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Item Number: 145497
Title: The Tyrant Slayers of Ancient Athens : A Tale of Two Statues
Author: Azoulay, Vincent ; Janet Lloyd (trans) ; Paul Cartledge (foreword)
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 9780190663568
Record created on 05/02/17
Available October 2017
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Description: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 288p. illus.

Summary: This investigation relies on a rash bet: to write the biography of two of the most famous statues in Antiquity, the Tyrannicides. Representing the murderers of the tyrant Hipparchus in full action, these statues erected on the Agora of Athens have been in turn worshipped, outraged, and imitated. They have known hours of glory and moments of hardships, which have transformed them into true icons of Athenian democracy. The subject of this book is the remarkable story of this group statue and the ever-changing significance of its tyrant-slaying subjects. The first part of this book, in six chapters, tells the story of the murder of Hipparchus and of the statues of the two tyrannicides from the end of the sixth century to the aftermath of the restoration of democracy in 403. The second part, in three chapters, chronicles the fate and influence of the statues from the fourth century to the end of the Roman Empire. These chapters are followed by an epilogue that reveals new life for the statues in modern art and culture, including how Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union made use of their iconography. By tracing the long trajectory of the tyrannicides-in deed and art-Azoulay provides a rich and fascinating microhistory that will be of interest to readers of classical art and history.

Contents: First scene - The murder of Hipparchus ; The Tyrannicides between glory and outrage ; Date of birth unknown - Antenor's Tyrannicides ; A second birth - The statuary group produced by Critius and Nesiotes ; The artist's studio as a playground - Iconographic variations based on the Tyrannicides (c. 470-411 B.C.) ; The disorders of a thankless age - The oligarchic revolution of 411 B.C. and its consequences ; Their finest hour - The revived glory of the statuary group in the restored democracy (403 B.C.) ; The incomplete normalisation of the Tyrannicides ; The age of honours - New meanings for the monument in the fourth century ; Model "notables" - The Tyrannicides in the Hellenistic period ; Forever young - The uses of the statuary group in the Roman period ; Born Again - The statuary group's belated rebirth in the West ; Appendix - Iconographic allusions to the Tyrannicides group.

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Item Number: 145386
Title: Seeing Slowly: Looking at Modern Art
Author: Findlay, Michael
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 9783791383835
Record created on 04/25/17
Available September 2017
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Description: Munich-New York: Prestel, 2017. 24cm., pbk., 248pp., 60 color illus.

Summary: When it comes to viewing art, living in the information age is not necessarily a benefit. So argues Michael Findlay in this book that encourages a new way of looking at art. Much of this thinking involves stripping away what we have been taught and instead trusting our own instincts, opinions, and reactions. Including reproductions of works by Mark Rothko, Paul Klee, Joan Miro, Jacob Lawrence, and other modern and contemporary masters, this book takes readers on a journey through modern art. Chapters such as "What Is a Work of Art?", "Can We Look and See at the Same Time?", and "Real Connoisseurs Are Not Snobs," not only give readers the confidence to form their own opinions, but also encourages them to make connections that spark curiosity, intellect, and imagination. "The most important thing for us to grasp," writes Findlay, "is that the essence of a great work of art is inert until it is seen. Our engagement with the work of art liberates its essence." After reading this book, even the most intimidated art viewer will enter a museum or gallery feeling more confident and leave it feeling enriched and inspired.

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Item Number: 145787
Title: ALVAR AALTO : Architect
Author: Stewart, John
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 9781858946603
Record created on 05/24/17
Description: London: Merrell Publishers, 2017. 26cm., hardcover, 272pp., 130 illus., 30 in color.

Summary: Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) is universally recognized as one of the masters of Modernist architecture. While the remarkable buildings he designed have been much studied, the story of how a young architect from a village in western Finland achieved such international prominence is little known. This new biography of Aalto is the first to offer a comprehensive and objective survey of his life, from growing up in the Finnish provinces to finding global acclaim, and also covers all his projects, from early work in Jyväskylä in the 1920s to Finlandia Hall, completed in Helsinki in 1971. John Stewart draws on Aalto’s archive, the recollections of former employees and contemporaneous publications to fully explore Aalto the architect rather than simply his architecture. For the first time, the Finn’s life is set in the context of the events that surrounded and shaped it. Stewart reflects on Aalto’s marriage to Aino, his key friendships, his participation in architectural competitions, working life in his first office and his continual financial difficulties. As Aalto’s career progresses, Stewart considers the patrons who were so important to him – the Gullichsens – and the founding of the furniture company Artek, Aalto’s professorship at the Massachusetts Institute of ?Technology in the 1940s, his marriage to Elissa after Aino’s death, his greatest architectural achievements in the 1950s, and his growing fame and eventual vanity. This unique book seeks, above all, to understand what drove Aalto; the combination of talent and character traits that led to his extraordinary worldwide success.

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Item Number: 138355
Title: Artek and the AALTOS : Furnishing the World
Author: Stritzler-Levine, Nina ; Timo Riekko (eds)
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 9780300209679
Record created on 10/21/15
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with the Bard Graduate Center and the Alvar Aalto Foundation, 2016. 28cm., pbk., 698pp., 350 color, 75 b&w illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: The Finnish design firm Artek is best known as the producer and distributor of Modernist bentwood furniture designed by Alvar Aalto (1898–1976). However, its mission was more complex and multifaceted, grounded in the notion that art and design could enhance everyday life. Artek and the Aaltos showcases more than three hundred objects, including furniture, glassware, lighting, design sketches, drawings, textile swatches, and photographs. Most of the material is published here for the first time. It contextualizes the contributions of Artek, and those of its founders, Alvar and his wife, Aino Marsio Aalto (1894–1949), providing evidence for their close professional partnership as well as critical interpretations of their major projects. It also considers individuals such as Maija Heikenheimo, whose career at Artek spanned three decades. In addition, this book examines the Aaltos’ advocacy for the use of standardized forms and shows how modern designers continue to work with the Artek product line and within the parameters of the company’s mission. Fully indexed appendices present new scholarship, including an inventory of the Artek product line (furniture, textiles, and glass), and a list of public and private commissions. This book is the first English-language publication on the topic, as well as the most comprehensive, with chapters authored by leading scholars of design history and architecture.

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Item Number: 143892
Title: Evergreen: The Garrett Family, Collectors and Connoisseurs
Author: Abbott, James Archer (et al)
Price: $44.95
ISBN: 9781421421698
Record created on 12/04/16
Description: Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017. 29cm., hardcover, 272pp., 164 color photos.

Summary: Evergreen—the long-time home of the Garrett family in north Baltimore—offers a preeminent example of antebellum-American Italianate architecture. It also houses a remarkably diverse collection of over 50,000 objects, including paintings, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, and rare books. Acquired by two generations of the prominent Garrett family, self-described "collectors by instinct and by education," the assemblage of fine and decorative arts is remarkable in scope and inventiveness. Now part of the Johns Hopkins University, the mansion endures as a rare visual encyclopedia, representative of nearly all major architectural and design movements indicative of America’s transition from a predominantly agrarian society to a world industrial power. This meticulously researched and handsomely illustrated volume honors the distinct and richly layered collections that characterize Evergreen. The book opens with a history of the philanthropic family itself, which helped run the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and develop many of the Monument City’s most important civic and cultural institutions. Tracing their evolution as collectors and philanthropists, the book charts the family’s artistic tastes and aesthetic sensibilities from the Gilded Age to the World Wars while also describing the physical landscape and architecture of Evergreen.

The Asian Art section explores the world renowned Garrett Collection of Chinese and Japanese art. As one of the earliest American collections of Japanese art assembled, it provides an important insight into collecting habits of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Among its highlights is one of only a half dozen examples of blue lacquer known to exist, as well as examples of Chinese Imperial porcelain.

The Decorative Arts section highlights the furniture, textiles, and other applied arts largely commissioned or collected by the Garretts. Beginning with the Aesthetic Movement of the 1880s and the talents of renowned design firms such as Herter Brothers, Liberty & Company, and Louis C. Tiffany and Company, Evergreen’s interiors have embraced each succeeding decorative trend—including the Bourbon, Colonial, Empire, and Renaissance revivals, the Arts and Crafts movement, and European modernism.

The Fine Arts section showcases modernist art assembled by Alice Warder Garrett and her husband, Ambassador John Work Garrett. Credited as the first Baltimore "gallery" to exhibit a Picasso, Evergreen’s collection of drawings, paintings, and sculpture document the couple’s aesthetic appreciation and connoisseurship, which began at the threshold of World War I. Included are works by such artists as Pierre Bonnard, Jean-Édouard Vuillard, Léon Bakst, Miguel Covarrubias, Raoul Dufy, Herbert Haseltine, Amedeo Modigliani, and Ignacio Zuloaga.

Evergreen’s John Work Garrett Library, built between the years immediately following the American Civil War and World War II, ranks among the most extensive private American collections of its kind from that period. Highlights include a recently discovered and ambitious rare book desiderata manuscript from the headiest period of John Work Garrett’s book collecting in 1929; an original John James Audubon engraved metal plate for his double-elephant folio Birds of America, a complete copy of which is also held by the library; the Garrett Zafarnama, a sumptuously illustrated fifteenth-century Persian illuminated manuscript by the renowned artist Bihzad; and all four seventeenth-century folios of Shakespeare’s collected plays.

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Item Number: 145326
Title: Michael Fried and Philosophy: Absorption, Theatricality, and Modernism
Author: Abbott, Mathew (ed)
Price: $150.00
ISBN: 9781138679801
Record created on 04/20/17
Available December 2017
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Description: London: Routledge, 2017. 25cm., hardcover, 272pp. illus.

Contents: 1. Constantin Constantius Goes to the Theatre, Michael Fried. 2. Diderot, Fried, and Wittgenstein - Seeing the World Sub Specie Aeternitatis, James Conant. 3. Schiller and Heidegger - The Diderotian Problematic and Philosophical Aesthetics, David Wellbery. 4. The Aesthetics of Absorption, Magdalena Ostas. 5. Grace and Equality, Fried and Rancière (and Kant), Knox Peden. 6. The World of Art - Diderot's Conception of Aesthetic Absorption, Andrea Kern. 7. 'Ever new Laocoöns' - the Philosopher, the Critic, and the Artist in Michael Fried's Poetry, Jennifer Ashton. 8. Michael Fried, Theatricality, and the Threat of Skepticism, Paul Gudel. 9. Vicissitudes of Conviction - On Modernism and Skepticism, Mathew Abbott. 10. The Question of Spectacle - Rousseau, Nietzsche, and Michael Fried, Tracy Strong. 11. Formalism and the Appearance of Nature, Richard Moran. 12. 'When I raise my arm' - Michael Fried's Theory of Action, Walter Benn Michaels. 13. Agency, Intention, and Meaning - Michael Fried on Photography, Diarmuid Costello. 14. Why Does Photography Matter as Art Now, as Never Before? On Fried and Intention, Robert Pippin. 15. Art and Objecthood - Fried versus Fried, Rex Butler. 16. Becoming Medium, Stephen Melville. 17. Deep Relationality and the Hinge-like Structure of History - Michael Fried's Photographs, Stephen Mulhall.

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Item Number: 126721
Title: BERENICE ABBOTT : Paris Portraits 1925-1930
Author: Kurtz, Ron ; Hank O'Neal (eds)
Price: $70.00
ISBN: 9783869303147
Record created on 08/22/13
Description: Gottingen: Steidl, 2016. 29cm., hardcover, 368pp., ca. 233 illus.

Summary: This is one in a series of books to be published by Steidl that will explore Berenice Abbott’s oeuvre. Abbott began her photographic career in Paris in 1925, taking portraits of some the most celebrated artists and writers of the day, including Marie Laurencin, Jean Cocteau, Peggy Guggenheim, Coco Chanel, Max Ernst, André Gide, Philippe Soupault and James Joyce. Within a year her work was exhibited and acclaimed. Paris Portraits 1925–1930 features the results of Abbott’s earliest photographic project and illustrates the philosophy of all her subsequent work. For this landmark book, 115 portraits of 83 subjects have been scanned from the original glass negatives, which have been printed in full.

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Item Number: 144247
Title: ADEL ABDESSEMED : Works 1988-2015
Author: Belting, Hans (et al)
Price: $250.00
ISBN: 9783863359539
Record created on 01/09/17
Description: Köln: König, 2016. 3 vols. 36cm., hardcover, slipcase 1252pp., 1307 illus., most in color.

Summary: Working in sculpture, installation and video with powerful, often brutal images and materials, French-Algerian conceptual artist Adel Abdessemed (born 1971) has created one of the most energetic political oeuvres of recent times. A "pitiless young festivalist," as the New Yorker described him in 2009, Abdessemed imparts a raw euphoria to his sculptural works, which have included the crushed fuselage of a commander jet and a terracotta model of an overturned car he found on fire in the street. This extraordinary three-volume publication constitutes the first comprehensive overview of his work. Bringing together over 1,300 images of his works, it includes commentary by leading art historians Giovanni Careri, Angela Mengoni and Pier Luigi Tazzi, and essays on the artist’s work by some of the world’s most seminal thinkers, such as Hans Belting, Julia Kristeva, Philippe-Alain Michaud and Jacques Rancière.

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Item Number: 144209
Title: Houses in Graeco-Roman Egypt: Arenas for Ritual Activity
Author: Abdelwahed, Youssri Ezzat Hussein
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 9781784914370
Record created on 01/06/17
Description: Oxford: Archaeopress, 2016. 28cm., pbk., 104pp. illus.

Summary: This book examines different forms of ritual activities performed in houses of Graeco- Roman Egypt. It draws on the rich archaeological record of rural housing and evidence from literature or papyrological references to both urban and rural housing. The introduction critically considers the literature relevant to the topic in order to identify the research gap. Chapter I attempts to reconstruct the structure of urban and rural houses in Graeco- Roman Egypt in the light of papyri and archaeology. This aims to establish the physical and spatial framework for the rituals considered in the following chapters. In line with this reconstruction of domestic properties is the reconstruction of the architectural layout and use of the domestic pylon in Chapter II. Chapter III deals with two rituals enacted before the front door of the house, namely the sacrifice of fish on the 9th of Thoth and the sacrifice of pigs on the 15th of Pachon. Chapter IV considers the ritual of the illumination of lamps for the goddess Athena-Neith within and around houses on the 13th of Epeiph. Chapter V highlights the use of the house as an arena for social types of rituals associated with dining, birthdays, the mallokouria, the epikrisis, and marriage. Chapter VI explores the religious sphere of houses, which is obvious from domestic shrines, wall paintings with religious themes, and figurines of Egyptian and Graeco-Roman deities uncovered from houses. The last chapter deals with mourning rituals, which the house occupants performed after the demise of their beloved animals, such as dogs, and their family members. In the conclusion, I summarize my work and draw out its implications, suggesting that the house was the locus of social, religious, and funerary rituals in Graeco-Roman Egypt.

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Item Number: 142158
Title: Walk Through Walls: A Memoir
Author: ABRAMOVIC, MARINA
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 9781101905043
Record created on 07/05/16
Description: New York: Crown Archetype, 2016. 24cm., hardcover, 368pp. illus.

Summary: Marina Abramovic has been making groundbreaking art for 50 years, and now turns her gaze inward, to reveal her past with utter candor in a narrative guaranteed to shock and delight. After withstanding a difficult childhood, she met Ulay, a performance artist and the love of her life, with whom she collaborated for 12 years until they ended their partnership dramatically atop the Great Wall of China. Marina has performed punishing art to illustrate the courage we can find within; she’s been cut, burned, and had a gun held to her head as the ultimate test between artist and viewer. Her 2010 MoMA retrospective, The Artist Is Present, drew 850,000 visitors to sit across from her, nonverbally connecting, and she’s enraptured a new generation of luminaries who’ve sought her as a collaborator, among them Lady Gaga, Matthew Barney, James Franco, and Jay-Z.

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Item Number: 144121
Title: MARINA ABRAMOVIC : The Cleaner
Author: Essling, Lena (ed)
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 9783775742610
Record created on 12/26/16
Description: Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 272pp. illus. Exhibition to be held at Moderna Museet, Stockholm. English text

Summary: At once radical, controversial and revered, Marina Abramovic (*1946 in Belgrade, Serbia) is one of the most discussed artists today. Famous for her groundbreaking performance works, she continues to expand the boundaries of art. The publication accompanying her first major retrospective in Europe gives an extensive overview of her work from the earliest years until today: film, photography, paintings and objects, installations and archival material. Since the early 1970s Marina Abramovic explores the intersection between performing and visual art in her work and, though rarely overtly political, poses questions of power and hierarchy. In addressing fundamental issues of our existence and seeking the core of notions like loss, memory, pain, endurance, and trust, she both provokes and moves us.

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Item Number: 114255
Title: Guide to Contemporary Architecture in Leon [A Review of 15 Years of contemporary architecture in Leon]
Author: Acosta, Esau (et al)
Price: $4.99    Original Price: $24.95
ISBN: 9788492861866
Record created on 06/23/11
Description: Barcelona: Actar, 2011. 17cm., hardcover, 128pp., illus. English text. Publisher's summary : León, a nexus where urban and rural fabrics interweave, is the city of origin of paradigmatic examples of Spanish architecture committed to a con-temporary outlook. The first contemporary projects of the seventies served as exemplary architectural models for the development of the current mindset. The pioneers of León, Alejandro de la Sota, Javier Carvajal and Fray Coello de Portugal, paved the way for today's architects, such as Dominique Perrault, Mansilla and Tuñón, and the young architects from León who compiled this guide that points towards global solutions for relocated territories from a local perspective. This guide to architecture in León is both open and systematic, and documents the contributions made by architecture to the construction of the city. Fifteen years of architecture in León are recorded through the texts of Dominique Perrault, Moisés Puente, F. Javier Gutiérrez and the SIC studio, exploring distinct moments in space and time of the architecture of this region.
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Item Number: 145192
Title: Dark Side of the Boom: The Excesses Of The Art Market In The 21st Century
Author: Adam, Georgina
Price: $34.99
ISBN: 9781848222205
Record created on 04/13/17
Available October 2017
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Description: London: Lund Humphries, 2017. 24cm., pbk., 208pp.

Summary: This book scrutinizes the excesses and extravagances that the 21st-century explosion of the contemporary art market brought in its wake. The buying of art as an investment, temptations to forgery and fraud, tax evasion, money laundering and pressure to produce more and more art all form part of this story, as do the upheavals in auction houses and the impact of the enhanced use of financial instruments on art transactions. Drawing on a series of tenaciously wrought interviews with artists, collectors, lawyers, bankers and convicted artist forgers, the author charts the voracious commodification of artists and art objects, and art's position in the clandestine puzzle of the highest echelons of global capital. Adam's revelations appear even more timely in the wake of the Panama Papers revelations, for example incorporating examples of the way tax havens have been used to stash art transactions – and ownership – away from public scrutiny. With the same captivating style of her bestselling Big Bucks: The Explosion of the Art Market in the 21st Century, Georgina Adam casts her judicious glance over a section of the art market whose controversies and intrigues will be of eye-opening interest to both art-world players and observers.

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Item Number: 143665
Title: ROBERT ADAM : Country House Design, Decoration, and the Art of Elegance
Author: Musson, Jeremy ; Paul Barker (photos)
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 9780847848515
Record created on 11/16/16
Description: New York: Rizzoli, 2016. 28cm., hardcover, 272pp. illus.

Summary: This beautifully produced book celebrates the work of Robert Adam, the great eighteenth-century architect who influenced generations by stamping his distinctive neoclassical aesthetic vision on the English country house interior. Lavish new photography provides a deeply visual exploration of Adam’s most important surviving country houses, to which the author and photographer gained unparalleled access. Included are magnificent country houses such as Syon House and Harewood House—styled and inspired by the ideal of the neoclassical—as well as Adam’s castle-style Mellerstain and town houses such as Home House— all captured in splendid detail. Original Adam design drawings, from Sir John Soane’s Museum, illustrate the boldness of planning, color, and creative interpretation of Adam’s domestic interiors. A biographical and contextual account of Adam’s life and work describes his unique design process, his patrons, and the legacy of his design achievement. This richly illustrated volume will appeal to designers and homeowners as well as traditional architecture enthusiasts, promising to become an important addition to any architecture and interior design library.

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Item Number: 143650
Title: ROBERT ADAM'S London
Author: Sands, Frances
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 9781784914622
Record created on 11/15/16
Description: Oxford: Archaeopress, 2016. 25cm.,pbk., 142pp. illus.

Summary: The iconic eighteenth-century architect Robert Adam was based in London for more than half of his life and made more designs for this one city than anywhere else in the world. This book reviews a wide variety of his designs for London, highlighting lesser-known buildings as well as familiar ones. Each of Adam’s projects explored in this book is plotted on Horwood’s map of London (1792-99), enabling the reader to recognise Adam’s work as they move around the city, as well as to envisage London as if more of his ingenious designs had been executed or survived demolition.

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Item Number: 140473
Title: Comfort and Glory: Two Centuries of American Quilts from the Briscoe Center
Author: Adams, Katherine Jean
Price: $30.00    Original Price: $75.00
ISBN: 9781477309186
Record created on 03/21/16
Description: Austin: University of Texas Press, 2016. 28cm., hardcover, 336pp., 260 illus.

Summary: Showcasing 115 remarkable quilts that span more than two hundred years of American quiltmaking, this volume introduces an outstanding collection of American quilts and quilt history documentation, the Winedale Quilt Collection at the Briscoe Center for American History. (Focus on American History Series)

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Item Number: 145381
Title: Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967--2017
Author: Adams, Rachel
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 9780262037051
Record created on 04/24/17
Available September 2017
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Description: Cambridge: MIT Press, 2017. 29cm., hardcover, 256pp., 125 color, 65 b&w illus.

Summary: Wanderlust highlights artists as voyagers who leave their studios to make art. This book (and the exhibition it accompanies) is the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s need to roam and the work that emerges from this need. Wanderlust presents the work of under-recognized yet pioneering artists alongside their well-known counterparts, and represents works that vary in process, with some artists working as solitary figures implanting themselves physically on the landscape while others perform and create movements in a collaborative manner or in public. Many of the earlier works use what were at the time nontraditional methods of art making. In Trail Markers (1969), for example, Nancy Holt spent time in the English countryside, where she documented the painted orange trail markers she found dotting the landscape. Vito Acconci explored his body’s “occupancy” of public space through the execution of preconceived actions or activities. In Following Piece (1969), Acconci followed one randomly chosen stranger through the streets of New York. A Line Made by Walking (1967), a black-and-white photograph of Richard Long’s imprint of a straight line in a field, was Long’s first walking art work, made on a journey to St Martin’s from his home in Bristol. Ana Mendieta’s influential Silueta Works in Mexico (1977) documents performances by the artist during her travel between Iowa and Mexico, in which she imprints her body on the landscape while addressing issues of displacement. Each of these works recognizes the walk and the journey as much more than just a basic human act. Rebecca Solnit observes that walking replicates thinking, adding “the motions of the mind cannot be traced, but those of the feet can.” These works trace the motions of wandering artists’ focused minds. Artists include: Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Ader, Nevin Aladag, Francis Alÿs, Janine Antoni, John Baldessari, Kim Beck, Roberley Bell, Blue Republic, Sophie Calle, Rosemarie Castoro, Cardiff/Miller, Zoe Crosher, Fallen Fruit, Mona Hatoum, Nancy Holt, Kenneth Josephson, William Lamson, Richard Long, Marie Lorenz, Mary Mattingly, Anthony McCall, Ana Mendieta, Teresa Murak, Wangechi Mutu, Efrat Natan, Gabriel Orozco, Carmen Papalia, John Pfahl, Pope.L, Teri Rueb, Michael X. Ryan, Todd Shalom, Mary Ellen Strom, and Guido van der Werve.

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Item Number: 145092
Title: Art Can Help: New and Selected Essays
Author: Adams, Robert
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 9780300229240
Record created on 04/04/17
Available September 2017
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, for the Yale University Art Gallery, 2017. 21cm., hardcover, 90pp., 34 color illus.

Summary: In Art Can Help, the internationally acclaimed American photographer Robert Adams (b. 1937) offers over two-dozen meditations on the purpose of art and the responsibility of the artist. In particular, Adams advocates art that evokes beauty without irony or sentimentality, art that “encourages us to gratitude and engagement, and is of both personal and civic consequence.” Following an introduction, the book begins with two short essays on the works of the American painter Edward Hopper, an artist venerated by Adams. The rest of this compilation contains essays—more than half of which have never before been published—that contemplate one work or a small group of works by an individual artist. Many of the objects discussed are by noted photographers such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Emmet Gowin, Dorothea Lange, Abelardo Morell, Edward Ranney, Judith Joy Ross, John Szarkowski, and Garry Winogrand. Several essays beckon the words of literary figures, including Virginia Woolf and Czeslaw Milosz. Adams’s voice is at once intimate and accessible, and is imbued with the accumulated wisdom of a long career devoted to making and viewing art. This eloquent and moving book champions art that fights against disillusionment and despair.

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Item Number: 145556
Title: ROBERT ADAMS : Our Lives and Our Children : Photographs Taken Near the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant 1979–1983
Author: Chuang, Joshua
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 9783958290976
Record created on 05/08/17
Available September 2017
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Description: Göttingen: Steidl, 2017. 27cm., hardcover, 160pp., 104 illus. English text.

Summary: One day in the early 1970s, Robert Adams and his wife saw from their home a column of smoke rise above the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, near Denver, Colorado. For an hour they watched the plume grow, tried without success to learn whether the fire involved the radioactive and extremely toxic plutonium, and experienced a sense of helplessness before what appeared to be a nuclear accident in progress. Ultimately it was announced that the fire was burning safely outside the plant, but as a result of their hour of uncertainty Adams decided to try to picture what of worth — absolute worth — stood to be lost in a nuclear catastrophe. Adams photographed Our Lives and Our Children in Denver and its suburbs; the individuals shown were within hazardous proximity of the Rocky Flats Plant. Their peril is representative, however, of a wider threat to all of us from nuclear weapons, one that continues in different forms to this day. The new Steidl edition of Our Lives and Our Children presents an expanded sequence of pictures that retains the potent compactness of the sought-after first edition (out of print for nearly three decades), while faithfully expressing the full-bodied tonalities of Adams’s original prints.

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Item Number: 141894
Title: ROBERT ADAMS : Perfect Places, Perfect Company
Author: Chuang, Joshua (ed)
Price: $85.00
ISBN: 9783958291690
Record created on 06/19/16
Available August 2017
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Description: Göttingen: Steidl, 2017. 2 vols. 32cm., hardcover, 104pp. illus. New revised edition.

Summary: Robert Adams: Perfect Places, Perfect Company is a two-volume reworking of a series of photographs that Robert Adams (born 1937) made in the mid-1980s at Colorado’s Pawnee National Grassland. First published in 1988 under the title Perfect Times, Perfect Places, these photographs powerfully convey the deep sensory pleasure of walking in vast, open spaces. With Kerstin, his wife, and Sally, their dog, Robert Adams would drive out to the reserve to experience silence, stillness and affection; his walking companions occasionally appear in the frame, set against the Grassland’s scrubby ground and infinite horizons. Although he is perhaps best known for picturing a damaged or modified American geography in publications such as The New West (1974) and From the Missouri West (1980), here Adams has recorded scenes that are flawless, efficiently implying the necessity of maintaining and fighting for these spaces. A New York Times article about the photographer published in 1989 immediately comprehended the stakes of Adams’ project: “Robert Adams’ pictures are not designed to be overtly political, but like any deeply felt images they are capable of reorganizing the way we perceive the world.” With Perfect Places, Perfect Company, Adams shows us what we stand to lose.

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Item Number: 144920
Title: Things of Beauty Growing : British Studio Pottery
Author: Adamson, Glenn (et al)
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 9780300227468
Record created on 03/26/17
Available September 2017
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Description: New Haven and London: Yale University Press, in association with the Yale Center for British Art and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 392pp., 316 color illus. Exhibition held at Yale Center for British Art, New Haven.

Summary: For nearly a century British potters have invigorated traditional ceramic forms by developing or reinventing techniques, materials, and means of display. Things of Beauty Growing explores major typologies of the vessel—such as bowl, vase, and charger—that have defined studio ceramics since the early 20th century. It places British studio pottery within the context of objects from Europe, Japan, and Korea and presents essays by an international team of scholars and experts. The book highlights the objects themselves, including new works by Adam Buick, Halima Cassell, and Nao Matsunago, featured alongside works by William Staite Murray, Lucie Rie, Edmund de Waal, and others, many published here for the first time. Rounding out the beautifully illustrated volume is an interview with renowned collector John Driscoll and approximately fifty illustrated short biographies of significant makers.

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Item Number: 144464
Title: Material Imagination: Art in Europe, 1946-72
Author: Adamson, Natalie ; Steven Harris (eds)
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 9781119328575
Record created on 01/25/17
Available June 2017
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Description: Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 216pp. illus

Contents: N. Adamson, S. Harris, You have free access to this contentMaterial Imagination: Art in Europe ; N. Adamson, Black Flowers Blossom: Bachelard, Soulages and the Material Imaginary of Abstract Painting ; K. Kurczynski, Materialism and Intersubjectivity in Cobra ; A. Kitnick, Makeshift Wholes: Interiority and Texture in Postwar British Design ; M. Sullivan, Materializing Modernism in Postwar Italy: Fausto Melotti, Gio Ponti, and the 1961 Esposizione Internazionale del Lavoro ; J. Carrick, L'Optique Moderne: Daniel Spoerri's ‘Optical Readymades’ ; A. Dezeuze, Terrain vague: Ben Vautier and the Ecole de Nice ; S. James, ‘Not Yet’ Materialized: Carlfriedrich Claus's ‘Talking Papers’ ; A. Rider, The Longevity of Roman Opalka. (Art History Special Issues)

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Item Number: 144373
Title: No Idle Hands: The Myths and Meanings of Tramp Art
Author: Addison, Laura M. (ed)
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 9780890136225
Record created on 01/19/17
Description: Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 264pp., 141 color plates.

Summary: Tramp art describes a particular type of wood carving practiced in the United States and Europe between the 1880s and 1940s in which discarded cigar boxes and fruit crates were notched and layered to make a variety of domestic objects. These were primarily boxes and frames in addition to small private altars, crosses, wall pockets, clock cases, plant stands, and even furniture. Whittling objects such as chains and ball-in-cage whimsies was a common hobby—including among rail-riding “hobos”—and for many years “tramp art” was believed to have been made by these itinerants as well. Although this notion has been widely dispelled, the name has stuck. In recent years efforts have been made to identify makers by name and reveal their stories. While some examples of tramp art may be attributed to itinerants, this carving style was more commonly a practice of working-class men creating functional objects for their households. No Idle Hands presents more than one hundred and fifty tramp art objects collected mainly from the United States and also including pieces from France, Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil—demonstrating the far reach this art form has had. It includes works by contemporary artists, thus establishing tramp art as an ongoing folk art form rather than a vestige of the past. The pieces reproduced here reveal an artistic and intricate sensibility applied to each handcrafted piece. Essays consider assumptions about tramp art related to class, quality, and the anonymity of its makers and examine this practice through the lens of home and family while tracing its relationship to the tobacco industry. The book will cultivate an appreciation of an art form that is as thought-provoking as it is enduring.

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Item Number: 142715
Title: The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection
Author: Ades, Dawn (et al)
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 9781597113861
Record created on 08/29/16
Description: New York: Aperture, 2016. 28cm., hardcover, 240pp. illus. Exhibition held at Tate Modern, London.

Summary: As life underwent rapid changes in the twentieth century, photography offered a new means to communicate and represent the world. The Radical Eye introduces this crucial moment in the history of photography an exciting period often referred to as the coming of age of the medium, when artists used the camera and darkroom to redefine and transform visions of the modern world, and technological advancements gave them the freedom to experiment and test the medium to its very limits. Timeless genres of the portrait, nude and still life were reimagined, and street life and the modern metropolis were captured from a fresh, uniquely modern perspective. Drawn from The Sir Elton John Collection, one of the greatest private collections of photography in the world, The Radical Eye presents an unrivalled selection of more than 175 classic modernist images from the 1920s to the 1950s. Showcasing rarely seen vintage prints, the book highlights the work of seventy key figures, including Brassai, Andre Kertesz, Dorothea Lange, Man Ray, Tina Modotti and Edward Steichen. These remarkable images are accompanied by an interview with Sir Elton John, essays on modernist photography and technology and innovation by Dawn Ades and Shoair Mavlian, and biographies of the photographers.

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Item Number: 142374
Title: Unheimlich : Innenräume von Edvard Munch bis Max Beckmann. Interiors from Edvard Munch to Max Beckmann
Author: Adolphs, Volker (et al)
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 9783777427331
Record created on 07/25/16
Description: Munich: Hirmer, 2016. 30cm., hardcover, 240pp., 120 color illus. Exhibition held at Kunstmuseum, Bonn. German-English text.

Artists include: Edvard Munch, Max Beckmann, James Ensor, Léon Spilliaert, Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard, Odilon Redon, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Alfred Kubin, Erich Heckel, Karl Hofer.

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Item Number: 143215
Title: Images of Mithra
Author: Adryck, Philippa (et al)
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 9780198792536
Record created on 10/04/16
Description: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. 25cm., hardcover, 240pp.

Contents: 1. Reconstructions: Mithras in Rome. 2. Patrons and Viewers: Dura-Europos. 3. Settings: Bourg-Saint-Andeol. 4. Identifications: Mihr in Sasanian Iran. 5. Interpretations: Miiro in Kushan Bactria. 6. Syncretisms: Apollo-Mithras in Commagene. (Visual Conversations in Art and Archaeology, 1)

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Item Number: 140856
Title: Hardwick Hall : A Great Old Castle of Romance
Author: Adshead, David ; David Taylor (eds)
Price: $150.00
ISBN: 9780300218909
Record created on 04/14/16
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2016. 28cm., hardcover, 384pp., 320 color illus.

Summary: Originally constructed in the late 16th century for the notorious Bess of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury, Hardwick Hall is now among the National Trust’s greatest architectural landmarks, with much of its original interior and ornamentation still intact. This splendid publication is the definitive source of scholarship on the remarkably well-preserved exemplar of late-Elizabethan style. Composed of extensive research and newly commissioned photography, this beautifully illustrated book traces the history of the house and its inhabitants through the centuries, showcasing a remarkable collection of portraiture, tapestries, furniture, and gardens, and providing readers with a genuine sense of the house’s environment.

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Item Number: 145533
Title: The Prado : Spanish Culture and Leisure, 1819-1939
Author: Afinoguenova, Eugenia
Price: $99.95
ISBN: 9780271078571
Record created on 05/06/17
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Description: University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2017. 27cm., hardcover, 304pp., 50 b&w illus.

Summary: In The Prado, Eugenia Afinoguénova takes an unconventional look at Spain’s most iconic art museum. Focusing on the Prado as a space of urban leisure, Afinoguénova highlights both the political history of the museum’s relation to the monarchy, the church, and the liberal nation state, as well as its role as an extension of Madrid’s social center, the Prado Promenade. Rather than assume that visitors agreed about how to interpret the museum, this volume approaches the history of the Prado as a debate about culture and leisure. Just like those crossing its threshold, who did not always trace a firm line between what they could see or do inside the museum and outside on the Paseo del Prado, the participants in this debate—journalists, politicians, museum directors, art critics—considered museum-going as part of a broader discussion concerning citizenship and voting rights, the rise of Madrid to the status of modern capital, and the growing gap between the town and the country. Based on extensive archival research on the museum’s displays and policies as well as the attitudes of visitors and city-dwellers, The Prado unfolds the museum’s many political and propagandistic roles and examines its complicated history as a monument to the tension between culture and leisure. Art historians and scholars of museum studies and visual and leisure culture will find this foundational study of the Prado invaluable.

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Item Number: 144066
Title: Sephardic Book Art of the 15th Century
Author: Afonso, Luis U. ; Tiago Moita (eds)
Price: $157.00
ISBN: 9781909400597
Record created on 12/20/16
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Description: Turnhout: Brepols, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, ca. 300pp. illus.

Summary: The current volume presents ten different studies dealing with the final stages of Hebrew book art production in medieval Iberia. Ranging from the Farhi Codex, copied and illuminated in the late 14th century, to the Philadelphia Bible, copied and illuminated in Lisbon in 1496, this volume discusses a wide scope of topics related with the production, consumption and circulation of medieval decorated Hebrew manuscripts. Among the issues discussed in this volume we highlight the role played by three distinct artistic languages (Mudéjar, Late Gothic and Renaissance) in the shapping of 15th century Sephardic illumination, the codicological specificity of some solutions in terms of layout and the relation between the layout of these manuscripts and Hebrew incunabula, the use of geometric decoration in scientific diagrams, or the afterlife of these manuscripts in Europe and Asia following the expulsion of the Jews from Iberia. (Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance Art History)

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Item Number: 143837
Title: Taste
Author: Agamben, Giorgio ; Francis Cooper (trans)
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 9780857424365
Record created on 11/30/16
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Description: Calcutta: Seagull Books, 2017. 23cm., hardcover, 96pp.

Summary: Our taste buds are a powerful way for humans to know beauty and experience beautiful things. In Taste, Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben takes a close look at why the sense of taste has not historically been appreciated as a means to know and experience pleasure or why it has always been considered inferior to actual theoretical knowledge. Taste, Agamben argues, is a category that has much to reveal to the contemporary world. Taking a step into the history of philosophy and reaching to the very origins of aesthetics, Agamben critically recovers the roots of one of Western culture’s cardinal concepts. Agamben is the rare writer whose ideas and works have a broad appeal across many fields, and with Taste he turns his critical eye to the realm of Western art and aesthetic practice. This volume will not only engage the author’s devoted fans in philosophy, sociology, and literary criticism, but also his growing audience among art theorists and historians. (The Italian List)

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Item Number: 143836
Title: EILEEN AGAR : Dreaming Oneself Awake
Author: Remy, Michel
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 9781780237275
Record created on 11/30/16
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Description: London: Reaktion Books, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 224pp., 130 color plates.

Summary: Born in Buenos Aires in 1899 but largely working and living in Britain and Europe, Eileen Agar was an artist who throughout her long career synthesized elements of the two main artistic movements of the twentieth-century: cubism and surrealism. In this first full account of Agar’s complete works—which include paintings, collages, photographs, and objects—Michel Remy offers a rich exploration of an important artist who was deeply entrenched in some of the most innovative scenes of the twentieth-century art world. Drawing on archival research as well as personal conversations with Agar, Remy examines her life and work throughout her 80-year-career, including her passage through cubism and abstraction and into surrealism and her sustained participation in surrealist activities in England and abroad. He illustrates each of her periods with striking images of works and rare photographs of her life, revealing the powerful myth-making drive that compelled her. He also explores the tenderness, humor, poetry, love of nature and the world, subversion of the laws of reality, and celebration of femininity that were her essential qualities and subjects. The result is a fresh and cogent account of a fascinating artist whose quality of work, independence of mind, and freedom of imagination demonstrate the powerful role that women artists played in the story of surrealism.

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Item Number: 129605
Title: The Manuscript Book : A Compendium of Codicology
Author: Agati, Maria Luisa
Price: $313.00
ISBN: 9788891309860
Record created on 02/24/14
Description: Roma: L'Erma di Bretschneider, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 536pp. illus. English translation of "Il Libro Manoscritto da Oriente a Occidente: Per una codicologia comparata", pub. Roma 2009. (Studia Archaeologica, 214)
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Item Number: 144954
Title: Order and Confusion : The Twelfth-century Choir of St. Servatius Church in Maastricht
Author: Ahsmann, Fred
Price: $100.00
ISBN: 9789075616132
Record created on 03/28/17
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Description: Utrecht: Clavis Stichting Publicaties, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 352PP., 400 color illus.

Summary: Order and Confusion is the title of a groundbreaking and monumental reconstruction of the twelfth-century choir of St. Servatius Minster in Maastricht, based on its scholarly decoration program, comprising an altar, reliquary shrine, wall and vault paintings as well as other elements by Fred B.P Ahsmann. From the middle of the twelfth century on, the God-given Order was under ever-greater pressure. Confusion at the spiritual and governing level was giving rise to war and division in society. Which authority had been ordained by God to rule over his realm on earth: the emperor or the pope? The lack of certainty and heated conflict in response to this burning question had become a source of social upheaval, affecting both the pinnacle and foundation of the social pyramid. The enmity was so marked that the divine, cosmic Order was about to be plunged into chaos and utter confusion, with man pitted against man. It was a turn of events perceived at this time as the devil's pursuit. The end of days seemed near, with people waiting in fearful anticipation of the horrific scenes foretold by John the Evangelist in the Apocalypse. Nevertheless, the hope persisted that the emperor and those loyal to him might still be capable of restoring the divine Order. In the second half of the twelfth century, the choir of St. Servatius Church was completely renewed. A semicircular apse with dwarf gallery and flanking towers was added onto the existing choir, resulting in a monumental edifice that today still overlooks the Vrijthof. The choir's interior was also renewed at this time, with a large raised podium behind the altar built for the specific purpose of displaying the splendid and costly reliquary shrine of the church's patron saint, Servatius. Known as the 'Noodkist', the shrine is the only part of the choir's interior preserved to this day. All other elements have been lost over the centuries or are today dispersed among a number of different collections. The iconography of the representations on the Noodkist - the veritable showpiece of the Treasury of Saint Servatius - has been the subject of several studies. Never before, however, has anyone succeeded in discovering a unifying iconographic program that explains all of its elements. The key to solving this mystery, as has now been determined, lies not in the representations themselves, but in the twelfth-century surroundings in which the Noodkist once stood. The reliquary shrine of St. Servatius was by no means an object unto itself: new insights clearly indicate it was part of a much larger whole - a Gesamtkunstwerk - with a single all-embracing design that involved the choir interior's liturgical arrangement as well as the wall and vault paintings of the choir. In Order and Confusion, the author unravels the relationship between these various elements step by step. The results of this investigation into the monumental vault and wall paintings in the choir are nothing short of spectacular. As revealed here for the first time, the iconographic program of the choir of St Servatius is depicted in the Hortus Deliciarum, the famous manuscript compiled by the Abbess Herrad von Landsberg (ca. 1130-1195). Accompanied by additional research, this discovery laid the groundwork for the first successful analysis of the paintings in the choir. This in turn led to a new interpretation of the representations found on the Noodkist itself. When examined from the context of the images found on the choir vault and walls, elements of the shrine that had once seemed unusual and undecipherable (suddenly) fell perfectly into place. The iconographic studies presented in this book are supplemented with extensive reconstructions of the configuration of altar, retable, and Noodkist, as well as a description of all elements of the choir interior no longer existing. The book Order and Confusion elucidates how all key political and ecclesiastic themes of the twelfth century come together in the twelfth-century choir of St. Servatius: the conflict between pope and emperor; various notions of earthly power and heavenly order; and the anticipated end of days of the Sacred History. The Chapter of St. Servatius - having close ties to the emperor - apparently resorted to every visual means available in order to convey its position during this period of tumult, in an era hovering between order and confusion.

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Item Number: 145354
Title: Art and Archaeology of Ancient India: Earliest Times to the Sixth Century
Author: Ahujua, Naman P
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 9781910807170
Record created on 04/23/17
Available January 2018
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Description: Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2017. 32cm., hardcover, 360pp., ca. 400 color illus.

Summary: The Ashmolean Museum is fortunate in having the most comprehensive British collection of the art of the Indian subcontinent outside London. Especially strong in sculpture, this rich representation of Indian art from prehistory to the twentieth century has come about through the generosity of our benefactors over more than three centuries. The Museum's first major Indian sculpture acquisition, a stone Pala-style Vishnu image of the eleventh century, was given in 1686 by Sir William Hedges, a governor of the East India Company in Bengal. From the late nineteenth century, a substantial core of the present collection was assembled at the University's former Indian Institute Museum (1897-1962), precursor of the Department of Eastern Art, which opened within the Ashmolean in 1963. Since that date many more Indian objects of all periods have been acquired by gift, bequest or purchase.

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Item Number: 144827
Title: JIA AILI : Stardust Hermit
Author: Foulkes, Nicola (et al)
Price: $90.00
ISBN: 9783775741255
Record created on 03/14/17
Available June 2017
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Description: Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz, 2017. 34 x 29cm., hardcover, 220pp., 100 illus. English text.

Summary: The work of the Chinese artist Jia Aili (*1979 in Liaoning) possesses an unparalleled intensity. Whether reflecting on China’s inauguration of the atomic bomb or the first satellites in 1970, the theme of Aili’s oil paintings is the dramatic transformation of Chinese society over the past 50 years. The works simultaneously also convey a feeling of wonderment and fascination for the achievements and new possibilities that technological progress offers. It is a feeling Aili has particularly developed in his apocalyptic-seeming desert landscapes, which only allow space for isolated masked figures, usually astronauts. The monograph documents Aili’s exhibitions over the past 10 years and shows the young Chinese artist’s disparate sources of inspiration with the aid of discussions of individual works.

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Item Number: 140042
Title: Workshop Practice in Early Netherlandish Painting : Case Studies from Van Eyck through Gossart
Author: Ainsworth, Maryan-W. (ed)
Price: $125.00
ISBN: 9782503566689
Record created on 02/16/16
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Description: Turnhout: Brepols, 2017. 30cm., hardcover, ca. 280pp., 85 color, 60 b&w illus.

Contents: Marie Postec and Jana Sanyova, Was Metalpoint Used for Jan Van Eyck's Saint Barbara? A new hypothesis based on its re-examination ; Maximiliaan P.J. Martens (et al), Image Processing for Research on the Ghent Altarpiece ; Don H. Johnson (et al), Weave Match and its Implications: The Case of Dirk Bouts's Canvas Paintings ; Ilona van Tuinen, Reconstructing the So-Called "Berlin Sketchbook" - Clues from Material Analysis ; Maryan W. Ainsworth, The Evora Altarpiece - A Ghent-Bruges Production for Export to Portugal ; Catherine Metzger, The Saint Anne Altarpiece by Gerard David and his Workshop ; Paolo Pastorello, The Malvagna Triptych - The Technical Investigation of a Masterpiece ; Maryan W. Ainsworth, The Malvagna Triptych and Prestige Collaboration, Afterthoughts ; Anne van Oosterwijk, The Adjustment of a Triptych by Pieter I Claeissens: an Exceptional Situation or Common Practice?. (Me Fecit, 10)

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Item Number: 144064
Title: Palimpsests: Buildings, Sites, Time
Author: Aksamija, Nadja ; Clark Maines ; Philip Wagoner (eds)
Price: $125.00
ISBN: 9782503570235
Record created on 12/20/16
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Description: Turnhout: Brepols, 2017. 30cm., pbk., ca. 300pp. illus.

Contents: Finbarr Barry Flood, Seeing Palimpsests - Materiality and the Visibility of Temporal Density ; Christopher Parslow, 'Cut 'n' Paste' - Reconstructing the Façades of the Praedia of Julia Felix in Pompeii ; Clark Maines, Early Modern Palimpsests and Medieval Portal Sculpture - a Chapter in the History of Iconoclasm ; Véronique Plesch, Arborio's Palimpsestual Commemoration ; Philip Wagoner, Degrees of erasure and questions of intentionality - the Case of Two Indian mosques ; Sheila Bonde, Palimpsest and Heterotopia - the Cultural Biography of the Porta Nigra in Trier ; Erik Gustafson, The Palimpsest-ing of a Crusader Portal on a Cairene Madrasa ; Tamara Sears, Considering Kadwaha as Palimpsest - Continuities, Discontinuities, and Layers In-Between ; Annalisa Bolin, Time, Authenticity, and Rewriting Heritage at Rwanda's Memorials ; Joseph Siry, Ground Zero as Palimpsest - Erasure, Rebuilding, Rediscovery ; Francesco Ceccarelli, The Weave of the Urban Fabric - Reading the Layers in the Bolognese Portico ; Katherine Kuenzli, Building on the Past - the Bauhaus as Palimpsest ; Nadja Aksamija, Invisible Palimpsests - On Materiality and Restoration in Italian Architecture ; Philip Wagoner, Clark Maines, Nadja Aksamija, Ways Forward to a Different Past. (Architectural Crossroads : Studies in the History of Architecturea, 4)

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Item Number: 144660
Title: The Strip : Las Vegas and the Architecture of the American Dream
Author: Al, Stefan
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 9780262035743
Record created on 02/23/17
Description: Cambridge: MIT Press, 2017. 26cm., hardcover, 272pp., 63 color, 19 b&w illus.

Summary: The Las Vegas Strip has impersonated the Wild West, with saloon doors and wagon wheels; it has decked itself out in midcentury modern sleekness. It has illuminated itself with twenty-story-high neon signs, then junked them. After that came Disney-like theme parks featuring castles and pirates, followed by replicas of Venetian canals, New York skyscrapers, and the Eiffel Tower. (It might be noted that forty-two million people visited Las Vegas in 2015—ten million more than visited the real Paris.) More recently, the Strip decided to get classy, with casinos designed by famous architects and zillion-dollar collections of art. Las Vegas became the “implosion capital of the world” as developers, driven by competition, got rid of the old to make way for the new—offering a non-metaphorical definition of “creative destruction.” InThe Strip, Stefan Al examines the many transformations of the Las Vegas Strip, arguing that they mirror transformations in America itself. The Strip is not, as popularly supposed, a display of architectural freaks but representative of architectural trends and a record of social, cultural, and economic change. Al tells two parallel stories. He describes the feverish competition of Las Vegas developers to build the snazziest, most tourist-grabbing casinos and resorts—with a cast of characters including the mobster Bugsy Siegel, the eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes, and the would-be political kingmaker Sheldon Adelson. And he views the Strip in a larger social context, showing that it has not only reflected trends but also magnified them and sometimes even initiated them. Generously illustrated with stunning color images throughout, The Strip traces the many metamorphoses of a city that offers a vivid projection of the American dream.

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Item Number: 144835
Title: LATIF AL ANI
Author: Montazami, Morad
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 9783775742702
Record created on 03/14/17
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Description: Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz, 2017. 29 x 25cm., hardcover, 200pp., 200 illus. English text.

Summary: Latif Al Ani (*1932 in Baghdad) who was the first to capture cosmopolitan life in Iraq in the 1950s to 1970s is known as the “father of Iraqi photography”. His black and white images represent a unique visual memory of the country during its belle époque. Al Ani presented the vivid Iraqi culture in its abundance and complexity: besides documenting the westernized everyday life, the political culture and industry, he also captured images of Iraq from the air for the Iraq Petroleum Company. However, under Saddam Hussein’s oppressive regime he ceased photographing. Today, his photographs give testimony to an era long gone. The exhibition at the Iraq Pavilion during the Venice biennale in 2016 focused on works from the early period of his career, showing both modernising trends and the retention of ancient traditions as themes of Al Ani’s work.

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Item Number: 144898
Title: Mosques: Splendors of Islam
Author: Alami, Mohammed Hamdouni ; Sussan Babaie ; Walter B Denny
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 9780847860357
Record created on 03/23/17
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Description: New York: Rizzoli, 2017. 30cm., hardcover, 304pp., 300 color illus.

Summary: One of the most important and authoritative books to celebrate mosque architecture and Islamic design, featuring many new photographs commissioned for this volume. Mosques are among the greatest architectural feats and have a profound beauty: their spiritual purpose adds to their mystery and luster. This visually stunning volume illustrates the development of the basic mosque structural and decorative elements through sixty examples—including the most venerated, such as the Great Mosque of Córdoba, Spain; the Imam Mosque of Isfahan, Iran; and Istanbul’s Süleymaniye Mosque—along with such innovative new expressions as Doha’s Abu al-Qabib Mosque. Mosques from Europe, the Indian subcontinent, North America, North Africa and the sub-Sahara, the Middle East, and Russia and the Caucasus are showcased, from their origins in Mecca and Medina through their major stylistic transformations under the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires up to the present. Stunning original and archival photographs show striking exterior and interior views as well as adjacent gardens and fountains that grace these magnificent structures. Essays by prominent architecture and design authorities cover topics such as the iconographic and decorative elements of the mosque, including the calligraphy and tilework that adorn these important sanctuaries, as well as regional architecture styles. This important volume is a must for those interested in architecture and design, as well as lovers of Islamic art.

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Item Number: 143822
Title: Abstraction in Reverse: The Reconfigured Spectator in Mid-Twentieth-Century Latin American Art
Author: Alberro, Alexander
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 9780226393957
Record created on 11/29/16
Description: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. 26cm., hardcover, 368pp., 58 color, 17 b&w illus.

Summary: During the mid-twentieth century, Latin American artists working in several different cities radically altered the nature of modern art. Reimagining the relationship of art to its public, these artists granted the spectator an unprecedented role in the realization of the artwork. The first book to explore this phenomenon on an international scale, Abstraction in Reverse traces the movement as it evolved across South America and parts of Europe. Alexander Alberro demonstrates that artists such as Tomás Maldonado, Jesús Soto, Julio Le Parc, and Lygia Clark, in breaking with the core tenets of the form of abstract art known as Concrete art, redefined the role of both the artist and the spectator. Instead of manufacturing autonomous art, these artists produced artworks that required the presence of the spectator to be complete. Alberro also shows the various ways these artists strategically demoted regionalism in favor of a new modernist voice that transcended the traditions of the nation-state and contributed to a nascent globalization of the art world.

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Item Number: 145513
Title: On Weaving : New Expanded Edition
Author: ALBERS, ANNI
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 9780691177854
Record created on 05/04/17
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Description: Princeton: Princeton University Press, in association with The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 256pp. with color illus.

Summary: Written by one of the twentieth century’s leading textile artists, this splendidly illustrated book is a luminous meditation on the art of weaving, its history, its tools and techniques, and its implications for modern design. First published in 1965, On Weaving bridges the transition between handcraft and the machine-made, highlighting the essential importance of material awareness and the creative leaps that can occur when design problems are tackled by hand. With her focus on materials and handlooms, Anni Albers discusses how technology and mass production place limits on creativity and problem solving, and makes the case for a renewed embrace of human ingenuity that is particularly important today. Her lucid and engaging prose is illustrated with a wealth of rare and extraordinary images showing the history of the medium, from hand-drawn diagrams and close-ups of pre-Columbian textiles to material studies with corn, paper, and the typewriter, as well as illuminating examples of her own work. Now available for a new generation of readers, this expanded edition of On Weaving updates the book’s original black-and-white illustrations with full-color photos, and features an afterword by Nicholas Fox Weber and essays by Manuel Cirauqui and T’ai Smith that shed critical light on Albers and her career.

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Item Number: 144382
Title: JOSEF ALBERS : Midnight and Moon
Author: Fox Weber, Nicholas (intro)
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 9781941701621
Record created on 01/19/17
Description: New York: David Zwirner Books, 2017. 27cm., hardcover, 144pp., 75 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: Using minimal means—paint straight from the tube, applied meticulously with a palette knife—and a focused selection of colors, Josef Albers’s sustained, serial investigation into rhythm, mood, and spatial movement is explored in this lavishly produced volume that looks solely at his respective grey and yellow paintings, exploring two distinct color palettes pervasive to his oeuvre. Highlighting the rich diversity of effects Albers drew from a narrow range of colors, this publication centers around the groundbreaking Homage to the Square (A) (1950), the inaugural painting in the series that would occupy the artist until his death in 1976. The pairing of two palettes—black, white, and grey and an array of yellows—stems in part from Albers’s 1964 series of lithographs, Midnight and Noon, which brought together these two opposing color sets in a single portfolio. Together they address the limitless possibilities the artist found in color and form in relation to light. The impossible simultaneity of “midnight” and “noon” moreover speaks to Albers’s transcending of what he called “factual facts” in favor of the play of perception and illusion possible in art. Opening with an introduction by Nicholas Fox Weber, Executive Director of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, that contextualizes these works and their color palettes, this volume also includes Albers’s own writing on Homage to the Square. Additionally, Elaine de Kooning’s historic text and Colm Tóibín’s recent writing explore this body of work from different perspectives and time periods. Published on the occasion of exhibitions at David Zwirner’s New York and London galleries in 2016 and 2017, this beautifully illustrated publication looks at one of the most influential abstract painters of the twentieth century.

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Item Number: 145702
Title: JOSEF ALBERS in Mexico
Author: Hinkson, Lauren
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 9780892075362
Record created on 05/18/17
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Description: New York: Guggenheim Museum Publications, 2017. 27cm., hardcover, 128pp., 110 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: “Mexico is truly the promised land of abstract art,” Josef Albers wrote to his former Bauhaus colleague Vasily Kandinsky in 1936. Josef Albers in Mexico reveals the profound link between the art and architecture of ancient Mesoamerica and Albers’ abstract works on canvas and paper. With his wife, the artist Anni Albers, Albers toured pre-Columbian archeological sites and monuments during his 12 or more trips to Mexico and other Latin American countries between 1935 and 1968. On each visit, Albers took black-and-white photographs of pyramids, shrines, sanctuaries and landscapes, which he later assembled into rarely seen photo collages. The resulting works demonstrate Albers’ continued formal experimentation with geometry, this time accentuating a pre-Columbian aesthetic. Josef Albers in Mexico brings together photographs, photo collages, prints and significant paintings from the Variants/Adobe (1946–66) and Homage to the Square (1950–76) series from the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Anni and Josef Albers Foundation. Two scholarly essays, an illustrated map and vivid color reproductions of paintings and works on paper illuminate this little-known period in the influential artist’s practice.

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Item Number: 143671
Title: Small-Great Objects : Anni and Josef ALBERS in the Americas
Author: Reynolds-Kaye, Jennifer
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 9780300225693
Record created on 11/17/16
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, for the Yale University Art Gallery, 2017. 29cm., pbk., 96pp., 58 color, 17 b&w illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: Small-Great Objects presents a remarkable look into the art-collecting practices of two of modern art’s most widely influential figures, Anni (1899–1994) and Josef (1888–1976) Albers. Their impressive collection of over 1,400 objects from Latin America, namely Mexico and Peru, represents a conscious endeavor that goes well beyond that of a casual hobby, displaying a deep appreciation for the art, textiles, and overall ingenuity of the ancient American world. This insightful book draws on primary-source materials such as the couple’s letters, personal papers, and archival photographs—many never before published—and demonstrates their conviction that these Prehispanic objects displayed a formal sophistication and bold abstraction that defy the prevalent conception of the works as “primitive.” Moreover, it shows how the Alberses spread their appreciation of the ancient world to others, through their teachings, their writings, and their own art practices.

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Item Number: 140624
Title: Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York
Author: Albrecht, Donald
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 9780847849406
Record created on 03/29/16
Description: New York: Skira Rizzoli, 2016. 28cm., hardcover, 304pp. illus. Exhibition held at Museum of the City of New York.

Summary: Uncovering the lost history of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender artists in New York City. Queer people have always flocked to New York seeking freedom, forging close-knit groups for support and inspiration. Gay Gotham brings to life the countercultural artistic communities that sprang up over the last hundred years, a creative class whose radical ideas would determine much of modern culture. More than 200 images—both works of art, such as paintings and photographs, as well as letters, snapshots, and ephemera—illuminate their personal bonds, scandal-provoking secrets at the time and many largely unknown to the public since.Starting with the bohemian era of the 1910s and 1920s, when the pansy craze drew voyeurs of all types to Greenwich Village and Harlem, the book winds through midcentury Broadway as well as Fire Island as it emerged as a hotbed, turns to the post-Stonewall, decade-long wild party that revolved around clubs like the Mineshaft and Studio 54, and continues all the way through the activist mobilization spurred by the AIDS crisis and the move toward acceptance at the century’s close. Throughout, readers encounter famous figures, from James Baldwin and Mae West to Leonard Bernstein, and discover lesser-known ones, such as Harmony Hammond, Greer Lankton, and Richard Bruce Nugent. Surprising relationships emerge: Andy Warhol and Mercedes de Acosta, Robert Mapplethorpe and Cecil Beaton, George Platt Lynes and Gertrude Stein. By peeling back the overlapping layers of this cultural network that thrived despite its illicitness, this groundbreaking publication reveals a whole new side of the history of New York and celebrates the power of artistic collaboration to transcend oppression.

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Item Number: 145124
Title: Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce and Cultural Exchange
Author: Albrecht, Donald ; Thomas Mellins (eds)
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 9783777428567
Record created on 04/05/17
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Description: Munich: Hirmer, 2017. 27cm., hardcover, 160pp., 200 color plates. Exhibition to be held at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin.

Summary: Widely acknowledged as a critical chapter in the history of twentieth-century art, the rise of modernism in Mexico was activated by artists, museum curators, gallery owners, journalists, and publishers both in Mexico and the United States. These figures created and promoted an art that pioneered a synthesis of indigenous traditions, both ancient and contemporary, and international, modernist aesthetics. This exhibition explores two decades of dynamic cultural exchange between Mexico and the United States. It begins around 1920, when the conclusion of a long and bitter revolution in Mexico ushered in new cultural ideals and programs, and continues into the mid-1940s, when contemporary Mexican art entered the mainstream in the United States. The exhibition underscores that art movements rarely conform to national borders; nor do they result from the efforts of artists alone. Transnational networks of individuals and institutions that seek, champion, and interpret great—often radically new—works of art are essential. Never has this been more the case than during the early twentieth century's "Mexican moment".

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Item Number: 143086
Title: Fabriano : City of Medieval and Renaissance Papermaking
Author: Albro, Sylvia
Price: $95.00
ISBN: 9781584563518
Record created on 09/28/16
Description: New Castle: Oak Knoll Press, in association with the Library of Congress, 2016. 25cm., hardcover, 229pp., more than 200 images

Summary: Fabriano: City of Medieval and Renaissance Papermaking by Sylvia Albro explores how the Arab art of papermaking by hand came to the Italian peninsula in the thirteenth century and why Fabriano was well-positioned to develop as the heart of this artisan craft, first in Italy and subsequently for a larger Mediterranean territory. Details of the technical advancements introduced by Fabriano are described, including machinery and equipment, the use of watermarks, and improvements in the physical processes of papermaking.

As a result of these innovations, Fabriano and other centers in Italy developed along similar lines and soon Italian hand-made paper was unrivaled in Europe from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Their lustrous white sheets were favored by merchants and Michelangelo, princes and popes, and a growing, international clientele. Many books, prints, and manuscripts made with Italian paper from this time have survived in remarkably pristine condition and retained qualities still imitated by modern papermakers. This study analyzes the conditions that have kept Fabrianos papermaking industry successful since the Medieval period, while other areas ceased production. Although the books emphasis is on the enduring legacy of Fabriano, other cities involved in the industry are discussed as well, including Genoa, Venice, Parma, Siena, Sicily, Amalfi, and Foligno.

More than 200 images have been chosen to illustrate this remarkable history. In addition to images of Fabriano and the surrounding area, the principal illustrations include rare books, prints, drawings, maps, and manuscripts dating from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Many illustrations pair images of original artifacts and their identifying watermarks; the latter revealed through beta-radiography and digital photography. More than half of the illustrations are from Library of Congress collections, including images taken for this project from items in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division that used Fabriano paper.

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Item Number: 145902
Title: Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art
Author: Albu, Cristina ; Dawna Schuld (eds)
Price: $150.00
ISBN: 9781138218727
Record created on 06/05/17
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Description: London: Routledge, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 256pp. illus.

Summary: This book examines the interconnections between art, phenomenology, and cognitive studies. Contributors question the binary oppositions generally drawn between visuality and agency, sensing and thinking, phenomenal art and politics, phenomenology and structuralism, subjective involvement and social belonging. Instead, they foreground the many ways that artists ask us to consider how we sense, think, and act in relation to a work of art.

Contents: 1. Michael Fried's "Art and Objecthood" - Early and Late Merleau-Pontian Views (Robert Hobbs). 2. "Life-World" - Robert Irwin and the Aesthetic Influence of Alfred Schutz (James Merle Thomas). 3. Wave of the Future? Reconsidering the Neuroscientific Turn in Art History (Kate Mondloch). 4. Perceptual Contrast and Social Tension in Allan Kaprow's Push and Pull - A Furniture Comedy for Hans Hofmann (Emily Ruth Capper). 5. Analogue Exchanges - Communication Technologies, Surveillance and Selfhood in Roy Ascott's Pedagogy (Kate Sloan). 6. "We Wish You Were Here" - The Indexical Proof of Earthrise and John Baldessari's California Map Project (Ginger Elliott Smith). 7. Robert Smithson and the Stereoscopic Uncanny (Sienna Brown). 8. Double Looking - The Point of View and the Political Sublime in Contemporary Art (Kit Messham-Muir). 9. Global and Local Multi-Stability in Contemporary Art (Gregory Minissale). 10. Venezuelan Cinetismo and the Phenomenal Frame of Democracy (Juan Ledezma). 11. Gérard Fromanger's Souffles and the Politics of Phenomenal Art (Sami Siegelbaum). 12. There's No Accounting for Taste - Eating, Thinking and Arguing in Contemporary Art (Sabine Flach). 13. Eyes Wide Open - Hunting Ephemeral Images (Inge Hinterwaldner). 14. Enraptured - Attention and Art (Ellen Levy). 15. Performative Re-membering - A Gesture towards "Durational Phenomenology" (Caroline Jones). 16. Nonstop Modernism - Jack Burnham's Systems, Structures and Semiotics (Charissa Terranova). 17. "Not Directed Toward Anyone" - The Indifference of a Situation (Christine Ross). 18. From Communicable Matter to Incommunicable "Stuff" - Extreme Combinatorics and the Return of Ineffability (Barbara Maria Stafford). (Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies)

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Item Number: 139298
Title: MILES ALDRIDGE : Please Return Polaroid
Author: Aldridge, Miles
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 9783958290990
Record created on 12/25/15
Description: Göttingen: Steidl, 2016. 28cm., hardcover, 190pp., 117 color photos.

Summary: With this volume, Miles Aldridge revisits his Polaroid archive of 20 highly prolific years of magazine assignments. Lots of those old Polaroids were intentionally or accidentally damaged while working on different stories--trimming, adjusting, marking, cutting, pasting, outlining specific details in order for them to be enhanced, modified, reassembled or discarded. Liberated from their original context, the images take on a life of their own and adapt an almost dreamlike and very effectual character. By partly enlarging and arranging the Polaroids in unexpected ways, Aldridge treats them as singular images that command individual respect. Here, we get a rare insight into a photographer’s storyboard and workflow while learning to appreciate the importance of flaws and imperfections, but also of the playfulness that happens along the way to the finished photograph.

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