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Item Number: 149716
Title: Syria Matters
Author: Abdellatif, Rania ; Julia Gonnella ; Kay Kohlmeyer
Record created on 11/21/18
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 Tuñón, 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: 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.
(Contemporary Painters Series)
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 Homère 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: 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: $85.00 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: 136126
Title: Africa: The Land of the Spirits
Author: Bazzani, Ezio ; Lorenz Homberger (et al)
Price: $24.00 Original Price: $48.00
Record created on 05/10/15
Description: Milano: Motta 24 ore Cultura, 2015. 28cm., hardcover, 256pp. illus. Exhibition held at MUDEC Museo delle Cultura, Milano. English text. Summary: The 270 works featured in this sophisticated, large-scale exhibition illustrate the different ways in which the West has responded to the plastic arts of Africa. A century after the discovery of “art nègre” by artists of the early French and German avant-garde movements, we have now moved beyond the debate that for so long contrasted the universalism of the aesthetic vision with the localism of the ethnographic view of the object as a ‘document’, thus losing the autonomy of its aesthetic dimension. The time has now come to see African art as a complex system made up of connections between the worlds of human beings and spirits, of interpenetration and relational constructions between the products of culture and the course of nature. The traditional art of Black Africa attests to the indissoluble coexistence of a formal quality of “pure art” based on specific aesthetic canons with the manifold wealth of religious beliefs, rites and manifestations of power continuing all the way to the objects of everyday life of the different peoples involved. The exhibition is divided into different sections each addressing a specific theme: the formal quality expressed by fifty of the most important and monumental masterpieces of African art, the objects once displayed in the cabinets of curiosities of European courts, and the artistic objects produced in Africa. Together with a selection of everyday utensils presented as original examples of design, ritual and magical figures, masks, fetishes and objects of power will offer visitors a wholly new and unexpected view of the cultural and poetic universe of the African continent. Finally, the new frontiers of research into African art are documented in specific sections that address questions of dating and the identification of various masters (cover displayed is Italian edition).
Item Number: 149371
Title: Jüdische Schweiz : 50 Objekte erzählen Geschichte. Jewish Switzerland : 50 Objects Tell Their Stories
Author: Battegay, Caspar ; Naomi Lubrich
Price: $24.75 Original Price: $49.50
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: 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.
Item Number: 148757
Title: Moved to Tears: Rethinking the Art of the Sentimental in the United States
Author: Bedell, Rebecca
Record created on 04/24/18
Description: Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. 25cm., hardcover, 232pp., 69 color, 44 b&w illus.
Summary: A bold new view of sentimental art’s significance in American visual culture from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. In Moved to Tears, Rebecca Bedell overturns received ideas about sentimental art. Countering its association with trite and saccharine Victorian kitsch, Bedell argues that major American artists—from John Trumbull and Charles Willson Peale in the eighteenth century and Asher Durand and Winslow Homer in the nineteenth to Henry Ossawa Tanner and Frank Lloyd Wright in the early twentieth—produced what was understood in their time as sentimental art. This was art intended to develop empathetic bonds and to express or elicit social affections, including sympathy, compassion, nostalgia, and patriotism. Much sentimental art of this era was animated by and invested with socially transformative ambitions. Trumbull and Peale deployed their sentimental creations in the urgent effort to stabilize the new nation in the wake of the Revolutionary War. Through his work, Tanner opposed the virulent anti-Semitism of fin-de-siècle France. Even artists such as John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt, who had absorbed something of modernist disdain for sentimentalism, were aware of its commercial potential and popular appeal and negotiated complex relations with it. Beautifully illustrated, Moved to Tears transforms our understanding of the nature and influence of sentimental art.
Item Number: 148959
Title: LARRY BELL
Author: Clark, Robin
Record created on 05/21/18
Description: New York: Rizzoli Electa, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 240pp. illus.
Summary: The first major monograph ever published on the career of Larry Bell, iconic American artist and one of the stars to have emerged from the Light and Space movement in California in the 1960s. Creatively presented in two distinct halves that reflect his dual interest in two- and three-dimensional forms - the first collecting his works on paper, printed on a heavily textured uncoated stock, and the second collecting his glass and metal sculptures, printed in a high-gloss finish - the book itself aims to reflect Bell's close attention to materials. In each medium, Bell's work reflects a lifelong enthusiasm for the physical properties of light and the materials it hits, and an equally tangible passion for playing with those properties with an almost childlike reverence and a spontaneity that belies or even defies his understanding of every process. From his earliest monochrome paintings in the 1950s to the glass cubes and standing glass-panel sculptures of the 1960s and 1970s, to his experimentation with vapor drawings in the 1980s and his most recent 'mirage works' and 'light knot' sculptures, Bell's career reads as one long and beautiful experiment in the properties of light on surface, and the relationship of surface to space. With an essay by Robin Clark and an interview conducted by Cliff Lauson--and drawing on rarely published writings by the artist himself--this is the definitive survey of Larry Bell's career.
Item Number: 117896
Title: Pelle di donna : Identita e bellezza tr arte e scienza [Women and their Skin - Identity and Beauty in Art and Science]
Author: Bellasi, Pietro ; Martina Mazzotta
Price: $13.50 Original Price: $67.50
Record created on 02/13/12
Description: Milano: Mazzotta, 2012. 24cm., pbk., 165pp. illus., most in color. Italian.English text. Exhibition held at Triennale di Milano. Includes: The Discovery of the Skin ; The Collection of the Wax Modeler Anna Morandi Manzolini ; Skin - Towards an Aesthetic Identity ; The Paradise of Hygiene and the Hell of Modesty ; The Tattooing of Women ; Touch - A Language of Love and Knowledge ; etc.
Item Number: 148851
Title: Making Copies in European Art 1400-1600 : Shifting Tastes, Modes of Transmission, and Changing Contexts
Author: Bellavitis, Maddalena (ed)
Record created on 05/02/18
Description: Leiden: Brill, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 542pp., 157 color illus.
Contents: Introduction to Making Copies in European Art 1400-1600- Shifting Tastes, Modes of Transmission, and Changing Contexts, Peter M. Lukehart. 1. Jan van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait and Copies after His Woman and Her Toilette- Recollections of the Alhambra's Constellation Halls, the Hamman, and Alchemy, Barbara von Barghahn. 2. Models and the Practice of Drawing in Eastern Spain, 1370-1450, E. Montero Tortajada. 3. Eyckian Icons and Copies, Larry Silver. 4. Copies after the Ghent Altarpiece for Spain- Four Case Studies, Leslie Blacksberg. 5. Following Bosch- The Impact of Hieronymus Bosch's Diableries and Their Reproduction in the 16th Century, Maddalena Bellavitis. 6. Tratta da Zorzi- Giulio Campagnola's Copies after other Artists and His Use of Models, Irene Brooke. 7. Virgin and Child with the Milk Soup after Gerard David- Series of Paintings on the Same Theme after Known Models, Catheline Périer-D'Ieteren. 8. Not Just Copies but Variations, Suggestions, Interpretations and Critical Reception- Joos van Cleve and the Lost Madonna of the Cherries by Leonardo da Vinci, Mari Pietrogiovanna. 9. Copies and Derivations of Giorgionesque Inventions- An Insight into the Visual and the Historical Sources, Sarah Ferrari. 10. Copies of Raphael's Mythological Paintings in the Collection of Cardinal Ludovisi, Claudia La Malfa. 11. From Workshop Master to the Artist's Individuality, Ana Calvo. 12. Jacopo Bassano and the Prints from Raphael's Masterpieces, Claudia Caramanna. 13. Que se haga al modo y manera de [….]- Copy and Interpretation in the Visual Arts in Aragón during the 16th Century, Carmen Morte García. 14. Early Netherlandish Devotional Images, Their Copies and Their Metamorphosis in Aragonese Culture through Peripheral Areas, Caterina Virdis Limentani. 15. Marketing Workshop Versions in the 17th-century Dutch Art Market, Angela Ho. 16. Pictorial Copies in Granada during the Early Modern Age, David García Cueto.
(Brill's Studies on Art, Art History, and Intellectual History, 286/30)
Item Number: 148407
Title: GIOVANNI BELLINI's Painting Technique (National Gallery Technical Bulletin, Volume 39)
Author: Dunkerton, Jill (et al)
Record created on 03/19/18
Description: London: National Gallery, 2018. 30cm., pbk., 136pp., 180 illus., most in color.
Summary: Giovanni Bellini (c. 1430–1516) was one of the most innovative and influential painters of the Venetian Renaissance and was among the first Italian artists to paint in oil, rather than the more traditional medium of egg tempera. This special edition of the National GalleryTechnical Bulletin offers a revelatory in-depth investigation of Bellini’s technique, and how it evolved over more than five decades, through an examination of the artist’s works in the National Gallery’s collection. With twelve focused entries on specific paintings, including masterpieces such as The Agony in the Garden and Doge Leonardo Loredan, this volume is full of new and exciting discoveries that expand our understanding of Bellini’s painting practice. In addition, there is an account of the long and challenging restoration of The Assassination of Saint Peter Martyr and an introductory essay that places Bellini’s technical achievements in the context of Venetian painting of the 15th century, including his early training with his father, Jacopo; his working relationship with his brother, Gentile, and brother-in-law, Andrea Mantegna; and the practices of Giovanni’s own workshop.
Item Number: 147861
Title: GIOVANNI BELLINI : The Art of Contemplation
Author: Grave, Johannes
Record created on 01/11/18
Description: Munich-New York: Prestel, 2018. 38cm., hardcover, 288pp., 242 color illus.
Summary: Following the arc of Bellini’s career, from his early devotional paintings to his later, occasionally secular works, this book offers an in-depth appreciation of the Venetian master who dominated the Early Renaissance. Featuring nearly every extant Bellini work, as well as those of his contemporaries, this book brims with gorgeous Renaissance art. Author Johannes Grave focuses on some of the artist’s greatest works including Allegoria Sacra, the Brera Pietà, and the altarpiece of San Giobbe—to explore how Bellini excelled in tempera before mastering oil painting. Grave discusses how Bellini’s precise lines, his delicate facial expressions, and the subtle effects of light and shadow were used in his religious paintings as well as his portraiture and late mythological depictions. This book examines Bellini’s life, including his complex relationships with his father Jacopo, his brother Gentile, and his brother-in-law Andrea Mantegna. It considers the original contexts of Bellini’s works, and elucidates the ways in which these paintings were meant to be perceived. The book also links Bellini’s devotional paintings with the poetic creations of his pupil Giorgione. An important contribution to the scholarship of Renaissance art, this masterful book reaffirms Bellini’s status as one of Venice’s greatest painters.
Item Number: 128937
Title: WILL BENEDICT : bonjour tourist
Price: $9.70 Original Price: $48.50
Record created on 01/11/14
Description: Milano: Mousse Publishing, 2013. 27cm., pbk., 95pp. illus. Exhibition held at Gio Marconi, Milano. English text. Summary: The first artist book by Benedict, Bonjour Tourist is a demure compilation of the themes, the people, and the nuances dear to the LA-born artist. A conversation with Martin Guttmann—text messages exchanged over a five-month period—sheds some light on it all. For the past several years Will Benedict has been working professionally as a photographer, painter, and tourist. Bonjour Tourist is a series of works relying on various combinations of gouache paintings and cut-out studio portraits, mounted in customized aluminium and foamcore frames. Organized in distinct series, they fulfil the nominal categories of newscasters, postcards, flags, couples having dinner and nations peeking in through windows. Compared to the kind of aesthetic stimulation experienced while watching TV the works are like watching two, maybe three channels at the same time. In Benedict's works the buzzing clamor of things, places, foods and people are fossilized in lavishly painted waxed foamcore passepartout, freezing the sadness of the tourist and audience (the same thing) into an ever so slight hypomanic mixture of euphoria and irritability. Frozen along with everyone and everything in these passepartouts are paintings on canvas depicting a tits and penis nationalism that sells food at restaurants, plane ticket to exotic locals, walls or stamps.
Item Number: 143708
Title: Serbia Reconsidered. Contemporary artists from Serbia
Author: Benetton, Luciano (et al)
Price: $17.25 Original Price: $34.50
Record created on 11/20/16
Description: Crocetta del Montello: Antiga, 2016. 21cm., hardcover, 348pp. illus. English-Italian-Serbian text.
Summary:Affinità universali e tragedie dell’incomprensione, geli e disgeli. Memoria e rigetto della memoria. Urla dell’anima e voci di speranza. 136 artisti serbi raccontano il loro Paese, inquieto quanto interessante, sospeso tra orizzonti di convivenza multietnica e cultura nazionale che tende a diventare ideologia della nazione; tra rimpianti per il passato e tensione al futuro. Un’impressionante diversità di tecniche (pittura, fotografia, collage, scultura, ricamo e cucitura su tela) e materiali (terra, pigmenti, pezzi di matita colorata, ferro, gomma, sughero) attraverso i quali affermati maestri e giovani emergenti propongono la loro riflessione – a volte ironica, in altri casi dolente – sul presente irrequieto della Serbia e sul nuovo che verrà.
(Imago Mundi - Luciano Benetton Collection)
Item Number: 149095
Title: Christ, Mary and the Saints : Reading Religious Subjects in Medieval and Renaissance Spain
Author: Beresford, Andrew M. ; Lesley K. Twomey (eds)
Record created on 06/11/18
Description: Leiden: Brill, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 386pp. illus.
Contents: Introduction - Reading Religious Subjects, Andrew M. Beresford and Lesley K. Twomey || Advocate of Eve - Marian Parturition in Medieval Iberian Literature and Culture, Ryan D. Giles || La sacralización del cuerpo de María en Juan López de Salamanca (para mujeres selectas) y Juan de Robles (para todos), Fernando Baños Vallejo || La lactancia en la hagiografía y las revelaciones femeninas - el caso de Juana de la Cruz, Rebeca Sanmartín Bastida || Knowing Christ Incarnate - Late-Medieval Women (Constanza de Castilla, Isabel de Villena, and Teresa de Cartagena) Writing the Senses, Lesley K. Twomey || On the Sources and Contexts of Late Medieval Castilian Devotional Practice - Pain and Popular Piety in Gómez Manrique's Representación del nacimiento de Nuestro Señor, Andrew M. Beresford || Pignora Sanctorum - reliquias y devoción en Hispania tras la conquista musulmana, Ariel Guiance || The Legend of Saint George in Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid MS 10252, Sarah V. Buxton || Sobre la tradición catalana medieval de la vida de Julián y Basilisa, Marinela Garcia Sempere || Listening and Learning from Oria in Berceo's Vida de Santa Oria, Connie L. Scarborough || Lecturas devotas y prohibiciones inquisitoriales - el caso de las vidas de María, Carme Arronis Llopis || La Vita Christi de Ludolfo de Sajonia y la Imago Pietatis - un ejemplo de complementariedad discursiva, Lluís Ramon i Ferrer || Mary's Virginity in Ramon Llull's Libre de Santa Maria, Sarah Jane Boss.
(Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World, 66)
Item Number: 149179
Title: The 8 Brokens : Chinese Bapo Painting
Author: Berliner, Nancy
Record created on 06/19/18
Description: Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 160pp., 75 color illus.
Summary: Developed during the mid-19th century in China, the bapo (or "eight brokens") painting genre combines ingeniously realistic depictions of antique documents, such as calligraphies, rubbings, paintings and pages from old books, sometimes alongside everyday contemporary ephemera, including advertisements, receipts and postmarked envelopes. The resulting, seemingly haphazard, overlapping compositions contain coded reflections on the decay of cultural traditions, or wishes for the recipient's good fortune. Widespread in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, bapo was never popular with the upper echelons of the Chinese art world, and as a result was never recorded in art-history texts or mentioned by cultural critics. It became a lost branch of Chinese art—almost completely forgotten for the past 60 years. This book explores the origins of bapo in Chinese visual culture and traces how it blossomed into an intriguing and inventive tradition in the hands of many artists.
Item Number: 148591
Title: Stick to the Skin : African American and Black British Art, 1965-2015
Author: Bernierr, Celeste-Marie
Record created on 04/05/18
Description: Berkeley: University of California Press, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 344pp., 99 color illus.
Summary: The first comparative history of African American and Black British artists, artworks, and art movements, Stick to the Skin traces the lives and works of over fifty twentieth- and twenty-first-century painters, photographers, sculptors, and mixed-media assemblage, installation, video, and performance artists. Working in the United States and Britain from 1965 to 2015, the African diasporic artists featured in this book cut to the heart of hidden histories, untold narratives, and missing memories to tell stories that “stick to the skin” and arrive at a new “Black lexicon of liberation.” Informed by extensive research and invaluable oral testimonies from the artists themselves, Celeste-Marie Bernier's writing sheds light on African American and Black British art-making traditions and presents an extremely important intervention not only into European histories of modern and contemporary art and visual culture but also into debates within African American studies, African diasporic studies, and Black British studies. This remarkable text forcibly asserts the originality and importance of Black artists’ work over this period, and underscores the need to understand Black art as a distinctive category of cultural production. Among the artists included are Benny Andrews, Bessie Harvey, Lubaina Himid, Claudette Johnson, Noah Purifoy, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Joyce J. Scott, Maud Sulter, and Barbara Walker.
(Ahmanson Murphy Imprint in Fine Arts)
Item Number: 147714
Title: BERNINI disegnatore: nuove prospettive di ricerca
Author: Ebert-Schifferer, Sybille ; Tod A. Marder ; Sebastian Schütze (eds)
Price: $77.00 Original Price: $110.00
Record created on 12/23/17
Description: Roma: Campisano, 2017. 24cm., pbk., 404pp., ca. 230 illus.
Summary: I disegni del Bernini offrono una prospettiva privilegiata, un’opportunità di affrontare l’arte del cavaliere nella sua universalità come scultore, pittore e architetto, ma anche come inventore per le arti decorative, e ci permettono uno sguardo intimo nel laboratorio del genio, capace di adattare le sue invenzioni a circostanze in continua evoluzione e alle domande pressanti dei suoi committenti. Mentre l’esecuzione dei grandi progetti era delegata sempre più a una schiera di collaboratori altamente specializzati, il tratto personalissimo dei disegni ci riporta alla mano e al pensiero del Bernini. Sono disegni preparatori che fanno trasparire l’iter concettuale di occasioni grandi e piccole, ma anche studi di struggente naturalismo, ritratti parlanti di straordinaria vivacità e quei grandi disegni autonomi dell’ultimo Bernini, ormai non più semplice segno grafico ma strumento di contemplazione mistica. Contents: 1. Storiografia e storia dei fondi berniniani - Brauer and Wittkower and the Corpus Berninianum, Susan Klaiber, Tod A. Marder - Wittkower, Bernini e il Gran Teatro del Barocco: il 'progettar disegnando', la Verità e l'esempio del Pantheon, Marcello Fagiolo - I disegni di Giovan Lorenzo Bernini nelle collezioni dell'Istituto Centrale per la Grafica: considerazioni sul volume Gualtieri-Corsini, Rita Bernini - I disegni di Bernini e della sua scuola nella Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Barbara Jatta - Il disegno nell'epistolario di Giovan Lorenzo Bernini, Giovanni Morello - 2. Tipologia dei disegni - Bernini and the Creative Process: The Presentation Drawings, Louise Rice - I disegni del Cavaliere: l'arte del dono e i suoi rituali tra amicizia, familiarità e grande diplomazia, Sebastian Schütze - Le fontane di Bernini: disegni e bozzetti, Maria Grazia Bernardini - Bernini e il disegno di architettura, Elisabeth Kieven - Die 'fehlenden' Architekturzeichnungen Berninis. Kunstgeschichtliche Probleme und Verallgemeinerungen: Berninis 'kursierende Gedanken', Werner Oechslin - Bernini per Parigi: disegnare progetti 'dal vero', Daniela Del Pesco - 3. Progetto e progettazione - 'Quatuor columnis non plus ultra': Giovan Lorenzo Bernini e i disegni per il baldacchino di San Pietro a Roma (1624-1633), Maria Grazia D'Amelio - Bernini inventore. Disegni berniniani per arti decorative, Francesco Petrucci - A Proposal for Two Drawings by Bernini in Leipzig, Ann Sutherland Harris - Giovan Lorenzo Bernini e l'elefante della Minerva: la storia e i personaggi attraverso i disegni della Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Manuela Gobbi.
Item Number: 104424
Title: BERNINI : All His Works from All Over the World
Author: Zanella, Andrea (ed)
Price: $1.35 Original Price: $13.50
Record created on 12/02/09
Description: Roma: Palombi, 2007. 24cm., pbk., 80pp. illus., several in color. English text.
Item Number: 149385
Title: Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now
Author: Besaw, Mindy N. (et al)
Record created on 08/01/18
Description: Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2018. 31cm., hardcover, 200p. illus. Exhibition held at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville.
Summary: Art for a New Understanding, an exhibition from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opening this October, seeks to radically expand and reposition the narrative of American art since 1950 by charting a history of the development of contemporary Indigenous art from the United States and Canada, beginning when artists moved from more regionally-based conversations and practices to national and international contemporary art contexts. This accompanying book documents and expands on the histories and themes of this exciting exhibition. This fully illustrated volume includes essays by art historians and historians and reflections by the artists included in the collection. Also included are key contemporary writings—from the 1950s onward—by artists, scholars, and critics, investigating the themes of transculturalism and pan-Indian identity, traditional practices conducted in radically new ways, displacement, forced migration, shadow histories, the role of personal mythologies as a means to reimagine the future, and much more. As both a survey of the development of Indigenous art from the 1950s to the present and a consideration of Native artists within contemporary art more broadly, Art for a New Understanding expands the definition of American art and sets the tone for future considerations of the subject. It is an essential publication for any institution or individual with an interest in contemporary Native American art, and an invaluable resource in ongoing scholarly considerations of the American contemporary art landscape at large.
Item Number: 146377
Title: Picture Industry : A Provisional History of the Technical Image (1844–2017)
Author: Beshty, Walead (ed)
Record created on 08/02/17
Description: Zurich: JRP|Ringier, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 864pp., 370 color, 220 b&w illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: Curated by Walead Beshty, the exhibition "Picture Industry" explores the rich history of mechanically reproduced imagery from the 19th century to the present. It reflects upon transformations in the production, distribution, and consumption of photographic images as realized through its varied constructions of the corporeal, from its origin as a scientific tool and means of cultural investigation to its phenomenological effects on the viewer. The exhibition complexifies traditional accounts of the medium, drawing on its application in science and the humanities to contemporary art, and includes works and photographic documents by over 100 artists and practitioners spanning the late 19th century to the present. To accompany and extend the exhibition, "Picture Industry—A Provisional History of the Technical Image, 1844–2018" is a major anthology of historic and contemporary writings by over 200 contributors, providing a rigorous and expansive survey of the photographic medium from its inception to now. It offers a resource through which to consider dominant threads in aesthetic theory, including selections from structuralist and poststructuralist explorations of representation, to German media theory, the study of cultural techniques, and the still-burgeoning realm of new media theory. Rather than attempting a definitive history, the publication posits an alternative approach to the myriad questions and debates associated with representation, presenting its technological history as inextricable from the social history of media, and staging this through the complex and multivalent relationship between the photographic image and the body, whether the body of the viewer, or that of the image. It includes excerpts and reprints of seminal texts, facsimiles of historical publications, and a series of edited conversations with artists Stan Douglas, Hito Steyerl, Martha Rosler, and Stephen Shore.
Item Number: 148727
Title: The World through Roman Eyes : Anthropological Approaches to Ancient Culture
Author: Bettini, Maurizio (et al)
Record created on 04/20/18
Description: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. 25cm., hardcover, 482pp. illus.
Summary: The culmination of a project aimed at showcasing, in a systematic way, the potential of applying anthropological perspectives to classical studies, this volume highlights the fundamental contribution this approach has to make to our understanding of ancient Roman culture. Through the close study of themes such as myth, polytheism, sacrifice, magic, space, kinship, the gift, friendship, economics, animals, plants, riddles, metaphors, and images in Roman society (often in comparison with Greece) – where the texts of ancient culture are allowed to speak in their own terms and where the experience of the “natives” (rather than the horizon of the observer) is privileged – a rich panorama emerges of the worldview, beliefs, and deep structures that shaped and guided this culture.
Contents: 1. Comparison, Maurizio Bettini. 2. Metaphors, William Michael Short. 3. Polytheism, Gabriella Pironti & Micol Perfigli. 4. Myth, Maurizio Bettini. 5. Sacrifice, Francesca Prescendi. 6. Witches, Laura Cherubini. 7. Kinship, Mario Lentano. 8. Friendship and the Gift, Renata Raccanelli & Lucia Beltrami. 9. Economy, Cristiano Viglietti. 10. Space, Gianluca De Sanctis. 11. Animals, Cristiana Franco. 12. Plants, Svetlana Hautala. 13. Images, Giuseppe Pucci. 14. Signs, Giovanni Manetti. 15. Riddles, Simone Beta.
Item Number: 148728
Title: City and Society in the Low Countries, 1100-1600
Author: Blonde, Bruno (et al)
Record created on 04/20/18
Description: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. 25cm., hardcover, 316pp.
Summary: The Low Countries was collectively one of the earliest and most heavily urbanised societies in European history. Present-day Belgium and the Netherlands still share important common features, such as comparatively low income inequalities, high levels of per capita income, a balanced political structure, and a strong 'civil society'. This book traces the origins of this specific social model in medieval patterns of urbanisation, while also searching for explanations for the historical reproduction of social inequalities. Access to cheap inland river navigation and to the sea generated a 'river delta' urbanisation that explains the persistence of a decentralised urban economic network, marked by intensive cooperation and competition and by the absence of real metropolises. Internally as well, powerful checks and balances prevented money and power from being concentrated. Ultimately, however, the utmost defining characteristic of the Low Countries' urban cultures was located in their resilient middle classes.
Contents: 1. City and society in the Low Countries. Urbanisation and urban historiography, Bruno Blondé, Marc Boone and Anne-Laure Van Bruaene. 2. Economic vitality: urbanisation, regional complementarity and European interaction, Wim Blockmans, Bert De Munck and Peter Stabel. 3. Living together in the city: social relationships between norm and practice, Bruno Blondé, Frederik Buylaert, Jan Dumolyn, Jord Hanus and Peter Stabel. 4. 'The common good': governance, discipline and political culture, Marc Boone and Jelle Haemers. 5. Civic religion: community, identity and religious transformation, Guido Marnef and Anne-Laure Van Bruaene. 6. Urban space: infrastructure, technology and power, Claire Billen and Chloé Deligne. 7. At home in the city: the dynamics of material culture, Inneke Baatsen, Bruno Blondé, Julie De Groot and Isis Sturtewagen. 8. Education and knowledge: theory and practice in an urban context, Bert De Munck and Hilde De Ridder-Symoens. 9. Epilogue. The legacy of the medieval city in the Low Countries, Bruno Blondé, Marc Boone and Anne-Laure van Bruaene.
Item Number: 148905
Title: Alexander the Great : From His Death to the Present Day
Author: Boardman, John
Record created on 05/14/18
Description: Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019. 24cm., hardcover, 176pp., 8 color, 36 b&w illus.
Summary: An illustrious scholar presents an elegant, concise, and generously illustrated exploration of Alexander the Great’s representations in art and literature through the ages. John Boardman is one of the world’s leading authorities on ancient Greece, and his acclaimed books command a broad readership. In this book, he looks beyond the life of Alexander the Great in order to examine the astonishing range of Alexanders created by generations of authors, historians, and artists throughout the world—from Scotland to China. Alexander’s defeat of the Persian Empire in 331 BC captured the popular imagination, inspiring an endless series of stories and representations that emerged shortly after his death and continues today. An art historian and archaeologist, Boardman draws on his deep knowledge of Alexander and the ancient world to reflect on the most interesting and emblematic depictions of this towering historical figure. Some of the stories in this book relate to historical events associated with Alexander’s military career and some to the fantasy that has been woven around him, and Boardman relates each with his customary verve and erudition. From Alexander’s biographers in ancient Greece to the illustrated Alexander “Romances” of the Middle Ages to operas, films, and even modern cartoons, this generously illustrated volume takes readers on a fascinating cultural journey as it delivers a perfect pairing of subject and author.
Item Number: 149507
Title: Amazing! MEL BOCHNER Prints : From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
Author: Vaughan, Carolyn (ed)
Record created on 09/10/18
Description: Portland: Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, 2018. 29cm., hardcover, 256pp., 220 illus.
Summary: For more than 50 years, American conceptualist Mel Bochner (born 1940) has been shaping dialogs between art and language through exhibition concepts, paintings and sculptures that embrace systems and structures to reveal their cracks and limitations, undermining the means we use to comprehend the world. Bochner created his first prints in 1973 at the invitation of publisher Robert Feldman of Parasol Press (who introduced a generation of minimalist and conceptual artists to printmaking through his work at Crown Point Press). Since then, Bochner has employed many different forms of printmaking, using and abusing its material possibilities and its unpredictability to counter the methodical fashion in which plates and stencils are cut, characters per line are fixed, or print runs set. This volume surveys Bochner's longstanding engagement with various types of printmaking, from aquatints to monoprints.
Item Number: 146623
Title: Rire en images à la Renaissance
Author: Bodart, Didier ; F. Alberti (eds)
Record created on 08/30/17
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Description: Turnhout: Brepols, 2018. 28cm., pbk., 552pp., 214 color, 76 b&w illus.
Contents: Daniel Ménager, Les plaisirs du rire dans la littérature de la Renaissance ; Francesca Alberti, Diane H. Bodart,Introduction ; Bert W. Meijer, Dessins grotesques et ridicules sur le support des peintures (XIV e-XVI e siècles) ; Valérie Boudier, Rire de la mauvaise humeur avec Bartolomeo Passerotti ; Diane H. Bodart, Pour une proto-histoire de la caricature politique ; Sandra Cheng, Ridiculous Portraits - comic ugliness and early modern caricature ; Francesco Porzio, Per il linguaggio del comico figurativo - il lessico metaforico delle "pitture ridicole" ; Michel Hochmann, 'Des bizarreries de chat et d'autres fantaisies' - le chat dans les tableaux comiques de la Renaissance ; Thomas Fusenig, Hans von Aachen, laughter and early Italian Genre Painting ; Philippe Morel, Rire avec les grotesques à la Renaissance ; Malcolm Jones, Facete and befitting pictures - humour in the prints and paintings of the English Renaissance, c.1550-c.1650 ; Paolo Procaccioli, Santa Nafissa. Per una tipologia della scrittura d'arte en comique ; Emmanuelle Hénin, Des peintures comiques malgré elles - à propos d'une distinction de Paleotti ; Patricia Simons, Dicks and stones - double-sided humour in a maiolica dish of 1536 ; Tommaso Mozzati, Ridere a bocca piena. La Compagnia del Paiuolo e le sculture di cibo ; Maurice Brock, Quelques enfants amusants dans la peinture religieuse de Lorenzo Lotto ; Angelica Tschachtli, Un sourire qui intrigue - les expressions faciales du buste funéraire de Leonardo Salutati par Mino da Fiesole ; Francesca Alberti, Ridente Redentore - le rire de l'Enfant-Jésus dans l'art italien de la Renaissance ; José Emilio Burucúa, Juegos de niños y conocimiento adulto en el Renacimiento europeo ; Dennis Geronimus, Northern Exposure - Pontormo, Dürer and the humor of the body ; Henri Keazor, Unexplained Laughter - The role of humor, wit and laughing in the painterly reform of the Carracci ; Elinor Myara Kelif, Traditions burlesque et populaire du mythe de l'âge d'or chez Pieter Bruegel et Bernard Salomon ; Nicola Suthor, Braccelli's Bizzarie - a distinctive form of Commedia dell'Arte ; Paul Barolsky, Smiles of delight and pleasures of play in Italian Renaissance art.
(The Body in Art)
Item Number: 148743
Title: Late Gothic Architecture : Its Evolution, Extinction, and Reception
Author: Bork, Robert
Record created on 04/24/18
Description: Turnhout: Brepols, 2018. 28cm., pbk., 552pp., 32 color, 337 b&w illus.
Summary: In this book, Robert Bork offers a sweeping reassessment of late Gothic architecture and its fate in the Renaissance. In a chronologically organized narrative covering the whole of western and central Europe, he demonstrates that the Gothic design tradition remained inherently vital throughout the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, creating spectacular monuments in a wide variety of national and regional styles. Bork argues that the displacement of this Gothic tradition from its long-standing position of artistic leadership in the years around 1500 reflected the impact of three main external forces: the rise of a rival architectural culture that championed the use of classical forms with a new theoretical sophistication; the appropriation of that architectural language by patrons who wished to associate themselves with papal and imperial Rome; and the chaos of the Reformation, which disrupted the circumstances of church construction on which the Gothic tradition had formerly depended. Bork further argues that art historians have much to gain from considering the character and fate of late Gothic architecture, not only because the monuments in question are intrinsically fascinating, but also because examination of the way their story has been told-and left untold, in many accounts of the Northern Renaissance-can reveal a great deal about schemes of categorization and prioritization that continue to shape the discipline even in the twenty-first century.
Contents: Introduction: The Anti-Gothic Turn. Chapter 1: Getting the Point-Antiquity to 1300. Chapter 2: From Gothic to Late Gothic-1300 to 1350. Chapter 3: The Evolution of Late Gothic-1350 to 1400. Chapter 4: The Antique Mode and its Gothic Context-1400 to 1450. Chapter 5: Polarized Modernisms-1450 to 1500. Chapter 6: Collision and Hybridity-1500 to 1525. Chapter 7: Purge and Extinction-1525 to 1575. Epilogue: The legacy of the Anti-Gothic Turn.
(Architectura Medii Aevi, 10)
Item Number: 115972
Title: ALFONS BORRELL : Obre sobre paper 1956-2010
Author: Perejaume ; Oriol Vilapuig (et al)
Price: $15.00 Original Price: $75.00
Record created on 10/28/11
Description: Barcelona: MACBA, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Fundacio Palau, 2011. 26 x 22cm., pbk., 111pp. illus., most in color. Spanish-English text. Exhibition catalogue.
Item Number: 148911
Title: WILLIAM BOUGUEREAU : The Essential Works
Author: Ross, Kara Lysandra ; Frederick C. Ross
Record created on 05/14/18
Description: Woodbridge: Antique Collectors Club, 2018. 29cm., hardcover, 240pp., 200 color illus.
Summary: William Bouguereau, the most popular artist in nineteenth-century France, is rapidly becoming one of the most popular realist artists of all time. This book is an exploration of the four main types of paintings that were most prevalent throughout Bouguereau's body of work. This includes his mythological works, religious works, peasants, and portraits. This final section on portraits focuses on paintings of heads and hands, which gave the artist the opportunity to concentrate on the subtleties of capturing human emotion, something at which the artist was a consummate master, and is a primary factor in what makes his works, in general, so compelling. Although each section of the book discusses the importance of the individual genera within Bouguereau's oeuvre, and includes painting analyses to highlight his most important works, this book is a true showcase of the master's lifetime achievement through beautifully illustrated full-page plates of over 120 of his greatest masterpieces.
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