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Item Number: 81807
Title: Els ABADAL, Un llinatge de Gravadors
Author: Socias Batet, Immaculada
Price: $5.30 Original Price: $53.00
Record created on 10/29/07
Description: Barcelona: Publicacions de l'Abadia de Monserrat, 2007. 22cm., pbk., 243pp. illus. (Textos i Estudis de Cultura Catalana, 124)
Item Number: 146411
Title: BERENICE ABBOTT : A Life in Photography
Author: Van Haaften, Julia
Record created on 08/07/17
Description: New York: W.W. Norton, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 656pp. illus.
Summary: The definitive biography of the iconic twentieth-century American photographer Berenice Abbott, pioneering documentary modernist, author, and inventor. Berenice Abbott is to American photography what Georgia O’Keeffe is to painting or Willa Cather to letters. Abbott’s sixty-year career established her not only as a master of American photography but also as a teacher, writer, archivist, and inventor. A teenage rebel from Ohio, Abbott escaped to Paris—photographing, in Sylvia Beach’s words, “everyone who was anyone”—before returning to New York as the Roaring Twenties ended. She soon fell in love with art critic Elizabeth McCausland, with whom she would spend thirty years of her life. Abbott’s bestknown work, “Changing New York,” documented the city’s 1930s metamorphosis. She next turned to science as a subject, culminating in work important to America’s 1950s “space race” with the Soviet Union. This biography secures Abbott’s place in the histories of photography and modern art while framing her accomplishments as a female artist and entrepreneur.
Item Number: 149462
Title: GERTRUDE ABERCROMBIE
Author: Nadel, Dan (ed)
Record created on 08/28/18
Description: New York: Karma Books, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 488pp., 223 color illus.
Summary: This is the most comprehensive book ever published on the Chicago surrealist Gertrude Abercrombie (1909–77), a key figure in midcentury American surrealism. From the late 1930s until her death, Abercrombie made paintings populated by objects of personal significance—moons, towers, cats, pennants, Victorian furniture, shells, snails and doors—to create allegories for her own often precarious psychological states. Often presiding over these symbols was Abercrombie herself, who appears in numerous pictures as proud observer or witchy caricature. Abercrombie exhibited in Chicago and New York in the 1940s and ‘50s, and her salon became a center of Midwestern culture, hosting jazz musicians (such as her close friend Dizzy Gillespie), writers and artists. This book includes new scholarship by Robert Cozzolino; a memoir of Abercrombie by Robert Storr; the artist's own writing; a definitive text by art historian Susan Weininger; and a memoir by the artist's daughter, Dinah Livingston.
Item Number: 146836
Title: TOMMA ABTS
Author: Rondeau, James (et al)
Record created on 09/26/17
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, for the Art Institute of Chicago, 2018. 31cm., hardcover, 204pp., 100 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: With a rigorous approach and self-imposed limitations to both scale and composition, Tomma Abts (b. 1967) has reinvigorated painterly abstraction and its relevance within contemporary art. Using a fixed canvas size and a vertical format, Abts deploys basic formal elements such as arcs, circles, planes, and stripes to create powerful works that are at once subtle and eccentric. This extraordinary book, designed in collaboration with the artist herself, is a substantial and deeply insightful treatment of her career to date and features sixty works made over the past decade. Essays not only contextualize Abts’s work within an art-historical framework of methods, process, and style, but also examine her paintings’ philosophical and psychological dimensions and their embodiment of a creative process that transcends the specifics of any particular work.
Item Number: 149072
Title: ROBERT ADAMS : 27 Roads
Author: Adams, Robert
Record created on 06/03/18
Description: San Francisco: Fraenkel Gallery, 2018. 33cm., hardcover, 64pp., 36 images.
Summary: The road has been a central motif in the work of Robert Adams (born 1937) since the beginnings of his life as a photographer in the late 1960s. 27 Roads is the first publication to focus on this important aspect of his work, and is comprised of the artist's concise, poetic selection of images spanning almost five decades. Whether fast concrete highways, quiet cuts through dark forests, paved commercial strips or dusty tracks on a clear-cut mountainside, Adams' roads function as metaphors for solitude, connection or freedom. Adams writes, "Roads can still be beautiful. Occasionally they appear like a perfect knife slicing through a perfect apple, the better to show that two halves are one".
Item Number: 149142
Title: TERRY ADKINS The Smooth, the Cut, and the Assembled
Author: Gaines, Charles ; Michael Brenson
Record created on 06/18/18
Description: New York: Levy Gorvy, 2018. 26cm., hardcover, 96pp., 47 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: The work of American sculptor and musician Terry Adkins (1953–2014) often started with a theme or idea, illuminated by sculptural components that sometimes housed a performative element. The performative and sculptural aspects of his practice evolved in tandem, and utilized materials that had likely served another purpose, be they instruments, materials from his printmaking experiences or locally sourced items. This catalog accompanies Lévy Gorvy's first solo exhibition of Adkins' works, exploring the materiality of his sculptures. The exhibition was curated by Charles Gaines, a celebrated artist and longtime friend and collaborator of Adkins', who contributes an essay to this publication that explores the experience of viewing Adkins' sculptures. Also included are an essay by Michael Brenson and newly commissioned poetry by Robin Coste Lewis.
Item Number: 149617
Title: TERRY ADKINS : Infinity Is Always Less Than One
Author: Moreno, Gean ; Alex Gartenfeld
Record created on 10/13/18
Available December 2018
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Description: Miami: Institute of Contemporary Art (distr.) Duke University Press, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 200pp., 135 color illus. Exhibition held at ICA Miami.
Summary: One of the great conceptual artists of the twenty-first century, Terry Adkins (1953–2014) was renowned for his pioneering work across mediums, from sculpture, drawing, and site-specific installation to photography, video, and performance. Terry Adkins: Infinity is Less Than One accompanies the first institutional posthumous exhibition of Adkins's sculptural production. While Adkins is often recognized for his musical and performative practice, this exhibition focuses on his complex memorials and monuments to historical figures. The exhibition showcases four of his major series, dedicated to four distinct figures: Bessie Smith, John Brown, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jimi Hendrix. These series are presented alongside a group of early sculptures to reveal the development of the Adkins's mature practice. The exhibition highlights Adkins's crucial contributions to sculpture and to cultural protest, featuring major works that have not been viewed in decades. It explores significant periods and influences in Adkins's career, beginning with transitional hand-wrought sculptures and continuing with his major immersive installations. His often elegiac and always resonant objects challenge dominant historical narratives and prompt a rethinking of ways of being and moving in the world that are shaped by the legacies of displacement and the sociability and community that happen despite it. Adkins's work also enlarges the historical legacies of the postwar avant-garde while reminding us of the immaterial legacies that are passed on through ritual and sound.
Item Number: 146926
Title: JULES ADLER : Peindre sous la IIIe République
Author: Lavin, Amelie (et al)
Price: $22.50 Original Price: $45.00
Record created on 10/10/17
Description: Milano: Silvana, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 240pp., 140 color illus. Exhibition held at Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'archéologie, Dole.
Summary: Artiste d'origine franc-comtoise ayant fait carriere à Paris sous la Troisième République, Jules Adler (1865-1952) fut avant tout le « peintre des humbles », du petit peuple parisien, des mineurs de Charleroi, des cheminaux... Son œuvre, bien plus que de déployer la simple palette d'un artiste regionaliste, affirme une démarche singulière face à la société de son temps, face à la guerre, aux questions posées à la peinture. Artiste naturaliste, inspiré directement des conditions sociales de son temps et attiré par les spectacles de la vie ardente, active et parfois douloureuse, il incarne une voie alternative ouverte à la fin du XIXe siècle entre les avant-gardes impressionnistes et l'art académique. Les textes de ce catalogue, richement illustré, s'attachent à éclairer la production d'un peintre engagé et sensible, qui se fit le porte-parole d'une époque et d'un milieu.
Item Number: 147271
Title: ETEL ADNAN
Author: Wilson-Goldie, Kaelen
Record created on 11/08/17
Description: London: Lund Humphries, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 144pp., 100 color illus.
Summary: Etel Adnan (b.1925) is a Lebanese-American poet, essayist and visual artist. This will be the first book to present a full account of Adnan’s fascinating life and work, using the drama of her biography, the complexity of her identity, and the cosmopolitan nature of her experience to illuminate the many layers and dimensions of her paintings and their progress over several crucial decades. Adnan came relatively late to painting - her first images were created in the mid-1960s in response to the Californian landscape. Her vocabulary of lines, shapes and colours has changed little since then, and yet there are huge variations in mood, texture, composition and material. Similarly, there is a balance between understanding her paintings as pure abstractions, emulating the shape of thought, and seeing them for the actual landscapes of the many places Adnan has loved, embraced and responded to. Tackling the complexities of her subject with skill and insight, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie unpacks Adnan's multi-layered career to capture the full scope of her artistic endeavours and impressive achievements.
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Item Number: 148547
Title: HILMA AF KLINT : Notes and Methods
Author: Af Klint, Hilma ; Iris Müller-Westermann (intro., commentary)
Record created on 03/29/18
Description: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 288pp., 300 color plates.
Summary: At the turn of the twentieth century, Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) created a body of work that left visible reality behind, exploring the radical possibilities of abstraction years before Vasily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, or Piet Mondrian. Many consider her the first trained artist to create abstract paintings. With Hilma af Klint: Notes and Methods, we get to experience the arc of Klint’s artistic investigation in her own words. Hilma af Klint studied at the Royal Swedish Academy in Stockholm where she was part of the first generation of female students. Up until the beginning of the century, she painted mainly landscapes and detailed botanical studies. Her work from this period was that of a young artist of her time who meticulously observed the world around her. But, like many of her contemporaries, af Klint was also interested in the invisible relationships that shape our world, believing strongly in a spiritual dimension. She joined the Theosophical Society, and, with four fellow female members who together called themselves “The Five,” began to study mediumship. Between 1906 and 1915, purportedly guided by a higher power, af Klint created 193 individual works that, in both scale and scope of imagery, are like no other art created at that time. Botanically inspired images and mystical symbols, diagrams, words and geometric series, all form part af Klint’s abstract language. These abstract techniques would not be seen again until years later. Notes and Methods presents facsimile reproductions of a wide array of af Klint’s early notebooks accompanied by the first English translation of af Klint’s extensive writings. It contains the rarely seen “Blue Notebooks,” hand-painted and annotated catalogues af Klint created of her most famous series “Paintings for the Temple,” and a dictionary compiled by af Klint of the words and letters found in her work. An introduction by Iris Müller-Westermann illuminates this unique and important contribution to the legacy of Hilma af Klint.
Item Number: 149009
Title: HILMA AF KLINT : Paintings for the Future
Author: Bashkoff, Tracey (ed)
Record created on 05/25/18
Description: New York: Guggenheim Museum Publications, 2018. 29cm., hardcover, 244pp., 220 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: When Swedish artist Hilma af Klint died in 1944 at the age of 81, she left behind more than 1,000 paintings and works on paper that she had kept largely private during her lifetime. Believing the world was not yet ready for her art, she stipulated that it should remain unseen for another 20 years. But only in recent decades has the public had a chance to reckon with af Klint's radically abstract painting practice-one which predates the work of Vasily Kandinsky and other artists widely considered trailblazers of modernist abstraction. Her boldly colorful works, many of them large-scale, reflect an ambitious, spiritually informed attempt to chart an invisible, totalizing world order through a synthesis of natural and geometric forms, textual elements and esoteric symbolism. Accompanying the first major survey exhibition of the artist's work in the United States, Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future represents her groundbreaking painting series while expanding recent scholarship to present the fullest picture yet of her life and art. Essays explore the social, intellectual and artistic context of af Klint's 1906 break with figuration and her subsequent development, placing her in the context of Swedish modernism and folk art traditions, contemporary scientific discoveries, and spiritualist and occult movements. A roundtable discussion among contemporary artists, scholars and curators considers af Klint's sources and relevance to art in the 21st century. The volume also delves into her unrealized plans for a spiral-shaped temple in which to display her art-a wish that finds a fortuitous answer in the Guggenheim Museum's rotunda, the site of the exhibition.
Item Number: 149465
Author: Rylands, Philip (ed)
Record created on 08/28/18
Available October 2018
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Description: Firenze: Forma Edizioni, 2018. 30cm., hardcover, 276pp. illus. Exhibition catalogue. English text.
Summary: Catalogue of the first retrospective of Afro Libio Basaldella, better known as Afro. The exhibition, at the Tornabuoni Art Gallery in Paris, shows works ranging from the 1930s to the 1970s. It includes a room completely dedicated to the preparatory sketches for his large fresco,The Garden of Hope, created in 1958 for the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. His link with American Abstract Expressionism was analysed in the catalogue by Barbara Drudi of the Accademia di Firenze, and thanks to the curatorship of Philip Rylands. Afro Libio Basaldella (Udine, 1912 - Zurich, 1976) was perhaps the most renowned member of the Friuli Avant-garde Movement, which influenced his approach towards a more Expressionist sense of painting that had always been based on traditional Venetian Colourism. In the 1940s, Afro joined the Fronte Nuovo delle Arti, and following a visit to the United States, he joined the Gruppo degli Otto, with whom he exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1952. Although in certain aspects his style seemed similar to American Action Painting, his harmonious tonal modulation and later research into abstract shapes and forms produced intellectually sophisticated results.
Item Number: 146928
Title: L'Arco di AGOSTINO DI DUCCIO nel rione di Porta San Pietro a Perugia
Author: Frate, Maria Carmela
Record created on 10/10/17
Description: Foligno: Il Formichiere, 2017. 24cm., pbk., 234pp. illus.
Summary: La storia di una delle porte più importanti di Perugia, quella sita nel rione di Porta San Pietro, è descritta a partire dalla porta gemina sino alla costruzione della porta nuova di Agostino di Duccio, uno dei rari esempi di architettura rinascimentale cittadina. Attraverso iconografia e documenti sono indagate anche le vicende successive fino a giungere alla valutazione dello stato attuale attraverso rilevamenti geometrici, costruttivi e materici riportati nelle numerose tavole della seconda parte del volume.
Contents: La formazione del rione di Porta San Pietro e la porta medievale ; La porta gemina e la cappella di San Giacomo "infraportas" ; Alcune arti in Porta San Pietro ; Le vicende costruttive della porta rinascimentale nel mutato assetto delle mura ; Per una lettura dell'opera di Agostino di Duccio ; Le vicende successive attraverso l'iconografia ; Il rilievo: le ragioni e il metodo.
Item Number: 147232
Title: AI WEIWEI : Humanity
Author: Warsh, Larry (ed)
Record created on 11/04/17
Description: Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. 20cm., hardcover, 152pp.
Summary: Writings on human life and the refugee crisis by the most important political artist of our time. Ai Weiwei (b. 1957) is widely known as an artist across media: sculpture, installation, photography, performance, and architecture. He is also one of the world's most important artist-activists and a powerful documentary filmmaker. His work and art call attention to attacks on democracy and free speech, abuses of human rights, and human displacement--often on an epic, international scale. This collection of quotations demonstrates the range of Ai Weiwei's thinking on humanity and mass migration, issues that have occupied him for decades. Selected from articles, interviews, and conversations, Ai Weiwei's words speak to the profound urgency of the global refugee crisis, the resilience and vulnerability of the human condition, and the role of art in providing a voice for the voiceless.
Item Number: 149153
Title: JOHN AKOMFRAH
Author: Carrion-Murayari, Gary (et al)
Record created on 06/18/18
Description: New York: New Museum, 2018. 27 x 24cm., pbk., 128pp., 89 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: This catalog is the first monographic publication to survey the work of London-based artist John Akomfrah (born 1957) and accompanies his upcoming New Museum exhibition. Since the early 1980s, Akomfrah's moving image works have offered some of the most rigorous and expansive reflections on the culture of the black diaspora. Zoe Whitley and Aram Moshayedi survey Akomfrah's early work as part of Black Audio Film Collective. Tina Campt explores the sonic resonances of Akomfrah's installation The Unfinished Conversation (2012), which focuses on the life of cultural theorist Stuart Hall. Diana Nawi examines the recent work Transfigured Night (2013/2018), considering how Akomfrah continues to find new languages for film, representation and narrative. T.J. Demos and Okwui Enwezor look at Vertigo Sea (2015), Akomfrah's monumental work exploring the concept of the black Atlantic, using the work to articulate the visual and philosophical underpinnings of Akomfrah's work across his career.
Item Number: 148300
Title: ANNI ALBERS
Author: Coxon, Ann (et al)
Record created on 03/13/18
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with Tate Modern, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 192pp., 190 illus. Exhibition held at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, then to Tate Modern, London.
Summary: Anni Albers (1899–1994) was a German textile designer, weaver, and printmaker, and among the leading pioneers of 20th-century modernism. Although she has heavily influenced generations of artists and designers, her contribution to modernist art history has been comparatively overlooked, especially in relation to that of her husband, Josef. In this groundbreaking and beautifully illustrated volume, Albers’s most important works are examined to fully explore and redefine her contribution to 20th-century art and design and highlight her significance as an artist in her own right. Featured works—from her early activity at the Bauhaus as well as from her time at Black Mountain College, and spanning her entire fruitful career—include wall hangings, designs for commercial use, drawings and studies, jewelry, and prints. Essays by international experts focus on key works and themes, relate aspects of Albers’s practice to her seminal texts On Designing and On Weaving, and identify broader contextual material, including examples of the Andean textiles that Albers collected and in which she found inspiration for her understanding of woven thread as a form of language. Illuminating Albers’s skill as a weaver, her material awareness, and her deep understanding of art and design, this publication celebrates an artist of enormous importance and showcases the timeless nature of her creativity.
Item Number: 148271
Title: JOSEF ALBERS : Life and Work
Author: Darwent, Charles
Record created on 03/06/18
Available September 2018, further details forthcoming
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Description: London: Thames and Hudson, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, ca. 400pp. illus.
Summary: Drawing on extensive unpublished archival writings, documents, and illustrations, this is the first full-scale biography of one of the 20th-century’s great artists. In his accessible study of the “whole” Albers, Charles Darwent combats the fables while telling the fascinating story of an artist, friend, and intellectual. Among Albers’s unpublished papers are letters from friends John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra, and Eva Hesse, as well as fans and collectors ranging from the composer Virgil Thomson to the cartoonist Saul Steinberg. If his network of influence was surprisingly wide, so too, were his interests. He started life at the Bauhaus as a glass-maker and went on to create fonts, to run their famous wallpaper workshop, and to make furniture whose designs are still in production eighty years later. He pioneered the study of color at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, and chaired the design department at Yale University. While books have been written about Albers for specialist audiences, this new volume fulfills the clear need for a more general study.
Item Number: 148433
Title: JOSEF ALBERS : Interaction
Author: Liesbrock, Heinz (ed)
Record created on 03/20/18
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. 29cm., hardcover, 304pp., 140 color illus. Exhibition held at Villa Hügel, Essen. English text.
Summary: Josef Albers (1888–1976) was one of the leading pioneers of 20th-century modernism: he was an extraordinary teacher, writer, painter, and color theorist, who is best known for the Homages to the Square (painted between 1950–76) and The Interaction of Color, published by Yale University Press in 1963. This generously illustrated overview of Albers’s work, accompanying the first major exhibition on the artist in more than thirty years, features all aspects of his long, creative career. Beginning with Albers's time at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau, the publication follows the artist to America and describes major themes of his work there as well as the importance of his frequent travels to Mexico. Paintings, prints, furniture, household objects, works in glass, photographs, and pre-Columbian sculptures are beautifully reproduced and discussed by a team of experts. The juxtaposition of Renaissance sculptures and icons with paintings by Albers underlines the intellectual and spiritual dimensions of his art, and Albers’s influence on 1960s Minimalist art is also explored. Including a comprehensive biography, the book convincingly demonstrates how this great artist transformed modern design by using line, color, surface, and space to challenge the perception of the viewer.
Item Number: 144364
Title: Chiesa, impero e turcherie : GIUSEPPE ALBERTI pittore e architetto nel Trentino barocco
Author: Dal Pra, Laura (et al)
Price: $55.00 Original Price: $110.00
Record created on 01/19/17
Description: Trento: Provincia autonoma di Trento, 2016. 29cm., pbk., 390pp. prof. illus. Exhibition held at Castello del Buonconsiglio, Trento. Italian text.
Summary: Three hundred years ago, Giuseppe Alberti, a painter and architect from the Fiemme valley and a leading figure in Baroque art in Trentino, died in Cavalese. He was involved in the two biggest projects taking place in Trento at the end of the 17th century, namely the Chapel of the Crucifix in the cathedral and the Giunta Albertiana building at the Castello del Buonconsiglio. The third centenary of the artist’s death offered a unique opportunity to recall his work with an exhibition at the Castello del Buonconsiglio, retracing the most important phases in his activities, which saw him play a leading role in the local artistic scene in the last quarter of the 17th century. Thanks to numerous restoration projects promoted by the Cultural Heritage Department over the last thirty years, most of Alberti’s works, whether frescoes or paintings, are now in an excellent state of conservation. Alberti also worked extensively in the diocese, in the Abbey Church in S. Michele all’Adige, where he painted the magnificent demi-lunettes with the Fathers of the Church, the Franciscan church in Cavalese, the Chapel of Suffrage in the Archpriest Church in Riva del Garda and the Chapel of the Rosary in the Parish Church of Pressano, but he was also active in the Vicenza area, working on the decoration of Palazzo Leoni Montanari. In addition to more than seventy works including paintings, drawings, etchings, silverware, alabaster objects and sculptures, the exhibition also intends to highlight the best items produced by Alberti, comparing them with the many stylistic models encountered by the Trentino artist during his studies in Venice (Pietro and Marco Liberi, Bernardo Strozzi, Francesco Maffei, Giovanni Battista Langetti, Karl Loth and Pietro della Vecchia) and in Rome (Pietro da Cortona). The exhibition will recall the fashion for so-called turquerie exploding in Europe in the 17th century, a style which conquered the Western aristocracy, fascinated by the exotic and relatively unknown culture of Turkey, the centre of the Ottoman Empire. In this period the West showed a growing interest in Turkish arts and artefacts, including music, visual arts, architecture and sculpture. The exhibition will display the original blue and coloured majolica tiles in oriental style that once covered the floors of rooms in the Giunta Albertiana. In addition to many motifs taken from the splendid pottery of Iznik, innumerable figures representing birds, landscapes and architecture can be found on these tiles, the same motifs being echoed in aristocratic dwellings, suggesting a dialogue between the West and Istanbul resulting from continuing interaction in terms of trade, legations, and political and diplomatic relations. In the eighteen lunettes in the first room of the Giunta Albertiana, the artist from Fiemme painted chiaroscuro maps with views of cities won back from the Turks by the Empire around the end of the 17th century. Most of these are Hungarian cities, among which Budapest stands out, but there is also Vienna, defended against the attack of the Turks in 1683.
Item Number: 137494
Title: Acanthus occidens : GIOCONDO ALBERTOLLI, formulazione e crisi di una precettistica neoclassica
Author: Cardelli, Mascia
Price: $20.00 Original Price: $100.00
Record created on 08/10/15
Description: Firenze: MCD, 2015. 24cm., pbk., 400pp. illus. Summary: Il magistero di Giocondo Albertolli (1742-1839) all'Accademia di Belle Arti di Milano dal 1776 al 1812 si diffuse grazie alla stampa di quattro repertori di tavole, i quali compendiavano la lunga esperienza dell'ornatista nel campo della decorazione. Quei volumi furono il testo base per gli allievi che frequentavano il corso di ornato a Brera ma anche il punto di riferimento per le generazioni successive. Il metodo di Albertolli godette di ottima fortuna, imponendosi per decenni nelle accademie e nelle scuole d'arte; solo a partire dagli anni Settanta dell'Ottocento la fortuna di suoi repertori risentì dei tentativi di innovazione dell'insegnamento accademico. La foglia d'acanto, che era stato per quasi un secolo il simbolo incontrastato della decorazione neoclassica, tramontò. (Explicandi via, 2)
Item Number: 148687
Title: Il restauro della cupola della cattedrale di San Lorenzo : GALEAZZO ALESSI a Genova
Author: Montagni, Claudio (ed)
Record created on 04/17/18
Description: Genova: Sagep, 2018. 30cm., pbk., 200pp. illus.
Summary: Il volume prende in considerazione la cupola del più importante edificio sacro genovese: la Chiesa Metropolitana di San Lorenzo, Cattedrale di Genova. La struttura, recentemente sottoposta ad un accurato intervento di restauro, costituisce anche la prima opera genovese dell’architetto perugino Galeazzo Alessi, che la edificò intorno alla metà del XVI secolo, introducendo così questo archetipo architettonico nella città, dove in precedenza era sconosciuto. Sostituendo il tiburio di origine medievale con questo nuovo tipo di coronamento della parte sommitale degli edifici sacri, basato sui modelli illustri dell’architettura romana rinascimentale, Alessi apriva così la via ai successivi sviluppi dell’edilizia sacra genovese seicentesca. Il testo, basato sui dati emersi dai lavori di restauro e su un’ampia documentazione archivistica, in gran parte inedita, ripercorre le vicende della costruzione della cupola, partendo dal periodo medievale per giungere sino alle modifiche del XIX secolo. Viene analizzato attentamente il contesto in cui l’architetto perugino è chiamato ad operare sia dal punto di vista storico-culturale, sia riguardo agli aspetti della cultura materiale e delle tecniche edificatorie, sottolineando il rapporto con l’ambiente romano di provenienza, dominato dalle grandi figure di Michelangelo e dei Sangallo. È un momento cruciale per Genova, che entra così a pieno titolo nella civiltà rinascimentale. Il volume contiene anche un resoconto molto accurato del complesso intervento di restauro, concluso nei primi mesi del 2018, che ha comportato una serie di capillari analisi diagnostiche e la risoluzione di una vasta gamma di problematiche strutturali, conservative, tecniche ed estetiche.
Item Number: 146039
Title: JOHN WHITE ALEXANDER : Painter of the Female Form
Author: Goley, Mary Anne
Record created on 06/18/17
Description: London: Philip Wilson, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 272pp., 90 illus., most in color.
Summary: At the time of his death, the Pittsburgh-born John White Alexander (1856-1915) was an internationally recognized portrait painter, on a part with his contemporaries John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase. However the works that have earned him even greater acclaim than his portraits are his figure paintings of femmes fatales, usually richly attired in flowing dresses and striking elaborate poses. Alexander had been much in demand as a portraitist, both of men and children as well as women, but his real talent, which became evident relatively late in his career, lay in his ability to capture the essence of the female form. This talent blossomed after he encountered Juliette Very, the Parisian model who became his muse. Inspired by Juliette, his paintings are imbued with sentiment expressed through movement and gesture, and it was the portrayal of his models in this way that brought him fame. He also borrowed from the post-impressionist group of painters, the Nabis' use of bold abstract forms and flowing lines, and from James McNeil Whistler's muted coloration, to create his own unique style.
Item Number: 142987
Title: Gli allievi di ALGARDI : Opere, geografia, temi della scultura in Italia nella seconda metà del Seicento : Convegno internazionale
Author: Bacchi, Andrea ; Alessandro Nova ; Lucia Simonato
Record created on 09/18/16
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Description: Milano: Officina Libraria, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 424pp., 16 color, 180 b&w illus illus. Papers from a conference held at Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, 9-11 April 2015.
Summary: A trent'anni dalla pubblicazione del magistrale monografia di Jennifer Montagusu sullo scultore Alessandro Algardi (Bologna, 1598 - Roma, 1654), ancora oggi punto di partenza imprescindibile per lo studio della scultura barocca italiana, il convegno internazionale Gli allievi di Algardi. Opere, geografia, temi della scultura in Italia nella seconda metà del Seicento (2015), organizzato in collaborazione tra il Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut e la Scuola Normale Superiore, ha reso omaggio alla sua autrice affrontando, in alcuni punti nodali, il tema della diffusione e della fortuna del linguaggio algardiano non solo a Roma, ma anche nei principali centri artistici della penisola, dopo la morte del maestro fino alla conclusione del secolo. Il punto di partenza è stata la produzione dei "giovani" di Algardi (Ercole Ferrata, Domenico Guidi e Girolamo Lucenti) e i loro debiti nei confronti dello scultore bolognese, con approfondimenti su singole opere romane e una riflessione su alcuni degli aspetti centrali della loro ricezione. Si prosegue poi con l'assimilazione del linguaggio algardiano fuori dalla città pontificia, prendendo in considerazione casi di opere presenti realizzate da suoi allievi a Napoli, Genova, Bologna, Siena e Firenze. I viaggi di questi fuori Roma o la loro produzione in patria dopo l'apprendistato romano, così come la circolazione dei modelli del maestro in Italia nel medio e tardo Seicento, permetteranno di misurare le qualità dell'insegnamento algardiano anche alla luce delle declinazioni locali che questa lezione innescò in diversi centri di consolidata tradizione artistica. Infine, per ricapitolare le principali tematiche emerse, si utilizzeranno alcuni punti di osservazione privilegiati, quali il rapporto con l'Antico, il dialogo tra pittura e scultura, le evoluzioni del rilievo tardo barocco, la fortuna nella guidistica.
Contents: A. Bacchi, I Crocifissi di Ferrata per San Pietro ; C. Parisi, Vicende artistiche e fortuna critica di Girolamo Lucenti ; I. Herklotz, Ecfrasi e scultura a Roma all'ombra di Luigi XIV. Una nuova fonte per Domenico Guidi ; C. Giometti, A Roma e altrove. Il doppio registro espressivo di Domenico Guidi ; F. Loffredo, Il San Crispino di Reggio Emilia: la rielaborazione di una terracotta di Algardi ; P. D'Agostino, La circolazione dei bronzetti di Alessandro Algardi nell'Italia meridionale ; S. Zanuso, Un inedito memoriale di Bernardo Falconi: dalla corte estense ai colossi lombardi ; S. Massari, La memoria di Algardi nella scultura bolognese del secondo Seicento ; D. Sanguineti, Algardi e l'ambiente genovese- collezionismo, fortuna, tangenze ; A. Angelini, L'eredità della lezione di Alessandro Algardi nell'arte a Siena in età chigiana ; K. d'Alburquerque, Giovanni Battista Foggini, scultore 'algardiano' al servizio dei Medici ; S. Pierguidi, Ferrata e Maratti: il primato dell'Antico nello studio accademico ; S. Rudolph, Maratti e gli scultori ; A.-L. Desmas, Il rilievo: da Algardi a Monnot ; L. Simonato, Giovan Battista Pacichelli e la scultura.
Item Number: 147751
Title: RENATE ALLER : Mountain Interval
Author: Sultan, Terrie
Record created on 12/27/17
Description: Santa Fe: Radius Books, 2018. 36 x 26cm., hardcover, 164pp., 65 color images.
Summary: The latest project from New York–based photographer Renate Aller includes mountain peaks from six continents. These photographs were taken from locations as high as 22,500 feet (adjacent to Mount Everest) to the European glaciers and mountain peaks of her childhood vacations. The subject matter is monumental, yet the images connect the viewer in a way that is not overpowering. Similar to the sand dune images from Ocean | Desert, the artist engages us with these giants in all their detail, the veins and textures of the rocks in their constantly transient state. Aller isolates the mountain from its expected surroundings, using and presenting the familiar and the known in an intimate way, relating to parallel realities from different locations, opening up conversations between the different (political) landscapes in which we live.
Item Number: 110769
Title: RAMON MARTI ALSINA : El gran dia de Girona : Anatomia d'un quadre
Author: Faxedas, Maria Lluisa (et al)
Price: $11.00 Original Price: $55.00
Record created on 12/07/10
Description: Girona: Museu d'Art Girona, 2010. 24cm., hardcover, 372pp., 58 color illus. Multi-lingual text. Exhibition catalogue.
Item Number: 148538
Title: LOLA ALVAREZ BRAVO : Picturing Mexico
Author: Weissberg, Stephanie ; Karen Cordero Reiman
Record created on 03/29/18
Available November 2018
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 96pp., 70 illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: This stunning and lyrical volume highlights the personal work of Lola Álvarez Bravo (1903–1993), one of Mexico’s foremost photographers. Álvarez Bravo worked as a photojournalist, commercial photographer, portraitist, and educator and played a critical role in her country’s cultural renaissance. In the years following the Mexican Revolution, she captured a profoundly transformative moment for the country’s land, architecture, and people. She remains best known for these works and for her portraits of prominent modernists working in Mexico, including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Lola Álvarez Bravo delves into a lesser-known body of work, in which attention to pattern, light, and abstraction guides the artist’s depictions of urban and rural landscapes and their inhabitants. It also addresses her role in building and securing the legacy of the post-Revolutionary period, her dialogue with modernist photographers, and her place within the broader cultural sphere, offering new insight into the mutual influence she shared with prominent painters, filmmakers, and literary figures of her time.
Item Number: 149272
Title: LAURENT AMIOT : Canadian Master Silversmith
Author: Villeneuve, Rene
Record created on 07/06/18
Description: Vancouver: Figure 1 Publishing, In partnership with the National Gallery of Canada, 2018. 30cm., hardcover, 256pp. prof. illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: Laurent Amiot was born in Quebec City in 1764, and after a first apprenticeship stayed in Paris for five years, just before the French Revolution, to perfect his artistic training. He returned to his hometown in the spring of 1787, acquainted with the latest European stylistic trends, mastering the art of composition and possessing a solid technique. He opened a workshop in the Old City the following year, inaugurating a fruitful practice that spans five decades. This illustrated catalog, containing some 80 works on display, is published on the occasion of the presentation of the first retrospective devoted to the artist. Three chapters highlight the fundamental role of Amiot’s contribution to the development of art in Canada. The first two scrutinize his training, his practice, the operation of the workshop, the role of the collaborators and relationships with patrons. The third analyzes the work, trying to advance knowledge of the society in which it blossomed.
Item Number: 146331
Title: LAURIE ANDERSON : All the Things I Lost in the Flood
Record created on 07/31/17
Description: New York: Rizzoli Electa, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 304pp. illus.
Summary: An icon of performance art and the indie-music world, this is the first book on the artist's full career to date, as curated by the artist herself. Laurie Anderson is one of the most revered artists working today, and she is as prolific as she is inventive. She is a musician, performance artist, composer, fiction writer, and filmmaker (her most recent foray, Heart of a Dog, was lauded as an "experimental marvel" by the Los Angeles Times). Anderson moves seamlessly between the music world and the fine-art world while maintaining her stronghold in both. A true polymath, her interest in new media made her an early pioneer of harnessing technology for artistic purposes long before the technology boom of the last ten years. Regardless of the medium, however, it is exploration of language (and how it seeps into the image) and storytelling that is her metier. A few years ago, Anderson began poring through her extensive archive of nearly forty years of work, which includes scores of documentation, notebooks, and sketchbooks. In the process, she rediscovered important work and looked at well-known projects with a new lens. In this landmark volume, the artist brings together the most comprehensive collection of her artwork to date, some of which has never before been seen or published. Spanning drawing, multimedia installations, performance, and new projects using augmented reality, the extensive volume traverses four decades of her groundbreaking art. Each chapter includes commentary written by Anderson herself, offering an intimate understanding of her work through the artist's own words.
Item Number: 149191
Title: DAVID KIMBALL ANDERSON : Works 1969-2017
Author: Wilson-Powell, MaLin
Record created on 06/20/18
Available August 2018
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Description: Santa Fe: Radius Books, 2018. 31cm., hardcover, 164pp., 73 color illus.
Summary: Spanning nearly four decades of work by Santa Cruz–based sculptor David Kimball Anderson (born 1946), this monograph presents a chronology of Anderson’s works, which balance the industrial and the delicate through such materials as steel, fiberglass and wood.
Item Number: 149606
Title: ANDO : Complete Works 1975-Today
Author: Jodidio, Philip
Record created on 10/10/18
Available November 2018
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Description: Köln: Taschen, 2018. 39cm., hardcover, 740pp. illus. Updated edition.
Summary: This fresh and incisive overview of Tadao Ando’s oeuvre spans from his very beginnings in 1975 to today. Through photographs and architectural drawings, the XXL-sized tribute sheds light on the Modernist master and includes such new projects as the Shanghai Poly Grand Theater and the Clark Center at Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. This thoroughly updated 2018 edition spans the breadth of his entire career, including such stunning new projects as the Shanghai Poly Grand Theater and the Clark Center at Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Each project is profiled through photographs and architectural drawings to explore Ando’s unprecedented use of concrete, wood, water, light, space, and natural forms. Featuring designs from award-winning private homes, churches, museums, and apartment complexes to cultural spaces throughout Japan, Korea, France, Italy, Spain, and the USA, this XXL-sized tribute is the definitive overview of this Modernist master.
Item Number: 147514
Title: TADAO ANDO : The Colours of Light Volume 1
Author: Pare, Richard
Record created on 12/06/17
Description: London: Phaidon, 2018. 29cm., hardcover, 264pp., 350 illus.
Summary: A new edition of the acclaimed portfolio of work by Japan's leading architect, now featuring digitally remastered photographs. An exquisite work of art in its own right, this book is the result of ten years' collaboration between the English photographer Richard Pare and the internationally renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando. This new edition features all the same extraordinary photographs, completely remastered from the original negatives, bringing this beautiful volume back to life. Pare's remarkable images shed new light on this important body of work, while Ando's original line drawings and sketches provide unparalleled insight into his creative process.
Item Number: 149330
Title: FRANCO ANGELI : The 60s
Author: Barbero, Luca Massimo ; Laura Cherubini
Record created on 07/20/18
Description: Venice: Marsilio, 2018. 28cm., pbk., 280pp. illus. English edition
Summary: Franco Angeli was one of the leading figures in the Italian art of the postwar period. Often labeled superficially as “Pop,” he is revealed here, through new documents and studies, as an artist who took a surprising and unprecedented approach to his work. He made his debut in the fifties in a still little-known experimental Roman laboratory where the new generations encountered the masters of Italian art. This book reconstructs the stylistic and artistic reciprocities and the relations of Angeli with his friends and colleagues up until the sixties, a time when, with his attainment of an existential image that was at the same time deeply polemical and provocative, his work developed along versatile lines, in an original dialogue with the international context.
Item Number: 146635
Title: FRA ANGELICO : Heaven on Earth
Author: Silver, Nathaniel (ed)
Record created on 08/31/17
Description: London: Holberton, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 250pp., 125 color illus. Exhibition to be held at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.
Summary: Accompanying the exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, this catalogue explores one of the most important artists of the Renaissance. Fra Angelico (about 1395–1455) transformed Western art with pioneering images, rethinking popular compositions and investing traditional Christian subjects with new meaning. His altarpieces and frescoes set new standards for quality and ingenuity, securing his place in history. With the intellect of a Dominican theologian, the technical facility of Florence’s finest craftsmen and the business acumen of its shrewdest merchants, he forged the future of painting in Italy and beyond. The exhibition reunites for the first time Fra Angelico’s four reliquaries for Santa Maria Novella (1424-34; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Museo di San Marco, Florence). Together they cover key episodes in the life of the Virgin Mary and capture in miniature some of his most important compositional innovations. Assembled at the Gardner with exceptional examples of Angelico’s narrative paintings from collections in Europe and the United States, Heaven on Earth explores his celebrated talents as a storyteller and the artistic contributions that shaped a new ideal of painting in Florence.
Item Number: 149388
Title: FRA ANGELICO : Renaissance Painter, Dominican Friar, Mystic
Author: Verdon, Timothy
Record created on 08/03/18
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Description: Turnhout: Brepols, 2018. 39cm., hardcover, ca. 384pp., 247 color illus.
Summary: A lavishly illustrated exploration of the art and theology of Fra Angelico.
(Arts and the Sacred, 3)
Item Number: 110355
Title: Mater admirabilis : i polittici di Francesco di Andrea ANGUILLA
Author: Dinelli, Pier Paolo
Price: $4.85 Original Price: $48.50
Record created on 11/10/10
Description: Pisa: Pacini, Comune di Camaiore, 2010. 30cm., pbk., 93pp. illus., most in color. Exhibition held at Museo d'arte sacra, Camaiore. Contents: La Madonna con il Bambino ; Il polittico di Francesco di Andrea Anguilla nella storia della Badia di San Pietro ; Nuove proposte per Francesco di Andrea Anguilla ed il suo polittico di Camaiore ; Trovasi in uno stato di deperimento deplorante... ; Il polittico di Francesco d'Andrea Anguilla in Camaiore.
Item Number: 149044
Title: ANTONELLO DA MESSINA
Author: Villa, Giovanni C.F
Record created on 05/30/18
Available Autumn 2018
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Description: Milano: Skira, 2018. 30cm., hardcover, 336pp., ca. 300 color plates. Published on occasion of the exhibition to be held at Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo. Italian text.
Summary: Figura di fondamentale importanza per la comprensione dell'arte europea del Quattrocento, Antonello da Messina (1430-1479) fu un artista straordinario, capace di sintetizzare le maggiori novità pittoriche del XV secolo: la costruzione volumetrica e prospettica degli italiani e la capacità di rendere gli effetti atmosferici di luce e colore dei fiamminghi. Durante il suo apprendistato a Napoli, presso il pittore Colantonio, entrò in contatto con il Rinascimento italiano e con le tendenze di derivazione provenzale e fiamminga; successivamente fece altri viaggi, in particolare a Venezia (dove la sua presenza influenzò gli inizi del rinascimento veneziano) e nel centro Italia, dove ebbe modo di conoscere la pittura di Piero della Francesca che influì in maniera determinante sulla sua arte. Pubblicato in occasione della mostra che inaugura le celebrazioni per il 540 anni dalla morte (e fulcro di Palermo Capitale della cultura italiana 2018), il volume riunisce l'intero corpus pittorico dell'artista e propone un'ampia riflessione sulla formazione e sull'affermarsi dello straordinario talento di Antonello; vengono inoltre illustrate le fonti di ispirazione del maestro siciliano e il seguito che la sua arte ebbe in quella di altri grandi pittori come Jan Van Eyck, Petrus Christus, Colantonio e Giovanni Bellini, Cima da Conegliano, Alvise Vivarini e Bartolomeo Montagna. I saggi in catalogo approfondiscono la figura di Antonello, analizzandone la tecnica pittorica e la fortuna, e ricostruendo il vasto contesto culturale in cui visse, con particolare attenzione all'influenza delle Fiandre. Cinque noti scrittori hanno scelto un'opera di Antonello su cui elaborare un racconto breve.
Item Number: 148031
Title: DIANE ARBUS : A box of ten photographs
Author: Jacob, John P
Record created on 02/01/18
Description: New York: Aperture, in association with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., 2018. 36cm., hardcover, 110pp., 44 images, slipcase.
Summary: In May 1971, Artforum, bastion of late modernism, featured the work of a photographer for the very first time. On its cover and in a six-page spread, it published selections from Diane Arbus's portfolio, A box of ten photographs. In the words of the magazine’s editor and photography skeptic, Philip Leider, “The portfolio changed everything . . . one could no longer deny [photography’s] status as art.” At the time of Arbus’s death, two months later, only four of the intended edition of fifty had been sold. Two had been purchased from Arbus by Richard Avedon (the first for himself, the second as a gift for his friend Mike Nichols); another was purchased by Jasper Johns; and a fourth by Bea Feitler, art director at Harper’s Bazaar. Arbus signed the prints in all four sets; each print was accompanied by an interleaving vellum slip-sheet inscribed with an extended caption. For Feitler, Arbus added an eleventh photograph, A woman with her baby monkey, N.J., 1971. Acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., in 1986—and the only one of the four completed and sold by Arbus that is publicly held—that portfolio is the subject of an exhibition on view at the museum from April through September 2018. This exceptional book replicates the nature of Diane Arbus’s original and now legendary object. Smithsonian curator John P. Jacob, who has unearthed a trove of new information in preparing the book and exhibition, weaves a fascinating tale of the creation, production, and continuing repercussions of this seminal work.
Item Number: 149079
Title: SIAH ARMAJANI : Follow This Line
Author: Davies, Clare ; Victoria Sung (eds)
Record created on 06/03/18
Available November 2018
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Description: Minneapolis-New York: Walker Art Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 448pp., 550 color, 250 b&w illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: In Tehran, children walking home from school would scrape their pencils against the walls, tracing their paths through the city and chanting "follow this line." Siah Armajani (born 1939) recounts that this simple gesture speaks to the desire to mark one's presence in space. Siah Armajani: Follow This Line asks visitors to follow the artist across a shifting terrain, first within the context of pre-revolution Iran, and later, postwar and present-day America. Though Armajani is best known today for his works of public art—bridges, gazebos, reading rooms—located across the United States and Europe, this groundbreaking exhibition argues for a thoughtful reexamination of his studio as the site of a rich and generative practice. His works engage a range of references: from Persian calligraphy to the manifesto, letter and talisman; from poetry to mathematical equations and computer programming; from the abstract expressionist canvas to American vernacular architecture, Bauhaus design and Russian constructivism. Published to accompany Armajani's first major US retrospective, this catalog is his most comprehensive publication to date. Developed in close collaboration with the artist, it offers new scholarship on his six-decade-long career and also includes previously unpublished texts. Contributions by Nazgol Ansarinia, Sam Durant, Barbad Golshiri and Slavs and Tatars speak to Armajani's influence on a younger generation of artists based in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.
Item Number: 149394
Title: DANIEL ARSHAM
Author: Obrist, Hans Ulrich (et al)
Record created on 08/06/18
Description: New York: Rizzoli Electa, 2018. 30c., hardcover, 256pp. illus.
Summary: Daniel Arsham mines lusted-after consumer goods and iconic imagery to create his conceptual objects and sculptures. The artist then casts and refinishes his work to imitate the effects of erosion and subsidence, creating monuments to our present obsessions, as if the objects were rescued from Pompeii. That same impulse toward excavation animates many of his installations,which range from layered broken walls to geodefilled caverns to melting portals. From room-collapsing environmental installations for today’s leading brands and museums to elaborate set design for classical dance, Arsham twists elements of architecture to create immersive aesthetic experiences that appeal to the divided attentions of a contemporary audience. Presented as an induction manual to Arsham’s covetable world, the book will provide a complete overview of his practice. Virgil Abloh discusses Arsham’s contribution to a post-media artistic landscape, a thread developed by Hans Ulrich Obrist in a conversation with the artist that traces art-historical precedents. Steven Matijcio will discuss the artist’s projects and collaborations, which range from sets for Merce Cunningham’s dance company to clothes and sneakers with streetwear icons Ronnie Fieg and Adidas to projects with James Franco and Pharrell Williams and films with Mahershala Ali.
Item Number: 147553
Title: RUTH ASAWA
Author: Bell, Tiffany ; Robert Storr
Record created on 12/08/17
Description: New York: David Zwirner, 2018. 30cm., hardcover, 176pp., 100 illus.
Summary: Known for her intricate and dynamic wire sculptures, the American sculptor, educator and arts activist Ruth Asawa challenged conventional notions of material and form through her emphasis on lightness and transparency. Asawa began her now iconic looped-wire works in the late 1940s while still a student at Black Mountain College. Their unique structure was inspired by a 1947 trip to Mexico, during which local craftsmen taught her how to create baskets out of wire. While seemingly unrelated to the lessons of color and composition taught in Josef Albers’ legendary Basic Design course, these works, as she explained, are firmly grounded in his teachings in their use of unexpected materials and their elision of figure and ground. Presenting an important and timely overview of the artist’s work, this monograph brings together a broad selection of her sculptures, works on paper and more. Together they demonstrate the centrality of Asawa’s innovative practice to the art-historical legacy of the 20th century. In addition to an incredible group of photographs of the artist and her work by Imogen Cunningham, a selection of rare archival materials illustrates a chronology of the artist’s life and work. Also featured is an extensive text by Tiffany Bell that explores the artist’s influences, history, and, most importantly, the work itself, as well as a significant essay by Robert Storr discussing Asawa’s work in relation to mid-20th century art history, culture and scientific theory. Born in Norwalk, California, to Japanese immigrants, Ruth Asawa (1926–2013) enrolled in Milwaukee State Teachers College in 1943, but was unable to receive her degree due to continued hostility against Japanese Americans. In 1946, Asawa began to study at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, where she absorbed the vital teachings and influences of Josef and Anni Albers, Buckminster Fuller and Merce Cunningham, among others, and embraced her own vocation as an artist. Asawa died in August 2013, at the age of 87, at her home in San Francisco.
Item Number: 147501
Title: JOHN ASHBERRY : They Knew What They Wanted: Collages and Poems
Author: Ashberry, John
Record created on 12/05/17
Description: New York: Rizzoli Electa, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 128pp., 75 color illus.
Summary: Widely considered the most important poet in America today, John Ashbery creates collage both in his poetry and as visual art. This beautiful volume features Ashbery’s collage work in both media. John Ashbery is known foremost as a poet, but he has been creating collages for nearly as long as he’s been writing poetry. He began working in the medium when he was an undergraduate at Harvard, more than seventy years ago. Now, for the first time ever, this volume compiles a comprehensive selection of Ashbery’s collage work, accompanied by a selection of collage-related poems. Like his poetry, Ashbery’s collage work combines art historical and pop culture references, creating often humorous juxtapositions. Ashbery’s approach to poetry and collage is quite similar and here, in an extensive interview with poet, critic, and longtime friend John Yau, Ashbery delves into his creative process and the parallels between creating in the two media. The subtitle They Knew What They Wanted is taken from one of Ashbery’s collage-poems, which is featured in this volume along with many others. With about seventy-five collages, exploring how Ashbery’s visual art has evolved over the years, this book is a must-have for the many lovers of Ashbery’s poetry, and for all those wishing to learn more about his creative output.
Item Number: 148566
Title: Thomas, Lucy and Alatau: The ATKINSONS’ Adventures in Siberia and the Kazakh Steppe
Author: Stewart, John Massey
Record created on 04/02/18
Description: London: Unicorn Press, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 302pp., 40 color plates.
Summary: This is the first full biography of an unjustly forgotten man: Thomas Witlam Atkinson (1799 - 1861), architect, artist, traveller extraordinaire, author - and bigamist. Famous in his lifetime as `the Siberian traveller', he spent seven years travelling nearly 40,000 miles through the Urals, Kazakhstan and Siberia with special authorisation from the Tsar, producing 560 watercolour sketches - many published here for the first time - of the often dramatic scenery and exotic peoples. He kept a detailed daily journal, now extensively quoted for the first time with his descendants' cooperation. This is also the story of Lucy, his spirited and intrepid wife and their son Alatau Tamchiboulac, called after their favourite places and born in a remote Cossack fort. They both shared his many adventures and extremes of heat and cold, travelling with him on horseback up and down precipices and across dangerous rivers, escaping a murder plot atop a great cliff and befriending the famous Decembrist exiles.
Item Number: 145269
Title: AUDUBON's Last Wilderness Journey: The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America
Author: Tyler, Ron
Record created on 04/18/17
Description: London: Giles, 2018. 30cm., hardcover, 280pp., 212 color illus.
Summary: John James Audubon's Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America was the largest and most significant color plate book produced in the United States in the nineteenth century, and a fitting monument to the genius of America's most famous ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. Measuring an impressive 27 3/4 x 21 1/4 inches, the Quadrupeds was published in 1845-48 as a three-volume elephant folio broadsheet edition, the artist's final great natural history work and the first single publication to document America's animals. Audubon’s Last Wilderness Journey reproduces all one hundred and fifty original lithographic prints in color, with a timeline of Audubon's life and a map of his 1843 expedition to the Missouri River with Reverend John Bachman, his friend, fellow naturalist, and co-author. Essays by noted experts in art history, wildlife science, and ecology put this remarkable work in context, explaining its technical, artistic, and scientific importance and legacy. Surprisingly, there is very little currently available in print on the Quadrupeds. This exceptional new volume will have serious appeal to the general public and to art historians, scientists, environmentalists, scholars, researchers, and academics alike.
Item Number: 123374
Title: The Paintings of DIRCK VAN BABUREN (ca. 1592/93–1624) : Catalogue Raisonné
Author: Franits, Wayne
Record created on 01/21/13
Description: Amsterdam-Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2013. 30cm., hardcover, 382pp., 15 color, 114 b&w illus. English text. Summary: Dirck van Baburen (1592/93–1624) ranks among the most influential Dutch followers of the famous Italian painter Caravaggio. After concluding his training in his native Utrecht, Van Baburen traveled to Italy where he would remain for about eight years. The young artist enjoyed great success there, working for such major patrons as Vicenzo Giustiniani and the Spanish diplomatic representative to the Papacy, Pietro Cussida. Upon Van Baburen's return to Utrecht in late 1620, he established himself as one of that city's major painters by producing engaging work that combined innovative subject matter and appropriations of contemporary Italian art. Franits's monograph is the first major study of the artist in nearly 50 years. It consists of a lengthy introduction that explores Van Baburen's development as an artist and the reception of his work among contemporaries, followed by a comprehensive catalogue raisonné of his 42 authentic paintings, the 29 associated with the artist and/or his workshop, approximately 200 rejected works, 18 that are lost, and lastly, 5 drawings that have been linked to Van Baburen directly or related to his paintings. Consequently, this book provides a much-needed reassessment of Van Baburen's oeuvre, addressing, for example, new pictures that have appeared on the art market in recent decades and exploring his hitherto understudied yet critical Italian period. (OCULI: Studies in the Arts of the Low Countries, 13)
Item Number: 149533
Title: BACCIO DA MONTELUPO : Architetto nella Repubblica di Lucca
Author: Ceccanti, Costantino
Record created on 09/14/18
Available October 2018
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Description: Lucca: Maria Pacini Fazzi, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 244pp. illus.
Summary: Baccio da Montelupo è universalmente conosciuto per essere stato uno dei maggiori scultori fiorentini al passaggio tra i secoli XV e XVI. Amico di Michelangelo, prese parte ad alcune delle maggiori imprese artistiche della sua epoca, lavorò tra Firenze, Bologna e Venezia. Tuttavia, esiste un lato meno noto e meno indagato della sua carriera: già Giorgio Vasari parlò della sua attività di architetto che si svolse soprattutto, ma non solo, nell’ultimo quindicennio della sua vita, trascorso a Lucca.
L’obiettivo di questo studio è quello di ricostruire il percorso architettonico di Baccio da Montelupo, partendo dalle prime opere effimere, realizzate in occasione della visita di Leone X a Firenze, nel 1515, per arrivare alle imprese lucchesi. La scansione della documentazione d’archivio, delle fonti secondarie e, soprattutto, un’attenta analisi dell’architettura lucchese del primo Cinquecento, hanno permesso di definire in maniera dettagliata un aspetto tra i meno studiati ma tra i più interessanti del pieno Rinascimento.
Item Number: 147475
Title: Ricerche su GIOVANNI BAGLIONE : L'iconografia, i ritratti, i dipinti mobili fino al 1600 e il rapporto con il “naturale”
Author: Vannugli, Antonio
Record created on 12/01/17
Description: Roma: Gangemi, 2017. 24cm., pbk., 208pp. illus.
Summary: Questo libro prende le mosse dall'individuazione di un nuovo Autoritratto che Giovanni Baglione (Roma 1569(?) – 1643) dipinse in gioventù e si sviluppa passando in rassegna gli autoritratti e i ritratti attualmente conosciuti dell'artista, per ampliare quindi il discorso sulla sua intera produzione ritrattistica. Attraverso tale indagine, è apparso come non mai evidente che l'incontro-scontro con il Caravaggio ebbe a livello stilistico effetti ancor meno rilevanti di quanto – non di rado per inconfessabili ragioni di mercato – si è oggi generalmente disposti ad ammettere. Essi furono invece non solo marginali e transeunti, ma soprattutto svincolati dal percorso personale di Baglione verso una più fedele restituzione del colore naturale: percorso lungo il quale egli si era incamminato già prima del 1600 e che si svolse in realtà su una linea del tutto indipendente dai fondamenti del naturalismo caravaggesco. A tal fine ne viene ripercorsa la carriera fino al volgere del secolo e in special modo la scarna produzione giovanile da cavalletto pervenutaci, soffermandosi sull'Apparizione dell'angelo a san Giuseppe di Mosca come anche, varcata la soglia del Seicento, sulle due serie di Muse e sui diversi quadri con San Giovanni Battista. Infine, la prassi del Baglione pittore viene posta a confronto con il pensiero del Baglione scrittore, che si è tentato di definire con maggior precisione attraverso una sistematica analisi lessicale delle ricorrenze del termine “naturale” nelle Vite del 1642
Contents: L'autocelebrazione di un Accademico Romano e Cavaliere di Cristo ; Attraverso gli occhi di un amico - I ritratti di Ottavio Leoni e l'enigma dell'anno di nascita ; L'immagine senile di un sedicente aristocratico ; Altri autoritratti, veri e presunti, nei panni di osservatore, partecipante o peggio ; Un Autoritratto parlante - realta e aspirazioni di un artista da giovane ; Giovann Baglione pittore sistino - riflessioni di merito e di metodo ; Prime incursioni su cavalletto di un frescante nato, tra Sisto V e il Giubileo del 1600 ; Una proposta per l'Apparizione dell'angelo a san Giuseppe ; Giovanni Baglione ritrattista - lacerti di un'attivita perduta ; L'enigma delle Muse - una soluzione plausibile ; Ritratti muliebri sub specie altera ; Baglione, il 'naturale' e il Caravaggio - un'evoluzione interrotta ; Giovanni Baglione - I quadri di San Giovanni Battista ; Baglione e il 'naturale' - un'indagine statistica nel lessico delle Vite ; Conclusione - Giovanni Baglione 1610 - "Colorire dal naturale" tra I "Cavalieri" e Annibale Carracci ; Bibliografia.
Item Number: 148764
Title: BEEZY BAILEY
Author: Cork, Richard ; Roslyn Sulcas
Record created on 04/25/18
Available October 2018
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Description: London: Circa, 2018. 29cm., hardcover, 256pp., 240 color illus.
Summary: Beezy Bailey aspires to create art as a balm for a mad world - a corrective for our most lamentable human qualities, including a planet brutalized by extremes of wealth and poverty, environmental ignorance and negligence. Often his works are accompanied by poems, such as 1000 Year Dance Cure, in which he exhorts the world to dance a new dance, to abandon that which does not serve us, and to embrace each other in our humanity, and the Earth in her service to us. The sources of his imagery are elusive. In his own words: "frozen dreams, images and legends enter from my subconscious, the realm of my imagination. I act as a conduit for visual messages greater than I am." This new monograph embraces the entire spectrum of Bailey's creative output over the past thirty-five years, from sculpture and ceramics to paintings, prints and drawings.
Item Number: 149000
Title: Der Sündenfall im werk von HANS BALDUNG GRIEN : Ikonographie und Kontext
Author: Carrasco, Julia
Record created on 05/25/18
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Description: PetersBerg: Imhof, 2018. 30cm., hardcover, ca. 256pp., 129 illus.
Summary: Der Sündenfall entwickelte sich um 1500 zu einem höchst populären Thema der nordalpinen Kunst, das neben heilsgeschichtlichen und moralischen zunehmend auch künstlerischgestalterische und ästhetisch-sinnliche Fragestellungen aufwarf. Diese Vielfalt spiegelt sich exemplarisch im Werk Hans Baldung Griens wider, der zu den bedeutendsten, wenngleich weniger bekannten altdeutschen Künstlern zählt. Medial divers und über das gesamte Schaffen verteilt, kommt Baldungs oftmals originellen Formulierungen des Sujets eine repräsentative Stellung innerhalb des Oeuvres zu. Demgegenüber haben die Werke in der Forschung bislang eine überwiegend selektive, werkimmanente und psychologisierende Deutung erfahren. Die Publikation bietet erstmals eine vollständige Analyse des gesamten Werkkomplexes, die verbunden mit einer Rekonstruktion der kunst- und kulturhistorischen Perspektive ein historisch angemessenes Verständnis der Werke im Kontext ihrer Zeit eröffnet. Neben der Einbettung der Werke in das Künstleroeuvre und die zeitgenössische Kunstproduktion steht hierbei die Untersuchung medialer und funktionaler Aspekte, theologischer und sozialgeschichtlicher Gesichtspunkte und kommerzieller Fragestellungen im Vordergrund.
Item Number: 147739
Title: GIACOMO BALLA : Designing the Future
Author: Benzi, Fabio
Record created on 12/26/17
Description: Milan: Silvana, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 128pp., 146 illus. Exhibition held at Estorick Collection, London. English text.
Summary: Giacomo Balla (1871-1958) is one of the undisputed masters of modern Italian art. An important exponent of the Divisionist style, he went on to become one of the five signatories of Futurism’s initial painting manifestos of 1910 and was a pioneering figure of European Modernism, being one of the first artists to aim at the transformation of everyday life in accordance with avant-garde aesthetic. This volume of important and rarely-seen from the Fondazione Biagiotti Cigna – one of the largest collections of Balla’s works anywhere in the world – has been curated by Fabio Benzi, a leading authority on the artist. It spans Balla’s entire career, comprising both figurative and abstract paintings and drawings, as well as fashion-related designs and examples of applied art.
Item Number: 149252
Author: Bouvier, Raphael (et al)
Record created on 07/03/18
Available December 2018
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Description: Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz, 2018. 31cm., hardcover, 176pp., 120 illus. Exhibition held at Fondation Beyeler, Basel. English text.
Summary: In his multifaceted, multilayered oeuvre Balthus (1908–2001), one of the last great twentieth-century masters, pursued a path that ran exactly contrary to the modern avant-garde movements. As quiet as they are intriguing, his works feature colliding contrasts, combining reality and dream, eroticism and innocence, practicality and mystery, the familiar and the uncanny in unique ways. The Fondation Beyeler’s retrospective unites around fifty significant paintings from all phases of this legendary artist’s career, reflecting the ambiguous presentation of his imagery. The exhibition and its companion catalogue begin with the monumental, enigmatic masterpiece, Passage du Commerce-Saint-André (1952-54), in which Balthus’s intensive study of the dimensions of space and time and their relationship to figure and object is especially apparent.
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