stéphane Aquin and an essay by Evelyn Hankins that situates the site-specific project within a broader art historical context. With lavish images of the paintings and their installation, this book records a significant new contribution to socially engaged American art.

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Item Number: 145168
Title: Hola Prado! Two Collections In Dialogue
Author: Brinkmann, Bodo ; Gabriel Dette (eds)
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 9783731905530
Record created on 04/11/17
Available May 2017
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Description: Petersberg: Imhof, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 152pp., 149 illus., most in color. Exhibition held at Kunstmuseum Basel. English text.

Summary: A return visit between friends and a generous gesture by one of the world’s most significant art collections: In the summer of 2015 the Kunstmuseum Basel lent ten paintings by Pablo Picasso to the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, where they were seen by around 1.4 million visitors. This year, the Prado is repaying the favour by sending twenty-six master works dating from between the late fifteenth century and the close of the eighteenth century on a journey to Basel. Even such a generous return loan cannot hope to reflect the full richness of the Madrid collection. Therefore, the selection agreed by the Kunstmuseum and the Prado deliberately eschews the attempt to show a cross-section of our respective holdings. Instead, the handpicked guests from the Prado are shown in a sequence of twenty-four focused encounters with a corresponding selection of works from the Kunstmuseum: Titian, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo and Goya appear in dialogue with Memling, Baldung, Holbein the Younger, Goltzius and Rembrandt. Prints by Goya and Holbein the Younger, from the holdings of the Department of Prints and Drawings in Basel, conclude the summit meeting between the two museums. The aim of the exhibition is to identify and make visible the points of connection, bridging artistic, geographical and historical divides, between pictures and collections. A journey of discovery, replete with artistic pleasures, awaits the visitor. For example: shortly before the Reformation, Hans Holbein the Younger revolutionised sacred art with his depiction of the dead Christ in the tomb, condensing the Biblical narrative into a single still-life image that shifted the categories and boundaries of religious painting. Just over a century later, Francisco de Zurbarán, under the influence of the Counter-Reformation, created a yet more radical picture in the tradition of the bodegones – the Spanish still life paintings with sparse displays of kitchen items in close-up view – showing a lamb with bound feet: the Agnus Dei from the gospel of John, one of the oldest symbols of Christ. Both works implicitly pose the question of how the son of God can be represented in visual terms. In a further picture by Zurbarán, the question becomes a theme in its own right: the painter shows himself in the role of St Luke, addressing the crucified Christ. The exhibition also presents a secular bodegón from Madrid, which invites comparisons with the sumptuous display of victuals on the table of Georg Flegel from Basel. And Holbein has an opportunity to match himself as a history painter and portraitist with Italian artists such as Titian, whose Ecce Homo confronts Holbein's Flagellation, and Giovanni Battista Moroni, whose Portrait of a Soldier plays the foil to Holbein’s depiction of Bonifacius Amerbach. Further genres are represented by history paintings with religious and mythological subjects, and by allegories and landscapes. The fifty-four works on display are mutually illuminating: by investigating the similarities and differences between them, the exhibition provides a basis for further reflection. In a comparative perspective, it draws attention to correspondences that sometimes become visible at first glance but in other cases emerge only on closer inspection. This is how the history of art is written – or in our view should be written.

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Item Number: 145042
Title: Gods in Color: Polychromy in the Ancient World
Author: Brinkmann, Vinzenz (et al)
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 9783791357072
Record created on 04/02/17
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Description: Munich-New York: Prestel, in association with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 240pp., 120 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: When Renaissance artists sought to imitate ancient sculpture, their medium of choice was pure, white marble, but little did they know that the works they emulated were originally painted in dazzling and powerful hues—from red ocher and cinnabar to azurite and malachite. By illustrating painted reconstructions of well-known sculptures in relation to original examples, this volume reveals how ancient artists in Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Aegean, Greece, and Rome brought unexpected and breathtaking color to their artworks. Accompanying these reproductions are watercolors of Greece’s landscapes dating from different years, which show how our perception of ancient art has changed over time. Generously illustrated, this book testifies that the study of ancient sculpture is incomplete without an understanding of the many ways that color was employed to bring such art to life.

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Item Number: 144757
Title: Roma-Parigi : Accademie a confronto - L'Accademia di San Luca e gli artisti francesi
Author: Brook, Carolina (et al)
Price: $59.95
ISBN: 9788897610175
Record created on 03/06/17
Description: Roma: Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, 2016. 24cm., pbk., 222pp. prof. illus., most in color. Exhibition catalogue.

Includes: L'Accademia di San Luca - primati e declinazioni delle tre arti, pittura, scultura e architettura, Francesco Moschini ; Introduzione alla Galleria accademica, M Marisa Dalai Emiliani ; Da Vouet a Errard - gli artisti francesi nell'Accademia di San Luca tra rifondazione e progettata unione, Elisa Camboni ; I francesi in Accademia nel Settecento - i concorsi di pittura e scultura, Carolina Brook ; Presenze francesi all'Accademia di San Luca - la collezione dei ritratti degli artisti, Marica Marzinotto ; L'insegnamento del paesaggio in ambito accademico fra Settecento e ottocento, Luigi Gallo ; I primi concorsi accademici di architettura tra Roma e la Francia, 1677, Francesco Guidoboni ; La formazione accademica dell'architetto da Parigi a Roma tra fine Seicento e primo Settecento, Tommaso Manfredi ; Verso una nuova architettura - Académie Royale d'Architecture e Accademia di San Luca. 1750-1800, Gian Paolo Consoli ; Le riforme dell'Accademia di San Luca osservate da Parigi nel 1810 - l'architettura al confronto con le altre arti del disegno, Susanna Pasquali ; Progetti in onore di napoleone, Fabrizio Di Marco, Marco Pupillo ; L'Accademia nel periodo francese. i nuovi statuti del 1812, Pier Paolo Racioppi ; etc.

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Item Number: 144802
Title: Dessiner le quotidien : la Hollande au Siècle d'or
Author: Brugerolles, Emmanuelle ; Olivia Savatier Sjöholm
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 9782359061925
Record created on 03/13/17
Description: Paris: Musee du Louvre Editions, Editions Lienart, 2017. 25cm., pbk., 160pp. illus., most in color. Exhibition catalogue. French text.

Summary: The selection of ninety-three works from the public collections in France, by artists such as Rembrandt, Van Goyen, Van Ostade, and Buytewech, shows the great diversity and the codification of subjects portraying daily life in 17th-century Holland (domestic life, small trades, entertainment, military and peasant scenes, etc.). It highlights the complexity of their relationship with reality, between observation and reconstruction, a snapshot-like quality and conventions of representation.

The exhibition revolves around two distinctive worlds: – City life: The artists culled motifs from their urban environment, sketching quickly on the spot or shortly after observation. Rembrandt was a pioneer of this new practice, drawing people in his entourage, as well as beggars from the streets of Amsterdam. In addition to street scenes, the drawings on display show urban interiors, places of entertainment as well as places of domestic life elevated by the Protestant religion as temples of virtue. On the fringes of this urban world, military life gave rise to specific portrayals that were highly popular. – Rural life: The city of Haarlem was the heart of the “peasant genre” with Adriaen van Ostade leading the way, followed by his many students. In the work of these talented draftsmen, rural dwellers were reduced to traditional “types”: the peasant, the peddler, the traveling musician, etc. They appeared as uncouth beings, indulging in drink, tobacco, and gambling. The mid-17th century nevertheless marked a turning point in the evocation of peasant mores. Inn scenes became peaceful and joyous, while domestic interiors celebrated the virtuous simplicity of their existence.

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Item Number: 145100
Title: REMIGIO CANTAGALLINA : Le voyage d'un artiste florentin dans les Pays-Bas méridionaux en 1612-1613
Author: Loze, P. ; D. Vautier
Price: $69.50
ISBN: 9789461613738
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Description: Heule: Snoeck, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 256pp. illus. Exhibition held at Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts de Belgique, Brussels. French text.

Summary: À l’occasion de la préparation d’une exposition sur le voyage des artistes européens qui sont allés se former en Italie, notre attention avait été attirée par le cas assez rare d’un artiste qui, à l’inverse, a fait le voyage à partir de Florence vers les Pays-Bas Espagnols, pour compléter sa formation de paysagiste et rencontrer un artiste du Nord dont c’était la spécialité : Jean Brueghel. Les dessins de Bruxelles et de diverses villes des Pays-Bas méridionaux qu’il réalisa au cours de son séjour, ainsi que les dessins qu’il fit à la ville thermale de Spa, conservés aux Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, sont relativement connus. Mais aucune étude complète sur les circonstances et les causes de ce voyage, ni sur les influences qu’il entraîna, n’avait été publiée depuis. La présente étude a été menée par l’Association du Patrimoine artistique et a impliqué des chercheurs belges, français et italiens. Créée en 1979, l’association s’efforce depuis près de quarante ans de promouvoir la connaissance et la mise en valeur de pans méconnus du patrimoine et de l’histoire de l’art en Belgique. Elle a à son actif plus d’une trentaine de publications.

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Item Number: 145265
Title: CEZANNE Portraits
Author: Elderfield, John (et al)
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 9780691177861
Record created on 04/18/17
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Description: Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017. 27cm., hardcover, 256pp., 170 color illus. Exhibition held at Musée d'Orsay, Paris, then to National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Summary: Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) may be best known for his landscapes, but he also painted some 160 portraits throughout his exceptional career. This major work establishes portraiture as an essential practice for Cézanne, from his earliest self-portraits in the 1860s; to his famous depictions of figures including his wife Hortense Fiquet, the writer Émile Zola, and the art dealer Ambrose Vollard; and concluding with a poignant series of portraits of his gardener Vallier, made shortly before Cézanne's death. Featured essays by leading experts explore the special pictorial and thematic characteristics of Cézanne's portraits. The authors address the artist's creation of complementary pairs and multiple versions of the same subject, as well as the role of self-portraiture for Cézanne. They investigate the chronological evolution of his portrait work, with an examination of the changes that occurred within his artistic style and method, and in his understanding of resemblance and identity. They also consider the extent to which particular sitters influenced the characteristics and development of Cézanne's practice. Beautifully illustrated with works of art drawn from public and private collections around the world, Cézanne Portraits presents an astonishingly broad range of images that reveal the most personal and human qualities of this remarkable artist.

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Item Number: 145039
Title: The Hidden CEZANNE : From Sketchbook to Canvas
Author: Haldemann, Anita (et al)
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 9783791356525
Record created on 04/02/17
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Description: Munich-New York: Prestel, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 288pp. illus. Exhibition held at Fondation Beyeler, Basel. English text.

Summary: Like many artists, Paul Cézanne started his great paintings by sketching his ideas on paper. This book recreates some of Cézanne’s sketchbooks as it delves into the Kunstmuseum Basel’s collection of drawings by Cézanne—the most comprehensive and significant collection of the artist’s drawings in the world. Rarely presented in exhibitions, these works introduce readers to the nucleus of Cézanne’s creative thinking, allowing us to observe his everyday practice as a draftsman. Scenes of violence appear side by side with portrait sketches; copies after Eugène Delacroix or ancient sculptures alternate with landscapes and bathers. Repeated studies varying only slightly in perspective and angle help us understand how Cézanne strove to find the right approach to his subject. Featuring his drawings as well as his great paintings and accompanied by a series of essays that explore how Cézanne used his sketchbooks as preparation for landscapes, portraits, and still-lifes, this book offers fascinating insights into the creative process of a master.

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Item Number: 145017
Title: CHAGALL and Music
Author: Gauthier, Ambre ; Meret Meyer
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 9782072701184
Record created on 04/01/17
Description: Paris: Gallimard, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 392pp., 580 color illus. Exhibition held at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. English text.

Summary: This exhibition catalogue for a vibrantly colorful, multidisciplinary traveling show explores the profound connection between Chagall and music. As both subject and muse, this omnipresent relationship has its roots in his family history, and in the Jewish culture of his native city, Vitebsk. This lavishly illustrated catalogue explores how music functioned as a central theme and inspiration in Chagall's composition and color, beginning with paintings and sketches in 1911 through the 1960s. Included here are his theatre commissions: the foyer panels for the Jewish Art Theatre (Moscow, 1919-1920), the ceiling of the Paris Opera (1964), and the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center (1966). His designs for the ballet, including Aleko (Mexico, 1942), The Firebird (New York, 1945), Daphnis and Chloé (1958) and The Magic Flute (1967), reveal the underlying synergy in his work between music, set, and costume. A wide selection of paintings, photographs, preparatory sketches, and ceramics (many from private collections) convey the centrality and importance of music and color in Chagall's career.

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Item Number: 145370
Title: Repentant Monk : Illusion and Disillusion in the Art of CHEN HONGSHOU
Author: White, Julia (ed)
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 9780520294332
Record created on 04/23/17
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Description: Berkeley: University of California Press, in association with The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 192pp. illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: Repentant Monk: Illusion and Disillusion in the Art of Chen Hongshou is the first U.S. exhibition focusing solely on Chen Hongshou (1599–1652), a major figure in Chinese painting. Chen has long been regarded as one of the most visually exciting artists of his time as evidenced in this exhibition by a careful selection of his best extant work including figure, landscape, and bird and flower paintings drawn from collections world-wide. Chen’s iconic manner of painting figures in the styles of ancient masters lends an aura of antiquity to his work which is equally charged by distinct expressions of irony, humor, and pathos. In his landscape paintings we recognize his vast knowledge of past traditions while in his bird and flower paintings we see a remarkable freshness and modernity that has tremendous popular appeal. Repentant Monk addresses the need for a greater historical understanding of this artist’s work and breadth of paintings made during the transitional period of the late Ming and early Qing dynasties (early to mid- seventeenth century). The title refers to the sobriquet that Chen adopted in 1646, and goes to the heart of the exhibition content. Chen used "Repentant Monk" (Hui Seng) in seals and signature for a short period of time but his paintings reflected his personal state of mind throughout his later period. His withdrawal from society and adoption of this name make public both his disappointment with the Ming as well as his own regret at surviving and carrying on into the new Qing dynasty rather than following other loyalists to death by their own hands. The exhibition will include work from major museums worldwide and includes strategic loans such as Elegant Gathering (1646) from the Shanghai Museum, Scenes from the Life of Tao Yuanming from the Honolulu Museum of Art, and The Mountain of Five Cataracts (1624) from The Cleveland Museum of Art. The catalogue includes an introduction by exhibition curator Julia M. White with essays by Tamara Bentley, Shi Yee Liu, Richard Vinograd, Hiromitsu Kobayashi, and Patricia Berger. Transcriptions and translations are compiled by Julia Jaw.

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Item Number: 144765
Title: Spectacle and Leisure in Paris : Degas to Mucha
Author: Childs, Elizabeth C. (ed)
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 9780936316437
Record created on 03/07/17
Description: St. Louis: Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 96pp. illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: At the turn of the nineteenth century France prided itself as a global cultural leader. Republican politics promoted both a booming business climate and an empowering belief in the importance of the arts, and leading artists presented Paris as a unique site of urban modernity through their focus on its spectacles of entertainment and the allure of its particular forms of leisure. Bringing together a broad selection of prints, posters, photographs, and film, this exhibition offers an overview of the thriving entertainment cultures of Paris in the last decades of the nineteenth century. The art of Pierre Bonnard, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, and others addresses the pulsating life of the boulevards, the speed of the racetrack, and the performance worlds of the café-concert, ballet, opera, and the theater, both classical and popular. These diverse themes inspired traditional as well as innovative mediums: fine art prints by Édouard Vuillard and Degas are rivaled, for example, by the rapid development of the popular commercial poster in the hands of Jules Chéret, Alphonse Mucha, and Toulouse-Lautrec, whose bold designs promoted the celebrity status of such figures as Jane Avril, Sarah Bernhardt, and Loïe Fuller. This exhibition thus also reveals the intersection of the visual arts with public life in Paris during this creative and vibrant time.

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Item Number: 145248
Title: FREDERIC CHURCH : A Painter's Pilgrimage
Author: Myers, Kenneth John (et al)
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 9780300218435
Record created on 04/18/17
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, for the Detroit Institute of Arts, 2017. 28 x 26cm., pbk., 224pp., 125 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: Frederic Church (1826–1900), one of the leading painters of 19th-century America and the Hudson River School, also journeyed around the globe to find fresh inspiration for his highly detailed compositions. Among Church’s lesser-known masterpieces are his paintings of the Middle East, Italy, and Greece, produced in the late 1860s through late 1870s, which explore themes of human history and achievement. Taking a closer look at this geographical and thematic shift in Church’s practice, this handsome book brings together the artist’s major paintings of Athens, Rome, Jerusalem, and the surrounding region. The essays concentrate on a set of six major paintings of architectural and archaeological marvels; one essay also spotlights Olana, Church’s home in New York State, which reflects the influence of Middle Eastern design. This impressive volume stands apart in its new approach to the artist’s work and its quest to determine why and how this quintessentially American figure was drawn to scenery and themes from the other side of the globe.

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Item Number: 144413
Title: CONSTABLE and Brighton : Something Out of Nothing
Author: Lancaster, Shan (ed)
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 9781785510694
Record created on 01/23/17
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Description: London: Scala, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 144pp., 150 color illus. Exhibition held at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

Summary: There was more to John Constable's art than the great rural landscapes for which he is famous. This lavishly illustrated book focuses on a largely overlooked element in his life - his close and artistically rewarding relationship with the boisterous resort of Brighton during the years 1824-28. He went in search of healthy air for his ailing wife Maria and the peace to help him clear a backlog of commissions, and became accustomed to painting on the beach or up by the windmills that dotted the Sussex Downs. More than 100 small, vivid studies from these walks exist, most dashed off outside in all weathers, some that are almost abstract responses to storms or the light on the sea. This book assembles the most complete collection of these Brighton sketches ever published, some of them only recently discovered. Regency Brighton - what was then the largest and most fashionable resort in Europe - is also explored through maps and prints, tracing the routes Constable took through the developing town. His great contemporary, Turner, was also active there in the mid-1820s, and a range of contrasting views by both artists is featured here. All of this new research builds on the recent discovery of the precise location of Constable s seaside lodgings. In a final section the current occupant, artist Peter Harrap, is interviewed about Constable's resonances with 20th and 21st century artists.

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Item Number: 144938
Title: Outliers and American Vanguard Art
Author: Cooke, Lynne (ed)
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 9780226522272
Record created on 03/27/17
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Description: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 448pp., 450 color illus. Exhibition to be held at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

Summary: Since the last century, the relationship between vanguard and self-taught artists has been defined by contradiction. The established art world has been quick to draw clear distinctions between trained and untrained artists, yet at the same time it has been fascinated by outliers whom it draws selectively and intermittently into its orbits. For a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, curator Lynne Cooke explores shifting conceptualizations of the American outlier across the twentieth century, drawing on the inherent sociality of the exhibition as form in her installation of these works. This companion catalog, Outliers and American Vanguard Art, offers a fantastic opportunity to consider the works by schooled and self-taught creators in relation to each other defined by historical circumstance.

The art works in Outliers and American Vanguard Art come from three distinct periods when the intersections between mainstream and outlier artists were most dynamic and productive, ushering in exhibitions of art based on various degrees of co-existence, inclusion, and assimilation. Works by such diverse artists as Charles Sheeler, Christina Ramberg, and Matt Mullican are set in conversation with a range of artifacts by self-taught artists such as Horace Pippin, Janet Sobel, and Henry Darger. Cooke also examines a recent influx of radically expressive work that challenges what it means to be an outlier today. She reveals how these distinctions have been freighted with a distinctively American valence as she investigates our assumptions about creativity, artistic practice, and the role of the artist in contemporary culture. Outliers and American Vanguard Art is the most comprehensive show that examines outliers in dialogue with their established peers yet to be mounted, and it is sure to inspire vigorous conversation about how artists and the work they make are represented.

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Item Number: 144980
Title: The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt
Author: Cooper, Tarnya
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 9781855147751
Record created on 03/30/17
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Description: London: National Portrait Gallery, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 192pp. illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: The creative encounter between individual artists and sitters is explored in this major exhibition featuring portrait drawings by some of the outstanding masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Drawn from the holdings of British collections, exquisite observational drawings by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Holbein, Rubens and Rembrandt will be on display in a celebration of portrait drawing from life, during a time of extraordinary artistic ingenuity.

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Item Number: 144815
Title: The American Dream: pop to the present
Author: Coppel, Stephen (et al)
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 9780500239605
Record created on 03/14/17
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Description: New York-London: Thames and Hudson, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 332pp., 350 illus., most in color. Exhibition held at The British Museum, London.

Summary: The American Dream: pop to the present, published to accompany an exhibition at the British Museum, presents an overview of the development of American printmaking since 1960, paying particular attention to such key figures as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Ed Ruscha as well as Louise Bourgeois, Kara Walker, and Julie Mehretu. With more than 200 key works by nearly seventy artists, this fully illustrated publication traces the creative momentum in American printmaking over the past six decades—from the moment pop art burst onto the New York and West Coast scenes in the early 1960s, the rise of minimalism, conceptual art, and photorealism in the 1970s, to the different responses of artists working today. Using innovative techniques and appealing to a wide audience, American printmaking was the ideal medium to express the USA’s power and influence, and to highlight contentious issues such as race, AIDS, and feminism.

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Item Number: 144904
Title: DAVID EVANS (1929-1988)
Author: Liss, Paul (et al)
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 9780993088469
Record created on 03/24/17
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Description: London: Liss Llewellyn Fine Art, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 160pp. illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: David Evans' death in a road accident in 1988, at the age of 59, bought to an abrupt end the career of one of the most distinguished watercolorists of his generation. The recent discovery of pictures remaining in his studio, nearly thirty years after the memorial tribute staged by the Redfern Gallery in 1988, provides the opportunity for a new generation to discover his work, though the publication of this first ever book on David Evans and the accompanying touring exhibition. Evans' strikingly large watercolors, (typically they measure over one meter in height or breadth), span two decades from the late 1960s to the late 1980s, evoking a vision that is still surprisingly potent today. They have all the period charm of the glam rock era they so powerfully evoke but at the same time they are highly charged with the political energy of the period and mirror Thatcher's Britain, with its Industrial unrest, its towns and country undergoing transformation, the Faulklands war and threat of the Evil Empire, the building of nuclear power stations and the dawn of awareness about Climate Change as a political issue. Evans was an ardent campaigner and environmentalist. The landscapes, (a homage to his native Suffolk) are peppered with industrial plants, landfill, scrap heaps, and encroaching roads and army maneuvers. Urban subjects, similar in some ways to the compositions of Lowry, show factory plants, spectators' sports, cafeterias, the interiors of museums, city centers and beach scenes.

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Item Number: 144446
Title: RICHARD DEACON : What You See Is What You Get
Author: Plotek, Ariel (ed)
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 9780937108550
Record created on 01/24/17
Description: San Diego: San Diego Museum of Art, 2017. 27cm., hardcover, 112pp., 99 illus.

Summary: Richard Deacon: What You See Is What You Get is the renowned British artist's first major museum exhibition in the United States. Winner of the Turner Prize in 1987 and the subject of a survey at Tate Britain in 2014, Deacon has been exhibited frequently internationally and remains a pioneering figure in the field of contemporary sculpture. A self proclaimed "fabricator"—a maker of things and of meaning, neither carved nor cast—Deacon sidesteps the issue of technique by never focusing on any one material, challenging the viewers' expectations with unusual combinations. While the titles of his work can appear literal, they often invoke a range of metaphors, as well as mythological and literary allusions. The full range of the artist’s oeuvre includes free-standing sculptures and wall-mounted works, to glazed ceramics and works on paper. Richard Deacon: What You See Is What You Get includes roughly 40 works from more than three decades of Deacon's oeuvre. Along with loans from private collections as well as from institutions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., this exhibition will debut a new work by Deacon.

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Item Number: 145250
Title: Drawn in Colour : DEGAS at the Burrell Collection
Author: Hamilton, Vivien (et al)
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 9781857096255
Record created on 04/18/17
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Description: London: National Gallery Company, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 112pp., 50 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: The Burrell Collection in Glasgow houses more than twenty paintings, pastels, and drawings by Edgar Degas (1834–1917) that include his most recognisable motifs: ballet dancers, bathers, jockeys, and women at work. Together with a selection of the National Gallery’s oils and pastels, they represent every stage of Degas’s career. The authors show how the immediacy of these works is enhanced by the artist’s energetic technique. These are not so much spontaneous sketches as daring experiments in form and color. Essays explore Degas’s innovative use of pastels; his career and the ongoing critical assessment of his art; and the life and milieu of his contemporary Sir William Burrell, the wealthy Scottish shipping magnate and philanthropist, for whom forming this impressive collection of Degas’s works was an unusual foray into contemporary art.

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Item Number: 145240
Title: DEGAS : A Passion for Perfection
Author: Munro, Jane
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 9780300228236
Record created on 04/18/17
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017. 29cm., hardcover, 272pp., 200 color illus. Exhibition held at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Summary: Edgar Degas’s (1834–1917) relentless experimentation with technical procedures is a hallmark of his lifelong desire to learn. The numerous iterations of compositions and poses suggest an intense self-discipline, as well as a refusal to accept any creative solution as definitive or finite. Published in the centenary year of the artist’s death, this book presents an exceptional array of Degas’s work, including paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, monotypes, counter proofs, and sculpture, with approximately sixty key works from private and public collections in Europe and the United States, some of them published here for the first time. Shown together, the impressive works represent well over half a century of innovation and artistic production. Essays by leading Degas scholars and conservation scientists explore his practice and recurring themes of the human figure and landscape. The book opens with a study of Degas’s debt to the Old Masters, and it concludes with a consideration of his artistic legacy and his influence on leading artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Ryan Gander, David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, R. B. Kitaj, Pablo Picasso, and Walter Sickert.

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Item Number: 145255
Title: MARK DION : Misadventures of a 21st-Century Naturalist
Author: Erickson, Ruth
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 9780300224078
Record created on 04/18/17
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 224pp., 225 illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: The first book in two decades to consider the entire oeuvre of Mark Dion (b. 1961), this volume examines thirty years of the American artist’s pioneering inquiries into how we collect, interpret, and display nature. Part of a generation of artists expanding institutional critique in the 1990s, Dion adopted the methods of the archaeologist or the natural history museum, juxtaposing natural objects, taxidermy, books, and more to reorganize the natural and the manmade in poetic, witty ways. These sculptures, installations, and interventions offer novel approaches to questioning institutional power, which he sees as connected to the control and representation of nature. Generously illustrated, this publication introduces new insights and features more than seventy-five artworks. Essays address topics ranging from Dion’s ecological activism to his loving critique of museums. A diverse group of contributors explores his work as a teacher, his public artworks such as Neukom Vivarium in Seattle, and his intricate curiosity cabinets installed throughout the world. They reveal how Dion’s practice and formal investigations—which are rooted in history—connect to contemporary questions of disciplinary boundaries and the acquisition of knowledge in the age of the Anthropocene.

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Item Number: 144407
Title: Endgame : DUCHAMP, chess and the avantgarde
Author: Segade, Manuel (et al)
Price: $52.50
ISBN: 9788416411207
Record created on 01/21/17
Description: Barcelona: Fundacio Joan Miro, 2016. 28cm., hardcover, 155pp., 88 illus. Exhibition catalogue. English text.

Summary: Endgame: Duchamp, chess and the avant-gardes is an account of twentieth-century avant-garde movements up to the beginning of conceptual art, told from the angle of what appears to be a minor anecdote: the game of chess. Taking Marcel Duchamp's life as our time frame, the exhibition explores the hypothesis that chess was a backdrop to the historical avant-gardes in several senses. By revealing the ongoing presence of chess throughout a variety of different currents, we are able to observe the shift from the pleasure of play to the analysis of language. It is the path that leads from the Fauvist figuration of the 1910s to the symbolic tradition of Surrealism and finally, to its culmination in art as idea in Conceptual Art, by way of the leading artists of the modern era.

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Item Number: 144637
Title: La Siecle de Rembrandt : Chefs-d’œuvre de la collection Leiden. The Age of Rembrandt : Masterpieces of The Leiden collection
Author: Ducos, Blaise
Price: $32.50
ISBN: 9782757212158
Record created on 02/20/17
Description: Paris: Somogy, Musee du Louvre, 2017. 29cm., pbk., 84pp., 52 color illus. Exhibition catalogue. French-English text.

Summary: The Leiden Collection, the most important private collection of Rembrandt School paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, is named after the city of Leiden, the birthplace of Rembrandt. This catalogue is the first to highlight more than thirty of The Leiden Collection’s masterpieces executed by some of the greatest artists of the seventeenth-century. This survey comprises ten paintings by Rembrandt himself, one beautiful oil sketch recently attributed to the Master, as well as numerous paintings never before exhibited in France. Brilliant examples abound of the most famous Leiden 'fine painters', Gerrit Dou and Frans Van Mieris, in addition to masterworks by Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Carel Fabritius, and Jan Lievens. Outstanding among the images and stories is that of a masterpiece by Ferdinand Bol, one of Rembrandt’s greatest pupils: Rebecca and Eliezer at the Well. This painting, generously donated by Thomas S. Kaplan and Daphne Recanati Kaplan, is the first gift by Americans of a Dutch painting to The Louvre.

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Item Number: 144404
Title: L'Annunciazione di EL GRECO
Author: Guarino, Sergio
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 9788849233698
Record created on 01/21/17
Description: Roma: Gangemi, 2016. 21cm., pbk., 32pp. illus. Exhibition held at Musei Capitolini, Roma.

Summary: L'Annunciazione di El Greco del Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza di Madrid, dipinto autografo dell'artista, è il modello definitivo – da presentare ai committenti per l'approvazione finale – di un quadro di grandi dimensioni, che faceva parte di un maestoso “retablo”, completato da una articolata cornice lignea. Realizzato dal pittore a Toledo negli anni 1596-1600 per l'altare maggiore del “Colegio de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación” di Madrid, il Retablo di Doña Maria de Aragón segna uno degli apici più drammatici e visionari della carriera artistica di El Greco.

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Item Number: 145060
Title: WALKER EVANS
Author: Cheroux, Clement ; Svetlana Alpers ; Anne Bertrand (et al)
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 9783791357605
Record created on 04/03/17
Available October 2017
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Description: Munich-New York: Prestel, in association with Centre Pompidou and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 320pp., 400 illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: Walker Evans was one of the most important American photographers of the 20th century. His focus on everyday life in America, in both urban and rural settings, makes him also one of the most relatable. This retrospective volume traces Evans’ career through more than 300 images—from his first photographs of the late 1920s to his Polaroids of the 1970s. Organized thematically, the book examines topics such as Evans’ relationship with the impresario Lincoln Kirstein, his work in postcards and magazines, and his lifelong exploration of the American vernacular. In addition, this volume features items from the photographer’s own collection, including personal writings, signage, postcards, and other ephemera. Through these ancillary objects and a thorough overview of Evans’ career, readers will come away with a better understanding of a photographer whose iconic photographs remain timeless.

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Item Number: 145373
Title: The Polaroid Project : At the Intersection of Art and Technology
Author: Ewing, William A. ; Barbara P. Hitchcock (eds)
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 9780520296169
Record created on 04/23/17
Available June 2017
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Description: Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 288pp. illus. Exhibition held at Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth.

Summary: Polaroid instant photography revolutionized the taking and making of pictures, and the story of its beginnings is a simple one. In 1943, after being asked by his daughter why she couldn’t immediately see the photograph he had just taken, American inventor and scientist Edwin H. Land conceived of the technology required to make this seemingly impossible demand a reality—within an hour. Land’s creation was a groundbreaking scientific accomplishment that also heralded an exciting new chapter of artistic expression. Through the efforts of thousands of photographers the world over, as well as the corporation’s own artist support program, which provided many with materials, Polaroid would help shape the artistic landscape of the late twentieth century. Published to accompany a major traveling exhibition, The Polaroid Project is a creative exploration of the relationship between Polaroid’s many technological innovations and the art that was created with their help. Richly designed with over 300 illustrations, this impressive volume showcases not only the myriad and often idiosyncratic approaches taken by such photographers as Ansel Adams, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ellen Carey, and Chuck Close, but also a fascinating selection of the technical objects and artifacts that speak to the sheer ingenuity that lay behind the art. With essays by the exhibition’s curators and leading photographic writers and historians, The Polaroid Project provides a unique perspective on the Polaroid phenomenon—a technology, an art form, a convergence of both—and its enduring cultural legacy.

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Item Number: 144963
Title: FABERGE and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire's Legacy
Author: Trombly, Margaret
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 9780500480229
Record created on 03/28/17
Available November 2017
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Description: London-New York: Thames and Hudson, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 224pp., 160 illus., most in color. Exhibition held at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.

Summary: This book gives a fascinating overview of Russian decorative art, revealing a highly accomplished crafts tradition that persisted over nine centuries. It includes works by Peter Carl Fabergé and his workshop, jeweled Byzantine icons, silver drinking vessels, and intricate enamels. Featured are two extraordinary Fabergé eggs that were once in the Russian Imperial collection, including one that opens up to reveal a miniature gold replica of the Gatchina Palace, near St. Petersburg. The decorative arts had flourished in Russia under the patronage of the tsars and their court, whose apparently limitless resources supported the production of some of the most technically sophisticated works of art ever made. With the onset of the Russian Revolution, a few individuals helped bring many of these objects to Europe and then into major private and public collections in the United States, including that of the Walters Art Museum. On the 100th anniversary of the revolution, this book tells the stories of their initial dispersal and of the collectors and dealers through whose hands they passed. Full catalog entries for each object are included.

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Item Number: 144755
Title: JAN FABRE : Knight of Despair / Warrior of Beauty
Author: Ozerkov, Dmitry
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 9782370740519
Record created on 03/06/17
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Description: Paris: Skira, 2017. 29cm., hardcover, 256pp. illus. Exhibition held at the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.
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Item Number: 145049
Title: Shadows of War: ROGER FENTON's Photographs of the Crimea, 1855
Author: Gordon, Sophie
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 9781909741386
Record created on 04/03/17
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Description: London: Royal Collection Trust, 2017. 27cm., hardcover, 256pp., 250 images. Exhibition held at The Queen's Gallery, London

Summary: This is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on Roger Fenton's pioneering photographs of the Crimean War, taken in 1855. Fenton was already an accomplished and respected photographer when he was sent by the publishers Agnew's to photograph a war that pitched Britain, France and Turkey as allies against Russia. Arriving several months after the major battles were fought in 1854, Fenton focused on creating moving portraits of the troops, as well as capturing the stark, empty battlefields on which so many lost their lives. Published in contemporary newspaper reports, Fenton's photographs showed the impact of war to the general public for the first time. Through his often subtle and poetic interpretations Fenton created the genre of war photography, showing his extraordinary genius in capturing the futility of war.

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Item Number: 145038
Title: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites
Author: Forsyth, David
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 9781910682081
Record created on 04/02/17
Available September 2017, further details forthcoming
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Description: Edinburgh: National Museums Of Scotland, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 256pp. illus.
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Item Number: 145196
Title: FRAGONARD's Fantasy Figures
Author: Jackall, Yuriko (ed)
Price: $49.99
ISBN: 9781848222489
Record created on 04/13/17
Available October 2017
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Description: London: Lund Humphries, 2017. 27cm., hardcover, 160pp. illus. Exhibition to be held at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

Summary: Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) was a French painter and printmaker whose late Rococo style was distinguished by a remarkable facility, exuberance and hedonism. The starting-point for this beautifully illustrated book (and the exhibition which it accompanies) was the discovery in 2012 of a drawing by Fragonard depicting his so-called 'fantasy figures'. Fragonard’s drawing presents thumbnail-sized sketches relating to 14 of his known 'fantasy-figure' paintings - rapidly executed, brightly coloured portraits of lavishly costumed individuals, including Young Girl Reading (c.1770) in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington. The book assembles Fragonard’s fantasy figures alongside his original sketch for the first time. It presents scientific research into the mysterious series and examines the 18th-century Parisian world of new money, unexpected social alliances and extravagant fashions from which these unique paintings emerged.

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Item Number: 145247
Title: In Concert! Musical Instruments in Art, 1860-1910
Author: Frank, Frederic ; Belinda Thomson
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 9780300230093
Record created on 04/18/17
Available August 2017
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, Editions Hazan, Paris, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 180pp., 150 illus. Exhibition held at Musée des impressionnismes Giverny

Summary: The rise of democratic ideals and the burgeoning middle class of the late 19th and early 20th centuries precipitated an important surge in the prevalence of music in everyday life. Café concerts, dances, and operas all flourished in major cities across Europe as more people wanted access to performances and musical education. The approximately 150 artworks included in this handsomely illustrated volume, by major artists including Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot, James McNeill Whistler, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Pierre Bonnard, trace the growing presence of music in painting, and include depictions of public performances—brass bands, circuses, cabarets, orchestras, operas, festivals–-as well as more intimate scenes featuring parlor music and music lessons.

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