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Item Number: 149153
Title: JOHN AKOMFRAH
Author: Carrion-Murayari, Gary (et al)
Record created on 06/18/2018
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: 147704
Title: Jüdisch-christliche Buchmalerei im Spätmittelalter : Aschkenasische Haggadah-Handschriften aus Süddeutschland und Norditalien
Author: Amirov, Franziska ; Wolfgang Augustyn (ed)
Record created on 12/23/2017
Description: Berlin: Deutscher Verlag für Kunstwissenschaft, 2018. 30cm., hardcover, 304pp., 127 color, 261 b&w illus.
Summary: In spätmittelalterlichen Buchwerkstätten arbeiteten jüdische und christliche Buchhand-werker gemeinsam an jüdischen Handschriften. So fanden christliche Malstile und Bildmotive ihren Weg in die illuminierten Ausgaben. Illuminierte hebräische Handschriften des 15. Jahrhunderts sind leuchtende Zeitzeugen einer interreligiösen Zusammenarbeit von jüdischen und christlichen Buchmalern Geschulte jüdische Schreiber, die sogenannten Soferim, schrieben den Text auf die Pergamentseiten. Die Illustrationen wurden danach von Buchmalern ausgeführt, die jedoch nicht jüdisch sein mussten. Mit Hilfe eines jüdischen Beraters konnten auch Christen die Illustrationen an den richtigen Textstellen einfügen. Die gemeinsame Arbeit von Juden und Christen an jüdischen Handschriften stellt Franziska Amirov in diesem Buch erstmals ausführlich dar. Zahlreiche Abbildungen verdeutlichen den jüdisch-christlichen Motiv- und Stilaustausch während der gemeinsamen Arbeit. In hebräischen Handschriften konnten zum Beispiel Stileinflüsse der christlichen Buchmaler Johannes Bämler aus Augsburg oder Berthold Furtmeyr aus Regensburg gefunden werden. Der jüdische Schreiber und Buchbinder Meir ben Israel Jaffe hat in Ulm und Nürnberg gearbeitet, während Joel ben Simeon zwischen Süddeutschland und Norditalien hin und her reiste.
Contents: PESSACH-HAGGADAH | HAGGADAH SCHEL PESSACH - Eine Erzählung von der Überschreitung - Die aschkenasische Haggadah: Eine Nacherzählung - Die Vorbereitungen - Das Fest beginnt. HISTORISCHES, ZIELSETZUNG UND FORSCHUNGSSTAND - Jüdisches Leben im Spätmittelalter - Historische Voraussetzungen - Zielsetzung und Vorgehen - Forschungsüberblick: Aschkenasische Haggadot im 15. Jahrhundert - Allgemeiner Forschungsüberblick - Übersicht und spezifische Informationen zu ausgewählten Handschriften. EINE FRAGE DES MOTIVS: CHRISTLICHE IKONOGRAFIE IN HAGGADAH-HANDSCHRIFTEN - Die Darmstädter Haggadah: Die Jungfrau, Mirjam und gelehrte Frauen - Übliche Haggadah-Ikonografie mit kleinen Veränderungen: Kiddusch und Dank an Gott - Unübliche Darstellungen mit auffälliger Ikonografie: - Lesende und Gelehrte - Darstellungen lesender Frauen: Die Jungfrau Maria in der Haggadah? - Dekorative Tier- und Fabelwesengestaltungen - Eine Badeszene am Ende der Haggadah - Die Münchner Haggadah: Das Pferd, das eigentlich ein Esel sein sollte - Beschreibung und Vergleich der Haggadah-Illustrationen - Christliche Ikonografien in der Münchner Haggadah - Die I. Cincinnati-Haggadah: Landsknechte, Kirchengelehrte und ein melancholischer Sohn - Beschreibung der Illustrationen im Vergleich zu jüdischen Motiven im Textzusammenhang - Ikonografische Anpassung[en]: Vergleich mit christlichen Motiven - Das Motiv der höfischen Jagd in der Haggadah: 'Jag den Has' und 'Jag den Hirsch' - Die Ikonografie der Jagd in christlichen Handschriften des 13.-15. Jahrhunderts - 'Jag den Hirsch' in der Darmstädter Haggadah: Die Parforcejagd - Jag den Has' in Haggadot: Aschkenasi-Haggadah und I. Cincinnati-Haggadah im Vergleich. EINE FRAGE DES STILS: CHRISTLICHER ODER JÜDISCHER ILLUSTRATIONSSTIL? - Darmstädter Haggadah: Ein fragmentarisches Stil- und Bildprogramm - Figuren - Ornament- und Rahmengestaltung - Architekturelemente - Die Münchner Haggadah: Räumliche und zeitliche Zuordnung des Stils - Bestandsaufnahme der Figuren und Ornamentik in der Münchner Haggadah - Berthold Furtmeyr und die Münchner Haggadah - Die Aschkenasi- und I. Cincinnati-Haggadah: Jüdische Buchmaler in Ulm und Augsburg - Zur Herstellungsgeschichte der Aschkenasi-Haggadah - Händescheidung und Anmerkungen zum Stil - Aschkenasi-Haggadah - Händescheidung und Stile in der I. Cincinnati-Haggadah - Joel ben Simeon: Jüdisches Fleuronné? - Vorläufige Bestandsaufnahme der Joel-Handschriften mit Masken und Fleuronné - Vergleiche von Maskenfleuronné: jüdisches oder christliches Fleuronné? - Fleuronné und Initialwortgestaltungen als Mittel der Zuschreibung? - Weiterführende Stilanalysen von Joel-Handschriften. EXKURS: NOTIZEN, EIN LAIENKÜNSTLER UND POLEMISCHE KOMMENTARE ZU PESSACH - Die Stuttgarter Haggadah: Studium der Haggadah und Joel ben Simeon - Notizen in der Stuttgarter Haggadah - Ein Exkurs zu den Stuttgarter Haggadah-Illustrationen - Die Münchner Haggadah: Blutige Mazzah zu Pessach - Forschungsüberblick zum Kommentar in der Münchner Haggadah - Zusammenfassung und Teilübersetzungen des Kommentars - Ritualmordprozess in Trient - Ostern und Pessach. SCHLUSSBETRACHTUNGEN - Motive - Stil - Forschungsperspektiven. ENGLISH SUMMARY. ANHANG I: Kodikologie der primär bearbeiteten Haggadot. ANHANG II: Tabellen - Tabelle 1: Joel ben Simeons Handschriften - Tabelle 2: Illustrationen & Händescheidung - Aschkenasi-Haggadah - Tabelle 3: Stuttgarter Haggadah - christliche Notizen.
(Neue Forschungen zur deutschen Kunst, 13)
Item Number: 149453
Title: The Occult in Modernist Art, Literature, and Cinema
Author: Bauduin, Tessel M. ; Henrik Johnsson (eds)
Record created on 08/27/2018
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: 149277
Title: DAWOUD BEY : Seeing Deeply
Author: Bey, Dawoud (et al)
Record created on 07/09/2018
Description: Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018. 29cm., hardcover, 400pp., 129 color, 136 b&w images.
Summary: Recipient of a 2017 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” Dawoud Bey has created a body of photography that masterfully portrays the contemporary American experience on its own terms and in all of its diversity. Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply offers a forty-year retrospective of the celebrated photographer’s work, from his early street photography in Harlem to his current images of Harlem gentrification. Photographs from all of Bey’s major projects are presented in chronological sequence, allowing viewers to see how the collective body of portraits and recent landscapes create an unparalleled historical representation of various communities in the United States. Leading curators and critics—Sarah Lewis, Deborah Willis, David Travis, Hilton Als, Jacqueline Terrassa, Rebecca Walker, Maurice Berger, and Leigh Raiford—introduce each series of images. Revealing Bey as the natural heir of such renowned photographers as Roy DeCarava, Walker Evans, Gordon Parks, and James Van Der Zee, Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply demonstrates how one man’s search for community can produce a stunning portrait of our common humanity
Contents: Introduction. The Art of Negotiation by Sarah Lewis ; Harlem, U.S.A. Framing Harlem by Deborah Willis ; Small Camera Work. The Daily Miracle by David Travis ; Black-and-White Type 55 Polaroid Street Portraits. Young Man at a Tent Revival by Hilton Als ; 20 × 24 Polaroid Works. From the Streets into the Studio by Dawoud Bey ; Class Pictures. What Is the "Work"? by Jacqueline Terrassa ; Strangers/Community. For Now. by Rebecca Walker ; The Birmingham Project. A Remembrance of Lives Lost by Maurice Berger ; Harlem Redux. Harlem Redux by Leigh Raiford.
Item Number: 147416
Title: The Great East Window of York Minster : An English Masterpiece
Author: Brown, Sarah
Record created on 11/26/2017
Description: London: Third Millennium, 2018. 25cm., hardcover, 272pp. text and catalogue with numerous color illus.
Summary: After an immense process of careful restoration and conservation, the outstanding artistry of the Great East Window is revealed afresh through state-of-the art photography that captures the complete sequence of major panels, in corrected placements, for the very first time. At the size of a tennis court, it is the largest single expanse of medieval stained glass in Britain and one of the largest medieval windows ever made. This visual feast is brought to life by expert author Sarah Brown, who explores the history, artistry, meaning and restoration of the window, revealing new insights on a fragile masterpiece that has been described as England's Sistine Chapel. Ground breaking new research has shed exciting new light on the window's complex narratives, relating its story to the Minster's history and liturgy. The Great East Window of York Minster explores the window's biblical presentation of the beginning and end of time, the window's relationships with other media and the technical processes behind its creation. This stunning, illustrated hardback presents an engaging contextual analysis of the window's unequivocal position as an English masterpiece.
Contents: A Miraculous Survivor - A Brief History of the Great East Window ; John Thornton and his Patrons ; The Conservation of a Medieval Masterpiece ; Sacred Time and Place - The Meaning of the Great East Window ; Catalogue of Panels.
Item Number: 147987
Title: The Sacred Home in Renaissance Italy
Author: Brundin, Abigail ; Deborah Howard ; Mary Laven
Record created on 01/26/2018
Description: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 400pp., more than 200 b&w illus.
Summary: The Sacred Home in Renaissance Italy explores private devotional life in the Italian Renaissance home between 1400 and 1600, and suggests that piety was not confined to the church and the convent but infused daily life within the household. Books, buildings, objects, spaces, images, and archival sources help to cast light on the role of religion in the home. Acts of devotion, from routine prayers to extraordinary religious experiences such as miracles and visions, frequently took place at home amid the joys and trials of domestic life--childbirth, marriage, infertility, sickness, accidents, poverty, and death. The study moves beyond traditional research on the Renaissance in important ways. Firstly, it breaks free from the usual focus on Venice, Florence, and Rome to investigate practices of piety across the Italian peninsula. In particular, new research into the city of Naples, the Marche, and the Venetian mainland offers fresh insights into the devotional life of the laity. Moreover, it goes beyond the study of elites to include artisanal and lower-status households, and reveals gender and age as factors that powerfully conditioned religious experience. Drawing on a wide range of textual, material, and visual sources, this book recovers a host of lost voices and compelling narratives at the intersection between the divine and the everyday. Its multidisciplinary approach enables unprecedented glimpses through the key-hole into the spiritual lives of Renaissance Italians.
Contents: 1. Regional perspectives. 2. House and home. 3. Prayer and meditation. 4. Sacred Stuff. 5. Reading at home. 6. The Devotional Eye. 7. Printing and Piety. 8. Miracles. 9. Thresholds.
Item Number: 147862
Title: The Charterhouse of Bruges: Jan Van Eyck, Petrus Christus, and Jan Vos
Author: Capron, Emma ; Maryan Ainsworth ; Till-Holger Borchert
Record created on 01/11/2018
Description: London: Giles, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 160pp. illus. Exhibition held at the Frick Museum, New York.
Summary: This book celebrates the reunion, for the first time in twenty-four years and only the second time in their history, of two masterpieces of early Netherlandish painting commissioned by the Carthusian monk Jan Vos during his tenure as prior of the Charterhouse of Bruges in the 1440s: the Frick Collection’s Virgin and Child with St. Barbara, St. Elizabeth, and Jan Vos (commissioned from Jan van Eyck and completed by his workshop) and the Gemäldegalerie’s Virgin and Child with St. Barbara and Jan Vos (painted by Petrus Christus). These works are examined with a selection of objects that place them in the rich Carthusian context for which they were created. Drawing on a recent campaign of technical examination and new archival research, this lavishly illustrated, scholarly volume explores the works’ creation, patronage, function, and reception, offering a focused look at devotional and artistic practices in Bruges during the mid-fifteenth century. This is a significant contribution to the body of published knowledge of the role played by images in shaping monastic life and funerary strategies in late medieval Europe.
Contents: Being There - Jan van Eyck and Petrus Christus in Bruges by Till-Holger Borchert ; Collecting Jan van Eyck from Europe to America by Emma Capron ; Paintings, Prayers, and Salvation - The Jan Vos Virgins in Context by Emma Capron ; Attribution Mysteries of the Virgin and Child with Saints Barbara and Elizabeth and Jan Vos by Maryan W. Ainsworth ; Checklist of the Exhibition.
Item Number: 148954
Title: Utrecht, CARAVAGGGIO, and Europe
Author: Ebert, Bernd ; Liesbeth M. Helmus (eds)
Record created on 05/21/2018
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Description: Munich: Hirmer, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, ca. 300pp., 270 color illus. Exhibition held at Centraal Museum, Utrecht (then to Alte Pinakothek, Munich). English edition.
Summary: At the start of the Dutch Golden Age, Rome was the centre of the world. Young painters from across Europe made their way to the Eternal City, where - so the rumour went - the painter Caravaggio had caused a revolution. A new realism in the art of painting, unparalleled drama, grand gestures and mysteries of light: everyone wanted to see it for themselves. Among them were the Utrecht painters Dirck van Baburen, Hendrick ter Brugghen and Gerard van Honthorst. During the heyday of European Caravaggism, between 1600-1630, some 2700 artists were listed in Rome, of which 572 were foreigners. They all visited the same churches and viewed the same collections. They conversed with each other, and of course they painted! And they painted the same themes, used the same sources of inspiration, but the works they produced were nonetheless very different. Utrecht, Caravaggio and Europe examines precisely these differences between the European followers of Caravaggio. By presenting the works on the basis of themes, it is immediately evident how each artist remained rooted in his own cultural background. Utrecht, Caravaggio and Europe brings the Rome of 1600 to 1630 to Utrecht. Presenting seventy masterpieces, this exhibition is the first to display the Utrecht Caravaggists alongside their European counterparts: the Italian painters Caravaggio, Bartolomeo Manfredi, Cecco da Caravaggio, Giovanni Antonio Galli (Lo Spadarino), Giovanni Serodine, Orazio Borgianni and Orazio Gentileschi, the Spaniard Jusepe de Ribera, the French Nicolas Régnier, Nicolas Tournier, Simon Vouet and Valentin de Boulogne, and the Flemish Gerard Seghers and Theodoor Rombouts. The exhibition comprises over sixty loan pieces, from museum and private collections across Europe and the United States, including the Vatican Museums, the Louvre (Paris), the Galleria degli Uffizi (Florence), the National Gallery of Art of London and the National Gallery of Art of Washington DC, but also from churches in Rome. The paintings by the Utrecht Caravaggists are so recognisably Dutch, because they took Caravaggio's realism one step further. Baburen and Ter Brugghen also painted the ugly sides of reality: monstrous noses, rotten teeth, dirty fingernails. Ter Brugghen even has the questionable honour of having painted the ugliest but also the most realistic baby in seventeenth century art. Gerard van Honthorst was very successful in Rome. Honthorst's invention of illuminating his scenes from a hidden, indirect source of light became so famous that he was nicknamed 'Gherardo delle Notti': Gerard of the Nights. Just like Dirck van Baburen, he received important commissions for altar pieces, and works by both artists were purchased by important collectors such as Cardinal Giustiniani, who was also a patron of Caravaggio. Their paintings were hung in the halls of his palazzo, next to those of the Italian, Flemish, French and Spanish painters. The exhibitions follows the three Utrecht artists on their Roman adventure, demonstrates how this affected their work, and displays their most accomplished pieces.
Item Number: 149374
Title: Una Città, un'Accademia e l'Eredità Marattesca. La scuola ascolana di pittura tra XVII e XVIII secolo
Author: Coccia, Valentina
Price: $34.96 Original Price: $49.95
Record created on 08/01/2018
Description: Ancona: Il Lavoro, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 234pp. illus.
Summary: Era il 1834 quando Amico Ricci, con le sue Memorie storiche, aprì per la prima volta uno squarcio sulla realtà pittorica ascolana tra XVII e XVIII secolo, facendo riferimento all’Accademia aperta nella città di Ascoli Piceno da Ludovico Trasi, primo pittore di cultura barocca presente sul territorio e precoce divulgatore del linguaggio marattesco. Questo volume raccoglie il prezioso spunto offerto dallo studioso andando ad analizzare quel nutrito gruppo di artisti, finora pressoché ignoti, che aderirono a questa scuola (Luca Vitelli, Silvestro Mattei, Carlo Palucci, Giuseppe Angelini e Biagio Miniera), erroneamente considerati minori e secondari, in realtà laboriosi tessitori di quella fitta trama di sperimentazioni stilistiche, linguaggi e modelli sulla quale sono nate ed evolute le personalità più note – dal Trasi stesso, al Nardini, fino a Nicola Monti. Lo studio va dunque ad illuminare questa scuola pittorica – una scuola in dialogo costante con Roma e capace perciò di assorbirne i vitali impulsi figurativi – con numerose novità relative ai pittori e al loro operato, colmando il vuoto lasciato dalla letteratura artistica esistente in materia. Una scuola nella quale l’arte di Carlo Maratti risulta agire come una sorta di forza invisibile, che con maniacale operosità va ad insinuarsi nelle fessure di ogni tela, lungo lo scorrere di ogni pennellata, sin nelle più profonde trame del malconcio intreccio del più dimenticato stendardo processionale, riemergendo con sorprendente forza a rivendicare tutto il suo, indiscusso, primato.
Item Number: 147896
Title: Fonthill Recovered: A Cultural History
Author: Dakers, Caroline (ed)
Record created on 01/15/2018
Description: London: UCL Press, 2018. 25cm., hardcover, 406pp. illus.
Summary: Fonthill, in Wiltshire, is traditionally associated with the writer and collector William Beckford who built his Gothic fantasy house called Fonthill Abbey at the end of the eighteenth century. The collapse of the Abbey’s tower in 1825 transformed the name Fonthill into a symbol for overarching ambition and folly, a sublime ruin. Fonthill is, however, much more than the story of one man’s excesses. Beckford’s Abbey is only one of several important houses to be built on the estate since the early sixteenth century, all of them eventually consumed by fire or deliberately demolished, and all of them oddly forgotten by historians. Little now remains: a tower, a stable block, a kitchen range, some dressed stone, an indentation in a field. Fonthill Recovered draws on histories of art and architecture, politics and economics to explore the rich cultural history of this famous Wiltshire estate. The first half of the book traces the occupation of Fonthill from the Bronze Age to the twenty-first century. Some of the owners surpassed Beckford in terms of their wealth, their collections, their political power and even, in one case, their sexual misdemeanours. They include Charles I’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the richest commoner in the nineteenth century. The second half of the book consists of essays on specific topics, filling out such crucial areas as the complex history of the designed landscape, the sources of the Beckfords’ wealth and their collections, and one essay that features the most recent appearance of the Abbey in a video game.
Item Number: 149471
Title: Vatican Chapels
Author: Dal Co, Francesco (ed)
Record created on 08/29/2018
Description: Milan: Electa, 2018. 25cm., pbk., 372pp. illus. Exhibition catalogue. English text.
Summary: This unique publication, catalogue of the Holy See Pavilion at the XVI International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, presents ten chapels designed by ten of the most important contemporary architects whose work was inspired by the "chapel in the forest" built in the Stockholm Cemetery, in 1920, by the famous architect Gunnar Asplund. The chapel is defined as a place of orientation, encounter, and meditation created in a natural setting of a vast woodland and regarded as a metaphor of the pilgrimage of life. In light of this, the architects of the Holy See Pavilion have worked without following the commonly recognized reference models, as the number and variety of the projects presented illustrates.
(La Biennale di Venezia - 16. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura)
Item Number: 148416
Author: Allard, Sebastien (et al)
Record created on 03/20/2018
Description: New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 352pp., 275 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) created extraordinary paintings that were known for their dynamic color, brushwork, and movement as well as their original subject matter. This in-depth monograph, written by French and American experts, examines Delacroix’s engagement with the work of his predecessors, studies the effect of the artist’s prodigious life on his work, and explores his impact on Western painting. The artist’s fascination with the natural world, his interest in the Ottoman Empire, and the profound influence of his voyage to North Africa are analyzed and provide new insights into understanding and appreciating his unconventional subjects. Presenting many of Delacroix’s iconic canvases, such as The Women of Algiers in their Apartment, Liberty Leading the People, and Lion Hunt, as well as a generous selection of lesser-known works and rarely seen drawings and prints from international collections, this revelatory volume captures the full range and diversity of Delacroix’s genius, showing how this prolific and groundbreaking artist changed the course of European painting.
Item Number: 149107
Title: The Afterlife of the Roman City : Architecture and Ceremony in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
Author: Dey, Hendrik W
Record created on 06/13/2018
Description: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 291pp., 8 color, 12 b&w illus. Paperback reprint of 2014 edition.
Summary: This book offers a new and surprising perspective on the evolution of cities across the Roman Empire in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages (third to ninth centuries AD). It suggests that the tenacious persistence of leading cities across most of the Roman world is due, far more than previously thought, to the persistent inclination of kings, emperors, caliphs, bishops, and their leading subordinates to manifest the glory of their offices on an urban stage, before crowds of city dwellers. Long after the dissolution of the Roman Empire in the fifth century, these communal leaders continued to maintain and embellish monumental architectural corridors established in late antiquity, the narrow but grandiose urban itineraries, essentially processional ways, in which their parades and solemn public appearances consistently unfolded. Hendrik W. Dey's approach selectively integrates urban topography with the actors who unceasingly strove to animate it for many centuries.
Contents: 1. Introduction: urban living and the 'fall' of the Roman Empire. 2. New urban forms for a new empire: the third century and the genesis of the late antique city. 3. Ceremonial armatures: porticated streets and their architectural appendages. 4. 'Dark ages' and the afterlife of the classical city. 5. Postscript: architecture, ceremony, and monastic cities in Carolingian Francia.
Item Number: 149480
Title: An Anthropology of Contemporary Art : Practices, Markets, and Collectors
Author: Fillitz, Thomas ; Paul van der Grijp (eds)
Record created on 08/31/2018
Description: London: Bloomsbury, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 272pp. illus.
Contents: The Making of Images, Philippe Descola ; To Swallow or to Get Swallowed, This is the Question: On Viewing, Viewers and Frames in the Context of 'New' Images, Paolo S. H. Favero ; The Design of Pictorial Ontologies: From Unstitched Imaginaries to Stitched Images, Leyla Belkaïd-Neri ; How Global Art Came to Istanbul: The Context of the Istanbul Bienal, Danila Mayer ; Concepts of 'Art World' and the Particularity of the Biennale of Dakar, Thomas Fillitz ; Contemporary Art in a Renaissance Setting: The Local Art System in Florence, Italy, Stuart Plattner ; Brazil's Booming Art Market: Calculations, Images, and the Promotionof a Market of Contemporary Art, Dayana Zdebsky de Cordova ; Awkward Art and Difficult Heritage: Nazi Collectors and Postcolonial Archives, Jonas Tinius ; Collecting Art in Asia and the Pacific, Paul Van der Grijp ; Trespassing Borders: Encounters and Resistances in Performance Art, Alicja Khatchikian ; Contemporary Art in the Global South: Occupation // Participation // Knowledge, Alex Flynn ; The Idle Goddess: Notes about Post-Relational Anthropology and Art, Roger Sansi.
Item Number: 149335
Title: In Statu Quo: Structures of Negotiation
Author: Finkelman, Ifat (et al)
Record created on 07/20/2018
Description: Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz, 2018. 26cm., hardcover, 330pp., 293 illus. English text.
Summary: Architectures negotiating identities: The Israeli Pavilion. In the geopolitical context of the Holy Land, the combination of historical events, myths, and traditions has created an extraordinary concentration of holy places. Because of their supreme religious importance, many of these places have become arenas of bitter struggle between competing groups of religions and communities. The Israeli Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale focuses on this complex, fragile system of coexistence between rivals that has been established in the 19th Century: the Status Quo. The comprehensive publication opens a contemporary discussion of the topic, focusing on five major holy sites that encapsulate the spatio-political phenomenon of the Status Quo. Illustrated with architectural plans, archive documentation, images of the sites and works by visual artists, critical essays from various disciplines investigate the role of architecture and how these agreements have regulated and transformed space.
(La Biennale di Venezia - 16. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura)
Item Number: 147602
Title: THOMAS GAINSBOROUGH : The Modern Landscape
Author: Hoins, Katharina ; Christoph Vogtherr
Record created on 12/11/2017
Description: München: Hirmer, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 242pp., 148 color illus. Exhibition held at Hamburger Kunsthalle. English text.
Summary: Thomas Gainsborough (1727–88) is one of the great European painters of the 18th century. This volume is the first to present the English artist as a pivotal figure in the development of “modern” landscape painting, a genre in which his painterly experiments were particularly innovative. Gainsborough himself favoured landscape painting, a field to which he made important contributions, over his well-known portraits. His works are fascinating for their painterly subtlety and technical variation. This volume brings together German and British traditions of viewing, interpreting, and studying Gainsborough. It looks at the connections to the Dutch landscapes, explains Gainsborough’s unusual and experimental techniques from an art technological point of view, and situates his landscapes in the context of the social tensions of early industrialisation.
Item Number: 148874
Title: Contemplating Character: Portrait Drawings and Oil Sketches from Jacques-Louis David to Lucian Freud
Author: Johnson, Robert Flynn (et al)
Record created on 05/07/2018
Description: Berkeley: Roaring Forties Press, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 172pp. illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: Contemplating Character explores the evolution of portraiture from the end of the 18th century until the present. In contrast to portraiture as the tired flattery of the rich and powerful, the invigorating new movements of Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism that took hold of art at the end of the 18th century and into the 19th century were the result of a desire for a sense of "unvarnished truth," and a more honest and gritty incisiveness of depiction emerged. By the 20th century, the hallmark of the portrait was individuality; the sense of "personality" was primary, whether stylistically Post-Impressionist, Expressionist, Surrealist, or Realist.
The book is divided into seven sections: Artist Self-Portraits, including Gustave Dore, Richard ("Mad") Dadd, Adolf von Menzel, Roderic O'Conor, Antonio Mancini, Edouard Vuillard, Leon Spillaert , Frank Brangwyn, Dora Maar, David Levine, and Alfred Hitchcock ; Portraits of Artists, including portraits of Jacques-Louis David by Delafontaine and J. B. Isabey, Henry Fuseli by William Etty, William Blake by George Richmond, Samuel Palmer by John Linnel, John Ruskin by Samuel Laurence, Odilon Redon by Claude-Emile Schuffenecker, Alfred von Menzel by William Rothenstein, Max Klinger by Emil Orlik, and Thomas Eakins by Mrs. Palmer ; Family, portraits of wives, lovers, children, close friends by Sir Thomas Lawrence, John Linnell, Francis Danby, Daniel Maclise, Adolf von Menzel, Edward Burne Jones, George Bellows, and Lucien Freud ; Unknown Sitters as Subjects, portraits by Louis-Léopold Boilly, Théodore Chasseriau , William Mulready, Richard Dadd, Adolf von Menzel, Jean-Jacques Henner ; Fame, portraits of famous individuals, including George Washington, André Chenier, Washington Irving, Ellen André, Henry Irving, Oscar Wilde ; Drama and Imagination, images by Baron Gerard and Girodet, Auguste Edouart Richard Dadd, Nicholas Sternberg, R. Crumb ; Repose and Endings, images by William Henry Hunt, Théodore Rousseau, Hans Bellmer, Lucian Freud, Carpeaux.
Item Number: 147747
Title: DAVID LEVINTHAL : War, Myth, Desire
Author: Hostetler, Lisa (et al)
Record created on 12/27/2017
Description: Rochester: George Eastman Museum, 2018. 29 x 25cm., hardcover, 240pp., 170 images. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: David Levinthal: War, Myth, Desire is the first museum retrospective of the artist’s work in more than twenty years. The exhibition will include nearly 200 prints, along with related books and ephemera, giving visitors a unique opportunity to consider Levinthal’s most recent work alongside key works from the full scope of his career. Since the mid-1970s, David Levinthal has been exploring the relationship between photographic imagery and the fantasies, myths, events, and characters that shape contemporary America’s mental landscape. The exhibition will include photographs from all of his major series to date—the best-known of which include Hitler Moves East (1972–75), Modern Romance (1983–85), The Wild West (1986–89), Desire (1991–92), Blackface (1995–98), Barbie (1997–98), Baseball (1998–2004), and History (2010–15)—in addition to never-before-exhibited outtakes, commissions, and archival materials.
Item Number: 146185
Title: Der MEISTER VON MESSKIRCH : Katholische Pracht in der Reformationszeit
Author: Wiemann, Elsbeth (ed)
Record created on 07/07/2017
Description: München: Hirmer, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 384pp., 420 color illus. Exhibition held at Staatsgalerie Stuttgart.
Summary: Seine koloristisch höchst reizvollen und figurenreich erzählenden Bilder sind seltene Zeugnisse für das Festhalten am altgläubigen Bekenntnis in einer Zeit, zu der die Reformation im Südwesten Deutschlands ihren Siegeszug erlebt. In Konstellation mit zeitgleich entstandenen Werken der protestantischen Ideenwelt präsentiert der Katalog zum Abschluß des Luther-Jahres ein Panorama der künstlerischen Ausdrucksformen einer Epoche des fundamentalen Umbruchs, in der die Bildtafeln des Meisters von Meßkirch vorwegnehmen, was charakteristisch werden sollte für die spätere gegenreformatorische Kunst im Zeitalter der Konfessionalisierung.
Item Number: 148846
Title: Artist Quarter: Modigliani, MODIGLIANI & Montparnasse
Author: Goldring, Douglas
Record created on 05/02/2018
Description: London: Pallas Athene, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 270pp. illus.
Summary: What were Montmartre and Montparnasse really like in their hey-day roughtly between 1904, when the youthful Picasso had just arrived on the Hill of Martyrs, and 1920, when Amedeo Modigliani , justly called `the prince of Bohemians', died of consumption and dissipation in Montparnasse? This book, written by an Enflishman who lived in Montnartre for thirty years and knew its famous habitue intimately , gives a vivid description. It reveals the truth behind the many legends, is packed with authentic stories about writers and painters whose name are now household words, and contains much hitherto unpublished information about the life and career of Modigliani obtained from his family and friends. Much of the text was written in Montmartre amid the scenes described, and after personal consultation with survivors of the great days when Frede presided over the Lapin Agile and Libion, patron of the Cafe de la Rotonde, was beginning to rival him in Montparnasse. It is the most complete account which has yet been written in English of the birth of Cubism and other contemporary movements in modern painting, and of the lives and loves who started them.
Item Number: 148868
Title: Beyond the Face: New Perspectives on Portraiture
Author: Reaves, Wendy Wick
Record created on 05/07/2018
Description: London: Giles, in association with the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, 2018. 26cm., hardcover, 344pp., ca. 132 color images. Exhibition catalogue.
Contents: Body Politics: Copley's Portraits as Political Effigies during the American Revolution by Lauren Lessing, Nina Roth-Wells, Terri Sabatos ; Prince Demah and the Profession of Portrait Painting by Jennifer Van Horn ; "Capital Likenesses" George Washington, the Federal City, and Economic Selfhood in American Portraiture by Ross Barrett ; Caricature Portraits and Early American Identity by Allison M. Stagg ; Reconstruction Reconsidered: The Gordon Collection of the National Portrait Gallery by Kate C. Lemay ; Cloud of Witnesses: Painting History through Combinative Portraiture by Christopher Allison ; "Let Me Take Your Head" Photographic Portraiture and the Gilded Age Celebrity Image by Erin Pauwels ; Soul-Searching: The Portrait in Gilded Age America by Akela Reason ; Playing against Type: Frank Matsura's Photographic Performances by ShiPu Wang ; The Other's Other: Portrait Photography in Latin America, 1890-1930 by Juanita Solano Roa ; Photos of Style and Dignity: Woodard's Studio and the Delivery of Black Modern Subjectivity by Amy Mooney ; Side Eye: Early-Twentieth-Century American Portraiture on the Periphery by Jonathan Frederick Walz ; "Call It a Little Game between I and Me" Mar/Cel Duchamp in the Wilson-Lincoln System by Anne Goodyear ; Making Sense of Our Selfie Nation by Richard H. Saunders ; Habla LAMADRE: María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Carrie Mae Weems, and Black Feminist Performance by Nikki A. Greene ; Meaningful (Dis)placements: The Portrait of Luis Muñoz Marín by Francisco Rodón at the National Portrait Gallery by Taína Caragol.
Item Number: 148995
Title: Circulacion : Movement of Ideas, Art, and People in Spanish America
Author: Rivas Perez, Jorge
Record created on 05/24/2018
Description: Denver: Denver Art Museum, 2018. 28cm., pbk., 216pp., 111 color, 34 b&w illus.
Summary: In this beautifully illustrated volume, an international group of scholars present recent research on the movement of goods, art, and artists—and the circulation of ideas and ideologies—that shaped culture in Spanish America from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the first half of the nineteenth century. Their essays, now revised and expanded, were originally presented in 2016 at the annual symposium of the Frederick and Jan Mayer Center for Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial Art at the Denver Art Museum, organized by Jorge Rivas Pérez.
Mónica Domínguez Torres (University of Delaware) opens the volume by examining the early modern pearl industry and trade in post-conquest Spanish America, and the history of the short-lived town of Nueva Cádiz de Cubagua, off the coast of Venezuela. Gustavo Curiel (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) discusses issues of reception, adoption, and transformation of European print sources in the local production of furniture in the village of San Ildefonso Villa Alta in Oaxaca, Mexico. Esteban García Brosseau (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) explores cultural and artistic exchanges between South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Spanish America. Constanza Toquica (Museo Colonial, Bogotá) comments on the roles of specific images and iconographies, and their contribution to the construction of the colonial order in the viceroyalty of New Granada. Rosario Inés Granados-Salinas (Blanton Museum of Art, Austin) explores the use of devotional images as rhetorical devices in Spanish colonial paintings. Rachael Zimmerman (University of Delaware) discusses the use of hammocks as an honorary mode of transportation in colonial Brazil. Idurre Alonso (Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles) discusses the never-realized city of Ville du Port de Napoleon (1807) in Hispaniola as a model where French and Spanish city planning models intersect. Natalia Majluf (Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru) focuses on the work of Peruvian portraitist of African descent José Gil de Castro (1785–c. 1841), a key figure in the rejuvenation of the arts during the years immediately following the independence of Peru.
(Mayer Center Symposium, 16. Readings in Latin American Studies)
Item Number: 148155
Title: Pastels in the Musée du Louvre: 17th and 18th Centuries
Author: Salmon, Xavier
Record created on 02/18/2018
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, for Editions Hazan Paris, 2018. 29cm., pbk., 384pp., 230 illus. Exhibition held at musee du Louvre, Paris
Summary: The Musée du Louvre boasts an exceptional collection of 17th- and 18th-century European pastels. Due to their fragility, there have been scant opportunities to view and learn from these spectacular artworks. This in-depth examination of the collection, reproduced here for the first time in color, delves into their history and how they were created. Produced primarily during the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI, the works—whose beautiful delicacy has been likened to the powder covering the wings of a butterfly—offer insights into society during the period of the Enlightenment. Featured artists include Rosalba Carriera, Maurice Quentin de La Tour, Jean-Baptiste Perronneau, Jean Étienne Liotard, Jean-Marc Nattier, and Élisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun, as well as lesser-known masters such as Marie-Suzanne Giroust, Adélaïde Labille-Guirard, Joseph Bose, and Joseph Ducreux.
Item Number: 149115
Title: Art of the West : Selected Works from the Autry Museum
Author: Scott, Amy
Record created on 06/14/2018
Description: Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2018. 30cm., hardcover, 168pp., 153 color illus.
Summary: Since its founding in 1988, the Autry Museum of the American West has expanded its vision and its collections in profound ways. From its original focus on the history, art, and popular culture inspired by the West and its attendant myths, the museum—located in the heart of Los Angeles—has evolved to embrace a more inclusive, complex, and contemporary approach to the American West. Featuring more than 150 color images, this volume highlights the museum’s Art of the West exhibit. Alongside these celebrated works of art, Art of the West showcases essays by prominent scholars and art historians who address various topics, ranging from motorcycles to beadwork and photography. Essays devoted to women’s art, Native American art, and Chicano photography are important correctives to more traditional and linear models of western art history, with its emphasis on rugged masculinity, Anglo-American pioneers, and the myth of an “untamed” frontier. As Autry Museum curator Amy Scott explains in her introduction, there is not one West; instead, many Wests, comprising diverse collections of places and peoples, form a “complex tapestry of ethnic mixing and geopolitical spaces, diaspora, immigration, industry, infrastructure, tourism, and environmental degradation.” By addressing such provocative themes, Art of the West challenges us to look beyond surface appearances, superficial caricatures, and cultural assumptions. The American West emerges as a dynamic place in which memory informs, but does not determine, the present.
Item Number: 148346
Title: LYNN SHALER : Fine Prints 1972-2017
Author: Caraccio, Kathy ; Alfred Gonzalez (et al)
Record created on 03/15/2018
Description: Zurich: Scheidegger and Spiess, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 288pp., 270 color plates.
Summary: Lynn Shaler is an American artist known for her color aquatint etchings. Many of them are inspired by locations in Paris, where she has been living for over thirty years. Shaler’s work has evolved in both subject matter and technique since her early depictions of objects such as doorknobs, clocks, theater exits, stacks of plates, or shoes. Today, many of her etchings, for which she usually prepares and prints four plates, show complex interiors: an intimate library, an open doorway leading to a courtyard, a balcony, or a beautifully lit staircase. Every single sheet Shaler prints meticulously and then embellishes it with hand coloring, using watercolor, gouache or pastel. This first monograph on Lynn Shaler’s prints features some 240 of her works in full color images. Published alongside are essays by Diana Stork, master printer Kathy Caraccio, New York art dealer Alfred González, scholar Nancy Mowll Mathews, and Gérard Sourd, Honorary Head Curator at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France’s Department of Prints and Photography.
Item Number: 144798
Title: SARAH SZE : Timekeeper
Author: Bedford, Christopher (et al)
Record created on 03/13/2017
Description: New York: Gregory R. Miller & Co, 2018. 208pp., 150 color illus.
Summary: For over 20 years Sarah Sze (born 1969) has produced celebrated works of art, synthesizing a near boundless range of everyday materials into intricate constructions that are both delicate and overwhelming. Sze's latest site-specific installation at the Rose Art Museum, Timekeeper, combines sculpture, video and installation into a sprawling experiential work that approaches some of the most complex themes of her career: time's passage and its marking in mechanical and biological forms. The Timekeeper installation was a catalyst for a book which explores major new ideas in Sze's work and practice. The ambitious work is extensively documented here alongside significant new texts on Sze, her work and the experience of time.
Item Number: 149129
Title: The Conditions of Being Art : Pat Hearn Gallery & American Fine Arts, Co
Author: Tang, Jeannine (ed)
Record created on 06/15/2018
Description: Brooklyn-Annandale-on-Hudson: Dancing Foxes Press, CSS Bard, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 304pp., 200 color, 40 b&w illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: The Conditions of Being Art is the first book to examine the activities of groundbreaking contemporary art galleries Pat Hearn Gallery and American Fine Arts, Co. (1983–2004), and the transnational milieu of artists, dealers and critics that surrounded them. Drawing on the archives of dealers Pat Hearn and Colin de Land—both, independently, legendary players on the New York art scene of the 1980s and '90s, and one of the great love stories of the art world—this publication illustrates their distinctive artistic practices, significant exhibitions and events, and daily business. Hearn and de Land championed art that challenged the business of running an art gallery; artists like Renée Green and Susan Hiller, Andrea Fraser and Cady Noland, who employed conceptualism and installation, social and institutional critique. Contributing to the history of exhibitions, institutions and curating, The Conditions of Being Art addresses a significant gap in this literature around experimental commercial spaces in recent art history. This publication is the first book-length critical account of the alternative commercial gallery practices of the 1990s, a moment and a scene that is extremely influential to many of today's art dealers, curators and artists.
Item Number: 148951
Title: The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Ritual
Author: Uro, Risto (et al)
Record created on 05/21/2018
Available December 2018
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Description: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 26cm., hardcover, 752pp.
Summary: Scholars of religion have long assumed that ritual and belief constitute the fundamental building blocks of religious traditions and that these two components of religion are interrelated and interdependent in significant ways. Generations of New Testament and Early Christian scholars have produced detailed analyses of the belief systems of nascent Christian communities, including their ideological and political dimensions, but have by and large ignored ritual as an important element of early Christian religion and as a factor contributing to the rise and the organization of the movement. In recent years, however, scholars of early Christianity have begun to use ritual as an analytical tool for describing and explaining Christian origins and the early history of the movement. Such a development has created a momentum toward producing a more comprehensive volume on the ritual world of Early Christianity employing advances made in the field of Ritual Studies. The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Ritual will give a manifold account of the ritual world of early Christianity from the beginning of the movement up to the end of the sixth century. The volume introduces relevant theories and approaches; central topics of ritual life in the cultural world of early Christianity; and important Christian ritual themes and practices in emerging Christian groups and factions.
Item Number: 148431
Title: Agents of Faith : Votive Objects in Time and Place
Author: Weinryb, Ittai
Record created on 03/20/2018
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, for the Bard Graduate Center, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 372pp., 250 color, 60 b&w illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: Examining votive objects—often created to fulfill a vow or as a pledge and placed at a sacred space or site of communal memory—Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place will look at the things humans choose to offer in their votive transactions and will strive to uncover the most intimate moments in the lives of humans, revealing how our dreams and hopes, as well as our fears and anxieties, find form in votive offerings. A portion of the exhibition will center on the creation of the votive object from its moment of inception through its construction and memorialization. The place of ephemeral objects, such as food and candles, will also be examined. Encompassing exquisite works of art as well as those of humble origin crafted from modest material, more than 300 objects dating from 2000 BC to the twenty-first century will be on display. Powerful works from sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, representing the majority of world religions, will expose the global nature of votive practices and the profoundly personal nature behind their creation. Featured works include more than one hundred votive objects from the Bavarian National Museum in Munich, which are unique to the folklore of European culture; a rare ancient anatomical votive from the Louvre; one of the earliest dated votive panel paintings from the Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris, and loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Contemporary religious and secular objects will include rare votive paintings made by Mexican migrant workers from the Durand-Arias Collection; Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree; and objects left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, such as army-issue woolen gloves, food rations, and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Item Number: 148505
Title: I Shock Myself: BEATRICE WOOD, Career Woman of Art
Author: Wood, Beatrice
Record created on 03/25/2018
Description: Atglen: Schiffer, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 256pp. illus.
Summary: In her own charming, spirited, and readable style, Beatrice Wood tells us the story of her unorthodox life and her influence on 20th-century art. Rebellious, radical, and romantic, Wood (1893-1998) defied propriety to become a true national, and international, treasure. Her absorbing autobiography includes vintage documents and her own personal photos and sketches of her many famous friends and acquaintances in the art world. She became romantically involved with the Dadaist Marcel Duchamp, and offers rare glimpses into the lives of her circle, including key cultural figures like Constantin Brancusi, Isadora Duncan, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Anais Nin, and Krishnamurti. At age forty Wood studied ceramics and went on to become one of the major ceramists of the 20th century, working until her death at age 105. This captivating chance to enjoy Wood's rare charisma and spirit provides a better understanding of American art and the people who have shaped it.
Item Number: 149450
Title: Disegno italiano del XX secolo
Author: Zucca Alessandrelli, Irina
Record created on 08/27/2018
Available October 2018
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Description: Milano: Silvana, 2018. 26cm., hardcover, 420pp., 500 illus.
Summary: Questo libro nasce dall'esigenza di capire il disegno italiano come fondamentale punto di partenza per la conoscenza della storia dell'arte del '900. Il disegno è stato l'imprescindibile punto di partenza, mezzo espressivo di elezione per ogni artista, pittore o scultore. Intendendo con disegno una varietà di tecniche su carta (dall'acquerello, al collage, al pastello, al pennarello), il disegno rappresenta lo scheletro dell'arte del XX secolo perché è la prima visualizzazione di un'idea. Il disegno esprime l'immediatezza creativa e, nel modo più autentico possibile, offre una chiave di lettura della genesi e dell'evoluzione di uno stile. È l'unica forma espressiva che racconta il modo di lavorare di un artista, la nascita della sua opera. Le opere qui raccolte provengono dalla Collezione Ramo, l'unica collezione al mondo esclusivamente dedicata al disegno italiano del XX secolo, concepita per rappresentare non solo i grandi maestri, ma anche artisti frettolosamente etichettati che meritano di essere rivisti alla luce del disegno.
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