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Item Number: 147271
Title: ETEL ADNAN
Author: Wilson-Goldie, Kaelen
Record created on 11/08/2017
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: 148433
Title: JOSEF ALBERS : Interaction
Author: Liesbrock, Heinz (ed)
Record created on 03/20/2018
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: 149330
Title: FRANCO ANGELI : The 60s
Author: Barbero, Luca Massimo ; Laura Cherubini
Record created on 07/20/2018
Description: Venice: Marsilio, 2018. 28cm., pbk., 280pp. illus. English edition
Summary: Franco Angeli was one of the leading figures in the Italian art of the postwar period. Often labeled superficially as “Pop,” he is revealed here, through new documents and studies, as an artist who took a surprising and unprecedented approach to his work. He made his debut in the fifties in a still little-known experimental Roman laboratory where the new generations encountered the masters of Italian art. This book reconstructs the stylistic and artistic reciprocities and the relations of Angeli with his friends and colleagues up until the sixties, a time when, with his attainment of an existential image that was at the same time deeply polemical and provocative, his work developed along versatile lines, in an original dialogue with the international context.
Item Number: 148676
Title: Dawn of a Nation : From Guttuso to Fontana and Schifano
Author: Barbero, Luca Massimo
Record created on 04/15/2018
Description: Venice: Marsilio, 2018. 29cm., pbk., 352pp., ca. 200 illus. Exhibition held at Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze. English text.
Summary: A truly mesmerising exploration of art, politics and society in Italy from the 1950s to the protest years in the late ’60s, with eighty works of art by such masters as Renato Guttuso, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri, Emilio Vedova, Piero Manzoni, Mario Schifano, Mario Merz and Michelangelo Pistoletto. The exhibition, curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, is bringing emblematic works of art together for the first time to form a display illustrating the effervescence of Italian culture after World War II, the years of the so-called “economic miracle” that marked a major transformation in Italian society, up until the fateful year of 1968. It was in this 20-year period that we see the development of a new vision of art reaching out into the contemporary world in an extraordinarily vibrant and inventive bust of creativity that spared neither style, material or form. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey setting out from the diatribe between Realism and Abstraction, continuing on to the triumph of Informal Art and leading through the images, gestures and figures of Pop Art in strident juxtaposition with the experimental vision of monochromatic painting, right up to the language of Arte Povera and of Conceptual Art.
Item Number: 148704
Title: Why Art Museums?: The Unfinished Work of Alexander Dorner
Author: Blythe, Sarah Ganz ; Andrew Martinez (eds)
Record created on 04/18/2018
Description: Cambridge: MIT Press, copublished with the RISD Museum, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 272pp., 28 color, 52 b&w illus.
Summary: Alexander Dorner (1893–1957) became Director of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in 1938, and immediately began a radical makeover of the galleries, drawing on theories he had developed in collaboration with modernist artists during his directorship of the Provinzialmuseum in Hanover, Germany. Dorner's saturated environments sought to inspire wonderment and awe, immersing the museum visitor in the look and feel of a given period. Music, literature, and gallery talks (offered through a pioneering audio system) attempted to recreate the complex worlds in which the objects once operated. Why Art Museums? considers Dorner's legacy and influence in art history, education, and museum practice. It includes the first publication of a 1938 speech made by Dorner at Harvard as well as galleys of Dorner's unpublished manuscript, “Why Have Art Museums?,” both of which explore the meaning and purpose of museums and art in society. In Germany, Dorner formed close relationships with the Bauhaus artists and made some of the first acquisitions of works by Lázló Moholy-Nagy, Kazimir Malevich, El Lissitzky, and others. The Nazi regime actively opposed Dorner's work, and he fled Germany for the United States. At the RISD Museum, Dorner clashed with RISD officials and Providence society and contended with wartime anti-German bias. His tenure at RISD was brief but highly influential. The essays and unpublished material in Why Art Museums? make clear the relevance of Dorner's ideas about progressive education, public access to art and design, and the shaping of environments for experience and learning.
Item Number: 149259
Title: Crossmappings: On Visual Culture
Author: Bronfen, Elisabeth
Record created on 07/05/2018
Description: London: IB Tauris, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 384pp., 60 b&w illus.
Summary: The great, influential cultural critic, Elisabeth Bronfen, sets out in this book a conversation between literature, cinema and visual culture. The crossmappings facilitated in and between these essays address the cultural survival of image formulas involving portraiture and the uncanny relation between the body and its visual representability, the gendering of war, death and the fragility of life, as well as sovereignty and political power. Each chapter tracks transformations that occur as aesthetic figurations travel from one historical moment to another, but also from one medium to another. Many prominent artists are discussed during these journeys into the cultural imaginary, include Degas, Francesca Woodman, Cindy Sherman, Paul McCarthy, Eva Hesse, Louise Bourgeois, Wagner, Picasso, and Shakespeare, as well as classic Hollywood's film noir and melodrama and the TV series, The Wire and House of Cards.
Item Number: 148802
Title: The Art of Reading: An Illustrated History of Books in Paint
Author: Camplin, Jamie ; Maria Ranauro
Record created on 04/29/2018
Description: Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 256pp. illus.
Summary: "Why do artists love books?" This volume takes this tantalizingly simple question as a starting point to reveal centuries of symbiosis between the visual and literary arts. First looking at the development of printed books and the simultaneous emergence of the modern figure of the artist, The Art of Reading appraises works by the many great masters who took inspiration from the printed word. Bringing together more than one hundred paintings that include books as part of their subject matter, this lively and companionable survey examines how the book became the single most ubiquitous feature of our cultural lives and, in large measure, of everyday existence. Authors Jamie Camplin and Maria Ranauro weave together an engaging cultural history that probes the ways in which books and paintings represent a key to understanding ourselves and the past. Paintings contain a world of information about religion, class, gender, and power, but they also reveal details of everyday life often lost in history texts--and all the more so when books are depicted. Such artworks show us not only how books have been used and valued over time but also how the significance and practice of reading have evolved in Western society. Featuring work by artists from across Europe and the United States and all painting genres, The Art of Reading explores the two-thousand-year story of the great painters and the preeminent information-providing, knowledge-endowing, solace-giving, belief-supporting, leisure-enriching, pleasure-delivering medium of all time: the book.
Item Number: 147802
Title: Aesthetic Theory, Abstract Art and LAWRENCE CARROLL
Author: Carrier, David
Record created on 01/03/2018
Description: London-New York: Bloomsbury, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 208pp., 5 color, 20 b&w illus.
Summary: Aesthetic Theory, Abstract Art and Lawrence Carroll explores the philosophical implications of the practice of art making, illustrating the intricate relationship between aesthetic theory and contemporary art through the work of the abstract painter, Lawrence Carroll. Beginning with a historical discussion of the critics and philosophers Clement Greenberg, Michael Fried, Arthur Danto and Joachim Pissarro, David Carrier compares and contrasts their philosophical writings on painting. He considers why questions about aesthetics and the essence of a painting generated philosophical disagreements. Traditionally philosophers tell us what painting is-and art critics then identify those paintings that are good paintings. While Fried argues that the two questions became one, Danto broadens the enquiry from the essence of painting to the essence of visual art, explaining that aesthetics tell us what art is, and art criticism, what is good art. Carrier applies his analysis of these aesthetic theories to Carroll, showing how the artist's employment of varied pictorial formats and refusal to adapt imagery from popular culture affects the essence of painting. Confronting essentialism in aesthetics from a very different direction, Carroll challenges traditional definitions of paintings and underlines his significance as a subject for the philosophy of art.
Item Number: 148635
Title: The So-called Nonsense Inscriptions on Ancient Greek Vases : Between Paideia and Paidia
Author: Chiarini, Sara
Record created on 04/10/2018
Description: Leiden: Brill, 2018. 25cm., hardcover, 546pp. illus.
Summary: As the first extensive survey of the ancient Greek painters’ practice of writing nonsense on vases, Between Paideia and Paidiá by Sara Chiarini provides a systematic overview of the linguistic features of the phenomenon and discusses its forms and contexts of reception. While the origins of the practice lie in the impaired literacy of the painters involved in it, the extent of the phenomenon suggests that, at some point, it became a true fashion within Attic vase painting. This raises the question of the forms of interaction with this epigraphic material. An open approach is adopted: “reading” attempts, riddles and puns inspired by nonsense inscriptions could happen in a variety of circumstances, including the symposium but not limited to it.
(Brill Studies in Greek and Roman Epigraphy, 10)
Item Number: 148405
Title: How to Read Islamic Calligraphy
Author: Ekhtiar, Maryam
Record created on 03/19/2018
Description: New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018. 27cm., pbk., 176pp., 150 illus.
Summary: How to Read Islamic Calligraphy explores the preeminence of the written word as a means of creative expression throughout the Islamic world. Aimed at a general audience, the book introduces all five major Islamic calligraphic script types, demonstrates their distinctive visual characteristics, and explains the various contexts in which each one came to be used, whether for transcribing the Qur’an, composing poetry, or issuing written edicts from the sultan’s court. Numerous examples illustrate how the transmission of these styles and techniques from master to pupil was fundamental to the flourishing of Islamic calligraphy, and handwriting models from as early as the 10th century continue to inspire students of calligraphy today. Superbly illustrated, the works discussed include manuscripts, glass, metalware, and ceramic tiles. This accessible and engaging book traces the progression of calligraphic styles over centuries and across geographical regions, affirming the spectacular range of creative possibilities afforded by this unique art form.
Item Number: 148149
Title: American Glass : The Collections at Yale
Author: Gordon, John Stuart
Record created on 02/18/2018
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, Yale University Art Gallery, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 320pp., 184 color illus.
Item Number: 148652
Title: Art after Money, Money after Art : Creative Strategies Against Financialization
Author: Haiven, Max
Record created on 04/11/2018
Description: London: Pluto Press, 2018. 23cm., hardcover, 288pp., 30 color illus.
Summary: We like to imagine that money and art are old enemies, but beneath the veneer of creative utopianism is a dark capitalist underbelly. To expose the fraught intersection of art and money, Max Haiven proposes we examine how money is mobilized in art. Even as he shows how imaginary money and the so-called “creative economy” extract an artist’s potential, Haiven identifies and assesses a range of creative strategies for mocking, decrypting, hacking, sabotaging, and exiting capitalism through art. Focusing on the ways contemporary artists understand, imagine, and contend with material and immaterial forms of cash, debt, and credit, Haiven reveals the potential for creativity and resistance in a world dominated by financialization. Written for artists, activists, and scholars, this book takes seriously the need to understand and resist capitalism in an age of corporate abuse and exploitation.
Item Number: 148700
Title: Electric Light: An Architectural History
Author: Isenstadt, Sandy
Record created on 04/18/2018
Description: Cambridge: MIT Press, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 296pp., 27 color, 109 b&w illus.
Summary: In this book, Sandy Isenstadt examines electric light as a form of architecture—as a new, uniquely modern kind of building material. Electric light was more than just a novel way of brightening a room or illuminating a streetscape; it brought with it new ways of perceiving and experiencing space itself. If modernity can be characterized by rapid, incessant change, and modernism as the creative response to such change, Isenstadt argues, then electricity—instantaneous, malleable, ubiquitous, evanescent—is modernity's medium. Isenstadt shows how the introduction of electric lighting at the end of the nineteenth century created new architectural spaces that altered and sometimes eclipsed previously existing spaces. He constructs an architectural history of these new spaces through five examples, ranging from the tangible miracle of the light switch to the immaterial and borderless gloom of the wartime blackout. He describes what it means when an ordinary person can play God by flipping a switch; when the roving cone of automobile headlights places driver and passenger at the vertex of a luminous cavity; when lighting in factories is seen to enhance productivity; when Times Square became an emblem of illuminated commercial speech; and when the absence of electric light in a blackout produced a new type of space. In this book, the first sustained examination of the spatial effects of electric lighting, Isenstadt reconceives modernism in architecture to account for the new perceptual conditions and visual habits that followed widespread electrification.
Item Number: 148873
Title: Say it with Flowers! Viennese Flower Painting from Waldmüller to Klimt
Author: Johannsen, Rolf H. ; Stella Rollig (eds)
Record created on 05/07/2018
Description: Munich-New York: Prestel, 2018. 30cm., hardcover, 216pp., 200 color illus. Exhibition held at Belvedere, Vienna. English text.
Summary: The first heyday of flower painting was in the Biedermeier period with its magnificent arrangements of flowers. It surged again at the end of the century, especially in the work of the women artists Olga Wisinger-Florian and Marie Egner. The genre opened a way for women into the art world. And finally Vienna’s modernist artists, like Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, included floral motifs in their work in their own highly unique ways. Flower pictures reveal much more than the history of artistic styles. They tell of social change, the delight in exotic plants and native Alpine flora, the splendour of the Ringstrasse era and the fragility of humankind. The exhibition encompasses works from a period spanning from the late eighteenth through to the early twentieth century and, in addition to paintings, also includes porcelain and sculpture. A selection of contemporary artworks further enriches the show. Featuring works by Jan van Huysum, Rachel Ruysch, Josef Klieber, Joseph Nigg, Franz Xaver Petter, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Pauline von Koudelka-Schmerling, Rosalia Amon, Anton Romako, Hans Makart, Olga Wisinger-Florian, Tina Blau, Carl Schuch, Marie Egner, Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, Michael Powolny, Egon Schiele, and Willem de Rooij.
Item Number: 148549
Title: ALEXANDER KEIRINCX Der Baummaler (1600 - 1652)
Author: Härting, Ursula
Record created on 03/30/2018
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Description: Schoten: BAI, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 208pp. illus. German text.
Summary: Baumriesen, mächtige Individuen dominieren die Landschaftsgemälde von Alexander Keirincx (1600 Antwerpen-Amsterdam 1652). Eine Zeitlang lebte Keirincx in London gleich neben Cornelis van Poelenburch (1594/5-1667), der häufiger seine arkadischen Landschaften mit raffaelesken Figuren staffierte, manches Mal mit Nymphen, ausgelassenen Satyrn und erotischen Badeszenen. So hieß es schon 1753, dass Keirincx' Landschaften zwar sehr ansprechend seien, aber für Staffagefiguren seiner schönen Bilder hätte er keine Begabung. Und so gehört Poelenburch und seine Schule zu den heute geschätzten Staffagemalern in Keirincx' Landschaften. Keirincx reüssierte mit Waldansichten mit nackten Figuren aus der Hand von Poelenburch am Hof in Den Haag und in London mit Ansichten königlicher Schlösser im Auftrag von King Charles I. Im belgischen Antwerpen geboren und bei Abraham Govaerts (1589-1626) in die Lehre gegangen, hatte sich Keirincx nach dessen Tod langsam von den dichten Waldansichten dieses Waldmalers gelöst. Er verließ zu dieser Zeit das waldreiche Belgien in Richtung nördliche Niederlande, war kurze Zeit in London, lebte zuvor in Utrecht und danach in Amsterdam. Seinem künstlerischen Wandel von dichten Waldansichten zu dominanten Baumportraits in englischer Heckenlandschaft kann man an Hand des reich illustrierten Werkkatalogs folgen. Es liegt hiermit ein Katalog der Gemälde von Alexander Keirincx vor, der der langjährigen Beschäftigung der Autorin mit Keirincx' Oeuvre zu danken ist, unter Mitarbeit von Richard P. Townsend, der ein Resümee zu den in England entstandenen Schlossansichten beisteuert, auf Basis seiner Promotion bei Prof. E. Haverkamp- Begeman, und Rick C. Coone, dem neue, erhellende Archivfunde zu verdanken sind, und seinem Archivteil, in der Nachfolge von Frank Huygens.
Item Number: 147677
Title: Interior decorating in nineteenth-century France : The visual culture of a new profession
Author: Lasc. Anca I
Record created on 12/19/2017
Description: Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018. 25cm., hardcover, 288pp., 28 color, 71 b&w illus.
Contents: 1. The collector as taste advisor and interior decorator: popular advice manuals and the orchestration of the private interior. 2. The inventor of interiors: old professions in search of a name. 3. Private home, artistic stage: the circulation and display of interior dreamscapes. 4. The image of furniture: department stores and the trade in interior decoration designs. 5. Beautiful disorder, exception to the rule: the development of a new design aesthetic. Epilogue: the presentness of historicism: the Musée Centennal du Mobilier and the legacy of proto-interior designers.
(Studies in Design and Material Culture)
Item Number: 149347
Title: DEANA LAWSON : An Aperture Monograph
Author: Smith, Zadie ; Arthur Jafa
Record created on 07/24/2018
Description: New York: Aperture, 2018. 36cm., hardcover, 104pp., 40 images.
Summary: Deana Lawson is one of the most intriguing photographers of her generation. Over the last ten years, she has created a visionary language to describe identities through intimate portraiture and striking accounts of ceremonies and rituals. Using medium- and large-format cameras, Lawson works with models she meets in the United States and on travels in the Caribbean and Africa to construct arresting, highly structured, and deliberately theatrical scenes animated by an exquisite range of color and attention to surprising details: bedding and furniture in domestic interiors or lush plants in Edenic gardens. The body—often nude—is central. Throughout her work, which invites comparison to the photography of Diane Arbus, Jeff Wall, and Carrie Mae Weems, Lawson seeks to portray the personal and the powerful in black life. Deana Lawson: An Aperture Monograph features forty beautifully reproduced photographs, an essay by the acclaimed writer Zadie Smith, and an expansive conversation with the filmmaker Arthur Jafa.
Item Number: 148352
Title: DOUGLAS LJUNGKVIST : Urban Cars : Brooklyn
Record created on 03/15/2018
Description: London: Unicorn Press, 2018. 22 x 24cm., hardcover, 128pp., 125 color plates.
Summary: Cities these days are ever more focused on moving people away from cars—emphasizing public transit, pedestrianism, and other forms of eco-friendly circulation. But cars have a long history in urban life, and, seen through the right lens, the conjunction of the two can be captivating. Douglas Ljungkvist’s camera is the right lens. For more than a decade now he has been photographing vintage cars on city streets, mostly in Brooklyn. This book presents the unforgettable fruits of that project: more than 750 images of cars in their urban context. Discovering the now-classic bodies and design of 1960s and ’70s cars on city streets, tucked away in alleys, hidden amid industrial detritus, Ljungkvist discovers something magical: a time capsule, taking us back to a period when ecological concerns and gas prices didn’t impinge on design, and when American cars, big and bold, were at the heart of popular culture. A love letter to the automobile and the city alike, Urban Cars is a testament to Ljungkvist’s vision, and to the striking beauty hidden all around us.
Item Number: 149029
Title: Spomenik Monument Database
Author: Niebyl, Donald
Record created on 05/27/2018
Description: London: Fuel, 2018. 21 x 17cm., hardcover, 208pp. illus.
Summary: Spomenik – the Serbo-Croat/Slovenian word for monument – refers to the pioneering abstract memorials built in Josip Tito’s Yugoslavia between the 1960s and the 1990s, marking the horror of occupation by Axis forces and the triumph of their defeat during World War II. Through these imaginative creations, a forward–looking socialist society, free of ethnic tensions, was envisaged. This publication brings together more than 80 examples of these stunning brutalist monuments. Each has been extensively photographed and researched by the author to make this book the most comprehensive survey available of this obscure and fascinating architectural phenomenon. A fold-out map on the reverse of the dust jacket shows the exact location of each spomenik using GPS coordinates.
Item Number: 146243
Title: Perspectives on contemporary printmaking : Critical writing since 1986
Author: Pelzer-Montada, Ruth (ed)
Record created on 07/18/2017
Description: Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 352pp. illus.
Contents: Beat Wyss Fragments for an art history of media. Electr(on)ic thinking (1997) ; Ernst Rebel The technical gaze: the parallel world of photography (2003) ; Frances Robertson Post-print culture? (2013) ; Ruth Weisberg The syntax of the print. In search of an aesthetic context (1986) ; Richard S Field Sentences on printed art (1994) ; Katherine Reeves The re-vision of printmaking (1999) ; Andrzrej Bednarczyk The shape of graphic art (2010) ; José Roca The graphic unconscious or the how and why of a print triennial (2011) ; Richard Harding Print as other: the future is queer (2013) ; Barbara Balfour The what and the why of print (2016) ; Daniel Herrmann Edinburgh Printmakers and the notion of the workshop (2007) ; Jeremy Lewison Projects and portfolios: narrative and structure (1995) ; Gill Saunders Lasting impressions? A museum perspective on digital fine art printmaking (2009) ; Sheryl Conkelton Print and the public sphere (2011) ; Johanna Drucker The work event: art in the distributed field and systems of production (2013) ; Eric Triantafillou All the instruments agree (2010) ; Mari Carmen Ramirez Stamping (molding) marks: the San Juan Triennial tracking the new century (2004) ; Shang Hui Chinese printmaking in the twenty-first century (2011) ; Matthew Perkins What is 'studio' in the post-disciplinary age? (2011) ; Amanda Thomson Making a place: art and a multi-modal, multi-disciplinary approach (2014) ; R L Tillman Failures, irritations and grief in printing: in search of Manly Banister, an excerpt from an unpublishable memoir (2014) ; Ernst Rebel Coordinates of a history of the technical image (2003) ; Susan Lambert The status of the reproduction (1988) ; Claire Humphries Benjamin's blindspot: aura and reproduction in the post-print age (2015) ; K E Gover Are all multiples the same? The problematic nature of the limited edition (2015) ; Judith B Hecker One thing after another: serial print projects (2000) ; Georges Didi-Huberman Opening up an anachronistic point of view (1997) ; Frieder Nake Printing plates and pixel matrix. The mechanisation of memory (2010) ; Brollo, Deirdre Untying the knot: memory and forgetting in contemporary print work (2013) ; Yara Flores Spirit duplication (2010) ; Catherine Brooks Three ways to use yellow (2014) ; A Emmons, R L Tillman, J Urban, On the manual (In the manual) (2014) ; Nicky Coutts Animal print suicide (2014).
Item Number: 148620
Title: Château de Villette: The Splendor of French Decor
Author: Picon, Guillaume
Record created on 04/06/2018
Description: Paris: Flammarion, 2018. 29cm., hardcover, 240pp. illus.
Summary: The Château de Villette, situated in a lush woodland near Paris, has been an oasis of art and beauty sinceits construction (1663–69) according to François Mansart’s plans. Among its prestigious ownerswas Sophie de Grouchy, wife of the Marquis de Condorcet. As leading political actors of their era,she and her husband hosted some of the most intellectuallyinfluential salons of the prerevolutionaryperiod for an international elite that included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Paine. The Marquis de Lafayette was a witness at the couple’swedding at Villette in 1786. New owners have commissioned Jacques Garcia to restore the house and gardens to their idyllic former glory. Presented here for the first time, the result is averitable museum of French craftsmanship, with interiors featuring fabulous silks and passementeries, as well as eighteenth-century paintings, decorative arts,and furniture. The original stone features and elegant trumeaux and boiseries of the château’s historic dining room have been restored to their initial splendor.Villette’s austerely elegant facade houses an octagonal grand salon that gives way to magical vistas of formal gardens inspired by Le Nôtre, cascading fountains,reflecting pools, and eighteenth-century sculptures,sphinxes, and an obelisk, alluding to classical artistic traditions and eighteenth-century aesthetics. All-new photography, along with drawings by architectural historians Bernd Dams and Andrew Zega, illustrate this lavish volume.
Item Number: 147470
Title: REMBRANDT : Britain's Discovery of the Master
Author: Seifert, Christian Tico (et al)
Record created on 11/30/2017
Description: Edinburgh: National Galeries of Scotland, 2018. 27cm., pbk., 176pp., 125 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: This book tells the story of Rembrandt's fame and influence in Britain. Through essays by leading scholars in the field, it explores the collecting of his artworks in the country and his impact on British artists from the 17th century to today. Including lavish images of paintings, drawings and prints and featuring British artists such as William Hogarth, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Eduardo Paolozzi, and Ken Currie alongside the master.
Item Number: 146896
Title: (RUBENS) Architecture and Architectural Sculpture. The Jesuit Church of Antwerp
Author: Fabri, R. ; P. Lombaerde
Record created on 10/03/2017
Description: Turnhout: Harvey Miller, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 370pp., 44 color, 110 b&w illus.
Summary: By the time of its completion in 1621, the former Jesuit church in Antwerp was one of the most brilliant achievements in the Southern Netherlands, particularly due to the ceiling paintings after Rubens’ designs and his two altarpieces. Nevertheless, from the seventeenth century to the present day, the precise extent of Rubens’ involvement in the architecture and the architectural sculpture of the church has been a point of discussion. Rubens was in close contact with the Jesuit François de Aguilón, designer of the ground plan of the Antwerp Jesuit church, and with lay brother Pieter Huyssens who made most of the drawings for the church. Known to be by Rubens’ hand are a limited number of drawings and a sketch in oil for architectural ornaments and sculptures that relate both to the exterior and to the interior of the structure. Despite its numerous restorations, the iconographic scheme of the church is even today visibly influenced by Rubens’ jaunty visual language which goes back to examples of ancient antiquity and its Christian interpretations in early Baroque churches in Rome. Some of the church’s decorative designs were also modelled after works by contemporary Italian artists such as Cherubino Alberti. In this critical catalogue, the design drawings and oil sketches attributed to Rubens, a number of which later served as models for religious as well as profane architectural decoration, including that of Cardinal-Infant Ferdinand's Pompa Introïtus in 1635, are extensively discussed.
(Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard, Volume 22,3)
Item Number: 148338
Title: ALISON and PETER SMITHSON
Author: Crinson, Peter
Record created on 03/15/2018
Description: London: Historic England Publishing, 2018. 25cm., pbk., 144pp., 53 color, 49 b&w illus.
Summary: Alison and Peter Smithson figure among the most controversial and widely influential of postwar architects. From their first youthful project, the school at Hunstanton, to their final works, these two architects epitomized the avant-garde. This book presents a coherent and compact narrative of the Smithsons’ work and ideas: starting with their major buildings, including the Economist complex, the Garden building at St. Hilda’s College, and the Robin Hood Gardens estate; moving on to examine their unbuilt projects for the British embassy at the Brasilia and the Kuwait mat-building; and culminating with their lesser-known works, from factory additions and museums to the house they designed for Axel Bruchhäuser, a furniture manufacturer in Germany. Through this trajectory, Mark Crinson draws out the central theme of their work: the question of belonging, of how we identify ourselves with places in a context of change.
Item Number: 149325
Title: Suggestivism: Resonance
Author: Spoor, Nathan
Record created on 07/19/2018
Description: San Francisco: Gingko Press, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 232pp illus.
Summary: The catalog to the exhibition at Spoke Art’s San Francisco and New York City galleries, Suggestivism – Resonance takes the viewer on a journey through alternate worlds. Rendered in a variety of media, each artist has a distinct approach and style while maintaining commonality through painstaking details and phantasmagoric scenes. Described by the curator as an art movement, flowing from “the artist’s specific and unique vision, a psychological or even mystical manifestation brought into reality by an artist’s personal aesthetic…” and inspired by the likes of Rococo and Renaissance masters, painters James McNeill Whistler, Georges Seurat, writers like Edgar Allan Poe and contemporary surrealism. With over 40 artists from around the world including: Alex Pardee, Andy Kehoe, Audrey Kawasaki, Esao Andrews, Fulvio Di Piazza, Greg “CRAOLA” Simkins, Heiko Muller, Ken Garduno, Meghan Howland, Meredith Marsone, Scott Musgrove, Skinner, Tran Nguyen and Wendy Ortiz.
Item Number: 148616
Title: The Worlds of JOAQUIN TORRES-GARCIA
Author: McEwan, Abigail ; Tomas Llorens ; Frederic Tuten
Record created on 04/06/2018
Description: New York: Rizzoli, 2018. 29cm., hardcover, 224pp. illus.
Summary: With 70 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, this is the largest survey of Torres-García’s work to be on view in an American gallery since Joaquín Torres-García curated his own exhibition at the Sidney Janis Gallery in 1950. The book includes previously unpublished texts by the artist and iconic works that were kept by the family as representative examples of different moments in his career, first by the artist and later by family members who inherited them as a group. Torres-García founded the avant-garde group Circle and Square (Arp, Kandinsky, Léger, Mondrian), where he was inspired by indigenous art from the Americas, Africa, and Oceania, which reinforced his vision of symbols and cosmic order.
Item Number: 148340
Title: CARRIE MAE WEEMS : Strategies of Engagement
Author: Lydenberg Robin ; Ash Anderson (eds)
Record created on 03/15/2018
Description: Boston: McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 2018. 28cm., pbk., 225pp., 115 color illus.
Summary: Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement examines this eminent American artist’s diverse and innovative career through both celebrated and rarely exhibited projects made during the last thirty years. The exhibition focuses on the relational aspect of Weems’s art, recreating original installations in which viewers wander among suspended images on translucent fabric, enveloped by the artist’s audio narration, or stand confronted with video and photographic works that expose systems of power and injustice. The resulting immersion in moments of global and historical struggle prepares viewers for a more engaged discussion of American history through such difficult issues as violence, survival, and the need for radical social change. Entering that territory with Weems, visitors have an experience that is intellectually and ethically challenging, sometimes imbued with melancholy seriousness, sometimes with playful or ominous wit, and occasionally with unexpected moments of hope and grace. Strategies of Engagement explores artwork growing out of Weems’s critical explorations of history; a focus that is powerfully relevant in the context of current activism around racial equality and social justice. In addition to several of Weems’s most acclaimed series, including From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, the exhibition features rarely exhibited work, including the extraordinary Lincoln, Lonnie, and Me—A Story in 5 Parts, a theatrical video installation that incorporates the nineteenth-century “Pepper’s Ghost” effect, and the recently created series All the Boys, Usual Suspects, and the video People of a Darker Hue dealing with police violence. Carrie Mae Weems has spent over three decades honing her craft, producing a unique body of work that is aesthetically and politically powerful. Particularly in her engagement with African American history she has developed a complex series of strategies, moving beyond a witnessing of the past to more active interventions: appropriating and transforming verbal and visual archives; negotiating with the persistent effects of stereotyping; and animating history in the present as a constructed performance. Weems’s relationship to her viewers is at once pedagogical, confrontational, and collaborative as she engages them in ongoing debates about power and resistance, history and identity, and racial, gender, and class discrimination. In Strategies of Engagement, Weems will invite visitors to participate in numerous ways: through physical, emotional, and intellectual engagement with the works, through education and activism, and, perhaps most uniquely, through bodily engagement with history and the bodies of others, a practice she models in photographs and video.
Item Number: 148965
Title: Museum Rhetoric : Building Civic Identity in National Spaces
Author: Weiser, M. Elizabeth
Record created on 05/22/2018
Description: University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 232pp., 19 b&w illus.
Summary: In today’s diverse societies, museums are the primary institutions within the public sphere in which individuals can both engage critical thought and celebrate community. This volume uses the lens of rhetoric to explore the role these societal repositories play in establishing and altering cultural heritage and national identity. Based on fieldwork conducted in over sixty museums in twenty-two countries across six continents, Museum Rhetoric explores how heritage museum exhibits persuade visitors to unite their own sense of identity with that of the broader civic society and how the latter changes in response. Elizabeth Weiser explores what compels communities, organizations, and nations to create museum spaces, and how museums operate as sites of both civic engagement and rhetorical persuasion. Moving beyond rhetorical explorations of museums as “memory sites,” she shows how they intentionally straddle the divides between style and content, intellect and affect, unity and diversity, and why their portrayal of the past matters to civic life—and particularly studies of nationalism—in the present and future. Deeply researched and artfully argued, Museum Rhetoric sheds light on the public impact of cultural and aesthetic heritage and opens avenues of inquiry for scholars of museum studies and public history.
Item Number: 148619
Title: California Landscapes: Richard Diebenkorn / Wayne Thiebaud
Author: Yau, John ; Philippe de Montebello ; Wayne Thiebaud
Record created on 04/06/2018
Description: New York: Rizzoli, 2018. 29cm., hardcover, 188pp. illus. Exhibition held at Acquavella Galleries, New York.
Summary: Featuring the pairings of more than 50 paintings, this book shows the connection of these two artists like never before. Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud were close friends; they shared the inspiration of California and experimented with perspective to capture their surroundings. The book includes important examples from Diebenkorn’s Berkeley series in addition to several works from the artist’s Ocean Park series. Inspired by the environs of the Ocean Park neighborhood in Santa Monica, where he lived at this time, these works from the 1960s are characterized by geometric abstractions of subtle line and suffused with Californian luminosity. Wayne Thiebaud began producing landscapes in the 1960s, experimenting with perspective to capture his Californian surroundings. Included are his works from the early 1970s through 2017, including his dramatic depictions of San Francisco, flattened aerial views of the Sacramento River Delta, and close-ups and cross-section views of mountains and beaches.
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