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Item Number: 145787
Title: ALVAR AALTO : Architect
Author: Stewart, John
Record created on 05/24/2017
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.
Item Number: 138355
Title: Artek and the AALTOS : Furnishing the World
Author: Stritzler-Levine, Nina ; Timo Riekko (eds)
Record created on 10/21/2015
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.
Item Number: 81807
Title: Els ABADAL, Un llinatge de Gravadors
Author: Socias Batet, Immaculada
Price: $5.30 Original Price: $53.00
Record created on 10/29/2007
Description: Barcelona: Publicacions de l'Abadia de Monserrat, 2007. 22cm., pbk., 243pp. illus. (Textos i Estudis de Cultura Catalana, 124)
Item Number: 126721
Title: BERENICE ABBOTT : Paris Portraits 1925-1930
Author: Kurtz, Ron ; Hank O'Neal (eds)
Record created on 08/22/2013
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.
Item Number: 146411
Title: BERENICE ABBOTT : A Life in Photography
Author: Van Haaften, Julia
Record created on 08/07/2017
Available April 2018
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Description: New York: W.W. Norton, 2017. 24c., hardcover, 544pp. 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: 144247
Title: ADEL ABDESSEMED : Works 1988-2015
Author: Belting, Hans (et al)
Record created on 01/09/2017
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.
Item Number: 146124
Title: NINA CHANEL ABNEY : Royal Flush
Author: Price, Marshall N. (et al)
Record created on 06/30/2017
Description: Durham: Duke University Press, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 124pp., 150 color illus. Exhibition held at Nasher Museum of Art, Durham.
Summary: This catalogue accompanies the exhibition Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush, a ten-year survey of one of the most provocative and iconoclastic artists working today. Abney is at the forefront of a generation of artists that is unapologetically revitalizing narrative figurative painting, and as a skillful story-teller, she visually articulates the complex social dynamics of contemporary urban life. Her works are informed as much by mainstream news media as they are by animated cartoons, video games, hip-hop culture, celebrity websites, and tabloid magazines. She draws on these sources to make paintings replete with figures, numbers, and words that appear to have tumbled onto the canvas with the stream-of-consciousness immediacy of text messages, pop-up windows, a Twitter feed, or the scrolling headlines of an incessant twenty-four-hour news cycle. By engaging loaded topics and controversial issues with irreverence, humor, and lampooning satire, Abney’s works are both pointed contemporary genre scenes as well as scathing commentaries on social attitudes and inequities. Abney’s first solo museum exhibition, Royal Flush will be comprised of the artist’s large-scale paintings, along with smaller collages and watercolors. While her work has strong ties to important modernist forebears such as Robert Colescott, Stuart Davis, Romare Bearden, and Faith Ringgold, among others, its distinct and arresting visual articulation of the human condition is inherently suited to the rapid-fire and unceasing quality of the Digital Age. Her dense and colorful iconography, a skillful engagement with serious issues, and the provocative way in which she addresses them has brought this young artist increasing critical acclaim in the contemporary art world.
Item Number: 142158
Title: Walk Through Walls: A Memoir
Author: ABRAMOVIC, MARINA
Record created on 07/05/2016
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.
Item Number: 144121
Title: MARINA ABRAMOVIC : The Cleaner
Author: Essling, Lena (ed)
Record created on 12/26/2016
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.
Item Number: 146836
Title: TOMMA ABTS
Author: Rondeau, James (et al)
Record created on 09/26/2017
Available June 2018
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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: 143665
Title: ROBERT ADAM : Country House Design, Decoration, and the Art of Elegance
Author: Musson, Jeremy ; Paul Barker (photos)
Record created on 11/16/2016
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.
Item Number: 143650
Title: ROBERT ADAM'S London
Author: Sands, Frances
Record created on 11/15/2016
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.
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
Record created on 05/08/2017
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.
Item Number: 141894
Title: ROBERT ADAMS : Perfect Places, Perfect Company
Author: Chuang, Joshua (ed)
Record created on 06/19/2016
Available January 2018
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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.
Item Number: 143836
Title: EILEEN AGAR : Dreaming Oneself Awake
Author: Remy, Michel
Record created on 11/30/2016
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.
Item Number: 144827
Title: JIA AILI : Stardust Hermit
Author: Foulkes, Nicola (et al)
Record created on 03/14/2017
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.
Item Number: 144835
Title: LATIF AL ANI
Author: Montazami, Morad
Record created on 03/14/2017
Available Summer 2017
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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.
Item Number: 145513
Title: On Weaving : New Expanded Edition
Author: ALBERS, ANNI
Record created on 05/04/2017
Available September 2017
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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.
Item Number: 146302
Title: ANNI ALBERS : Notebook 1972-1980
Author: Danilowitz, Brenda
Record created on 07/25/2017
Available November 2017
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Description: New York: David Zwirner Books, 2017. 26cm., pbk., 152pp., 148 illus.
Summary: A superb facsimile of the only known notebook of legendary modernist polymath Anni Albers. Beginning in 1972, Albers filled her graph-paper notebook regularly until 1980. This rare and previously unpublished document of her working process contains intricate drawings for her large body of graphic work, as well as studies for her late knot drawings. The notebook follows Albers' deliberations and progression as a draftsman in their original form. It reveals the way she went about making complex patterns, exploring them piece by piece, line by line, in a visually dramatic and mysteriously beautiful series of geometric arrangements. An afterword by Brenda Danilowitz, Chief Curator of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, contextualizes the notebook and explores the role studies played in the development of her work.
Item Number: 144382
Title: JOSEF ALBERS : Midnight and Moon
Author: Fox Weber, Nicholas (intro)
Record created on 01/19/2017
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.
Item Number: 145702
Title: JOSEF ALBERS in Mexico
Author: Hinkson, Lauren
Record created on 05/18/2017
Available October 2017
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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.
Item Number: 143671
Title: Small-Great Objects : Anni and Josef ALBERS in the Americas
Author: Reynolds-Kaye, Jennifer
Record created on 11/17/2016
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.
Item Number: 144364
Title: Chiesa, impero e turcherie : GIUSEPPE ALBERTI pittore e architetto nel Trentino barocco
Author: Dal Pra, Laura (et al)
Record created on 01/19/2017
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: 144781
Title: Filosofi, oratori e pittori : Una nuova lettura del De pictura di LEON BATTISTA ALBERTI
Author: Roccasecca, Pietro
Record created on 03/08/2017
Description: Roma: Campisano, 2017. 22cm., pbk., 384pp. illus.
Summary: La teoria pittorica di Leon Battista Alberti è il risultato dell'interazione di tre fattori: la cultura umanista, la teoria e la pratica del disegno e la teoria ottica. Per le sue conoscenze scientifiche Alberti attinse sia alla tradizione scolastica delle università occidentali, sia alle nuove traduzioni dei trattati ottici che dalla cultura araba furono trasmessi agli europei come l'Ottica di Tolomeo e, soprattutto, il De aspectibus di Alhacen. Le tre componenti della teoria pittorica albertiana interagiscono sviluppando una visione complessiva del "weltbild" dell'età moderna, che impegnerà gli studi per lungo tempo. La nuova e originale lettura del De pictura proposta da Filosofi, oratori e pittori apre infatti nuovi spazi alla ricerca degli studi consacrati a Leon Battista Alberti, alla storia e la teoria dell'arte, alla storia della cultura e alla storia della appropriazione dei saperi scientifici da parte degli artisti
Contents: Storia del testo e delle sue edizioni - Fortuna critica - Arte della persuasione - La teoria della visione - Note introduttive - Prologo. Leon Battista Alberti, De pictura - Prologus - Il contesto fiorentino: artisti e umanisti - L'occasione del Prologus - Gli amici di Battista: il contesto fiorentino della redazione volgare - La struttura del De pictura - Libro Primo - La pittura come scienza della natura - La pittura tra fisica e matematica - Luogo, lume e apparenze delle superfici - Ricevere del lume - Molteplicità delle superfici e delle piramidi - Intersecare la piramide - La teoria delle caratteristiche visive e il naturalismo in pittura - Il metro di tutte le cose - Saper intersegare - Conclusioni - Libro Secondo - La pittura - La forza divina della pittura - La definizione della pittura - La parti della pittura - Circoscrizione - Composizione - Ricevere dei lumi - Libro Terzo - Il compito del pittore - Il pittore buono e dotto - La geometria, la pittura e l'educazione alle arti liberali - La calunnia e i benefici - La memoria e il disegno - La bellezza come caratteristica visiva del modello - Conoscere e ritrarre i lumi - Disegno mentale - La composizione della storia - Ritratti di Alberti - Nulla si trova insieme nato e perfetto.
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 08/10/2015
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: 139298
Title: MILES ALDRIDGE : Please Return Polaroid
Author: Aldridge, Miles
Record created on 12/25/2015
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.
Item Number: 146039
Title: JOHN WHITE ALEXANDER : Painter of the Female Form
Author: Goley, Mary Anne
Record created on 06/18/2017
Available February 2018, further details forthcoming
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Description: London: Philip Wilson, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 272pp., ca. 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: 145303
Title: ALEXANDER : New Dimensions in Art
Author: Lucie-Smith, Edward ; Peter Frank
Record created on 04/19/2017
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Description: London: Unicorn Press, 2017. 27cm., hardcover, 160pp., 100 color plates.
Summary: Alexander is a British born artist living in California. After studying at St. Martin’s School of Art in London, he took to the road, with exhibitions in Sydney, South Africa and New York. His works encompasses three and four dimension sculptures, paintings and, increasingly, holograms, in which art form he is a pioneer. In 1985, he created the largest monumental bronze sculpture in the world in modern times: The Great Tower at Rutland Water. This was followed by two other major monumental works: Oracle on Queen’s Walk by the Thames for the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee and a work made from 24 tons of marble for the front of University Hospital, Nottingham. He has created many very large, 2 x 1 metre, holograms as commissions. His work has featured in five large museum retrospective exhibitions.
Item Number: 143679
Title: Orchestrating Elegance : ALMA-TADEMA and the Marquand Music Room
Author: Morris, Kathleen M. ; Alexis Goodin (eds)
Record created on 11/17/2016
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, for the Clark Art Institute, 2017. 26cm., hardcover, 232pp., 190 color illus.
Summary : During the 19th century, New York City’s grand mansions on Fifth and Madison Avenues boasted sumptuous interiors, often with each room decorated in a different historic style. Financier, art collector, and philanthropist Henry Gurdon Marquand famously commissioned eminent British painter Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912) to create the Greco-Pompeian music room for his home. This beautiful publication documents and examines the celebrated design, which included an elaborately decorated Steinway grand piano, a large suite of matching furniture, and an embroidery scheme for the upholstery and coordinated curtains. Alma-Tadema secured Frederic Leighton to create a major painting for the room’s ceiling and Sir Edward Poynter to paint the piano’s fallboard. One of Alma-Tadema’s most famous paintings, A Reading from Homer, was painted for this room. For the first time since Marquand’s death in 1902, the contents of this exceptional room have been brought together and considered in light of Marquand’s patronage, Alma-Tadema’s career, the firm that manufactured the furniture, and the social function of the music room.
Item Number: 141021
Title: LAWRENCE ALMA-TADEMA
Author: Prettejohn, Elizabeth ; Peter Trippi (eds)
Record created on 04/23/2016
Description: Munich-New York: Prestel, 2016. 30cm., hardcover, 240pp., 175 color illus.
Summary: This important re-evaluation of the Dutch- born painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema traces his personal and artistic journey towards international fame and success in London and investigates how this exceptionally creative artist used his own houses and studios as laboratories to produce vivid paintings of life in ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt. Lawrence Alma-Tadema s paintings were immensely popular among his contemporaries, and have since enchanted a wide audience through the medium of cinema. Anyone who has ever enjoyed the great epic films of antiquity from Italian silent classics and Cecil B. DeMille to Ridley Scott s Gladiator will instantly recognize their origins in sets and costumes Alma- Tadema invented. Accompanied by glowing reproductions of the artist s rich and detailed works, this book boldly re-assesses Alma-Tadema s art through the idea of home: from his admiration for the interiors depicted in early Dutch paintings through his fascination with Pompeian ruins, to his creation of large studio houses that were artworks in their own right. Building upon Alma-Tadema s renown as the archaeologist of artists, the new scholarship in this impressive volume shows how the spaces he created and inhabited with his talented artist-wife Laura and their two daughters reflected an aesthetic vision that has thrilled viewers and other artists for more than a century. Appealing to general and scholarly audiences alike, this book underscores Alma-Tadema s reputation as one of his era s greatest creative talents.
Item Number: 145107
Title: Playing with Fire: Paintings by CARLOS ALMARAZ
Author: Fox, Howard N. (et al)
Record created on 04/05/2017
Available August 2017
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Description: Munich-New York: Prestel, 2017. 27cm., hardcover, 144pp., 100 color illus. Exhibition to be held at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Summary: Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz is the first fulllength monograph devoted to an artist known for both his politically engaged cultural production as well as his vibrant, highly sought-after studio art, particularly his scenes of car crashes and pastoral depictions of L.A.'s Echo Park. Among the leading figures whose artistic, cultural, and political motivations catalyzed the Chicano Art movement in the 1970s, Almaraz began his career with works for the United Farm Workers and cofounded the important artists collective Los Four. Although he saw himself as an activist, Almaraz straddled multiple- and often contradictory-identities that drew from divergent cultures and approaches, and his work became less overtly political and more personal, psychological, dreamlike, and even mystical as he evolved artistically. The book features more than 60 works, mostly from the late 1970s through 1989, the year of the artist's untimely death at age 48, as well as selections from his journals and recollections from numerous colleagues and friends who knew him throughout his career.
Item Number: 143320
Title: Fragile Legacies: The Photographs of SOLOMON OSAGIE ALONGE
Author: Staples, Amy J. ; Flora S. Kaplan
Record created on 10/13/2016
Description: London: Giles, 2016. 28cm., hardcover, 208pp. illus. Exhibition to be held at the National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C.
Summary: Fragile Legacies showcases the fascinating photographs of Chief Solomon Osagie Alonge (1911-1994), Nigeria's premier twentieth-century photographer and the first official photographer to the Royal Court of the Kingdom of Benin. Alonge's historic photographs document the rituals, pageantry, and regalia of the Benin Court for over a half-century, and provide rare insight into the history of Nigeria from an insider's perspective. With important contributions by leading Nigerian writers, this volume examines the transformations of colonialism in Africa, and more specifically Nigeria, within the context of global capitalism in the early to mid-twentieth century.
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 12/07/2010
Description: Girona: Museu d'Art Girona, 2010. 24cm., hardcover, 372pp., 58 color illus. Multi-lingual text. Exhibition catalogue.
Item Number: 141597
Title: KAI ALTHOFF : and then leave me to the common swifts
Author: Althoff, Kai (ed)
Record created on 06/06/2016
Description: New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2016. 27cm., hardcover, 196pp., 205 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: Kai Althoff is one of the most consummate--and unpredictable--artists of his generation. A painter and a draftsman, he has experimented since the mid-1990s with combinations of unconventional mediums and exhibition formats to create all-encompassing environments that might include finely detailed drawings, collage, woven textiles, knitted fabric, soft sculpture, paintings, writing, video, fragrance and song. Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, this publication presents Althoff’s work in all mediums made over a 25-year career. Created in close collaboration with the artist, the book features lavish color reproductions of Althoff’s most significant works. Contributions by scholars, art professionals and friends of the artist offer multiple perspectives on Althoff’s iconographically rich work.
Item Number: 146195
Title: GIACOMO AMATO : I Disegni di Palazzo Abatellis : Architettura, arredi e decorazione nella Sicilia Barocca
Author: de Cavi, Sabina (ed)
Record created on 07/10/2017
Description: Roma: De Luca, 2017. 31cm., hardcover, 632pp., 750 color illus.
Summary: La collezione di disegni di Giacomo Amato (1643-1732), principale architetto del barocco palermitano, si conserva presso Palazzo Abatellis, a Palermo. Con questa pubblicazione si presenta la prima monografia, sulla poliedrica attività dell’architetto / decoratore / arredatore, consistente in un libro composto di una prima parte di saggi relativi alle varie discipline in cui Amato si cimentò, accompagnati da importanti studi di contesto relativi agli scambi artistici tra Sicilia, Roma, Napoli e la Spagna, e una seconda parte contenente il catalogo generale dei disegni raccolti nei sette volumi, in gran parte inediti. Rivelati al grande pubblico da Alvar González Palacios e saltuariamente pubblicati da studiosi, la collezione ammonta a un totale di 497 disegni. Si tratta dell’unica collezione di progetti di un architetto italiano del Seicento conservata intatta a livello europeo. Neppure gli Uffizi possono contare una collezione monografica tanto estesa e tanto completa. Presenta schizzi ed elaborati tecnici per opere diversissime: da chiese ed architetture civili a candelieri e alcove in argento, tavoli in marmi mischi, cornici, plinti e alzate per esporre e valorizzare le collezioni dei viceré spagnoli, suoi protettori. Numerosissime le tecniche grafiche utilizzate, spesso miste: carboncini più o meno grassi, diversi tipi di matite, dorature, coloriture (a tempera e ad acquarello), documentando in questo modo la varietà delle tecniche disegnative del Barocco siciliano.
Item Number: 146331
Title: LAURIE ANDERSON : All the Things I Lost in the Flood
Record created on 07/31/2017
Available November 2017
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Description: New York: Skira Rizzoli, 2017. 28cm., 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: 142842
Title: TADAO ANDO : Chateau La Coste
Author: Jodidio, Philip
Record created on 09/06/2016
Description: Arles: Actes Sud, 2016. 29cm., hardcover, 256pp. illus. English text.
Summary: The Château La Coste in Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, near Aix-en-Provence, is a working vineyard, and, since 2004, a destination for a world-class collection of modern and contemporary art and architecture. For the past decade, the vineyard has been inviting artists and architects from around the world—including Tadao Ando, Louise Bourgeois, Liam Gillick, Jean Nouvel and Richard Serra, among others—to visit Château La Coste and select a location on the estate for a site-specific installation. Tadao Ando: Château La Coste explores the five works by the Japanese architect (born 1941) featured at the Château: Gate, Art Centre, Four Cubes to Contemplate Our Environment, Chapel and Origami Benches (all completed in 2011). Beautifully illustrated with sketches, models and production photography, this volume also includes an essay by architecture historian Philip Jodidio analyzing how Ando’s architecture inscribes itself into the landscape.
Item Number: 140488
Title: La Crocifissione dell’ANGELICO a San Marco quarant’anni dopo l’intervento della salvezza : ndagini, restauri, riflessioni
Author: Scudieri, Magnolia (ed)
Price: $15.98 Original Price: $39.95
Record created on 03/21/2016
Description: Livorno: Sillabe, 2016. 30cm., pbk., 116pp. illus., most in color.
iIncludes: Una Crocifissione anomala ; Cronaca di un restauro ; Tecniche di indagine non invasive per immagini e loro risultati ; Tecniche di indagine non invasive puntuali ; Tecniche di indagine micro invasive ; Tecnica e degrado della Crocifissione dell’Angelico attraverso il programma di indagini - analisi, confronto e discussione dei risultati ; I problemi conservativi della Crocifissione dell’Angelico - complessità, indagini e soluzioni individuate ; Il senso di un restauro: la Crocifissione del Capitolo dal passato per il futuro.
(Quaderni dell'Ufficio e Laboratorio : Restauri del Polo Museale della Toscana, 1)
Item Number: 146635
Title: FRA ANGELICO : Heaven on Earth
Author: Silver, Nathaniel (ed)
Record created on 08/31/2017
Available May 2018
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Description: London: Holberton, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 250pp., 125 color illus. Exhibition to be held at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.
Summary: Fra Angelico transformed painting in Florence with his pioneering images. Reuniting for the first time his four ingenious reliquaries for Santa Maria Novella, this publication explores his celebrated talents as a storyteller and the artistic contributions that shaped a new ideal of painting. Accompanying the exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, this catalogue explores one of the most important artists of the Renaissance. Fra Angelico (c. 1395–1455) transformed painting in Florence 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, contributing to Angelico’s unparalleled fame on the Italian peninsula. With the intellect of a Dominican theologian, the technical facility of Florence’s finest craftsmen and the business acumen of its shrewdest merchants, he shaped 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, this exhibition explores his celebrated talents as a storyteller and the artistic contributions that shaped a new ideal of painting in Florence.
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 11/10/2010
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: 141725
Title: PATRICE ANGUS : Painting and Drawings
Author: Blair, Douglas
Record created on 06/10/2016
Description: Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz, 2016. 31 x 27cm., hardcover, 192pp., 100 illus. German-English text.
Summary: Isolation and a desperate search for recognition in New York in the eighties are captured unsparingly by American painter Patrick Angus (1953–1992). The stark drama of his explicit themes, the phenomenal exactitude of his observations juxtaposed against the brilliant iridescence of his colorations, are currently being celebrated as a rediscovery in an international context. The subject of a homosexual artist’s life in New York’s demimonde is only the veneer of meaning of his work. Although his subject is inevitably his own life, it is a reflection the human condition we all know, the longing for love, friendship, and acceptance. This poetic unison, supported by superb technical execution, gives Patrick Angus’ paintings and drawings their irresistible, emotional, and universal appeal. Painting was the passion of Patrick Angus’ short life. Dying a victim of the AIDS plague, his only wish was that his work would survive him. This book is a posthumous homage to a great artist.
Item Number: 143915
Title: THOMAS ANNAN : Photographer of Glasgow
Author: Maddox, Amanda ; Sara Stevenson
Record created on 12/06/2016
Description: Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2017. 29cm., hardcover, 216pp., 198 illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: Thomas Annan (1829-1887) was the preeminent photographer of Glasgow in the mid-nineteenth century, a period when the rise in industry and population dramatically altered the landscape of the "second city" of the British Empire. Often working in conjunction with civic projects, Annan produced numerous series that underscore the transformation of the city and its environs, though he remains best known for one series in particular: a group of enigmatic photographs of central Glasgow's narrow alleys, or closes, on the verge of demolition. These haunting images, made between 1868 and 1871 and regarded as precursors of the documentary tradition in photography, represent the notion of progress that underpins much of Annan's oeuvre. Annan's publication history serves as the organizing principle for this book, which considers both the breadth of his body of work as well as the multiple formats in which his photographs appeared and circulated. Featured here are seven examples- including private albums and commercial books-that focus on subjects as varied as the city's streets and closes, the Loch Katrine aqueduct, Glasgow College, the cathedral, and the country estates of the landed gentry, highlighting Annan's extensive engagement with the city of Glasgow. Plates from each of these works are faithfully reproduced in full color, and an introductory essay by the leading authority on Annan surveys the life and career of this widely influential photographer.
Item Number: 146239
Title: ANTONELLO : I suoi mondi, il suo seguito
Author: Sricchia Santoro, Fiorella
Record created on 07/14/2017
Description: Firenze: Centro Di, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 389pp., 223 color, 121 b&w illus. Italian text.
Summary: A sumptuosly illustrated publication of the works of Antonello da Messina – the most important Sicilian painter of Italian Quattrocento -written by Fiorella Sricchia Santoro, the leading specialist on this author whose previous monograph on this painter (1986) was groundbreaking and has long been out of print. This volume features new important updates on Antonello's production, it explores his artistic background, as well as his many ties to northern European painting, and presents new findings and attributions. A large section is devoted to the works of Antonello's son Jacobello and to those of Antonio Giuffré. An illustred list of all the works of Antonello completes this important scholarly publication.
Item Number: 137443
Title: ANDREA APPIANI Pittore di Napoleone
Author: Leone, Francesco
Price: $29.25 Original Price: $58.50
Record created on 08/05/2015
Description: Milano: Skira, 2015. 24cm., hardcover, 256pp., 150 illus., most in color.
Summary: Il valore di Andrea Appiani (Milano, 1754-1817), artista osannato al suo tempo e durante tutta la prima metà dell’Ottocento, pittore di Napoleone in Italia, non ha ancora visto il suo giusto riconoscimento. Sull’artista non esisteva ancora, a tutt’oggi, una moderna monografia di rilievo. Questo libro affronta per la prima volta un complesso e articolato processo di sistemazione storiografica e di riordino sulla figura e sul catalogo delle opere del pittore, uno dei più grandi artisti europei dell’età napoleonica. Per questo lavoro, oltre al vasto materiale bibliografico, sono stati per la prima volta pienamente indagati e utilizzati i dati e i documenti riuniti nella cartella “Andrea Appiani” del Fondo Custodi della Bibliothèque Nationale di Parigi, materiali in gran parte ancora inediti che vengono integralmente pubblicati nella seconda parte del volume. Quei documenti che per mole, difficilissima lettura, eterogenea estrazione, nonché diverse e spesso indecifrabili grafie avevano sempre scoraggiato gli studiosi e ogni progetto di trascrizione organica, diventano ora uno strumento imprescindibile e di riferimento per ricostruire la vicenda artistica di questo grande pittore.
Item Number: 144116
Title: IDA APPLEBROOG : Mercy Hospital
Author: Applin, Jo
Record created on 12/26/2016
Description: New York: Karma, 2017. 26cm., hardcover, 304pp., 139 color illus.
Summary: In 2009 Ida Applebroog’s (born 1929) assistants found a box marked “Mercy Hospital.” Inside was a series of drawings the artist made nearly 50 years ago, during a period of institutionalization after suffering a debilitating breakdown in San Diego in 1969. During this tumultuous period, Applebroog, by her own account, “withdrew from the world entirely, for a period hardly able to speak at all.” Instead she turned to drawing, producing works in graphite, India ink and watercolors, at times accompanied by text from authors such as Kafka and Freud. The drawings oscillate between the figurative and the abstract, laying bare the female form and calling to mind art-historical precedents informed by psychopathology, particularly works produced in early and mid-20th-century France by the likes of Wols. The publication of Mercy Hospital, with a text by Jo Applin, is the first time that Applebroog’s work from this period has been documented in full.
Item Number: 143302
Title: NOBUYOSHI ARAKI : Eros Diary
Record created on 10/11/2016
Description: New York: Anton Kern Gallery, 2016. 25cm., pbk., 94pp. illus.
Summary: Nobuyoshi Araki’s (born 1940) Eros Diary is comprised of a series of 77 new black-and-white photographs that break from his traditional ruminations on eroticism and death to reflect more inwardly on the artist’s own life and mortality. These photographs highlight an unusual softness and somber introspection as Araki internalizes recent personal traumatic events, including the loss of his beloved cat, Chiro, his fight with prostate cancer and, later, the loss of vision in his right eye. Each photograph is timestamped in reference to the anniversary of Araki’s marriage to his wife Yoko, who died in 1990. This date also coincides with the Tanabata Festival in Japan, an annual celebration based around “The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl,” a folktale in which two forbidden lovers reunite once a year for a single night. The repetition of this date speaks to the artist’s reverence for his spouse and original muse, while also highlighting her absence in his life.
Item Number: 138323
Title: DIANE ARBUS : in the beginning
Author: Rosenheim, Jeff L
Record created on 10/19/2015
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016. 28cm., hardcover, 256pp., 160 illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: Diane Arbus is one of the most distinctive and provocative artists of the 20th century. Her photographs of children and eccentrics, couples and circus performers, female impersonators and nudists, are among the most recognisable images of our time. This book is the definitive study of the artist’s first seven years of work, from 1956 to 1962. Drawn primarily from the rich holdings of the Metropolitan Museum’s Diane Arbus Archive – a remarkable treasury of photographs, negatives, appointment books, notebooks and correspondence – it is an essential contribution to our understanding of Arbus and her oeuvre. diane arbus: in the beginning showcases over 100 of the artist’s early photographs, more than half of which are published here for the first time. The book provides a crucial, in-depth presentation of the artist’s genesis, showing Arbus as she developed her evocative and often haunting imagery. The photographs featured in this handsome volume reveal an artist defining her style, honing her subject matter and in full possession of the many gifts for which she is now recognised the world over.
Item Number: 140463
Title: JAVIER ARCENILLAS
Record created on 03/21/2016
Description: Madrid: La Fabrica, 2016. 22cm., pbk., 96pp. illus. English text.
Summary: The main characters in his photographs are the weak, the disowned and all of those who struggle on a daily basis to survive. This book brings together images of workers breaking up boats, abandoned refugees, amateur boxers, garbage collectors in dumps and members of armed gangs among other subjects. Since 2006 Javier Arcenillas has been working on an essay about violence in Central America. His photographs document pain, desperation, impotence and fear. His first works to gain recognition were Sicarios ("Hitmen") and Nota roja ("Red note"), both installments of his trilogy about death in El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala, followed by Latidoame rica, its final part, the focus of which shifts to the tales of the victims of the indiscriminate violence prevalent in Honduran society. A number of these photographs have appeared in these countries' newspapers. The group of photographs included in this book goes a long way to define Arcenillas's work: striking images with a precise narrative discourse stir powerful emotions in the viewer.Shooting in black and white, making use of the close-up to introduce his scenes and playing with only partially focused subjects he arrives at his individual and feisty vision.
Item Number: 146048
Title: ARMAN 1955-1974
Author: Celant, Gemano
Record created on 06/20/2017
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Description: Milano: Silvana, 2017. 29cm., pbk., 320pp., 350 illus. English text.
Summary: Edited by Germano Celant, this volume spans the artistic career of assemblage artist Arman (1928–2005) from his first group exhibition in France in the 1950s to 1974, when the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art in California organized its landmark retrospective.
Item Number: 141902
Title: The Sculpture of KENNETH ARMITAGE : with a Complete Inventory of Works
Author: Scott, James ; Claudia Milburn
Record created on 06/19/2016
Description: London: Lund Humphries, 2016. 29cm., hardcover, 308pp., 40 color, 360 b&w illus.
Summary: The Sculpture of Kenneth Armitage, which is being published to coincide with the artist's centenary in 2016, is the first book to feature a fully illustrated inventory of all of Armitage's known sculptures. It will be the only available illustrated reference book on the sculptural work of this important 20th-century artist. Through an inventory of 298 pieces and an accompanying narrative text, the book undertakes an examination of Armitage’s significant contribution to sculpture nationally and internationally during the second half of the 20th century, starting with the ‘geometry of fear’ exhibition at the 1952 Venice Biennale and Armitage’s solo contribution to the Biennale in 1958. It will be an essential reference resource for researchers, curators, dealers and collectors which will complement the complete sculpture catalogues already produced for Armitage’s sculptor contemporaries Lynn Chadwick, Elisabeth Frink, Robert Adams and Reg Butler, enhancing our understanding of post-war British sculpture.
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