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Item Number: 145787
Title: ALVAR AALTO : Architect
Author: Stewart, John
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.
Item Number: 138355
Title: Artek and the AALTOS : Furnishing the World
Author: Stritzler-Levine, Nina ; Timo Riekko (eds)
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.
Item Number: 81807
Title: Els ABADAL, Un llinatge de Gravadors
Author: Socias Batet, Immaculada
Price: $5.30 Original Price: $53.00
Record created on 10/29/07
Description: Barcelona: Publicacions de l'Abadia de Monserrat, 2007. 22cm., pbk., 243pp. illus. (Textos i Estudis de Cultura Catalana, 124)
Item Number: 147209
Title: WALLACE W. ABBEY : A Life in Railroad Photography
Author: Keefe, Kevin P. ; Scott Lothes
Record created on 11/02/17
Description: Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 240pp., 184 b&w illus.
Summary: From the late 1940s onward, Wallace W. Abbey masterfully combined journalistic and artistic vision to transform everyday transportation moments into magical photographs. Abbey, a photographer, journalist, historian, and railroad industry executive, helped people from many different backgrounds understand and appreciate what was taken for granted: a world of locomotives, passenger trains, big-city terminals, small-town depots, and railroaders. During his lifetime he witnessed and photographed sweeping changes in the railroading industry from the steam era to the era of diesel locomotives and electronic communication. Wallace W. Abbey: A Life in Railroad Photography profiles the life and work of this legendary photographer and showcases the transformation of transportation and photography after World War II. Featuring more than 175 exquisite photographs in an oversized format, Wallace W. Abbey is an outstanding tribute to a gifted artist and the railroads he loved.
Item Number: 146411
Title: BERENICE ABBOTT : A Life in Photography
Author: Van Haaften, Julia
Record created on 08/07/17
Description: New York: W.W. Norton, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 656pp. illus.
Summary: The definitive biography of the iconic twentieth-century American photographer Berenice Abbott, pioneering documentary modernist, author, and inventor. Berenice Abbott is to American photography what Georgia O’Keeffe is to painting or Willa Cather to letters. Abbott’s sixty-year career established her not only as a master of American photography but also as a teacher, writer, archivist, and inventor. A teenage rebel from Ohio, Abbott escaped to Paris—photographing, in Sylvia Beach’s words, “everyone who was anyone”—before returning to New York as the Roaring Twenties ended. She soon fell in love with art critic Elizabeth McCausland, with whom she would spend thirty years of her life. Abbott’s bestknown work, “Changing New York,” documented the city’s 1930s metamorphosis. She next turned to science as a subject, culminating in work important to America’s 1950s “space race” with the Soviet Union. This biography secures Abbott’s place in the histories of photography and modern art while framing her accomplishments as a female artist and entrepreneur.
Item Number: 146124
Title: NINA CHANEL ABNEY : Royal Flush
Author: Price, Marshall N. (et al)
Record created on 06/30/17
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: 147435
Title: Psychoanalyst Meets MARINA ABRAMOVIC : Artist meets Jeannette Fischer
Author: Abramovic, Marina ; Jeannette Fischer
Record created on 11/28/17
Available February 2018
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Description: Zurich: Scheidegger and Spiess, 2018. 17cm., pbk., 168pp., 9 color, 22 b&w illus.
Summary: In summer 2015, performance artist Marina Abramovic and psychoanalyst Jeannette Fischer spent four days together at Abramovic's house in the Hudson Valley. Associating freely, they explored - from a psychoanalytical perspective - Abramovic's biography and art and what connects them. A better understanding of herself, her personality and her work, was Abramovic's objective. She claims that conversations with artists abound, with one curator saying this and another saying that. Yet there is no book in which psychoanalysis puts her life and artistic work in context. This new book aims to fill this gap. Yet it is not a therapist's report, nor a record of Fischer's analysis of Abramovic. It records the dialogue between artist and analyst attempting an interpretation of Abramovic's extraordinary violent performances that sometimes reach the brink of faint, even death. The two search for an understanding of the underlying structures and dynamics. Abramovic performs relationships, and she performs violence, yet she remains on her own in facing the pain and fear about it. The book is arranged in a sequence of dialogues, separated by Fischer's comments on and images of four of Abramovic's performances to which the psychoanalyst refers.
Item Number: 146836
Title: TOMMA ABTS
Author: Rondeau, James (et al)
Record created on 09/26/17
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 11/16/16
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.
Item Number: 143650
Title: ROBERT ADAM'S London
Author: Sands, Frances
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.
Item Number: 148454
Title: ROBERT ADAM and His Brothers : New light on Britain’s leading architectural family
Author: Thom, Colin (ed)
Record created on 03/21/18
Available January 2019, further details forthcoming
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Description: London: Historic England Publishing, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 288pp., ca. 220 illus.
Summary: Robert Adam is perhaps the best known of all British architects, the only one whose name denotes both a style and an era. The new decorative language he introduced at Kedleston and Syon around 1760 put him at the forefront of dynamic changes taking place in 18th-century British architecture. His later claim that his practice with his brother James had effected 'a kind of revolution' in design was no idle boast. Their style dominated the later Georgian period and their influence was widespread, not only in Western Europe but in Russia and North America. But for such a wellknown figure, much of Robert Adam's art still remains poorly understood. This new study, based on papers given at a Georgian Group symposium in 2015, looks afresh at many aspects of the Adam brothers' oeuvre, such as interior planning, their use of colour, the influence of classical sources, their involvement in the art market, town planning and building speculation, and Robert Adam's late picturesque drawings and castle designs - all within the context of the Adam family background and their personal and working relationships. The Scottish architecture of Robert and James's older brother, John, is also assessed. There are essays by established Adam experts as well as contributions from a younger generation of historians and post-doctoral scholars.
Item Number: 147741
Title: SHELBY LEE ADAMS : The Book of Life
Author: Rohrbach, John ; Shelby Lee Adams
Record created on 12/26/17
Available March 2018
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Description: Göttingen: Steidl, 2018. 32cm., hardcover, 184pp., 85 images.
Summary: The Book of Life presents Shelby Lee Adam’s color photographs of four generations of the Appalachian people. Adams began photographing the inhabitations of the rural Appalachian mountain range in 1974, using black-and-white film and Polaroid materials. In time he also worked with color Kodachrome film, invariably returning to the Eastern Kentucky region where he was born. By 2010 Adams was photographing exclusively in digital color, and this book marks the first time he is sharing his color work. Adams has consistently focused on the valleys and homes of Kentucky families, relatives and neighbors in a predominantly seven-county region. He has often revisited individuals and families many times over decades, distributing his photos and books while creating new pictures. This personal approach has led to the creation of genuine and deep relationships between photographer and subject, in which the subject is often involved in unusually creative ways, verbalizing the emotions they would like to express during the shoot, and where and how they would like to be depicted.
Item Number: 142660
Title: TERRY ADKINS : Recital
Author: Elms, Anthony (et al)
Record created on 08/22/16
Description: Munich-New York: Prestel, 2016. 29cm., hardcover, 224pp., 100 color illus.
Summary: This first career-spanning volume of dynamic artist/musician Terry Adkins surveys three decades of multimedia installations and performances. Born in 1953 in Washington, DC, Terry Adkins grew up deeply invested in visual art, music, and language. His approach to art making is similar to that of a composer, and Recital was conceived as a theatrical score that punctuates and demarcates space, creating interplay among pieces in different media and from diverse bodies of work. The works of art in Recital pay homage to the legacies of a number of immortal and enigmatic figures such as Bessie Smith, W. E. B. Du Bois, John Brown, Matthew Henson, and John Coltrane, among others. Adkins’s creative research not only intends to resuscitate his chosen subjects from historical erasure, but also to shed light on willfully neglected or lesser-known aspects of their biographies, such as Jimi Hendrix’s military training as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne, or the question of Beethoven’s Moorish ancestry. In his sculpture, photography, and video, Adkins transforms and re-purposes a range of found materials, archival imagery, and reclaimed actions in a process that he calls potential disclosure. This book features detailed biographical information, an interview with the artist, and a selection of Adkins’s writings.
Item Number: 146926
Title: JULES ADLER : Peindre sous la IIIe République
Author: Lavin, Amelie (et al)
Record created on 10/10/17
Description: Milano: Silvana, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 240pp., 140 color illus. Exhibition held at Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'archéologie, Dole.
Summary: Artiste d'origine franc-comtoise ayant fait carriere à Paris sous la Troisième République, Jules Adler (1865-1952) fut avant tout le « peintre des humbles », du petit peuple parisien, des mineurs de Charleroi, des cheminaux... Son œuvre, bien plus que de déployer la simple palette d'un artiste regionaliste, affirme une démarche singulière face à la société de son temps, face à la guerre, aux questions posées à la peinture. Artiste naturaliste, inspiré directement des conditions sociales de son temps et attiré par les spectacles de la vie ardente, active et parfois douloureuse, il incarne une voie alternative ouverte à la fin du XIXe siècle entre les avant-gardes impressionnistes et l'art académique. Les textes de ce catalogue, richement illustré, s'attachent à éclairer la production d'un peintre engagé et sensible, qui se fit le porte-parole d'une époque et d'un milieu.
Item Number: 147271
Title: ETEL ADNAN
Author: Wilson-Goldie, Kaelen
Record created on 11/08/17
Available July 2018
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Description: London: Lund Humphries, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 144pp., 100 color illus.
Summary: Etel Adnan (b.1925) is a Lebanese-American poet, essayist and visual artist. This will be the first book to present a full account of Adnan’s fascinating life and work, using the drama of her biography, the complexity of her identity, and the cosmopolitan nature of her experience to illuminate the many layers and dimensions of her paintings and their progress over several crucial decades. Adnan came relatively late to painting - her first images were created in the mid-1960s in response to the Californian landscape. Her vocabulary of lines, shapes and colours has changed little since then, and yet there are huge variations in mood, texture, composition and material. Similarly, there is a balance between understanding her paintings as pure abstractions, emulating the shape of thought, and seeing them for the actual landscapes of the many places Adnan has loved, embraced and responded to. Tackling the complexities of her subject with skill and insight, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie unpacks Adnan's multi-layered career to capture the full scope of her artistic endeavours and impressive achievements.
(Contemporary Painters Series)
Item Number: 148547
Title: HILMA AF KLINT : Notes and Methods
Author: Af Klint, Hilma ; Iris Müller-Westermann (intro., commentary)
Record created on 03/29/18
Available August 2018
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Description: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 288pp., 300 color plates.
Summary: At the turn of the twentieth century, Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) created a body of work that left visible reality behind, exploring the radical possibilities of abstraction years before Vasily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, or Piet Mondrian. Many consider her the first trained artist to create abstract paintings. With Hilma af Klint: Notes and Methods, we get to experience the arc of Klint’s artistic investigation in her own words. Hilma af Klint studied at the Royal Swedish Academy in Stockholm where she was part of the first generation of female students. Up until the beginning of the century, she painted mainly landscapes and detailed botanical studies. Her work from this period was that of a young artist of her time who meticulously observed the world around her. But, like many of her contemporaries, af Klint was also interested in the invisible relationships that shape our world, believing strongly in a spiritual dimension. She joined the Theosophical Society, and, with four fellow female members who together called themselves “The Five,” began to study mediumship. Between 1906 and 1915, purportedly guided by a higher power, af Klint created 193 individual works that, in both scale and scope of imagery, are like no other art created at that time. Botanically inspired images and mystical symbols, diagrams, words and geometric series, all form part af Klint’s abstract language. These abstract techniques would not be seen again until years later. Notes and Methods presents facsimile reproductions of a wide array of af Klint’s early notebooks accompanied by the first English translation of af Klint’s extensive writings. It contains the rarely seen “Blue Notebooks,” hand-painted and annotated catalogues af Klint created of her most famous series “Paintings for the Temple,” and a dictionary compiled by af Klint of the words and letters found in her work. An introduction by Iris Müller-Westermann illuminates this unique and important contribution to the legacy of Hilma af Klint.
Item Number: 143836
Title: EILEEN AGAR : Dreaming Oneself Awake
Author: Remy, Michel
Record created on 11/30/16
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: 146928
Title: L'Arco di AGOSTINO DI DUCCIO nel rione di Porta San Pietro a Perugia
Author: Frate, Maria Carmela
Record created on 10/10/17
Description: Foligno: Il Formichiere, 2017. 24cm., pbk., 234pp. illus.
Summary: La storia di una delle porte più importanti di Perugia, quella sita nel rione di Porta San Pietro, è descritta a partire dalla porta gemina sino alla costruzione della porta nuova di Agostino di Duccio, uno dei rari esempi di architettura rinascimentale cittadina. Attraverso iconografia e documenti sono indagate anche le vicende successive fino a giungere alla valutazione dello stato attuale attraverso rilevamenti geometrici, costruttivi e materici riportati nelle numerose tavole della seconda parte del volume.
Contents: La formazione del rione di Porta San Pietro e la porta medievale ; La porta gemina e la cappella di San Giacomo "infraportas" ; Alcune arti in Porta San Pietro ; Le vicende costruttive della porta rinascimentale nel mutato assetto delle mura ; Per una lettura dell'opera di Agostino di Duccio ; Le vicende successive attraverso l'iconografia ; Il rilievo: le ragioni e il metodo.
Item Number: 147232
Title: AI WEIWEI : Humanity
Author: Warsh, Larry (ed)
Record created on 11/04/17
Description: Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. 20cm., hardcover, 152pp.
Summary: Writings on human life and the refugee crisis by the most important political artist of our time. Ai Weiwei (b. 1957) is widely known as an artist across media: sculpture, installation, photography, performance, and architecture. He is also one of the world's most important artist-activists and a powerful documentary filmmaker. His work and art call attention to attacks on democracy and free speech, abuses of human rights, and human displacement--often on an epic, international scale. This collection of quotations demonstrates the range of Ai Weiwei's thinking on humanity and mass migration, issues that have occupied him for decades. Selected from articles, interviews, and conversations, Ai Weiwei's words speak to the profound urgency of the global refugee crisis, the resilience and vulnerability of the human condition, and the role of art in providing a voice for the voiceless.
Item Number: 144835
Title: LATIF AL ANI
Author: Montazami, Morad
Record created on 03/14/17
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 05/04/17
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: 148300
Title: ANNI ALBERS
Author: Coxon, Ann (et al)
Record created on 03/13/18
Available August 2018
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with Tate Modern, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 192pp., 190 illus. Exhibition held at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, then to Tate Modern, London.
Summary: Anni Albers (1899–1994) was a German textile designer, weaver, and printmaker, and among the leading pioneers of 20th-century modernism. Although she has heavily influenced generations of artists and designers, her contribution to modernist art history has been comparatively overlooked, especially in relation to that of her husband, Josef. In this groundbreaking and beautifully illustrated volume, Albers’s most important works are examined to fully explore and redefine her contribution to 20th-century art and design and highlight her significance as an artist in her own right. Featured works—from her early activity at the Bauhaus as well as from her time at Black Mountain College, and spanning her entire fruitful career—include wall hangings, designs for commercial use, drawings and studies, jewelry, and prints. Essays by international experts focus on key works and themes, relate aspects of Albers’s practice to her seminal texts On Designing and On Weaving, and identify broader contextual material, including examples of the Andean textiles that Albers collected and in which she found inspiration for her understanding of woven thread as a form of language. Illuminating Albers’s skill as a weaver, her material awareness, and her deep understanding of art and design, this publication celebrates an artist of enormous importance and showcases the timeless nature of her creativity.
Item Number: 146302
Title: ANNI ALBERS : Notebook 1972-1980
Author: Danilowitz, Brenda
Record created on 07/25/17
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: 148271
Title: JOSEF ALBERS : Life and Work
Author: Darwent, Charles
Record created on 03/06/18
Available September 2018, further details forthcoming
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Description: London: Thames and Hudson, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, ca. 400pp. illus.
Summary: Drawing on extensive unpublished archival writings, documents, and illustrations, this is the first full-scale biography of one of the 20th-century’s great artists. In his accessible study of the “whole” Albers, Charles Darwent combats the fables while telling the fascinating story of an artist, friend, and intellectual. Among Albers’s unpublished papers are letters from friends John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra, and Eva Hesse, as well as fans and collectors ranging from the composer Virgil Thomson to the cartoonist Saul Steinberg. If his network of influence was surprisingly wide, so too, were his interests. He started life at the Bauhaus as a glass-maker and went on to create fonts, to run their famous wallpaper workshop, and to make furniture whose designs are still in production eighty years later. He pioneered the study of color at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, and chaired the design department at Yale University. While books have been written about Albers for specialist audiences, this new volume fulfills the clear need for a more general study.
Item Number: 144382
Title: JOSEF ALBERS : Midnight and Moon
Author: Fox Weber, Nicholas (intro)
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.
Item Number: 145702
Title: JOSEF ALBERS in Mexico
Author: Hinkson, Lauren
Record created on 05/18/17
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: 148433
Title: JOSEF ALBERS : Interaction
Author: Liesbrock, Heinz (ed)
Record created on 03/20/18
Available August 2018
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. 29cm., hardcover, 304pp., 140 color illus. Exhibition held at Villa Hügel, Essen. English text.
Summary: Josef Albers (1888–1976) was one of the leading pioneers of 20th-century modernism: he was an extraordinary teacher, writer, painter, and color theorist, who is best known for the Homages to the Square (painted between 1950–76) and The Interaction of Color, published by Yale University Press in 1963. This generously illustrated overview of Albers’s work, accompanying the first major exhibition on the artist in more than thirty years, features all aspects of his long, creative career. Beginning with Albers's time at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau, the publication follows the artist to America and describes major themes of his work there as well as the importance of his frequent travels to Mexico. Paintings, prints, furniture, household objects, works in glass, photographs, and pre-Columbian sculptures are beautifully reproduced and discussed by a team of experts. The juxtaposition of Renaissance sculptures and icons with paintings by Albers underlines the intellectual and spiritual dimensions of his art, and Albers’s influence on 1960s Minimalist art is also explored. Including a comprehensive biography, the book convincingly demonstrates how this great artist transformed modern design by using line, color, surface, and space to challenge the perception of the viewer.
Item Number: 143671
Title: Small-Great Objects : Anni and Josef ALBERS in the Americas
Author: Reynolds-Kaye, Jennifer
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.
Item Number: 144364
Title: Chiesa, impero e turcherie : GIUSEPPE ALBERTI pittore e architetto nel Trentino barocco
Author: Dal Pra, Laura (et al)
Price: $55.00 Original Price: $110.00
Record created on 01/19/17
Description: Trento: Provincia autonoma di Trento, 2016. 29cm., pbk., 390pp. prof. illus. Exhibition held at Castello del Buonconsiglio, Trento. Italian text.
Summary: Three hundred years ago, Giuseppe Alberti, a painter and architect from the Fiemme valley and a leading figure in Baroque art in Trentino, died in Cavalese. He was involved in the two biggest projects taking place in Trento at the end of the 17th century, namely the Chapel of the Crucifix in the cathedral and the Giunta Albertiana building at the Castello del Buonconsiglio. The third centenary of the artist’s death offered a unique opportunity to recall his work with an exhibition at the Castello del Buonconsiglio, retracing the most important phases in his activities, which saw him play a leading role in the local artistic scene in the last quarter of the 17th century. Thanks to numerous restoration projects promoted by the Cultural Heritage Department over the last thirty years, most of Alberti’s works, whether frescoes or paintings, are now in an excellent state of conservation. Alberti also worked extensively in the diocese, in the Abbey Church in S. Michele all’Adige, where he painted the magnificent demi-lunettes with the Fathers of the Church, the Franciscan church in Cavalese, the Chapel of Suffrage in the Archpriest Church in Riva del Garda and the Chapel of the Rosary in the Parish Church of Pressano, but he was also active in the Vicenza area, working on the decoration of Palazzo Leoni Montanari. In addition to more than seventy works including paintings, drawings, etchings, silverware, alabaster objects and sculptures, the exhibition also intends to highlight the best items produced by Alberti, comparing them with the many stylistic models encountered by the Trentino artist during his studies in Venice (Pietro and Marco Liberi, Bernardo Strozzi, Francesco Maffei, Giovanni Battista Langetti, Karl Loth and Pietro della Vecchia) and in Rome (Pietro da Cortona). The exhibition will recall the fashion for so-called turquerie exploding in Europe in the 17th century, a style which conquered the Western aristocracy, fascinated by the exotic and relatively unknown culture of Turkey, the centre of the Ottoman Empire. In this period the West showed a growing interest in Turkish arts and artefacts, including music, visual arts, architecture and sculpture. The exhibition will display the original blue and coloured majolica tiles in oriental style that once covered the floors of rooms in the Giunta Albertiana. In addition to many motifs taken from the splendid pottery of Iznik, innumerable figures representing birds, landscapes and architecture can be found on these tiles, the same motifs being echoed in aristocratic dwellings, suggesting a dialogue between the West and Istanbul resulting from continuing interaction in terms of trade, legations, and political and diplomatic relations. In the eighteen lunettes in the first room of the Giunta Albertiana, the artist from Fiemme painted chiaroscuro maps with views of cities won back from the Turks by the Empire around the end of the 17th century. Most of these are Hungarian cities, among which Budapest stands out, but there is also Vienna, defended against the attack of the Turks in 1683.
Item Number: 137494
Title: Acanthus occidens : GIOCONDO ALBERTOLLI, formulazione e crisi di una precettistica neoclassica
Author: Cardelli, Mascia
Price: $20.00 Original Price: $100.00
Record created on 08/10/15
Description: Firenze: MCD, 2015. 24cm., pbk., 400pp. illus. Summary: Il magistero di Giocondo Albertolli (1742-1839) all'Accademia di Belle Arti di Milano dal 1776 al 1812 si diffuse grazie alla stampa di quattro repertori di tavole, i quali compendiavano la lunga esperienza dell'ornatista nel campo della decorazione. Quei volumi furono il testo base per gli allievi che frequentavano il corso di ornato a Brera ma anche il punto di riferimento per le generazioni successive. Il metodo di Albertolli godette di ottima fortuna, imponendosi per decenni nelle accademie e nelle scuole d'arte; solo a partire dagli anni Settanta dell'Ottocento la fortuna di suoi repertori risentì dei tentativi di innovazione dell'insegnamento accademico. La foglia d'acanto, che era stato per quasi un secolo il simbolo incontrastato della decorazione neoclassica, tramontò. (Explicandi via, 2)
Item Number: 148687
Title: Il restauro della cupola della cattedrale di San Lorenzo : GALEAZZO ALESSI a Genova
Author: Montagni, Claudio (ed)
Record created on 04/17/18
Description: Genova: Sagep, 2018. 30cm., pbk., 200pp. illus.
Summary: Il volume prende in considerazione la cupola del più importante edificio sacro genovese: la Chiesa Metropolitana di San Lorenzo, Cattedrale di Genova. La struttura, recentemente sottoposta ad un accurato intervento di restauro, costituisce anche la prima opera genovese dell’architetto perugino Galeazzo Alessi, che la edificò intorno alla metà del XVI secolo, introducendo così questo archetipo architettonico nella città, dove in precedenza era sconosciuto. Sostituendo il tiburio di origine medievale con questo nuovo tipo di coronamento della parte sommitale degli edifici sacri, basato sui modelli illustri dell’architettura romana rinascimentale, Alessi apriva così la via ai successivi sviluppi dell’edilizia sacra genovese seicentesca. Il testo, basato sui dati emersi dai lavori di restauro e su un’ampia documentazione archivistica, in gran parte inedita, ripercorre le vicende della costruzione della cupola, partendo dal periodo medievale per giungere sino alle modifiche del XIX secolo. Viene analizzato attentamente il contesto in cui l’architetto perugino è chiamato ad operare sia dal punto di vista storico-culturale, sia riguardo agli aspetti della cultura materiale e delle tecniche edificatorie, sottolineando il rapporto con l’ambiente romano di provenienza, dominato dalle grandi figure di Michelangelo e dei Sangallo. È un momento cruciale per Genova, che entra così a pieno titolo nella civiltà rinascimentale. Il volume contiene anche un resoconto molto accurato del complesso intervento di restauro, concluso nei primi mesi del 2018, che ha comportato una serie di capillari analisi diagnostiche e la risoluzione di una vasta gamma di problematiche strutturali, conservative, tecniche ed estetiche.
Item Number: 146039
Title: JOHN WHITE ALEXANDER : Painter of the Female Form
Author: Goley, Mary Anne
Record created on 06/18/17
Description: London: Philip Wilson, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 272pp., 90 illus., most in color.
Summary: At the time of his death, the Pittsburgh-born John White Alexander (1856-1915) was an internationally recognized portrait painter, on a part with his contemporaries John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase. However the works that have earned him even greater acclaim than his portraits are his figure paintings of femmes fatales, usually richly attired in flowing dresses and striking elaborate poses. Alexander had been much in demand as a portraitist, both of men and children as well as women, but his real talent, which became evident relatively late in his career, lay in his ability to capture the essence of the female form. This talent blossomed after he encountered Juliette Very, the Parisian model who became his muse. Inspired by Juliette, his paintings are imbued with sentiment expressed through movement and gesture, and it was the portrayal of his models in this way that brought him fame. He also borrowed from the post-impressionist group of painters, the Nabis' use of bold abstract forms and flowing lines, and from James McNeil Whistler's muted coloration, to create his own unique style.
Item Number: 145303
Title: ALEXANDER : New Dimensions in Art
Author: Lucie-Smith, Edward ; Peter Frank
Record created on 04/19/17
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: 142987
Title: Gli allievi di ALGARDI : Opere, geografia, temi della scultura in Italia nella seconda metà del Seicento : Convegno internazionale
Author: Bacchi, Andrea ; Alessandro Nova ; Lucia Simonato
Record created on 09/18/16
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Description: Milano: Officina Libraria, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 424pp., 16 color, 180 b&w illus illus. Papers from a conference held at Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, 9-11 April 2015.
Summary: A trent'anni dalla pubblicazione del magistrale monografia di Jennifer Montagusu sullo scultore Alessandro Algardi (Bologna, 1598 - Roma, 1654), ancora oggi punto di partenza imprescindibile per lo studio della scultura barocca italiana, il convegno internazionale Gli allievi di Algardi. Opere, geografia, temi della scultura in Italia nella seconda metà del Seicento (2015), organizzato in collaborazione tra il Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut e la Scuola Normale Superiore, ha reso omaggio alla sua autrice affrontando, in alcuni punti nodali, il tema della diffusione e della fortuna del linguaggio algardiano non solo a Roma, ma anche nei principali centri artistici della penisola, dopo la morte del maestro fino alla conclusione del secolo. Il punto di partenza è stata la produzione dei "giovani" di Algardi (Ercole Ferrata, Domenico Guidi e Girolamo Lucenti) e i loro debiti nei confronti dello scultore bolognese, con approfondimenti su singole opere romane e una riflessione su alcuni degli aspetti centrali della loro ricezione. Si prosegue poi con l'assimilazione del linguaggio algardiano fuori dalla città pontificia, prendendo in considerazione casi di opere presenti realizzate da suoi allievi a Napoli, Genova, Bologna, Siena e Firenze. I viaggi di questi fuori Roma o la loro produzione in patria dopo l'apprendistato romano, così come la circolazione dei modelli del maestro in Italia nel medio e tardo Seicento, permetteranno di misurare le qualità dell'insegnamento algardiano anche alla luce delle declinazioni locali che questa lezione innescò in diversi centri di consolidata tradizione artistica. Infine, per ricapitolare le principali tematiche emerse, si utilizzeranno alcuni punti di osservazione privilegiati, quali il rapporto con l'Antico, il dialogo tra pittura e scultura, le evoluzioni del rilievo tardo barocco, la fortuna nella guidistica.
Contents: A. Bacchi, I Crocifissi di Ferrata per San Pietro ; C. Parisi, Vicende artistiche e fortuna critica di Girolamo Lucenti ; I. Herklotz, Ecfrasi e scultura a Roma all'ombra di Luigi XIV. Una nuova fonte per Domenico Guidi ; C. Giometti, A Roma e altrove. Il doppio registro espressivo di Domenico Guidi ; F. Loffredo, Il San Crispino di Reggio Emilia: la rielaborazione di una terracotta di Algardi ; P. D'Agostino, La circolazione dei bronzetti di Alessandro Algardi nell'Italia meridionale ; S. Zanuso, Un inedito memoriale di Bernardo Falconi: dalla corte estense ai colossi lombardi ; S. Massari, La memoria di Algardi nella scultura bolognese del secondo Seicento ; D. Sanguineti, Algardi e l'ambiente genovese- collezionismo, fortuna, tangenze ; A. Angelini, L'eredità della lezione di Alessandro Algardi nell'arte a Siena in età chigiana ; K. d'Alburquerque, Giovanni Battista Foggini, scultore 'algardiano' al servizio dei Medici ; S. Pierguidi, Ferrata e Maratti: il primato dell'Antico nello studio accademico ; S. Rudolph, Maratti e gli scultori ; A.-L. Desmas, Il rilievo: da Algardi a Monnot ; L. Simonato, Giovan Battista Pacichelli e la scultura.
Item Number: 147751
Title: RENATE ALLER : Mountain Interval
Author: Sultan, Terrie
Record created on 12/27/17
Description: Santa Fe: Radius Books, 2018. 36 x 26cm., hardcover, 164pp., 65 color images.
Summary: The latest project from New York–based photographer Renate Aller includes mountain peaks from six continents. These photographs were taken from locations as high as 22,500 feet (adjacent to Mount Everest) to the European glaciers and mountain peaks of her childhood vacations. The subject matter is monumental, yet the images connect the viewer in a way that is not overpowering. Similar to the sand dune images from Ocean | Desert, the artist engages us with these giants in all their detail, the veins and textures of the rocks in their constantly transient state. Aller isolates the mountain from its expected surroundings, using and presenting the familiar and the known in an intimate way, relating to parallel realities from different locations, opening up conversations between the different (political) landscapes in which we live.
Item Number: 143679
Title: Orchestrating Elegance : ALMA-TADEMA and the Marquand Music Room
Author: Morris, Kathleen M. ; Alexis Goodin (eds)
Record created on 11/17/16
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: 145107
Title: Playing with Fire: Paintings by CARLOS ALMARAZ
Author: Fox, Howard N. (et al)
Record created on 04/05/17
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 10/13/16
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 12/07/10
Description: Girona: Museu d'Art Girona, 2010. 24cm., hardcover, 372pp., 58 color illus. Multi-lingual text. Exhibition catalogue.
Item Number: 148538
Title: LOLA ALVAREZ BRAVO : Picturing Mexico
Author: Weissberg, Stephanie ; Karen Cordero Reiman
Record created on 03/29/18
Available November 2018
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 96pp., 70 illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: This stunning and lyrical volume highlights the personal work of Lola Álvarez Bravo (1903–1993), one of Mexico’s foremost photographers. Álvarez Bravo worked as a photojournalist, commercial photographer, portraitist, and educator and played a critical role in her country’s cultural renaissance. In the years following the Mexican Revolution, she captured a profoundly transformative moment for the country’s land, architecture, and people. She remains best known for these works and for her portraits of prominent modernists working in Mexico, including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Lola Álvarez Bravo delves into a lesser-known body of work, in which attention to pattern, light, and abstraction guides the artist’s depictions of urban and rural landscapes and their inhabitants. It also addresses her role in building and securing the legacy of the post-Revolutionary period, her dialogue with modernist photographers, and her place within the broader cultural sphere, offering new insight into the mutual influence she shared with prominent painters, filmmakers, and literary figures of her time.
Item Number: 146195
Title: GIACOMO AMATO : I Disegni di Palazzo Abatellis : Architettura, arredi e decorazione nella Sicilia Barocca
Author: de Cavi, Sabina (ed)
Record created on 07/10/17
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 07/31/17
Description: New York: Rizzoli Electa, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 304pp. illus.
Summary: An icon of performance art and the indie-music world, this is the first book on the artist's full career to date, as curated by the artist herself. Laurie Anderson is one of the most revered artists working today, and she is as prolific as she is inventive. She is a musician, performance artist, composer, fiction writer, and filmmaker (her most recent foray, Heart of a Dog, was lauded as an "experimental marvel" by the Los Angeles Times). Anderson moves seamlessly between the music world and the fine-art world while maintaining her stronghold in both. A true polymath, her interest in new media made her an early pioneer of harnessing technology for artistic purposes long before the technology boom of the last ten years. Regardless of the medium, however, it is exploration of language (and how it seeps into the image) and storytelling that is her metier. A few years ago, Anderson began poring through her extensive archive of nearly forty years of work, which includes scores of documentation, notebooks, and sketchbooks. In the process, she rediscovered important work and looked at well-known projects with a new lens. In this landmark volume, the artist brings together the most comprehensive collection of her artwork to date, some of which has never before been seen or published. Spanning drawing, multimedia installations, performance, and new projects using augmented reality, the extensive volume traverses four decades of her groundbreaking art. Each chapter includes commentary written by Anderson herself, offering an intimate understanding of her work through the artist's own words.
Item Number: 147307
Title: Blak Origin Moment: NOEL ANDERSON
Author: Matijcio, Steven
Record created on 11/13/17
Available December 2017
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Description: London: Black Dog, 2017. 28cm.,pbk., 48pp. illus.
Summary: lak Origin Moment is the first major monograph from the Louisville, Kentucky-born, New York-based artist Noel Anderson, coinciding with a career landmark exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. The book delves into Anderson's ongoing exploration of an evolving black consciousness as he wrestles with both the physical and psychological legacies of images, events and materials. In a practice that continues to gather momentum, Anderson has become known for circuitous investigations into the evolving make-up of black male identity via the medium of textiles. From tattered old rugs to mechanically-produced tapestries, he embeds a spectrum of fibers with found images and physical usage just long enough to fray their edges and challenge their legibility.Blak Origin Moment continues this course as Anderson pushes his study into the fraught post-Ferguson era of Black Lives Matter and heightened racial tensions in the United States. Prompted by the provocative question, "when did you know you were black?" he collects oral, artifact-based and visual histories to ultimately restructure the origin and genealogy of black consciousness. His works attempt to locate an elusive black essence by way of images, sound, and objects which, for Anderson, "evoke moments where racial recognition is heightened," but resolution is deferred.
Item Number: 147514
Title: TADAO ANDO : The Colours of Light Volume 1
Author: Pare, Richard
Record created on 12/06/17
Description: London: Phaidon, 2018. 29cm., hardcover, 264pp., 350 illus.
Summary: A new edition of the acclaimed portfolio of work by Japan's leading architect, now featuring digitally remastered photographs. An exquisite work of art in its own right, this book is the result of ten years' collaboration between the English photographer Richard Pare and the internationally renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando. This new edition features all the same extraordinary photographs, completely remastered from the original negatives, bringing this beautiful volume back to life. Pare's remarkable images shed new light on this important body of work, while Ando's original line drawings and sketches provide unparalleled insight into his creative process.
Item Number: 146635
Title: FRA ANGELICO : Heaven on Earth
Author: Silver, Nathaniel (ed)
Record created on 08/31/17
Description: London: Holberton, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 250pp., 125 color illus. Exhibition to be held at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.
Summary: Accompanying the exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, this catalogue explores one of the most important artists of the Renaissance. Fra Angelico (about 1395–1455) transformed Western art with pioneering images, rethinking popular compositions and investing traditional Christian subjects with new meaning. His altarpieces and frescoes set new standards for quality and ingenuity, securing his place in history. With the intellect of a Dominican theologian, the technical facility of Florence’s finest craftsmen and the business acumen of its shrewdest merchants, he forged the future of painting in Italy and beyond. The exhibition reunites for the first time Fra Angelico’s four reliquaries for Santa Maria Novella (1424-34; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Museo di San Marco, Florence). Together they cover key episodes in the life of the Virgin Mary and capture in miniature some of his most important compositional innovations. Assembled at the Gardner with exceptional examples of Angelico’s narrative paintings from collections in Europe and the United States, Heaven on Earth explores his celebrated talents as a storyteller and the artistic contributions that shaped a new ideal of painting in Florence.
Item Number: 147637
Title: Salve Mater : L'Annunciazione di BEATO ANGELICO a San Marco : The Annunciation by Fra Angelico at San Marco
Author: Tamassia, Marilena
Record created on 12/14/17
Description: Livorno: Sillabe, 2017. 30cm., pbk., 144pp., 100 illus. Italian-English text.
Summary: This book is the culmination of a meeting and collaboration between different worlds: the Museum of San Marco, now part of the Polo Museale della Toscana; the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology in Japan (NICT); the “Nello Carrara” Institute of Applied Physics (IFAC-CNR) and the Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment (IREA-CNR). These different organisations and institutions came together for Fra Angelico’s fresco of the Annunciation, painted in the north corridor of the former Dominican convent now part of the Museum of San Marco, and carried out a meticulous photographic project and scientific analyses never before undertaken on this masterpiece. Sophisticated non-invasive techniques were used to make analyses and take digital images of Fra Angelico’s work of art. The first emotions that rise to the heart and mind when we draw closer to a work of art like Fra Angelico’s Annunciation are amazement and wonder; it can even be defined as the ultimate work of art, timeless and unparalleled. This is the opening view in the essay written by Marilena Tamassia, Director of the Museum of San Marco. After the initial impact that the fresco has on the people who see it, some feel the need to examine the reasons for this admiration, hence the research project detailed in this book, which explains the unconditional awe that the fresco excites from different points of view. The project follows the conventional and proven practice of applied scientific analysis on the study of works of art, and starts from a precise and well-documented interpretation of the fresco that looks at all the elements of the painting as well as their interconnecting relationship as a whole and in detail, taking into account the context in which they are placed. Almost spontaneously, the analysis moves towards the notion of the space Fra Angelico creates and underlines his skill in using the laws of perspective, especially regarding its contextual use oriented towards adoration and prayer. This brings us to the artistic and spiritual message of the work: the theme of the Annunciation, which Fra Angelico used several times during his career, and which is one of the main themes in art history, embodying the spirituality of the religious community of Dominican friars and all Christians. The contextualisation of the physical space of the Dominican convent is a prelude to observations on the relationship between the Annunciation and the extensive series of frescos by Fra Angelico in the convent’s cells and corridors, which the artist painted for a unique audience of friars. The application of these new research tools has allowed us to take steps towards better knowledge and appreciation of the Annunciation thanks to the collaborative effort of prestigious institutions from all over the world, united by their common interest in exchanging knowledge and experience.
(Quaderni del Museo di San Marco, 1)
Item Number: 110355
Title: Mater admirabilis : i polittici di Francesco di Andrea ANGUILLA
Author: Dinelli, Pier Paolo
Price: $4.85 Original Price: $48.50
Record created on 11/10/10
Description: Pisa: Pacini, Comune di Camaiore, 2010. 30cm., pbk., 93pp. illus., most in color. Exhibition held at Museo d'arte sacra, Camaiore. Contents: La Madonna con il Bambino ; Il polittico di Francesco di Andrea Anguilla nella storia della Badia di San Pietro ; Nuove proposte per Francesco di Andrea Anguilla ed il suo polittico di Camaiore ; Trovasi in uno stato di deperimento deplorante... ; Il polittico di Francesco d'Andrea Anguilla in Camaiore.
Item Number: 143915
Title: THOMAS ANNAN : Photographer of Glasgow
Author: Maddox, Amanda ; Sara Stevenson
Record created on 12/06/16
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 07/14/17
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: 148031
Title: DIANE ARBUS : A box of ten photographs
Author: Jacob, John P
Record created on 02/01/18
Description: New York: Aperture, in association with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., 2018. 36cm., hardcover, 110pp., 44 images, slipcase.
Summary: In May 1971, Artforum, bastion of late modernism, featured the work of a photographer for the very first time. On its cover and in a six-page spread, it published selections from Diane Arbus's portfolio, A box of ten photographs. In the words of the magazine’s editor and photography skeptic, Philip Leider, “The portfolio changed everything . . . one could no longer deny [photography’s] status as art.” At the time of Arbus’s death, two months later, only four of the intended edition of fifty had been sold. Two had been purchased from Arbus by Richard Avedon (the first for himself, the second as a gift for his friend Mike Nichols); another was purchased by Jasper Johns; and a fourth by Bea Feitler, art director at Harper’s Bazaar. Arbus signed the prints in all four sets; each print was accompanied by an interleaving vellum slip-sheet inscribed with an extended caption. For Feitler, Arbus added an eleventh photograph, A woman with her baby monkey, N.J., 1971. Acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., in 1986—and the only one of the four completed and sold by Arbus that is publicly held—that portfolio is the subject of an exhibition on view at the museum from April through September 2018. This exceptional book replicates the nature of Diane Arbus’s original and now legendary object. Smithsonian curator John P. Jacob, who has unearthed a trove of new information in preparing the book and exhibition, weaves a fascinating tale of the creation, production, and continuing repercussions of this seminal work.
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