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Item Number: 149716
Title: Syria Matters
Author: Abdellatif, Rania ; Julia Gonnella ; Kay Kohlmeyer
Record created on 11/21/18
Available mid-December 2018
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Description: Milan: Silvana, 2018. 30cm., pbk., 240pp., 200 illus. English-Arab text.
Summary: For more than seven years, Syria has been undergoing one of the worst human tragedies worldwide. This once proud and splendid country, with its fabled cities of Damascus and Aleppo, has been largely destroyed and great parts of its population have been forced to leave, which has led to one of the major refugee migrations of recent history. Syria's fate affects everyone, and especially its neighbours in the Middle East. It is for this reason that the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha has chosen to draw attention to Syria's unique cultural heritage, illuminating its key role in artistic and intellectual world history and, at the same time, seeking to safeguard the irreplaceable legacy that is in such danger. Syria Matters explores five periods of Syria's history, illuminating its key role in the artistic and intellectual history of the world. It is a journey through time and space featuring immersive and innovative digital renderings of key sites by the French company ICONEM and showcasing over 120 objects including some of MIA's greatest collection highlights such as the famous Cavour vase as well as significant national and international loans from Istanbul, St. Petersburg, Berlin, London and Paris. Visitors will leave with a deep understanding and connection to Syria and an appreciation of how the continuing destruction affects us all.
Item Number: 149462
Title: GERTRUDE ABERCROMBIE
Author: Nadel, Dan (ed)
Record created on 08/28/18
Description: New York: Karma Books, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 488pp., 223 color illus.
Summary: This is the most comprehensive book ever published on the Chicago surrealist Gertrude Abercrombie (1909–77), a key figure in midcentury American surrealism. From the late 1930s until her death, Abercrombie made paintings populated by objects of personal significance—moons, towers, cats, pennants, Victorian furniture, shells, snails and doors—to create allegories for her own often precarious psychological states. Often presiding over these symbols was Abercrombie herself, who appears in numerous pictures as proud observer or witchy caricature. Abercrombie exhibited in Chicago and New York in the 1940s and ‘50s, and her salon became a center of Midwestern culture, hosting jazz musicians (such as her close friend Dizzy Gillespie), writers and artists. This book includes new scholarship by Robert Cozzolino; a memoir of Abercrombie by Robert Storr; the artist's own writing; a definitive text by art historian Susan Weininger; and a memoir by the artist's daughter, Dinah Livingston.
Item Number: 114255
Title: Guide to Contemporary Architecture in Leon [A Review of 15 Years of contemporary architecture in Leon]
Author: Acosta, Esau (et al)
Price: $4.99 Original Price: $24.95
Record created on 06/23/11
Description: Barcelona: Actar, 2011. 17cm., hardcover, 128pp., illus. English text. Publisher's summary : León, a nexus where urban and rural fabrics interweave, is the city of origin of paradigmatic examples of Spanish architecture committed to a con-temporary outlook. The first contemporary projects of the seventies served as exemplary architectural models for the development of the current mindset. The pioneers of León, Alejandro de la Sota, Javier Carvajal and Fray Coello de Portugal, paved the way for today's architects, such as Dominique Perrault, Mansilla and Tuńón, and the young architects from León who compiled this guide that points towards global solutions for relocated territories from a local perspective. This guide to architecture in León is both open and systematic, and documents the contributions made by architecture to the construction of the city. Fifteen years of architecture in León are recorded through the texts of Dominique Perrault, Moisés Puente, F. Javier Gutiérrez and the SIC studio, exploring distinct moments in space and time of the architecture of this region.
Item Number: 149072
Title: ROBERT ADAMS : 27 Roads
Author: Adams, Robert
Record created on 06/03/18
Description: San Francisco: Fraenkel Gallery, 2018. 33cm., hardcover, 64pp., 36 images.
Summary: The road has been a central motif in the work of Robert Adams (born 1937) since the beginnings of his life as a photographer in the late 1960s. 27 Roads is the first publication to focus on this important aspect of his work, and is comprised of the artist's concise, poetic selection of images spanning almost five decades. Whether fast concrete highways, quiet cuts through dark forests, paved commercial strips or dusty tracks on a clear-cut mountainside, Adams' roads function as metaphors for solitude, connection or freedom. Adams writes, "Roads can still be beautiful. Occasionally they appear like a perfect knife slicing through a perfect apple, the better to show that two halves are one".
Item Number: 149617
Title: TERRY ADKINS : Infinity Is Always Less Than One
Author: Moreno, Gean ; Alex Gartenfeld
Record created on 10/13/18
Available December 2018
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Description: Miami: Institute of Contemporary Art (distr.) Duke University Press, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 200pp., 135 color illus. Exhibition held at ICA Miami.
Summary: One of the great conceptual artists of the twenty-first century, Terry Adkins (1953–2014) was renowned for his pioneering work across mediums, from sculpture, drawing, and site-specific installation to photography, video, and performance. Terry Adkins: Infinity is Less Than One accompanies the first institutional posthumous exhibition of Adkins's sculptural production. While Adkins is often recognized for his musical and performative practice, this exhibition focuses on his complex memorials and monuments to historical figures. The exhibition showcases four of his major series, dedicated to four distinct figures: Bessie Smith, John Brown, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jimi Hendrix. These series are presented alongside a group of early sculptures to reveal the development of the Adkins's mature practice. The exhibition highlights Adkins's crucial contributions to sculpture and to cultural protest, featuring major works that have not been viewed in decades. It explores significant periods and influences in Adkins's career, beginning with transitional hand-wrought sculptures and continuing with his major immersive installations. His often elegiac and always resonant objects challenge dominant historical narratives and prompt a rethinking of ways of being and moving in the world that are shaped by the legacies of displacement and the sociability and community that happen despite it. Adkins's work also enlarges the historical legacies of the postwar avant-garde while reminding us of the immaterial legacies that are passed on through ritual and sound.
Item Number: 147271
Title: ETEL ADNAN
Author: Wilson-Goldie, Kaelen
Record created on 11/08/17
Description: London: Lund Humphries, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 144pp., 100 color illus.
Summary: Etel Adnan (b.1925) is a Lebanese-American poet, essayist and visual artist. This will be the first book to present a full account of Adnan’s fascinating life and work, using the drama of her biography, the complexity of her identity, and the cosmopolitan nature of her experience to illuminate the many layers and dimensions of her paintings and their progress over several crucial decades. Adnan came relatively late to painting - her first images were created in the mid-1960s in response to the Californian landscape. Her vocabulary of lines, shapes and colours has changed little since then, and yet there are huge variations in mood, texture, composition and material. Similarly, there is a balance between understanding her paintings as pure abstractions, emulating the shape of thought, and seeing them for the actual landscapes of the many places Adnan has loved, embraced and responded to. Tackling the complexities of her subject with skill and insight, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie unpacks Adnan's multi-layered career to capture the full scope of her artistic endeavours and impressive achievements.
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Item Number: 148119
Title: Beyond "Art Collections" - Owning and Accumulating Objects from Greek and Roman Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Author: Adornato, Gianfranco (et al)
Record created on 02/14/18
Available November 2018, further details forthcoming
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Description: Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 560pp., 40 color, 120 b&w illus. Papers from a conference held at Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, 17-19 November 2016.
Summary: Concepts such as art collection and Kunst- und Wunderkammer are strongly embedded in scholarly discourses of the nineteenth and twentieth century. For example, they relate to the assumptions that form-based understandings of art have a higher cultural status, collections always mirror the "taste" and "passions" of theirs owners, and art has no practical use. Yet, these terms are commonly adopted to describe, by analogy or contrast, the ways objects were gathered together under quite different cultural regimes, even before the eighteenth century. These essays discuss to what extent such analogies with contemporary practices, collections, institutions and forms of knowledge can explain the accumulation and display of objects within a wide time span, from the Greek Antiquity onwards.
Item Number: 148547
Title: HILMA AF KLINT : Notes and Methods
Author: Af Klint, Hilma ; Iris Müller-Westermann (intro., commentary)
Record created on 03/29/18
Description: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 288pp., 300 color plates.
Summary: At the turn of the twentieth century, Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) created a body of work that left visible reality behind, exploring the radical possibilities of abstraction years before Vasily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, or Piet Mondrian. Many consider her the first trained artist to create abstract paintings. With Hilma af Klint: Notes and Methods, we get to experience the arc of Klint’s artistic investigation in her own words. Hilma af Klint studied at the Royal Swedish Academy in Stockholm where she was part of the first generation of female students. Up until the beginning of the century, she painted mainly landscapes and detailed botanical studies. Her work from this period was that of a young artist of her time who meticulously observed the world around her. But, like many of her contemporaries, af Klint was also interested in the invisible relationships that shape our world, believing strongly in a spiritual dimension. She joined the Theosophical Society, and, with four fellow female members who together called themselves “The Five,” began to study mediumship. Between 1906 and 1915, purportedly guided by a higher power, af Klint created 193 individual works that, in both scale and scope of imagery, are like no other art created at that time. Botanically inspired images and mystical symbols, diagrams, words and geometric series, all form part af Klint’s abstract language. These abstract techniques would not be seen again until years later. Notes and Methods presents facsimile reproductions of a wide array of af Klint’s early notebooks accompanied by the first English translation of af Klint’s extensive writings. It contains the rarely seen “Blue Notebooks,” hand-painted and annotated catalogues af Klint created of her most famous series “Paintings for the Temple,” and a dictionary compiled by af Klint of the words and letters found in her work. An introduction by Iris Müller-Westermann illuminates this unique and important contribution to the legacy of Hilma af Klint.
Item Number: 149009
Title: HILMA AF KLINT : Paintings for the Future
Author: Bashkoff, Tracey (ed)
Record created on 05/25/18
Description: New York: Guggenheim Museum Publications, 2018. 29cm., hardcover, 244pp., 220 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: When Swedish artist Hilma af Klint died in 1944 at the age of 81, she left behind more than 1,000 paintings and works on paper that she had kept largely private during her lifetime. Believing the world was not yet ready for her art, she stipulated that it should remain unseen for another 20 years. But only in recent decades has the public had a chance to reckon with af Klint's radically abstract painting practice-one which predates the work of Vasily Kandinsky and other artists widely considered trailblazers of modernist abstraction. Her boldly colorful works, many of them large-scale, reflect an ambitious, spiritually informed attempt to chart an invisible, totalizing world order through a synthesis of natural and geometric forms, textual elements and esoteric symbolism. Accompanying the first major survey exhibition of the artist's work in the United States, Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future represents her groundbreaking painting series while expanding recent scholarship to present the fullest picture yet of her life and art. Essays explore the social, intellectual and artistic context of af Klint's 1906 break with figuration and her subsequent development, placing her in the context of Swedish modernism and folk art traditions, contemporary scientific discoveries, and spiritualist and occult movements. A roundtable discussion among contemporary artists, scholars and curators considers af Klint's sources and relevance to art in the 21st century. The volume also delves into her unrealized plans for a spiral-shaped temple in which to display her art-a wish that finds a fortuitous answer in the Guggenheim Museum's rotunda, the site of the exhibition.
Item Number: 149465
Author: Rylands, Philip (ed)
Record created on 08/28/18
Description: Firenze: Forma Edizioni, 2018. 30cm., hardcover, 276pp. illus. Exhibition catalogue. English text.
Summary: Catalogue of the first retrospective of Afro Libio Basaldella, better known as Afro. The exhibition, at the Tornabuoni Art Gallery in Paris, shows works ranging from the 1930s to the 1970s. It includes a room completely dedicated to the preparatory sketches for his large fresco,The Garden of Hope, created in 1958 for the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. His link with American Abstract Expressionism was analysed in the catalogue by Barbara Drudi of the Accademia di Firenze, and thanks to the curatorship of Philip Rylands. Afro Libio Basaldella (Udine, 1912 - Zurich, 1976) was perhaps the most renowned member of the Friuli Avant-garde Movement, which influenced his approach towards a more Expressionist sense of painting that had always been based on traditional Venetian Colourism. In the 1940s, Afro joined the Fronte Nuovo delle Arti, and following a visit to the United States, he joined the Gruppo degli Otto, with whom he exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1952. Although in certain aspects his style seemed similar to American Action Painting, his harmonious tonal modulation and later research into abstract shapes and forms produced intellectually sophisticated results.
Item Number: 149153
Title: JOHN AKOMFRAH
Author: Carrion-Murayari, Gary (et al)
Record created on 06/18/18
Description: New York: New Museum, 2018. 27 x 24cm., pbk., 128pp., 89 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: This catalog is the first monographic publication to survey the work of London-based artist John Akomfrah (born 1957) and accompanies his upcoming New Museum exhibition. Since the early 1980s, Akomfrah's moving image works have offered some of the most rigorous and expansive reflections on the culture of the black diaspora. Zoe Whitley and Aram Moshayedi survey Akomfrah's early work as part of Black Audio Film Collective. Tina Campt explores the sonic resonances of Akomfrah's installation The Unfinished Conversation (2012), which focuses on the life of cultural theorist Stuart Hall. Diana Nawi examines the recent work Transfigured Night (2013/2018), considering how Akomfrah continues to find new languages for film, representation and narrative. T.J. Demos and Okwui Enwezor look at Vertigo Sea (2015), Akomfrah's monumental work exploring the concept of the black Atlantic, using the work to articulate the visual and philosophical underpinnings of Akomfrah's work across his career.
Item Number: 148300
Title: ANNI ALBERS
Author: Coxon, Ann (et al)
Record created on 03/13/18
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with Tate Modern, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 192pp., 190 illus. Exhibition held at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, then to Tate Modern, London.
Summary: Anni Albers (1899–1994) was a German textile designer, weaver, and printmaker, and among the leading pioneers of 20th-century modernism. Although she has heavily influenced generations of artists and designers, her contribution to modernist art history has been comparatively overlooked, especially in relation to that of her husband, Josef. In this groundbreaking and beautifully illustrated volume, Albers’s most important works are examined to fully explore and redefine her contribution to 20th-century art and design and highlight her significance as an artist in her own right. Featured works—from her early activity at the Bauhaus as well as from her time at Black Mountain College, and spanning her entire fruitful career—include wall hangings, designs for commercial use, drawings and studies, jewelry, and prints. Essays by international experts focus on key works and themes, relate aspects of Albers’s practice to her seminal texts On Designing and On Weaving, and identify broader contextual material, including examples of the Andean textiles that Albers collected and in which she found inspiration for her understanding of woven thread as a form of language. Illuminating Albers’s skill as a weaver, her material awareness, and her deep understanding of art and design, this publication celebrates an artist of enormous importance and showcases the timeless nature of her creativity.
Item Number: 148271
Title: JOSEF ALBERS : Life and Work
Author: Darwent, Charles
Record created on 03/06/18
Description: London: Thames and Hudson, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 400pp. illus.
Summary: Drawing on extensive unpublished archival writings, documents, and illustrations, this is the first full-scale biography of one of the 20th-century’s great artists. In his accessible study of the “whole” Albers, Charles Darwent combats the fables while telling the fascinating story of an artist, friend, and intellectual. Among Albers’s unpublished papers are letters from friends John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra, and Eva Hesse, as well as fans and collectors ranging from the composer Virgil Thomson to the cartoonist Saul Steinberg. If his network of influence was surprisingly wide, so too, were his interests. He started life at the Bauhaus as a glass-maker and went on to create fonts, to run their famous wallpaper workshop, and to make furniture whose designs are still in production eighty years later. He pioneered the study of color at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, and chaired the design department at Yale University. While books have been written about Albers for specialist audiences, this new volume fulfills the clear need for a more general study.
Item Number: 148433
Title: JOSEF ALBERS : Interaction
Author: Liesbrock, Heinz (ed)
Record created on 03/20/18
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. 29cm., hardcover, 304pp., 140 color illus. Exhibition held at Villa Hügel, Essen. English text.
Summary: Josef Albers (1888–1976) was one of the leading pioneers of 20th-century modernism: he was an extraordinary teacher, writer, painter, and color theorist, who is best known for the Homages to the Square (painted between 1950–76) and The Interaction of Color, published by Yale University Press in 1963. This generously illustrated overview of Albers’s work, accompanying the first major exhibition on the artist in more than thirty years, features all aspects of his long, creative career. Beginning with Albers's time at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau, the publication follows the artist to America and describes major themes of his work there as well as the importance of his frequent travels to Mexico. Paintings, prints, furniture, household objects, works in glass, photographs, and pre-Columbian sculptures are beautifully reproduced and discussed by a team of experts. The juxtaposition of Renaissance sculptures and icons with paintings by Albers underlines the intellectual and spiritual dimensions of his art, and Albers’s influence on 1960s Minimalist art is also explored. Including a comprehensive biography, the book convincingly demonstrates how this great artist transformed modern design by using line, color, surface, and space to challenge the perception of the viewer.
Item Number: 148477
Title: Designs of Destruction: The Making of Monuments in the Twentieth Century
Author: Allais, Lucia
Record created on 03/22/18
Description: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 432pp., 14 color, 123 b&w illus.
Summary: The twentieth century was the most destructive in human history, but from its vast landscapes of ruins was born a new architectural type: the cultural monument. In the wake of World War I, an international movement arose which aimed to protect architectural monuments in large numbers, and regardless of style, hoping not only to keep them safe from future conflicts, but also to make them worthy of protection from more quotidian forms of destruction. This movement was motivated by hopeful idealism as much as by a pragmatic belief in bureaucracy. An evolving group—including architects, intellectuals, art historians, archaeologists, curators, and lawyers—grew out of the new diplomacy of the League of Nations. During and after World War II, it became affiliated with the Allied Military Government, and was eventually absorbed by the UN as UNESCO. By the 1970s, this organization had begun granting World Heritage status to a global register of significant sites—from buildings to bridges, shrines to city centers, ruins to colossi. Examining key episodes in the history of this preservation effort—including projects for the Parthenon, for the Cathedral of St-Lô, the temples of Abu Simbel, and the Bamyian Buddahs —Lucia Allais demonstrates how the group deployed the notion of culture to shape architectural sites, and how architecture in turn shaped the very idea of global culture. More than the story of an emergent canon, Designs of Destruction emphasizes how the technical project of ensuring various buildings’ longevity jolted preservation into establishing a transnational set of codes, values, practices. Yet as entire nations’ monumental geographies became part of survival plans, Allais also shows, this paradoxically helped integrate technologies of destruction—from bombs to bulldozers—into cultural governance. Thus Designs of Destruction not only offers a fascinating narrative of cultural diplomacy, based on extensive archival findings; it also contributes an important new chapter in the intellectual history of modernity by showing the manifold ways architectural form is charged with concretizing abstract ideas and ideals, even in its destruction.
Contents: Introduction - Monument Survival ; 1. "Wardens of Civilization": Conservation and Diplomacy at the 1931 Athens Conference. 2. "Battles Designed to Preserve": The Allies' Lists of Monuments in World War II. 3. Unwitting City Planning: Maps of Monuments and the American Bombing of Europe, 1943-1945. 4. "Stones Also Die": UNESCO and the Decolonization of Museums, 1960-1975. 5. Integrities: The Salvage of Abu Simbel, 1960-1980.
Item Number: 148361
Title: Tiber: Eternal River of Rome
Author: Allen, Bruce Ware
Record created on 03/16/18
Description: Hanover: ForeEdge Publishing, 2018. 25cm., hardcover, 304pp., 20 illus.
Contents: 1. GODS, KINGS, AND MEN o Father Tiber o Aeneas to Romulus and Remus o Age of Kings o Cloaca Maxima o Three Heroes of the Republic o Valesius, Ogulnius, and AsclepiusSalt o Alien Gods o Cui Bono? Roscius and the Poena Cullei o Cicero and the Woman o Caesar and Cleopatra o 2. RIVER OF EMPIRE o Naumachia o Villas o Augustus and His Tomb o A Million Mouths to Feed o Annona, or the Dole o Eighth Hill of Rome o Stones o How to Shift an Obelisk o Canals o Boats o Suicide o Lurid Tales of Nero o Trajan and His Port o Hadrian and His Tomb o Later Mad Emperors o 3. CHRISTIAN TIBER o Crisis of the Third Century o Zenobia o Constantine and the Milvian Bridge o A Million More Mouths o Symmachus at Law o Julian the Apostate o Alaric the Goth o Hadrian's Tomb Undone o Barbarians at the Gates o Sidonius Apollinaris o Belisarius's Mills o Procopius the Tourist o Dragons o Gregory the Great o Saracens o Laban/Balan o Formosus o Pornocracy o 4. DARKNESS AND LIGHT o Pope Joan o Copper Bottom o Prophecy of Malachy o Nero-Frogs, Nuts, and Dams o Dante at Ostia o Cola di Rienzo o Holy Years o Of Law and the River o Pontius Pilate o Martin and Eugenius o Isola Sacra o Pius II Takes a Cruise o Mattei and i Soldati Rossi o Papstesel o 5. RENAISSANCE o Death of a Borgia o Zambo o Papal Boats o The Richest Man in Rome o Water Carriers o Potabile o non potabile? o Paolo Giovio and His Book of Fish o Julius II and Urban Renewal o Bartolomeo Brandano o Cellini, the Sack of Rome, a Flood, and Prison o Two Popes, Three Bridges, Four Heads o Agnus Dei o Michelangelo and His Bridge o Grasshoppers o Sport and Spectacle o Two French Poets o Floods o La Pimpaccia di Piazza Navona o Pope Leo's Elephant o 6. MODERN TIMES o Ostia and Portus Redux o Porto di Ripetta o Four French Painters o The Duchess of Kingston o Treasure o In Search of Jewish Gold o Fireworks o Airborne o Mastro Titta, Er dilettante de Ponte o Some Italian Poets o French Polish o English Rose o I Sacconi Rossi o Fishing for Wood o Pius IX o Toto Bigio o Waterborne o Airborne Two o Two War Stories o EPILOGUE. Tevere incatenato.
Item Number: 110769
Title: RAMON MARTI ALSINA : El gran dia de Girona : Anatomia d'un quadre
Author: Faxedas, Maria Lluisa (et al)
Price: $11.00 Original Price: $55.00
Record created on 12/07/10
Description: Girona: Museu d'Art Girona, 2010. 24cm., hardcover, 372pp., 58 color illus. Multi-lingual text. Exhibition catalogue.
Item Number: 148538
Title: LOLA ALVAREZ BRAVO : Picturing Mexico
Author: Weissberg, Stephanie ; Karen Cordero Reiman
Record created on 03/29/18
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 96pp., 70 illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: This stunning and lyrical volume highlights the personal work of Lola Álvarez Bravo (1903–1993), one of Mexico’s foremost photographers. Álvarez Bravo worked as a photojournalist, commercial photographer, portraitist, and educator and played a critical role in her country’s cultural renaissance. In the years following the Mexican Revolution, she captured a profoundly transformative moment for the country’s land, architecture, and people. She remains best known for these works and for her portraits of prominent modernists working in Mexico, including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Lola Álvarez Bravo delves into a lesser-known body of work, in which attention to pattern, light, and abstraction guides the artist’s depictions of urban and rural landscapes and their inhabitants. It also addresses her role in building and securing the legacy of the post-Revolutionary period, her dialogue with modernist photographers, and her place within the broader cultural sphere, offering new insight into the mutual influence she shared with prominent painters, filmmakers, and literary figures of her time.
Item Number: 145806
Title: Proceedings First Vatican Coffin Conference : 19-22 June 2013
Author: Amenta, Alessia ; Helene Guichard (eds)
Record created on 05/25/17
Description: Vatican City: Edizioni Musei Vaticani, 2017. 2 vols. 27cm., pbk., 400, 352pp., 33 color plates, 505 color and b&w text illus
Summary: In June 2013, the Vatican Museums hosted the First Vatican Coffin Conference, organised by the Vatican Museums Department of Egyptian and Near Eastern Antiquities, in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre and the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden of Leiden. This publication in 2 volumes, available in English only, collects the interventions of the four study days and illustrates the results of complex scientific research – undertaken in 2007 as part of the Vatican Coffin Project – on groups of sarcophagi of the Third Intermediate Period from Museums worldwide: the wooden polychrome Theban sarcophagi in the Vatican, the corpus of Bab el-Gasus, the “stola” coffins conserved in Leiden, various collections from the Musée du Louvre, from the Egyptian Museum in Florence and in Turin, and specimens from Stockholm, Moscow and Cairo. This comprehensive study, bringing together internationally renowned specialists, is accompanied by a vast photographic apparatus, and through a multidisciplinary approach analyses in particular the constitutive materials, production techniques, art and conservation history, attributes and provenance. The appendix includes reproductions of the posters displayed on the day of the conference and an extensive bibliography. The volume concludes with an index of the catalogue numbers of the artefacts in the museums to which they belong.
Item Number: 149272
Title: LAURENT AMIOT : Canadian Master Silversmith
Author: Villeneuve, Rene
Record created on 07/06/18
Description: Vancouver: Figure 1 Publishing, In partnership with the National Gallery of Canada, 2018. 30cm., hardcover, 256pp. prof. illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: Laurent Amiot was born in Quebec City in 1764, and after a first apprenticeship stayed in Paris for five years, just before the French Revolution, to perfect his artistic training. He returned to his hometown in the spring of 1787, acquainted with the latest European stylistic trends, mastering the art of composition and possessing a solid technique. He opened a workshop in the Old City the following year, inaugurating a fruitful practice that spans five decades. This illustrated catalog, containing some 80 works on display, is published on the occasion of the presentation of the first retrospective devoted to the artist. Three chapters highlight the fundamental role of Amiot’s contribution to the development of art in Canada. The first two scrutinize his training, his practice, the operation of the workshop, the role of the collaborators and relationships with patrons. The third analyzes the work, trying to advance knowledge of the society in which it blossomed.
Item Number: 149687
Title: Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and other Treasures
Author: Anderson, Wes ; Juman Malouf
Record created on 11/08/18
Description: Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Museum, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 176pp. with numerous color plates. German-English texts.
Summary: In 2012, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna initiated a new seriesof exhibitions for which remarkable creative individuals are invited to present their own personal selections of objects drawn from the museum’s historical collections. The museum’s collections number more than four million objects, and span a period of five thousand years. The first exhibition, titled The Ancients Stole All Our Great Ideas, was selected and curated by the painter and draughtsman Ed Ruscha. This was followed in 2016 by the exhibition During the Night, selected and curated by the British ceramicist and writer Edmund de Waal.
The third instalment of the series, has been selected and curated by the filmmaker Wes Anderson and his partner, the writer and illustrator Juman Malouf. With assistancefrom the museum’s staff of curators and conservators, Anderson and Malouf have assembled more than 400 objects drawn from all fourteen of the museum’s historical collections. Among them are Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities, Old Master paintings, selections from the Kunstkammer and the Imperial Treasury, items from the Imperial Armoury, Coin Collection, and Collection of Historic Musical Instruments, as well as pieces from the Theatermuseum, the Weltmuseum, the Imperial Carriage Museum, and Schloss Ambras Innsbruck. A handful of special guests from the Natural History Museum are also included. Particular attention was given to the museum’s storage: more than 350 of the objects have been brought from depots, with many of them on public display for the very first time. The result is titled Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and other Treasures. The gathering and arrangement of these treasures – from the earliest, a necklace of ceramic beads strung together in Ancient Egypt, to the most recent, a wooden monkey carved in Indonesia almost 5,000 years later – suggest the spectacular breadth, depth, history and complexity of the Kunsthistorisches Museum’s collections.
Item Number: 148781
Title: Silent History : Body Language and Nonverbal Identity, 1860-1914
Author: Andersson, Peter K
Record created on 04/26/18
Description: Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 368pp., 98 photos.
Summary: The written and verbal traces of the past have been extensively studied by historians, but what about the nonverbal traces? In recent years, historians have expanded their attention to other kinds of sources, but seldom have they taken into account the most vital and omnipresent nonverbal aspect of life - body language. Silent History explores the potential of early photography to uncover the structure and nature of everyday body language in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Through a close study of street photography by pioneering photographers who were the first to document urban everyday life with hidden cameras, Peter Andersson examines a key period of history in a new light. By focusing on a number of body poses and gestures common to the nonverbal communication of the fin de sičcle, he reveals the identifications and connotations of daily social interaction beyond the written word. Andersson also depicts a broader picture of the body and its relationship to popular culture by placing photographic analysis within a context of magazine illustration, caricature, music-hall entertainment, and the elusive urban subcultures of the day. Studying archival photographs from Austria, England, and Sweden, Silent History provides a clear picture of the emergence of the modern bodily conventions that still define us.
Item Number: 149606
Title: ANDO : Complete Works 1975-Today
Author: Jodidio, Philip
Record created on 10/10/18
Available November 2018
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Description: Köln: Taschen, 2018. 39cm., hardcover, 740pp. illus. Updated edition.
Summary: This fresh and incisive overview of Tadao Ando’s oeuvre spans from his very beginnings in 1975 to today. Through photographs and architectural drawings, the XXL-sized tribute sheds light on the Modernist master and includes such new projects as the Shanghai Poly Grand Theater and the Clark Center at Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. This thoroughly updated 2018 edition spans the breadth of his entire career, including such stunning new projects as the Shanghai Poly Grand Theater and the Clark Center at Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Each project is profiled through photographs and architectural drawings to explore Ando’s unprecedented use of concrete, wood, water, light, space, and natural forms. Featuring designs from award-winning private homes, churches, museums, and apartment complexes to cultural spaces throughout Japan, Korea, France, Italy, Spain, and the USA, this XXL-sized tribute is the definitive overview of this Modernist master.
Item Number: 149330
Title: FRANCO ANGELI : The 60s
Author: Barbero, Luca Massimo ; Laura Cherubini
Record created on 07/20/18
Description: Venice: Marsilio, 2018. 28cm., pbk., 280pp. illus. English edition
Summary: Franco Angeli was one of the leading figures in the Italian art of the postwar period. Often labeled superficially as “Pop,” he is revealed here, through new documents and studies, as an artist who took a surprising and unprecedented approach to his work. He made his debut in the fifties in a still little-known experimental Roman laboratory where the new generations encountered the masters of Italian art. This book reconstructs the stylistic and artistic reciprocities and the relations of Angeli with his friends and colleagues up until the sixties, a time when, with his attainment of an existential image that was at the same time deeply polemical and provocative, his work developed along versatile lines, in an original dialogue with the international context.
Item Number: 148090
Title: The Early Modern Villa : Senses and Perceptions versus Materiality
Author: Arciszewska, Barbara (ed)
Price: $22.50 Original Price: $45.00
Record created on 02/12/18
Description: Warsaw: Muzeum Palac w Wilanowie, 2017. 31cm., hardcover, 245pp. illus. Papers presented at a conference held at Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów, Orangery, October 15-17, 2014.
Contents - B. Arciszewska, Villa, Villeggiatura and the Sensory Turn - Research Challenges and Opportunities ; S. Frommel, Medici Villas as an Expression of New Way of Life and Perception ; P. Cornaglia, Venaria Reale - Fountains of the Five Senses in the "Roman" Villa of the Dukes of Savoy (1659) ; Vieira Caldas and Ana Rita Gonçalves, , Between the Inside and Outside - Between Retreat and Delight. The Transition Spaces of the Portuguese Early Modern Villa ; Ana Celeste Gloria, Architecture of the Five Senses- - Manor Houses in the Douro in the Eighteenth Century ; Konrad Ottenheym and Tatjana van Run, The Admiral, his Villa and the Smell of Gunpowder, Sea and Glory ; Martina Frank, Il delizioso ritiro of Johann Adam von Questenberg ; Margit Kopp, Eisenstadt Palace under Prince Paul Esterhazy I - Creating a Feast for the Senses ; Lisa Beaven, Playing with Objects - Engaging the Senses in the Villa Collections of Rome ; David R. Marshall, Running from Water - Giochi d'acqua and the Sense of Touch ; Karin Esmann Knudsen, The Role of the Senses in the Early Modern Italian Garden ; Ondrej Jakubec, The Villa Kratochvíle in Bohemia - Imagery, Senses and Meaning in Vilem of Rozmberk's Aristocratic Hunting Lodge ; Jacek Jazwierski, Trifles of Perspective and Rhetoric of Illusion. The Sensual Response to Pictures in the English. Country House and Its Discontents ; Krista De Jonge, Delighting the Five Senses in "Pegasus's Plain". Suburban Gardens to the North-East of Brussels in the Early Modern Period ; Franciszek Skibinski, Politics, Pleasure and Sensuality in the Seventeenth-Century Villa in Poland-Lithuania ; Wojciech Tygielski, Villegiatura alla Polacca - A Historian's Perspective ; Marine Ganofsky, Sensations, Sensuality and Voluptuousness - Materialism and Petites Maisons in Enlightenment France ; Alexandra Helprin, Serfdom and Spectacle at Kuskovo and Ostankino ; Jyoti Pandey Sharma, The Villa in Colonial India - Major General Claude Martin's Villa Estates in eighteenth-century Avadhian Lucknow.
Item Number: 149079
Title: SIAH ARMAJANI : Follow This Line
Author: Davies, Clare ; Victoria Sung (eds)
Record created on 06/03/18
Description: Minneapolis-New York: Walker Art Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 448pp., 550 color, 250 b&w illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: In Tehran, children walking home from school would scrape their pencils against the walls, tracing their paths through the city and chanting "follow this line." Siah Armajani (born 1939) recounts that this simple gesture speaks to the desire to mark one's presence in space. Siah Armajani: Follow This Line asks visitors to follow the artist across a shifting terrain, first within the context of pre-revolution Iran, and later, postwar and present-day America. Though Armajani is best known today for his works of public art—bridges, gazebos, reading rooms—located across the United States and Europe, this groundbreaking exhibition argues for a thoughtful reexamination of his studio as the site of a rich and generative practice. His works engage a range of references: from Persian calligraphy to the manifesto, letter and talisman; from poetry to mathematical equations and computer programming; from the abstract expressionist canvas to American vernacular architecture, Bauhaus design and Russian constructivism. Published to accompany Armajani's first major US retrospective, this catalog is his most comprehensive publication to date. Developed in close collaboration with the artist, it offers new scholarship on his six-decade-long career and also includes previously unpublished texts. Contributions by Nazgol Ansarinia, Sam Durant, Barbad Golshiri and Slavs and Tatars speak to Armajani's influence on a younger generation of artists based in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.
Item Number: 146889
Title: Seeing the God : Image, Space, Performance, and Vision in the Religion of the Roman Empire
Author: Arnhold, Marlis (et al)
Record created on 10/03/17
Description: Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018. 23cm., hardcover, 304pp. illus. English text.
Contents: Steve Friesen, Material Conditions for Seeing the Divine - The Temple of the Sebastoi at Ephesos and the Vision of the Heavenly Throne in Revelation 4-5 ; Katharina Rieger, Imagining the absent and perceiving the present - An interpretation of material remains of divinities from the rock sanctuary at Caesarea Philippi (Gaulantis) ; Kristine Iara, Seeing the gods in late antique Rome ; Jörg Rüpke, Not gods alone - on the visibility of religion and religious specialists in ancient Rome ; Richard L. Gordon, Getting it right - Performative images in Graeco-Egyptian magical Practice ; Marlis Arnhold, Imagining Mithras in light of iconographic standardization and individual accentuation ; Robin Jensen, The polymorphous Jesus in Early Christian image and text - David Balch - Founders of Rome, of Athens, and of the Church - Romulus, Theseus, and Jesus. Theseus and Ariadne with Athena visually represented in Rome, Pompeii and Herculaneum ; Harry O. Maier, Seeing the Blood of God - The triumphant charade of Ignatius of Antioch the God-bearer ; Annette Weissenrieder, Space and vision of the divine - the temple imagery of the Epistle to the Ephesians ; Brigitte Kahl, Citadel of the God(s) or Satan's Throne - the image of the Divine at the Great Altar of Pergamon between ruler religion and apocalyptic counter-vision ; Vernon K. Robbins, Kinetic divine concepts, the Baptist, and the enfleshed logos in the prologue and precreation storyline of the Fourth Gospel.
(Culture, Religion, and Politics in the Greco-Roman World, 2)
Item Number: 149394
Title: DANIEL ARSHAM
Author: Obrist, Hans Ulrich (et al)
Record created on 08/06/18
Description: New York: Rizzoli Electa, 2018. 30c., hardcover, 256pp. illus.
Summary: Daniel Arsham mines lusted-after consumer goods and iconic imagery to create his conceptual objects and sculptures. The artist then casts and refinishes his work to imitate the effects of erosion and subsidence, creating monuments to our present obsessions, as if the objects were rescued from Pompeii. That same impulse toward excavation animates many of his installations,which range from layered broken walls to geodefilled caverns to melting portals. From room-collapsing environmental installations for today’s leading brands and museums to elaborate set design for classical dance, Arsham twists elements of architecture to create immersive aesthetic experiences that appeal to the divided attentions of a contemporary audience. Presented as an induction manual to Arsham’s covetable world, the book will provide a complete overview of his practice. Virgil Abloh discusses Arsham’s contribution to a post-media artistic landscape, a thread developed by Hans Ulrich Obrist in a conversation with the artist that traces art-historical precedents. Steven Matijcio will discuss the artist’s projects and collaborations, which range from sets for Merce Cunningham’s dance company to clothes and sneakers with streetwear icons Ronnie Fieg and Adidas to projects with James Franco and Pharrell Williams and films with Mahershala Ali.
Item Number: 146477
Title: Palmyra : Mirage in the Desert
Author: Aruz, Joan (ed)
Record created on 08/14/17
Description: New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018. 27cm., pbk., 160pp., 132 illus.
Summary: In this important and timely publication, top international scholars present current research and developments about the art, archaeology, and history of the ancient city of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Syria. Palmyra became tragic headline news in 2015, when it was overtaken by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), which destroyed many of its monuments and artifacts. The essays in this book include new scholarship on Palmyra’s origins and evolution as well as developments from both before and after its damage by ISIS, providing new information that will be relevant to current and future generations of art historians and archaeologists. The book also includes a moving tribute by Waleed Khaled al-Asa’ad to his father, Khaled al-Asa’ad, the Syrian archaeologist, who was the head of antiquities and curator at Palmyra, who was brutally murdered by ISIS in 2015 for defending the site.
Item Number: 147832
Title: Splendour of the Burgundian Netherlands – Southern Netherlandish illuminated manuscripts in Dutch collections
Author: As-Vijvers, Anne Margreet W. ; Anne S. Korteweg
Price: $24.98 Original Price: $49.95
Record created on 01/09/18
Description: Zwolle: W Books, 2018. 29cm., pbk., 384pp., ca. 240 color illus. Exhibition held at Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht. English edition.
Summary: This book presents a survey of ninety of the finest and most interesting medieval manuscripts produced in the southern Netherlands - present-day Belgium - which ended up in Dutch public collections at various points in time. This largely unknown cultural heritage is displayed here in a vast panoramic context ranging from the tenth to the mid-sixteenth century. The painted scenes in these handwritten books are not only of a high artistic quality, but also present a richly-textured picture of medieval life. The emphasis is on the role of books in the society of the Middle Ages: they served as expressions of sumptuousness on the part of the aristocracy, as richly-decorated books for church services, and as cherished objects used by affluent burghers for their private devotion. The authors also devote attention to the large-size, superbly-illustrated works of history and literature that were produced under the patronage of the dukes of Burgundy. Other subjects include the Order of the Golden Fleece, the artistic ties between the northern and southern Netherlands, pilgrim badges, and the transition from manuscripts to printed books. The book contains twenty-four chapters, each one consisting of an introduction to the art-historical and cultural-historical context, followed by discussions of individual manuscripts. These chapters were written by fifteen international specialists in the field of medieval manuscripts and book illumination of the southern Netherlands. In addition, the book contains an introduction on the ways in which these manuscripts ended up in the Netherlands, a technical analysis of a number of manuscripts, and a map accompanied by an account of the rise and unification of the southern Netherlands. At the back of the book, readers will find detailed descriptions of the manuscripts. The entire publication is lavishly illustrated, with some 250 magnificent colour reproductions.
Item Number: 148960
Title: Atlas of Brutalist Architecture
Record created on 05/21/18
Description: London-New York: Phaidon, 2018. 31cm., hardcover, 560pp. illus.
Summary: This is the only book to thoroughly document the world's finest examples of Brutalist architecture. More than 850 buildings - existing and demolished, classic and contemporary - are organized geographically into nine continental regions. Presented in an oversized format with a specially bound case with three-dimensional finishes, 1000 beautiful duotone photographs throughout bring the graphic strength, emotional power, and compelling architectural presence of Brutalism to life. From 20th century masters to contemporary architects, much-loved masterpieces in the UK and USA sit alongside lesser-known examples in Europe, Asia, Australia, and beyond - 104 countries in all. Twentieth-century masters included in the book: Marcel Breuer, Lina Bo Bardi, Le Corbusier, Carlo Scarpa, Ernö Goldfinger, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Oscar Niemeyer, and Paul Rudolph. Contemporary architects featured include Peter Zumthor, Alvaro Siza, Coop Himmelb(l)au, David Chipperfield, Diller and Scofidio, Herzog & de Meuron, Jean Nouvel, SANAA, OMA, Renzo Piano, Tadao Ando, and Zaha Hadid.
Item Number: 147923
Title: KWAB : Ornament As Art In The Age Of Rembrandt
Author: Baarssen, Reinier
Record created on 01/17/18
Description: Amsterdam-Rotterdam: Nai010 Publishers/ Rijksmuseum, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 304pp., 350 color illus. Exhibition held at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. English text.
Summary: The auricular style is one of the most important and remarkable Dutch contributions to the decorative arts in Europe. This book traces the history and meaning of the auricular style, with its fabulous, organic shapes, from the work of the goldsmith Paulus van Vianen at the court of Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, in Prague to that of his brother Adam in Utrecht and Johannes Lutma in Amsterdam. Their masterpieces were admired as high art by Rembrandt and his pupils, who produced auricular designs themselves. The story of this abstract decorative form is illustrated using silver and gold masterworks, design drawings and prints, paintings by Rembrandt, furnishings, and Cuir de Cordoue gold leather wall coverings.
Contents: Courtly Inventions - Paulus van Vianen ; A Ewer as Revolution - Adam van Vianen ; A Jump in Size ; Amsterdam Triumphant - Lutma, Rembrandt and Doomer ; Competition on Paper - Van Vianen versus Lutma ; Brass in the Church - Johannes Lutma the Elder as Inventor ; Framed by KWAB ; Amsterdam and the Netherlands ; At the Court of Charles I - Christiaen van Vianen ; A Cabinet from Paris ; Ohrmuschelstil und Knorpelwerk.
Item Number: 148845
Title: Oasis in the City: The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at the Museum of Modern Art
Author: Bajac, Quentin
Record created on 05/02/18
Description: New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2018. 30cm., hardcover, 299pp., 125 color, 150 b&w illus
Summary: The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at the Museum of Modern Art holds a special place in the hearts of many, whether artists or museumgoers, New Yorkers or visitors from around the world. It is a respite from the crowds and skyscrapers that surround it, as well as a place to commune with major works of modern and contemporary art. Through essays and archival images, this lavishly illustrated volume pays tribute to the Sculpture Garden's beauty and remarkable history over the past eighty years. Oasis in the City: The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at The Museum of Modern Art features the sculptures that have become synonymous with the space, Philip Johnson's elegant and enduring design, and the Garden's diverse array of activities and events. From its inception in 1939, the Sculpture Garden-which launched the very concept of the garden as outdoor gallery for changing installations- has hosted exhibitions of sculpture by Alexander Calder, structures by Buckminster Fuller and Marcel Breuer, performances by Yayoi Kusama, and served as an important venue for music, dance, social gatherings and even protest. Along with offering a behind-the-scenes history, this unique publication debuts a portfolio of images of the Sculpture Garden by eight prominent contemporary artists and photographers: Richard Pare, Candida Hofer, Tina Barney, Thomas Struth, Carrie Mae Weems, James Welling, Vera Lutter and Hiroshi Sugimoto. These projects demonstrate that while the outdoor gallery is constantly changing with the seasons, new programming, and rotations of art on display, it continues to be an inspiration to artists and the broader public alike.
Item Number: 146037
Title: The Houses of Hereford 1200-1700
Author: Baker, Nigel (et al)
Record created on 06/18/17
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Description: London: Oxbow Books, 2018. 28cm., hardcover ca. 256pp. illus.
Summary: The cathedral city of Hereford is one of the best-kept historical secrets of the Welsh Marches. Although its Anglo-Saxon development is well known from a series of classic excavations in the 1960s and ’70s, what is less widely known is that the city boasts an astonishingly well-preserved medieval plan and contains some of the earliest houses still in everyday use anywhere in England. Three leading authorities on the buildings of the English Midlands have joined forces combining detailed archaeological surveys, primary historical research, and topographical analysis to examine 24 of the most important buildings, from the great hall of the Bishop’s Palace of c.1190, to the first surviving brick town-house of c.1690. Fully illustrated with photographs, historic maps, and explanatory diagrams, the case-studies include canonical and mercantile hall-houses of the Middle Ages, mansions, commercial premises, and simple suburban dwellings of the early modern period. Owners and builders are identified from documentary sources wherever possible, from the Bishop of Hereford and the medieval cathedral canons, through civic office-holding merchant dynasties, to minor tradesmen otherwise known only for their brushes with the law.
Item Number: 149252
Author: Bouvier, Raphael (et al)
Record created on 07/03/18
Description: Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz, 2018. 31cm., hardcover, 176pp., 120 illus. Exhibition held at Fondation Beyeler, Basel. English text.
Summary: In his multifaceted, multilayered oeuvre Balthus (1908–2001), one of the last great twentieth-century masters, pursued a path that ran exactly contrary to the modern avant-garde movements. As quiet as they are intriguing, his works feature colliding contrasts, combining reality and dream, eroticism and innocence, practicality and mystery, the familiar and the uncanny in unique ways. The Fondation Beyeler’s retrospective unites around fifty significant paintings from all phases of this legendary artist’s career, reflecting the ambiguous presentation of his imagery. The exhibition and its companion catalogue begin with the monumental, enigmatic masterpiece, Passage du Commerce-Saint-André (1952-54), in which Balthus’s intensive study of the dimensions of space and time and their relationship to figure and object is especially apparent.
Item Number: 148603
Title: Italy and Early Medieval Europe : Papers for Chris Wickham
Author: Balzaretti, Ross (et al)
Record created on 04/06/18
Description: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 567pp., 34 b&w illus.
Contents: Italy and the Early Middle Ages: a Journey through Time and Space, Ross Balzaretti, Julia Barrow and Patricia Skinner ; Chris - An Appreciation, Janet Nelson ; Lodare 'il Wickham', Cristina La Rocca. 1. Social Cohesion, Breaks and Transformations in Italy, 535-600, Walter Pohl. 2. The Roman Origins of the Northumbrian Kingdom, Ian Wood. 3. Langobardi in the Sixth Century without Paulus Diaconus, Patrick Geary. 4. Boni homini in Northern Iberia: a Particularity that Raises some General Questions, Wendy Davies. 5. Gender and the Gift: the Giving and Receiving of Women in Early Medieval England, Pauline Stafford. 6. Still Fussing about Feudalism, Susan Reynolds. 7. Travail, Salaire et Pauvrete au Moyen Age, Laurent Feller. 8. Bastard Feudalism and the Framing of Thirteenth-Century England, Peter Cross. 9. Changing Rural Settlements in the Early Middle Ages in Central and northern Italy: Towards the Centralization of Rural Property, Marco Valenti. 10. Between the City and the Countryside: the Aristocracy in the March of Tuscia (late tenth - early twelfth centuries), Maria Elena Cortese. 11. Riflessioni sulle Economie dei Secoli X e XI: Palermo e Roma a Confronto, Alessandra Molinari. 12. Reframing Norman Italy, Sandro Carocci. 13. Labour Services and Peasant Obligations in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Southern Italy, Graham A. Loud. 14. An Arena of Abuses and Competing Powers: Rome in Cassiodorus', Cristina La Rocca. 15. Topographic Memory, Lisa Fentress. 16. The Damnatio Memoriae of Pope Constantine II (767-768), Rosamond McKitterick. 17. Fame and its Vagaries in the Middle Ages, Antonio Sennis. 18. Archives and Social Change in Italy, c.900-1100: the Evidence of Dispute Notices, Marios Costambeys. 19. Disputed Possession, Legal Process and Memory in Thirteenth-Century Lombardy: the case of Guastalla and Luzzara (1193-1227), Edward Coleman. 20. 'To Destroy a City so Great and Remarkable': Lamentation, Panegyric and the Idea of the Medieval City, Paul Oldfield. 21. 'Framing' and Lighting: Another Angle on Transition, Paul Fouracre. 22. Lands and Lights in Early Medieval Rome, Joanna Story. 23. Garden Cities in Medieval Italy, Caroline Goodson. 24. Chestnuts in Charters: Evidence for Specialised Production in Tenth-Century Genoa and Milan, Ross Balzaretti. 25. The 'Life Aquatic' on Athos in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries, Rosemary Morris. 26. Public Powers, Private Powers and the Exploitation of Metals for Coinage: the Case of Medieval Tuscany, Giovanna Bianchi. 27. Coinage and the Tributary Mode of Production, Eduardo Manzano Moreno. 28. Comparing Medieval Iceland with Other Regions: Problems and Possibilities, Chris Callow. 29. Early Medieval Wales and Calabria: a Mountain of Problems?, Patricia Skinner. 30. Devozione longobarda, Paolo Delongu. 31. Cursing and Curing, or The Practice of Christianity in Eighth-Century Rome, Julia Smith. 32. Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Views on Islam and on Jihad, c.900 CE: a Papal Connection?, John Haldon. 33. The Two Republics: Ecclesia and the Public Domain in the Carolingian World, Mayke de Jong. 34. Developing Definitions of Reform in the Church in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries, Julia Barrow. 35. Memory, Gift and Politics: Matilda of Tuscany and her Donations to St Peter, Regine Le Jan. 36. Como and Padua, Frances Andrews.
(The Past and Present Book Series)
Item Number: 118686
Title: ROSALIA BANET : Vanity Fear [Especial Las Siamesas Golasas]
Author: Maggetto, Marco (et al)
Price: $3.75 Original Price: $37.50
Record created on 03/21/12
Description: Murcia: La Conservera, 2009. 28cm., pbk., 85pp. illus., most in color. Spanish-English text.
Item Number: 148676
Title: Dawn of a Nation : From Guttuso to Fontana and Schifano
Author: Barbero, Luca Massimo
Record created on 04/15/18
Description: Venice: Marsilio, 2018. 29cm., pbk., 352pp., ca. 200 illus. Exhibition held at Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze. English text.
Summary: A truly mesmerising exploration of art, politics and society in Italy from the 1950s to the protest years in the late ’60s, with eighty works of art by such masters as Renato Guttuso, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri, Emilio Vedova, Piero Manzoni, Mario Schifano, Mario Merz and Michelangelo Pistoletto. The exhibition, curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, is bringing emblematic works of art together for the first time to form a display illustrating the effervescence of Italian culture after World War II, the years of the so-called “economic miracle” that marked a major transformation in Italian society, up until the fateful year of 1968. It was in this 20-year period that we see the development of a new vision of art reaching out into the contemporary world in an extraordinarily vibrant and inventive bust of creativity that spared neither style, material or form. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey setting out from the diatribe between Realism and Abstraction, continuing on to the triumph of Informal Art and leading through the images, gestures and figures of Pop Art in strident juxtaposition with the experimental vision of monochromatic painting, right up to the language of Arte Povera and of Conceptual Art.
Item Number: 147418
Title: Architect, Patron and Craftsman in Tudor and Early Stuart England
Author: Barnwell, P.S. ; Paula Henderson (eds)
Price: $36.25 Original Price: $72.50
Record created on 11/27/17
Description: Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2017. 25cm., hardcover, 208pp. illus., most in color.
Summary: This book contains the papers from a weekend conference held at Rewley House in Oxford in 2016 in honour of Professor Malcolm Airs who taught there from 1975 to 2006, and whose scholarship has centred on the domestic architecture of the Tudor and Stuart period, particularly on building processes and craftsmen. It was a period in which Gothic elements continued to be used, but mixed with details inspired by a Classical antiquity. This was the English Renaissance, but the systematic study of Classical models and the publication of handbooks of Classical architecture, and the profession of architecture, were all in their infancy. The blend of styles is unique to England; while it used to be dismissed as backward it is today celebrated for its inventiveness and pioneering achievements. In these papers Professor Airs’ friends and colleagues pay tribute to his scholarship in a series of essays on topics which have interested him. They include the reception and appreciation of the architecture of the Tudor and Early Stuart period, studies of the sources of inspiration for individual house designs, using both written and architectural evidence, the setting of houses, planning, fixtures and decoration.
Contents: William Whyte, The Might-Have-Beens of Architectural History: Meritocracy, Conservation, and the Career of Malcolm Airs [with an appendix bibliography of Malcolm Airs' writings] ; Nicholas Cooper, The Tudor and Jacobean Great House, 1650 to 1950: Architectural History and the History of Architecture ; Pete Smith, Wollaton Hall and New Hardwick Hall ; David Adshead, Long-Lost Cousins or False Friends? The Staircase Halls at Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire, and Ham House, Surrey ; Paula Henderson, Splendid Houses: Elite Living in Tudor and Early Stuart London ; Sally Jeffrey, Cloisters and Terraces in the Garden: Their Origin and Use in Jacobean England ; Geoffrey Tyack, The Schools Quadrangle at Oxford: Function and Rhetoric ; Maurice Howard, Finishing the Building in Early Modern England: Panelling, Furnishing and the Technology of Painting ; Claire Gapper, Patrons, Plasterers and Architects: Designing Decorative Plasterwork in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries ; Kathryn Davies, Visual Communication in Early Modern Buildings ; Mark Girouard, Aspects of a Biographical Dictionary of Architecture.
(Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment, 6)
Item Number: 149209
Title: Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland, 1150-1350
Author: Barnwell, Paul S. (ed)
Price: $40.00 Original Price: $80.00
Record created on 06/25/18
Description: Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2018. 25cm., hardcover, 272pp., 64 color, 31 b&w illus.
Summary: This is the third in a chronological series of volumes based on weekend conferences at Rewley House in Oxford, concerning places of worship in Britain and Ireland from the late Roman period to the present. The period covered in this volume saw the rise of the great cathedrals, the spread of reformed monasticism (including nunneries), the coming of the friars and the spread of the parish system into every corner of Britain and Ireland. Architecturally, the emergence and spread of the Gothic style is of special significance, but as important was the evolution of church plans and form to accommodate new forms of worship driven by developments in theology and liturgy. The emphasis here is on the main types of institution and particularly those for which good physical evidence survives. Cathedrals, monasteries of several orders, nunneries, friaries and parish churches are all represented. The spread of Christian values throughout society and the creation of the universal church of the middle ages, binding Britain and Ireland to the whole of Christendom in a uniform culture, are also common themes. The 12 essays are by Philippa Turner (introduction and images), John Harper (on ritual and music), Richard Halsey (on cathedral extensions), Cathy Oakes (on the Benedictines), Glyn Coppack (on the Cistercians), Richard Oram (the Premonstratensians in Scotland), Deirdre O’Sullivan (friaries), Tracy Collins (Irish nunneries), P. S. Barnwell (English parish churches and the conclusion), and Richard Fawcett (on Scottish parish churches).
(Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment, 7)
Item Number: 149754
Title: Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland, 1350-1550
Author: Barnwell, Paul S. (ed)
Record created on 12/18/18
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Description: Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2019. 25cm., hardcover, 280pp. illus., most in color.
Summary: This book is the fourth in a series on Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland, which will ultimately extend to the twenty-first century. The period covered by this volume is often seen as one of decline and is over-shadowed by the great changes of the sixteenth-century Reformation. Taking the period on its own terms, however, the contributors to this volume show that there was much innovation, vitality and creativeness as much in worship as in architecture. The main focus for much of the innovation was in collegiate churches, but parish buildings and worship continued to evolve, and established institutions, including cathedrals and many monastic houses, adapted to the new circumstances. The richness of the period, and variations across Britain and Ireland, are such that comprehensive treatment is not possible. There is an emphasis on the main types of institution, on those of which there are good physical remains, and on what was distinctive to the age. Cathedrals, monasteries of some of the larger orders, colleges and parishes are all discussed. Themes include the kinds of architectural expression adopted by different institutions in the various parts of Britain and Ireland, the adaptation of earlier buildings to meet changing requirements, the elaboration of both buildings and the liturgy, and the near saturation of society with a religious culture. As in other volumes in the series, consideration is, wherever possible, given to the ways in which the buildings were used and experienced.
(Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment, 8)
Item Number: 148665
Title: Bellies, bowels and entrails in the eighteenth century
Author: Barr, Rebecca Anne (et al)
Record created on 04/12/18
Description: Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018. 23cm., hardcover, 344pp., 12 color 24 b&w illus.
Contents: 1. The belly and the viscera of the 'capital city' - Gilles Thomas. 2. The intestinal labours of Paris DS Sabine Barles and André Guillerme. 3. Digesting in the Long Eighteenth Century - Ian Miller. 4. The Soul in the Entrails: the experience of the sick in the eighteenth century - Micheline Louis-Courvoisier. 5.Sawney's Seat: The Social Imaginary of the London Bog-house c.1660-c.1800 - Mark Jenner. 6. Eighteenth-century paper: the readers' digest - Amélie Junqua. 7. 'Words have no smell': faecal references in eighteenth-century society theatre - Jennifer Ruimi. 8. The Legibility of the Bowels: Lichtenberg's Excremental Vision of Hogarth's A Harlot's Progress - Anthony Mahler. 9. Parodies of pompous knowledge: treatises on farting - Guilhem Armand. 10. Potbelly, paunch, and innards: variations on the abdomen in Marivaux's Homčre travesti and Télémaque travesti - Clémence Aznavour. 11. Desire, disgust and Indigestion in John Cleland's Memoirs of a Coxcomb - Rebecca Anne Barr. 12. Hogarth's line of bellies - Frédéric Ogée. 13. Iconography of the belly: eighteenth-century satirical prints - Barbara Stentz. 14. Visceral visions: art, pedagogy, and politics in revolutionary France - Dorothy Johnson. 15. Hanging on in there: Bellyache and the Saints of the Bowels - Jacques Gélis.
(Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Studies)
Item Number: 149579
Title: The Art of Medieval Hungary
Author: Barral i Altet, Xavier (et al)
Record created on 09/28/18
Description: Roma: Viella, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 732pp., 176 illus., many in color.
Summary: With this book, the Hungarian Academy of Rome offers to the medievalist community a thematic synthesis about Hungarian medieval art, reconstructing, in a European perspective, more than four hundred years of artistic production in a country located right at the heart of Europe. The book presents an up-to-date view from the Romanesque through Late Gothic up to the beginning of the Renaissance, with an emphasis on the artistic relations that evolved between Hungary and other European territories, such as the Capetian Kingdom, the Italian Peninsula and the German Empire. Situated at the meeting point between the Mediterranean regions, the lands ruled by the courts of Europe west of the Alps and the territories of the Byzantine (later Ottoman) Empire, Hungary boasts an artistic heritage that is one of the most original features of our common European past. The book, whose editors and authors are among today’s foremost experts in medieval art history, is divided into four thematic sections – the sources and art historiography of the medieval period, the boundary between history, art history and archaeology, church architecture and decorations, religious cults and symbols of the power –, with a selection of essays on the main works of Hungarian medieval art held in museums and public collections.
Contents: Xavier Barral i Altet, Introduction. Hungarian Medieval Art from a European Point of View. I. Sources and Studies for Hungarian Medieval Art - Erno Marosi, Two Centuries of Research, from the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy to the Present - Kornél Szovák, Written Sources on Hungarian Medieval Art History. II. City and Territory - Katalin Szende, Towns and Urban Networks in the Carpathian Basin between the Eleventh and the Early Sixteenth Centuries - Pál Lovei, Urban Architecture - Zsombor Jékely, Expansion to the Countryside: Rural Architecture in Medieval Hungary - István Feld, Castles, Mansions, and Manor Houses in Medieval Hungary. III. Architecture and Art in the Context of Liturgy - Béla Zsolt Szakács, Romanesque Architecture: Abbeys and Cathedrals - Krisztina Havasi, Romanesque Sculpture in Medieval Hungary - Imre Takács, The First Century of Gothic in Hungary - Pál Lovei, Imre Takács, "Hungarian Trecento": Art in the Angevin Era - Gábor Endrodi, Winged Altarpieces in Medieval Hungary. IV. Religious Cults and Symbols of Power - Gábor Klaniczay, The Cult of the Saints and their Artistic Representation in Recent Hungarian Historiography - Vinni Lucherini, The Artistic Visualization of the Concept of Kingship in Angevin Hungary - Pál Lovei, Epigraphy and Tomb Sculpture. V. Forms of Art between Public and Private Use - Evelin Wetter, Precious Metalwork and Textile Treasures in Late Medieval Hungary - Anna Boreczky, Book Culture in Medieval Hungary. VI. The Middle Ages after the Middle Ages - Imre Takács, Medieval Twilight or Early Modern Dawn: Art in the Era of Sigismund of Luxembourg - Arpád Mikó, A Renaissance Dream: Arts in the Court of King Matthias - Gábor Gyorgy Papp, Medievalism in Nineteenth-Century Hungarian Architecture. Annex I. Medieval Artworks and Monuments - Erno Marosi, The Coronation Mantle of the Hungarian Kings, Originally Chasuble of King Stephen I and Queen Gisella - Erno Marosi, The Holy Crown of Hungary: The "Crown of Saint Stephen" - Béla Zsolt Szakács, The Benedictine Abbey Church in Tihany - Krisztina Havasi, The Provostry Church of the Virgin Mary in Székesfehérvár - Krisztina Havasi, The Medieval Cathedral of Pécs - Imre Takács, The Medieval Saint Adalbert's Cathedral in Esztergom and the Porta Speciosa - Imre Takács, Vinni Lucherini, The Chapel of the Royal Palace of Esztergom and its Late-Medieval Mural Paintings - Imre Takács, The Medieval Cathedral of Gyulafehérvár (Alba Iulia) - Béla Zsolt Szakács, The Benedictine Abbey Church in Lébény - Béla Zsolt Szakács, The Benedictine Abbey Church in Ják - Xavier Barral i Altet, The Szentkirály Romanesque Tympanum - Pál Lovei, The Sepulchral Monument of Saint Margaret of Hungary - Béla Zsolt Szakács, The Hungarian Angevin Legendary - Vinni Lucherini, The Hungarian Illuminated Chronicle - Imre Takács, The Royal Palace of Visegrád - Zsombor Jékely, The Medieval Augustinian Church of Siklós and the Wall Paintings in the Sanctuary - Szilárd Papp, Gothic Statues from the Royal Palace of Buda - Szilárd Papp, The Castle of Vajdahunyad (Hunedoara) - Ivan Gerát, The High Altar Retable of Saint Elizabeth in Košice (Kassa/Kaschau) - Péter Farbaky, The Royal Palace of Buda during the Reigns of Matthias Corvinus and the Jagiellonian Kings - Péter Farbaky, The Bakócz Chapel of Esztergom. Annex II. Museums and Collections Holding Medieval Art - Piroska Biczó, The Hungarian National Museum in Budapest - Gyorgyi Poszler, The Old Hungarian Collection of the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest - Emese Sarkadi Nagy, The Christian Museum in Esztergom - Péter Farbaky, The Budapest History Museum - Agnes Ziegler-Bálint, The Brukenthal Museum in Sibiu (Nagyszeben/Hermannstadt) - Pál Lovei, Collections of Stone Carvings.
(Bibliotheca Academiae Hungariae - Roma. Studia, 7)
Item Number: 149502
Title: Domesticating Empire : Egyptian Landscapes in Pompeian Gardens
Author: Barrett, Caitín Eilís
Record created on 09/10/18
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Description: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 416pp., 100 illus., 23 in color.
Summary: Domesticating Empire is the first contextually-oriented monograph on Egyptian imagery in Roman households. Caitlín Barrett draws on case studies from Flavian Pompeii to investigate the close association between representations of Egypt and a particular type of Roman household space: the domestic garden. Through paintings and mosaics portraying the Nile, canals that turned the garden itself into a miniature "Nilescape," and statuary depicting Egyptian themes, many gardens in Pompeii offered ancient visitors evocations of a Roman vision of Egypt. Simultaneously faraway and familiar, these imagined landscapes made the unfathomable breadth of empire compatible with the familiarity of home. In contrast to older interpretations that connect Roman "Aegyptiaca" to the worship of Egyptian gods or the problematic concept of "Egyptomania," a contextual analysis of these garden assemblages suggests new possibilities for meaning. In Pompeian houses, Egyptian and Egyptian-looking objects and images interacted with their settings to construct complex entanglements of "foreign" and "familiar," "self" and "other." Representations of Egyptian landscapes in domestic gardens enabled individuals to present themselves as sophisticated citizens of empire. Yet at the same time, household material culture also exerted an agency of its own: domesticizing, familiarizing, and "Romanizing" once-foreign images and objects. That which was once imagined as alien and potentially dangerous was now part of the domus itself, increasingly incorporated into cultural constructions of what it meant to be "Roman." Featuring brilliant illustrations in both color and black and white, Domesticating Empire reveals the importance of material culture in transforming household space into a microcosm of empire.
Contents: 1: Introduction: Egypt in the Garden. 2: Imagining the Nile: Affordances and Contexts . 3: From Egypt to Oikoumene: Interactive Landscapes in the Casa dell'Efebo . 4: Self, "Other," and Beyond in the Casa del Medico . 5: Making Meaning on the Margins: Nilotic Marginalia in the Casa del Fauno. 6: Model Worlds: Three-Dimensional Nilotica in the Casa di Acceptus e Euhodia. 7: Conclusions: Egyptian Landscapes in Context.
Item Number: 148274
Title: Gender, Identity and the Body in Greek and Roman Sculpture
Author: Barrow, Rosemary
Record created on 03/08/18
Description: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 240pp., 33 b&w illus.
Summary: Gender and the Body in Greek and Roman Sculpture offers incisive analysis of selected works of ancient art through a critical use of cutting-edge theory from gender studies, body studies, art history and other related fields. The book raises important questions about ancient sculpture and the contrasting responses that the individual works can be shown to evoke. Rosemary Barrow gives close attention to both original context and modern experience, while directly addressing the question of continuity in gender and body issues from antiquity to the early modern period through a discussion of the sculpture of Bernini. Accessible and fully illustrated, her book features new translations of ancient sources and a glossary of Greek and Latin terms. It will be an invaluable resource and focus for debate for a wide range of readers interested in ancient art, gender and sexuality in antiquity, and art history and gender and body studies more broadly.
Contents: Introduction: approaching gender. 1. The male body: doryphoros. 2. The female body: Aphrodite of Cnidos. 3. The veiled body: Tanagra statuette. 4. The ageing body: drunken old woman. 5. The indefinite body: sleeping Hermaphrodite. 6. The political body: Prima Porta Augustus. 7. The incongruous body: portrait of 'Marcia Furnilla' as Venus. 8. The beloved body: Antinous. 9. The other body: marble relief with female gladiators. 10. The non-human body: Pan and a she-goat. Epilogue: Bernini's 'Neptune and Triton'.
Item Number: 146734
Title: Spanish Books in the Europe of the Enlightenment (Paris and London) : A View from Abroad
Author: Bas Martin, Nicolas (ed)
Price: $119.00 Original Price: $170.00
Record created on 09/14/17
Description: Leiden: Brill, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 362pp. illus.
Contents: PART I: Books that "Speak": The Traces of Spain in the Catalogues of Parisian Booksellers of the Eighteenth Century - Introduction - 1.1. From manuscript to printed word: following the trail of Spanish books - 1.2. Books from Spain in eighteenth-century Paris - 1.3. A showcase for Spanish books: the bookshops of Paris 1.4. The Spanish literary canon from a Parisian point of view - 1.4.1. The "modern" writers of Spain's Golden Age - 1.4.2. "Old" Spanish authors of the eighteenth century - 1.5. How Spanish books reached Paris: the book circuits - 1.6. Conclusions. PART 2: The Spain of Alatriste: Spanish Books in Eighteenth-Century London 2.1. Spanish books that crossed the Channel - 2.2 Don Quixote in English (1738) - 2.3. Between the Strand and Grub Street: London's world of books - 2.4. The collecting of Spanish books in London: the bibliophiles - 2.5. The traces of Spanish books in London: the booksellers - 2.6. By way of conclusion - 3. Final conclusions. 4. Appendices - 4.1. List of Spanish books available in Parisian bookshops of the eighteenth century - 4.2. Catalogues of Parisian booksellers of eighteenth-century Paris - 4.3. London bookshops with stocks of Spanish books (fifteenth-eighteenth century) - 4.4. The formats of Spanish books in London bookshops - 4.5. Catalogues of London booksellers containing Spanish books - 5. Bibliography - 6. General Index.
(Library of the Written Word - The Handpress World, 64)
Item Number: 149371
Title: Jüdische Schweiz : 50 Objekte erzählen Geschichte. Jewish Switzerland : 50 Objects Tell Their Stories
Author: Battegay, Caspar ; Naomi Lubrich
Record created on 07/30/18
Description: Basel: Christoph Merian Verlag, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 232pp., 50 color illus. German-English text.
Summary: A journey through Switzerland’s Jewish history. Ritual objects, tools, documents and books from the oldest cultural minority Jews make up the oldest cultural minority on the territory of today’s Switzerland, having a history that extends back to Antiquity. Jews were welcomed and persecuted in Switzerland, alternately, recruited and harassed, emancipated and controlled. Fifty objects, most of them from the collection of the Jewish Museum, tell of the relations between Jews and Non-Jews from Roman times to the present. What do tiny dice, a tea service, students’ beer mugs, a Torah roll, the kipa with football motifs or inconspicuous objects tell us about the history of the Jews? The histories of the objects provide insight into Swiss history that becomes high in contrast when seen from the perspective of its most-discussed minority.
Item Number: 149453
Title: The Occult in Modernist Art, Literature, and Cinema
Author: Bauduin, Tessel M. ; Henrik Johnsson (eds)
Record created on 08/27/18
Description: London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 275pp., 7 color, 14 b&w illus.
Summary: Many modernist and avant-garde artists and authors were fascinated by the occult movements of their day. This volume explores how Occultism came to shape modernist art, literature, and film. Individual chapters examine the presence and role of Occultism in the work of such modernist luminaries as Rainer Maria Rilke, August Strindberg, W.B. Yeats, Joséphin Péladan and the artist Jan Švankmaier, as well as in avant-garde film, post-war Greek Surrealism, and Scandinavian Retrogardism. Combining the theoretical and methodological foundations of the field of Esotericism Studies with those of Literary Studies, Art History, and Cinema Studies, this volume provides in-depth and nuanced perspectives upon the relationship between Occultism and Modernism in the Western arts from the nineteenth century to the present day.
Contents: A History of Research into Occult Modernist Literature, Johnsson, Henrik ; Visionary Mimesis and Occult Modernism in Literature and Art Around 1900, Magnusson, Gísli ; August Strindberg's Art in Modernist and Occult Context, Lahelma, Marja ; 'Only Poets and Occultists Believe in Them Just Now'- Fairies and the Modernist Crisis of Authorship, Faxneld, Per ; Return from Oblivion- Josephin Peladan's Literary Esotericism, Chaitow, Sasha ; Marie Wilson and Nanos Valaoritis in Conversation- Surrealism, Imagetext, and Occult Aesthetics in Terre de Diamant, Ferentinou, Victoria ; Magic Art Between the Primitive and the Occult- Animal Sacrifice in Jan Svankmajer's Drawer Fetishes, Noheden, Kristoffer ; Retrogardism and Occulture in Hakan Sandell's Poetry, D'Amico, Giuliano.
(Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities)
Item Number: 148980
Title: A Companion to Medieval Toledo : Reconsidering the Canons
Author: Beale-Rivaya, Yasmine ; Jason Busic (eds)
Record created on 05/24/18
Description: Leiden: Brill, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 319pp. illus.
Summary: A Companion to Medieval Toledo. Reconsidering the Canons explores the limits of “Convivencia” through new and problematized readings of material familiar to specialists and offers a thoughtful initiation for the non-specialist into the historical, cultural, and religious complexity of the iconic city of Toledo. The volume seeks to understand the history and cultural heritage of the city as a result of fluctuating coexistence. Divided into three themed sections,- the essays consider additional material, new transcriptions, and perspectives that contribute to more nuanced understandings of traditional texts or events. The volume places this cultural history and these new readings into current scholarly debates and invites its readers to do the same.
Contents: Al-Ma?mun of Toledo - A Warrior in the Palace Garden, Michelle Hamilton ; Prestige to Power - Toledo's Cathedral Chapter and Assimilated Identity, Patrick Harris ; Evolución de las fortificaciones medievales en la Península Ibérica - el caso de Toledo, Fernando Valdés Fernandez ; Old Hispanic Chant Manuscripts of Toledo - Testimonies of a Local or of a Wider Tradition?, Raquel Rojo Carrillo ; Christian Theology in Arabic and the Mozarabs of Medieval Toledo - Primary Texts, Main Themes, and Potential Problems, Jason Busic ; Toledo 1449 - The Complex Political Space(s) and Dynamics of Civic Violence, Linde M. Brocato ; Toledo as a Geographical and Literary Reference in the Blood-Libel Legend, David Navarro ; Shared Legal Spaces in the Arabic Language Notarial Documents of Toledo, Yasmine Beale-Rivaya ; Tathlith al-wahdaniyya (The Trebling of the Oneness) - Translated from Arabic, Clint Hackenburg ; The Toledan Translation Movement and Dominicus Gundissalinus - Some Remarks on His Activity and Presence in Castile, Nicola Polloni ; Re-reading the Canons of Medieval Toledo - Echoes of Debates of Iberian Historiography.
(Brill's Companions to European History, 16)
Item Number: 148425
Title: How Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization
Author: Beard, Mary
Record created on 03/20/18
Description: New York: Liveright, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 240pp., 92 color illus.
Summary: From prehistoric Mexico to modern Istanbul, Mary Beard looks beyond the familiar canon of Western imagery to explore the history of art, religion, and humanity. Conceived as a gorgeously illustrated accompaniment to “How Do We Look” and “The Eye of Faith,” the famed Civilisations shows on PBS, renowned classicist Mary Beard has created this elegant volume on how we have looked at art. Focusing in Part I on the Olmec heads of early Mesoamerica, the colossal statues of the pharaoh Amenhotep III, and the nudes of classical Greece, Beard explores the power, hierarchy, and gender politics of the art of the ancient world, and explains how it came to define the so-called civilized world. In Part II, Beard chronicles some of the most breathtaking religious imagery ever made—whether at Angkor Wat, Ravenna, Venice, or in the art of Jewish and Islamic calligraphers— to show how all religions, ancient and modern, have faced irreconcilable problems in trying to picture the divine. With this classic volume, Beard redefines the Western-and male-centric legacies of Ernst Gombrich and Kenneth Clark.
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