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Item Number: 81807
Title: Els ABADAL, Un llinatge de Gravadors
Author: Socias Batet, Immaculada
Price: $5.30 Original Price: $53.00
Record created on 10/29/07
Description: Barcelona: Publicacions de l'Abadia de Monserrat, 2007. 22cm., pbk., 243pp. illus. (Textos i Estudis de Cultura Catalana, 124)
Item Number: 149462
Title: GERTRUDE ABERCROMBIE
Author: Nadel, Dan (ed)
Record created on 08/28/18
Description: New York: Karma Books, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 488pp., 223 color illus.
Summary: This is the most comprehensive book ever published on the Chicago surrealist Gertrude Abercrombie (1909–77), a key figure in midcentury American surrealism. From the late 1930s until her death, Abercrombie made paintings populated by objects of personal significance—moons, towers, cats, pennants, Victorian furniture, shells, snails and doors—to create allegories for her own often precarious psychological states. Often presiding over these symbols was Abercrombie herself, who appears in numerous pictures as proud observer or witchy caricature. Abercrombie exhibited in Chicago and New York in the 1940s and ‘50s, and her salon became a center of Midwestern culture, hosting jazz musicians (such as her close friend Dizzy Gillespie), writers and artists. This book includes new scholarship by Robert Cozzolino; a memoir of Abercrombie by Robert Storr; the artist's own writing; a definitive text by art historian Susan Weininger; and a memoir by the artist's daughter, Dinah Livingston.
Item Number: 146836
Title: TOMMA ABTS
Author: Rondeau, James (et al)
Record created on 09/26/17
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, for the Art Institute of Chicago, 2018. 31cm., hardcover, 204pp., 100 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: With a rigorous approach and self-imposed limitations to both scale and composition, Tomma Abts (b. 1967) has reinvigorated painterly abstraction and its relevance within contemporary art. Using a fixed canvas size and a vertical format, Abts deploys basic formal elements such as arcs, circles, planes, and stripes to create powerful works that are at once subtle and eccentric. This extraordinary book, designed in collaboration with the artist herself, is a substantial and deeply insightful treatment of her career to date and features sixty works made over the past decade. Essays not only contextualize Abts’s work within an art-historical framework of methods, process, and style, but also examine her paintings’ philosophical and psychological dimensions and their embodiment of a creative process that transcends the specifics of any particular work.
Item Number: 149072
Title: ROBERT ADAMS : 27 Roads
Author: Adams, Robert
Record created on 06/03/18
Description: San Francisco: Fraenkel Gallery, 2018. 33cm., hardcover, 64pp., 36 images.
Summary: The road has been a central motif in the work of Robert Adams (born 1937) since the beginnings of his life as a photographer in the late 1960s. 27 Roads is the first publication to focus on this important aspect of his work, and is comprised of the artist's concise, poetic selection of images spanning almost five decades. Whether fast concrete highways, quiet cuts through dark forests, paved commercial strips or dusty tracks on a clear-cut mountainside, Adams' roads function as metaphors for solitude, connection or freedom. Adams writes, "Roads can still be beautiful. Occasionally they appear like a perfect knife slicing through a perfect apple, the better to show that two halves are one".
Item Number: 149617
Title: TERRY ADKINS : Infinity Is Always Less Than One
Author: Moreno, Gean ; Alex Gartenfeld
Record created on 10/13/18
Available December 2018
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Description: Miami: Institute of Contemporary Art (distr.) Duke University Press, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 200pp., 135 color illus. Exhibition held at ICA Miami.
Summary: One of the great conceptual artists of the twenty-first century, Terry Adkins (1953–2014) was renowned for his pioneering work across mediums, from sculpture, drawing, and site-specific installation to photography, video, and performance. Terry Adkins: Infinity is Less Than One accompanies the first institutional posthumous exhibition of Adkins's sculptural production. While Adkins is often recognized for his musical and performative practice, this exhibition focuses on his complex memorials and monuments to historical figures. The exhibition showcases four of his major series, dedicated to four distinct figures: Bessie Smith, John Brown, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jimi Hendrix. These series are presented alongside a group of early sculptures to reveal the development of the Adkins's mature practice. The exhibition highlights Adkins's crucial contributions to sculpture and to cultural protest, featuring major works that have not been viewed in decades. It explores significant periods and influences in Adkins's career, beginning with transitional hand-wrought sculptures and continuing with his major immersive installations. His often elegiac and always resonant objects challenge dominant historical narratives and prompt a rethinking of ways of being and moving in the world that are shaped by the legacies of displacement and the sociability and community that happen despite it. Adkins's work also enlarges the historical legacies of the postwar avant-garde while reminding us of the immaterial legacies that are passed on through ritual and sound.
Item Number: 146926
Title: JULES ADLER : Peindre sous la IIIe République
Author: Lavin, Amelie (et al)
Price: $22.50 Original Price: $45.00
Record created on 10/10/17
Description: Milano: Silvana, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 240pp., 140 color illus. Exhibition held at Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'archéologie, Dole.
Summary: Artiste d'origine franc-comtoise ayant fait carriere à Paris sous la Troisième République, Jules Adler (1865-1952) fut avant tout le « peintre des humbles », du petit peuple parisien, des mineurs de Charleroi, des cheminaux... Son œuvre, bien plus que de déployer la simple palette d'un artiste regionaliste, affirme une démarche singulière face à la société de son temps, face à la guerre, aux questions posées à la peinture. Artiste naturaliste, inspiré directement des conditions sociales de son temps et attiré par les spectacles de la vie ardente, active et parfois douloureuse, il incarne une voie alternative ouverte à la fin du XIXe siècle entre les avant-gardes impressionnistes et l'art académique. Les textes de ce catalogue, richement illustré, s'attachent à éclairer la production d'un peintre engagé et sensible, qui se fit le porte-parole d'une époque et d'un milieu.
Item Number: 147271
Title: ETEL ADNAN
Author: Wilson-Goldie, Kaelen
Record created on 11/08/17
Description: London: Lund Humphries, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 144pp., 100 color illus.
Summary: Etel Adnan (b.1925) is a Lebanese-American poet, essayist and visual artist. This will be the first book to present a full account of Adnan’s fascinating life and work, using the drama of her biography, the complexity of her identity, and the cosmopolitan nature of her experience to illuminate the many layers and dimensions of her paintings and their progress over several crucial decades. Adnan came relatively late to painting - her first images were created in the mid-1960s in response to the Californian landscape. Her vocabulary of lines, shapes and colours has changed little since then, and yet there are huge variations in mood, texture, composition and material. Similarly, there is a balance between understanding her paintings as pure abstractions, emulating the shape of thought, and seeing them for the actual landscapes of the many places Adnan has loved, embraced and responded to. Tackling the complexities of her subject with skill and insight, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie unpacks Adnan's multi-layered career to capture the full scope of her artistic endeavours and impressive achievements.
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Item Number: 148547
Title: HILMA AF KLINT : Notes and Methods
Author: Af Klint, Hilma ; Iris Müller-Westermann (intro., commentary)
Record created on 03/29/18
Description: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 288pp., 300 color plates.
Summary: At the turn of the twentieth century, Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) created a body of work that left visible reality behind, exploring the radical possibilities of abstraction years before Vasily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, or Piet Mondrian. Many consider her the first trained artist to create abstract paintings. With Hilma af Klint: Notes and Methods, we get to experience the arc of Klint’s artistic investigation in her own words. Hilma af Klint studied at the Royal Swedish Academy in Stockholm where she was part of the first generation of female students. Up until the beginning of the century, she painted mainly landscapes and detailed botanical studies. Her work from this period was that of a young artist of her time who meticulously observed the world around her. But, like many of her contemporaries, af Klint was also interested in the invisible relationships that shape our world, believing strongly in a spiritual dimension. She joined the Theosophical Society, and, with four fellow female members who together called themselves “The Five,” began to study mediumship. Between 1906 and 1915, purportedly guided by a higher power, af Klint created 193 individual works that, in both scale and scope of imagery, are like no other art created at that time. Botanically inspired images and mystical symbols, diagrams, words and geometric series, all form part af Klint’s abstract language. These abstract techniques would not be seen again until years later. Notes and Methods presents facsimile reproductions of a wide array of af Klint’s early notebooks accompanied by the first English translation of af Klint’s extensive writings. It contains the rarely seen “Blue Notebooks,” hand-painted and annotated catalogues af Klint created of her most famous series “Paintings for the Temple,” and a dictionary compiled by af Klint of the words and letters found in her work. An introduction by Iris Müller-Westermann illuminates this unique and important contribution to the legacy of Hilma af Klint.
Item Number: 149009
Title: HILMA AF KLINT : Paintings for the Future
Author: Bashkoff, Tracey (ed)
Record created on 05/25/18
Description: New York: Guggenheim Museum Publications, 2018. 29cm., hardcover, 244pp., 220 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: When Swedish artist Hilma af Klint died in 1944 at the age of 81, she left behind more than 1,000 paintings and works on paper that she had kept largely private during her lifetime. Believing the world was not yet ready for her art, she stipulated that it should remain unseen for another 20 years. But only in recent decades has the public had a chance to reckon with af Klint's radically abstract painting practice-one which predates the work of Vasily Kandinsky and other artists widely considered trailblazers of modernist abstraction. Her boldly colorful works, many of them large-scale, reflect an ambitious, spiritually informed attempt to chart an invisible, totalizing world order through a synthesis of natural and geometric forms, textual elements and esoteric symbolism. Accompanying the first major survey exhibition of the artist's work in the United States, Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future represents her groundbreaking painting series while expanding recent scholarship to present the fullest picture yet of her life and art. Essays explore the social, intellectual and artistic context of af Klint's 1906 break with figuration and her subsequent development, placing her in the context of Swedish modernism and folk art traditions, contemporary scientific discoveries, and spiritualist and occult movements. A roundtable discussion among contemporary artists, scholars and curators considers af Klint's sources and relevance to art in the 21st century. The volume also delves into her unrealized plans for a spiral-shaped temple in which to display her art-a wish that finds a fortuitous answer in the Guggenheim Museum's rotunda, the site of the exhibition.
Item Number: 149465
Author: Rylands, Philip (ed)
Record created on 08/28/18
Description: Firenze: Forma Edizioni, 2018. 30cm., hardcover, 276pp. illus. Exhibition catalogue. English text.
Summary: Catalogue of the first retrospective of Afro Libio Basaldella, better known as Afro. The exhibition, at the Tornabuoni Art Gallery in Paris, shows works ranging from the 1930s to the 1970s. It includes a room completely dedicated to the preparatory sketches for his large fresco,The Garden of Hope, created in 1958 for the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. His link with American Abstract Expressionism was analysed in the catalogue by Barbara Drudi of the Accademia di Firenze, and thanks to the curatorship of Philip Rylands. Afro Libio Basaldella (Udine, 1912 - Zurich, 1976) was perhaps the most renowned member of the Friuli Avant-garde Movement, which influenced his approach towards a more Expressionist sense of painting that had always been based on traditional Venetian Colourism. In the 1940s, Afro joined the Fronte Nuovo delle Arti, and following a visit to the United States, he joined the Gruppo degli Otto, with whom he exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1952. Although in certain aspects his style seemed similar to American Action Painting, his harmonious tonal modulation and later research into abstract shapes and forms produced intellectually sophisticated results.
Item Number: 146928
Title: L'Arco di AGOSTINO DI DUCCIO nel rione di Porta San Pietro a Perugia
Author: Frate, Maria Carmela
Record created on 10/10/17
Description: Foligno: Il Formichiere, 2017. 24cm., pbk., 234pp. illus.
Summary: La storia di una delle porte più importanti di Perugia, quella sita nel rione di Porta San Pietro, è descritta a partire dalla porta gemina sino alla costruzione della porta nuova di Agostino di Duccio, uno dei rari esempi di architettura rinascimentale cittadina. Attraverso iconografia e documenti sono indagate anche le vicende successive fino a giungere alla valutazione dello stato attuale attraverso rilevamenti geometrici, costruttivi e materici riportati nelle numerose tavole della seconda parte del volume.
Contents: La formazione del rione di Porta San Pietro e la porta medievale ; La porta gemina e la cappella di San Giacomo "infraportas" ; Alcune arti in Porta San Pietro ; Le vicende costruttive della porta rinascimentale nel mutato assetto delle mura ; Per una lettura dell'opera di Agostino di Duccio ; Le vicende successive attraverso l'iconografia ; Il rilievo: le ragioni e il metodo.
Item Number: 149153
Title: JOHN AKOMFRAH
Author: Carrion-Murayari, Gary (et al)
Record created on 06/18/18
Description: New York: New Museum, 2018. 27 x 24cm., pbk., 128pp., 89 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: This catalog is the first monographic publication to survey the work of London-based artist John Akomfrah (born 1957) and accompanies his upcoming New Museum exhibition. Since the early 1980s, Akomfrah's moving image works have offered some of the most rigorous and expansive reflections on the culture of the black diaspora. Zoe Whitley and Aram Moshayedi survey Akomfrah's early work as part of Black Audio Film Collective. Tina Campt explores the sonic resonances of Akomfrah's installation The Unfinished Conversation (2012), which focuses on the life of cultural theorist Stuart Hall. Diana Nawi examines the recent work Transfigured Night (2013/2018), considering how Akomfrah continues to find new languages for film, representation and narrative. T.J. Demos and Okwui Enwezor look at Vertigo Sea (2015), Akomfrah's monumental work exploring the concept of the black Atlantic, using the work to articulate the visual and philosophical underpinnings of Akomfrah's work across his career.
Item Number: 148300
Title: ANNI ALBERS
Author: Coxon, Ann (et al)
Record created on 03/13/18
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with Tate Modern, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 192pp., 190 illus. Exhibition held at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, then to Tate Modern, London.
Summary: Anni Albers (1899–1994) was a German textile designer, weaver, and printmaker, and among the leading pioneers of 20th-century modernism. Although she has heavily influenced generations of artists and designers, her contribution to modernist art history has been comparatively overlooked, especially in relation to that of her husband, Josef. In this groundbreaking and beautifully illustrated volume, Albers’s most important works are examined to fully explore and redefine her contribution to 20th-century art and design and highlight her significance as an artist in her own right. Featured works—from her early activity at the Bauhaus as well as from her time at Black Mountain College, and spanning her entire fruitful career—include wall hangings, designs for commercial use, drawings and studies, jewelry, and prints. Essays by international experts focus on key works and themes, relate aspects of Albers’s practice to her seminal texts On Designing and On Weaving, and identify broader contextual material, including examples of the Andean textiles that Albers collected and in which she found inspiration for her understanding of woven thread as a form of language. Illuminating Albers’s skill as a weaver, her material awareness, and her deep understanding of art and design, this publication celebrates an artist of enormous importance and showcases the timeless nature of her creativity.
Item Number: 148271
Title: JOSEF ALBERS : Life and Work
Author: Darwent, Charles
Record created on 03/06/18
Available September 2018, further details forthcoming
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Description: London: Thames and Hudson, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, ca. 400pp. illus.
Summary: Drawing on extensive unpublished archival writings, documents, and illustrations, this is the first full-scale biography of one of the 20th-century’s great artists. In his accessible study of the “whole” Albers, Charles Darwent combats the fables while telling the fascinating story of an artist, friend, and intellectual. Among Albers’s unpublished papers are letters from friends John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra, and Eva Hesse, as well as fans and collectors ranging from the composer Virgil Thomson to the cartoonist Saul Steinberg. If his network of influence was surprisingly wide, so too, were his interests. He started life at the Bauhaus as a glass-maker and went on to create fonts, to run their famous wallpaper workshop, and to make furniture whose designs are still in production eighty years later. He pioneered the study of color at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, and chaired the design department at Yale University. While books have been written about Albers for specialist audiences, this new volume fulfills the clear need for a more general study.
Item Number: 148433
Title: JOSEF ALBERS : Interaction
Author: Liesbrock, Heinz (ed)
Record created on 03/20/18
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. 29cm., hardcover, 304pp., 140 color illus. Exhibition held at Villa Hügel, Essen. English text.
Summary: Josef Albers (1888–1976) was one of the leading pioneers of 20th-century modernism: he was an extraordinary teacher, writer, painter, and color theorist, who is best known for the Homages to the Square (painted between 1950–76) and The Interaction of Color, published by Yale University Press in 1963. This generously illustrated overview of Albers’s work, accompanying the first major exhibition on the artist in more than thirty years, features all aspects of his long, creative career. Beginning with Albers's time at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau, the publication follows the artist to America and describes major themes of his work there as well as the importance of his frequent travels to Mexico. Paintings, prints, furniture, household objects, works in glass, photographs, and pre-Columbian sculptures are beautifully reproduced and discussed by a team of experts. The juxtaposition of Renaissance sculptures and icons with paintings by Albers underlines the intellectual and spiritual dimensions of his art, and Albers’s influence on 1960s Minimalist art is also explored. Including a comprehensive biography, the book convincingly demonstrates how this great artist transformed modern design by using line, color, surface, and space to challenge the perception of the viewer.
Item Number: 144364
Title: Chiesa, impero e turcherie : GIUSEPPE ALBERTI pittore e architetto nel Trentino barocco
Author: Dal Pra, Laura (et al)
Price: $55.00 Original Price: $110.00
Record created on 01/19/17
Description: Trento: Provincia autonoma di Trento, 2016. 29cm., pbk., 390pp. prof. illus. Exhibition held at Castello del Buonconsiglio, Trento. Italian text.
Summary: Three hundred years ago, Giuseppe Alberti, a painter and architect from the Fiemme valley and a leading figure in Baroque art in Trentino, died in Cavalese. He was involved in the two biggest projects taking place in Trento at the end of the 17th century, namely the Chapel of the Crucifix in the cathedral and the Giunta Albertiana building at the Castello del Buonconsiglio. The third centenary of the artist’s death offered a unique opportunity to recall his work with an exhibition at the Castello del Buonconsiglio, retracing the most important phases in his activities, which saw him play a leading role in the local artistic scene in the last quarter of the 17th century. Thanks to numerous restoration projects promoted by the Cultural Heritage Department over the last thirty years, most of Alberti’s works, whether frescoes or paintings, are now in an excellent state of conservation. Alberti also worked extensively in the diocese, in the Abbey Church in S. Michele all’Adige, where he painted the magnificent demi-lunettes with the Fathers of the Church, the Franciscan church in Cavalese, the Chapel of Suffrage in the Archpriest Church in Riva del Garda and the Chapel of the Rosary in the Parish Church of Pressano, but he was also active in the Vicenza area, working on the decoration of Palazzo Leoni Montanari. In addition to more than seventy works including paintings, drawings, etchings, silverware, alabaster objects and sculptures, the exhibition also intends to highlight the best items produced by Alberti, comparing them with the many stylistic models encountered by the Trentino artist during his studies in Venice (Pietro and Marco Liberi, Bernardo Strozzi, Francesco Maffei, Giovanni Battista Langetti, Karl Loth and Pietro della Vecchia) and in Rome (Pietro da Cortona). The exhibition will recall the fashion for so-called turquerie exploding in Europe in the 17th century, a style which conquered the Western aristocracy, fascinated by the exotic and relatively unknown culture of Turkey, the centre of the Ottoman Empire. In this period the West showed a growing interest in Turkish arts and artefacts, including music, visual arts, architecture and sculpture. The exhibition will display the original blue and coloured majolica tiles in oriental style that once covered the floors of rooms in the Giunta Albertiana. In addition to many motifs taken from the splendid pottery of Iznik, innumerable figures representing birds, landscapes and architecture can be found on these tiles, the same motifs being echoed in aristocratic dwellings, suggesting a dialogue between the West and Istanbul resulting from continuing interaction in terms of trade, legations, and political and diplomatic relations. In the eighteen lunettes in the first room of the Giunta Albertiana, the artist from Fiemme painted chiaroscuro maps with views of cities won back from the Turks by the Empire around the end of the 17th century. Most of these are Hungarian cities, among which Budapest stands out, but there is also Vienna, defended against the attack of the Turks in 1683.
Item Number: 137494
Title: Acanthus occidens : GIOCONDO ALBERTOLLI, formulazione e crisi di una precettistica neoclassica
Author: Cardelli, Mascia
Price: $20.00 Original Price: $100.00
Record created on 08/10/15
Description: Firenze: MCD, 2015. 24cm., pbk., 400pp. illus. Summary: Il magistero di Giocondo Albertolli (1742-1839) all'Accademia di Belle Arti di Milano dal 1776 al 1812 si diffuse grazie alla stampa di quattro repertori di tavole, i quali compendiavano la lunga esperienza dell'ornatista nel campo della decorazione. Quei volumi furono il testo base per gli allievi che frequentavano il corso di ornato a Brera ma anche il punto di riferimento per le generazioni successive. Il metodo di Albertolli godette di ottima fortuna, imponendosi per decenni nelle accademie e nelle scuole d'arte; solo a partire dagli anni Settanta dell'Ottocento la fortuna di suoi repertori risentì dei tentativi di innovazione dell'insegnamento accademico. La foglia d'acanto, che era stato per quasi un secolo il simbolo incontrastato della decorazione neoclassica, tramontò. (Explicandi via, 2)
Item Number: 148687
Title: Il restauro della cupola della cattedrale di San Lorenzo : GALEAZZO ALESSI a Genova
Author: Montagni, Claudio (ed)
Record created on 04/17/18
Description: Genova: Sagep, 2018. 30cm., pbk., 200pp. illus.
Summary: Il volume prende in considerazione la cupola del più importante edificio sacro genovese: la Chiesa Metropolitana di San Lorenzo, Cattedrale di Genova. La struttura, recentemente sottoposta ad un accurato intervento di restauro, costituisce anche la prima opera genovese dell’architetto perugino Galeazzo Alessi, che la edificò intorno alla metà del XVI secolo, introducendo così questo archetipo architettonico nella città, dove in precedenza era sconosciuto. Sostituendo il tiburio di origine medievale con questo nuovo tipo di coronamento della parte sommitale degli edifici sacri, basato sui modelli illustri dell’architettura romana rinascimentale, Alessi apriva così la via ai successivi sviluppi dell’edilizia sacra genovese seicentesca. Il testo, basato sui dati emersi dai lavori di restauro e su un’ampia documentazione archivistica, in gran parte inedita, ripercorre le vicende della costruzione della cupola, partendo dal periodo medievale per giungere sino alle modifiche del XIX secolo. Viene analizzato attentamente il contesto in cui l’architetto perugino è chiamato ad operare sia dal punto di vista storico-culturale, sia riguardo agli aspetti della cultura materiale e delle tecniche edificatorie, sottolineando il rapporto con l’ambiente romano di provenienza, dominato dalle grandi figure di Michelangelo e dei Sangallo. È un momento cruciale per Genova, che entra così a pieno titolo nella civiltà rinascimentale. Il volume contiene anche un resoconto molto accurato del complesso intervento di restauro, concluso nei primi mesi del 2018, che ha comportato una serie di capillari analisi diagnostiche e la risoluzione di una vasta gamma di problematiche strutturali, conservative, tecniche ed estetiche.
Item Number: 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: 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: 133634
Title: Das Expressive in der Kunst 1500–1550 : ALBRECHT ALTDORFER und seine Zeitgenossen
Author: Fait, Jiri ; Susanne Jaeger (eds)
Record created on 12/04/14
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Description: München: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2015. 28cm., hardcover, ca. 304pp., 282 illus., most in color. German text. Summary: A tendency to use expressive forms of expression broke fresh ground in the art of Central Europe during the first half of the 16th century. For example, a dynamic defamiliarizing of structures, strong colors, lighting effects and focusing on objects are characteristic, as is the caricature of figures through exaggerated gestures, physiognomies and garments, for instance. Among other artists, this tendency can be found in works by Albrecht Altdorfer, Matthias Grünewald, Wolf Huber, Hans Leinberger or the Master IP. This sumptuously designed book presents the latest findings on the subject and is based on essays for a conference being prepared in conjunction with the current exhibition “Fantastische Welten” (Fantastic Worlds) in Frankfurt and Vienna.
Item Number: 148538
Title: LOLA ALVAREZ BRAVO : Picturing Mexico
Author: Weissberg, Stephanie ; Karen Cordero Reiman
Record created on 03/29/18
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 96pp., 70 illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: This stunning and lyrical volume highlights the personal work of Lola Álvarez Bravo (1903–1993), one of Mexico’s foremost photographers. Álvarez Bravo worked as a photojournalist, commercial photographer, portraitist, and educator and played a critical role in her country’s cultural renaissance. In the years following the Mexican Revolution, she captured a profoundly transformative moment for the country’s land, architecture, and people. She remains best known for these works and for her portraits of prominent modernists working in Mexico, including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Lola Álvarez Bravo delves into a lesser-known body of work, in which attention to pattern, light, and abstraction guides the artist’s depictions of urban and rural landscapes and their inhabitants. It also addresses her role in building and securing the legacy of the post-Revolutionary period, her dialogue with modernist photographers, and her place within the broader cultural sphere, offering new insight into the mutual influence she shared with prominent painters, filmmakers, and literary figures of her time.
Item Number: 149272
Title: LAURENT AMIOT : Canadian Master Silversmith
Author: Villeneuve, Rene
Record created on 07/06/18
Description: Vancouver: Figure 1 Publishing, In partnership with the National Gallery of Canada, 2018. 30cm., hardcover, 256pp. prof. illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: Laurent Amiot was born in Quebec City in 1764, and after a first apprenticeship stayed in Paris for five years, just before the French Revolution, to perfect his artistic training. He returned to his hometown in the spring of 1787, acquainted with the latest European stylistic trends, mastering the art of composition and possessing a solid technique. He opened a workshop in the Old City the following year, inaugurating a fruitful practice that spans five decades. This illustrated catalog, containing some 80 works on display, is published on the occasion of the presentation of the first retrospective devoted to the artist. Three chapters highlight the fundamental role of Amiot’s contribution to the development of art in Canada. The first two scrutinize his training, his practice, the operation of the workshop, the role of the collaborators and relationships with patrons. The third analyzes the work, trying to advance knowledge of the society in which it blossomed.
Item Number: 149606
Title: ANDO : Complete Works 1975-Today
Author: Jodidio, Philip
Record created on 10/10/18
Available November 2018
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Description: Köln: Taschen, 2018. 39cm., hardcover, 740pp. illus. Updated edition.
Summary: This fresh and incisive overview of Tadao Ando’s oeuvre spans from his very beginnings in 1975 to today. Through photographs and architectural drawings, the XXL-sized tribute sheds light on the Modernist master and includes such new projects as the Shanghai Poly Grand Theater and the Clark Center at Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. This thoroughly updated 2018 edition spans the breadth of his entire career, including such stunning new projects as the Shanghai Poly Grand Theater and the Clark Center at Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Each project is profiled through photographs and architectural drawings to explore Ando’s unprecedented use of concrete, wood, water, light, space, and natural forms. Featuring designs from award-winning private homes, churches, museums, and apartment complexes to cultural spaces throughout Japan, Korea, France, Italy, Spain, and the USA, this XXL-sized tribute is the definitive overview of this Modernist master.
Item Number: 149330
Title: FRANCO ANGELI : The 60s
Author: Barbero, Luca Massimo ; Laura Cherubini
Record created on 07/20/18
Description: Venice: Marsilio, 2018. 28cm., pbk., 280pp. illus. English edition
Summary: Franco Angeli was one of the leading figures in the Italian art of the postwar period. Often labeled superficially as “Pop,” he is revealed here, through new documents and studies, as an artist who took a surprising and unprecedented approach to his work. He made his debut in the fifties in a still little-known experimental Roman laboratory where the new generations encountered the masters of Italian art. This book reconstructs the stylistic and artistic reciprocities and the relations of Angeli with his friends and colleagues up until the sixties, a time when, with his attainment of an existential image that was at the same time deeply polemical and provocative, his work developed along versatile lines, in an original dialogue with the international context.
Item Number: 149388
Title: FRA ANGELICO : Renaissance Painter, Dominican Friar, Mystic
Author: Verdon, Timothy
Record created on 08/03/18
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Description: Turnhout: Brepols, 2018. 39cm., hardcover, ca. 384pp., 247 color illus.
Summary: A lavishly illustrated exploration of the art and theology of Fra Angelico.
(Arts and the Sacred, 3)
Item Number: 110355
Title: Mater admirabilis : i polittici di Francesco di Andrea ANGUILLA
Author: Dinelli, Pier Paolo
Price: $4.85 Original Price: $48.50
Record created on 11/10/10
Description: Pisa: Pacini, Comune di Camaiore, 2010. 30cm., pbk., 93pp. illus., most in color. Exhibition held at Museo d'arte sacra, Camaiore. Contents: La Madonna con il Bambino ; Il polittico di Francesco di Andrea Anguilla nella storia della Badia di San Pietro ; Nuove proposte per Francesco di Andrea Anguilla ed il suo polittico di Camaiore ; Trovasi in uno stato di deperimento deplorante... ; Il polittico di Francesco d'Andrea Anguilla in Camaiore.
Item Number: 149044
Title: ANTONELLO DA MESSINA
Author: Villa, Giovanni C.F
Record created on 05/30/18
Available January 2019
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Description: Milano: Skira, 2018. 30cm., hardcover, 336pp., 120 color plates. Exhibition held at Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo. English text.
Summary: Antonello da Messina (ca. 1430-1479) was one of the most groundbreaking and influential painters of the Quattrocento. No other Italian artist of the fifteenth-century responded in such a direct fashion to the great masters of Bruges and Brussels (including use of their oil technique), to the brilliant Provencal painters, and to the established giants of Italian art, such as Piero della Francesca and Mantegna. In so doing he created unique images with a harmonious and geometrical clarity, yet included exquisite descriptive passages. Although Antonello worked primarily in Sicily, his travels to Naples and Venice were influential to the development of his style, and where he in turn had an enormous impact on painting.
Item Number: 149394
Title: DANIEL ARSHAM
Author: Obrist, Hans Ulrich (et al)
Record created on 08/06/18
Description: New York: Rizzoli Electa, 2018. 30c., hardcover, 256pp. illus.
Summary: Daniel Arsham mines lusted-after consumer goods and iconic imagery to create his conceptual objects and sculptures. The artist then casts and refinishes his work to imitate the effects of erosion and subsidence, creating monuments to our present obsessions, as if the objects were rescued from Pompeii. That same impulse toward excavation animates many of his installations,which range from layered broken walls to geodefilled caverns to melting portals. From room-collapsing environmental installations for today’s leading brands and museums to elaborate set design for classical dance, Arsham twists elements of architecture to create immersive aesthetic experiences that appeal to the divided attentions of a contemporary audience. Presented as an induction manual to Arsham’s covetable world, the book will provide a complete overview of his practice. Virgil Abloh discusses Arsham’s contribution to a post-media artistic landscape, a thread developed by Hans Ulrich Obrist in a conversation with the artist that traces art-historical precedents. Steven Matijcio will discuss the artist’s projects and collaborations, which range from sets for Merce Cunningham’s dance company to clothes and sneakers with streetwear icons Ronnie Fieg and Adidas to projects with James Franco and Pharrell Williams and films with Mahershala Ali.
Item Number: 148566
Title: Thomas, Lucy and Alatau: The ATKINSONS’ Adventures in Siberia and the Kazakh Steppe
Author: Stewart, John Massey
Record created on 04/02/18
Description: London: Unicorn Press, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 302pp., 40 color plates.
Summary: This is the first full biography of an unjustly forgotten man: Thomas Witlam Atkinson (1799 - 1861), architect, artist, traveller extraordinaire, author - and bigamist. Famous in his lifetime as `the Siberian traveller', he spent seven years travelling nearly 40,000 miles through the Urals, Kazakhstan and Siberia with special authorisation from the Tsar, producing 560 watercolour sketches - many published here for the first time - of the often dramatic scenery and exotic peoples. He kept a detailed daily journal, now extensively quoted for the first time with his descendants' cooperation. This is also the story of Lucy, his spirited and intrepid wife and their son Alatau Tamchiboulac, called after their favourite places and born in a remote Cossack fort. They both shared his many adventures and extremes of heat and cold, travelling with him on horseback up and down precipices and across dangerous rivers, escaping a murder plot atop a great cliff and befriending the famous Decembrist exiles.
Item Number: 149533
Title: BACCIO DA MONTELUPO : Architetto nella Repubblica di Lucca
Author: Ceccanti, Costantino
Record created on 09/14/18
Description: Lucca: Maria Pacini Fazzi, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 244pp. illus.
Summary: Baccio da Montelupo è universalmente conosciuto per essere stato uno dei maggiori scultori fiorentini al passaggio tra i secoli XV e XVI. Amico di Michelangelo, prese parte ad alcune delle maggiori imprese artistiche della sua epoca, lavorò tra Firenze, Bologna e Venezia. Tuttavia, esiste un lato meno noto e meno indagato della sua carriera: già Giorgio Vasari parlò della sua attività di architetto che si svolse soprattutto, ma non solo, nell’ultimo quindicennio della sua vita, trascorso a Lucca.
L’obiettivo di questo studio è quello di ricostruire il percorso architettonico di Baccio da Montelupo, partendo dalle prime opere effimere, realizzate in occasione della visita di Leone X a Firenze, nel 1515, per arrivare alle imprese lucchesi. La scansione della documentazione d’archivio, delle fonti secondarie e, soprattutto, un’attenta analisi dell’architettura lucchese del primo Cinquecento, hanno permesso di definire in maniera dettagliata un aspetto tra i meno studiati ma tra i più interessanti del pieno Rinascimento.
Item Number: 147475
Title: Ricerche su GIOVANNI BAGLIONE : L'iconografia, i ritratti, i dipinti mobili fino al 1600 e il rapporto con il “naturale”
Author: Vannugli, Antonio
Record created on 12/01/17
Description: Roma: Gangemi, 2017. 24cm., pbk., 208pp. illus.
Summary: Questo libro prende le mosse dall'individuazione di un nuovo Autoritratto che Giovanni Baglione (Roma 1569(?) – 1643) dipinse in gioventù e si sviluppa passando in rassegna gli autoritratti e i ritratti attualmente conosciuti dell'artista, per ampliare quindi il discorso sulla sua intera produzione ritrattistica. Attraverso tale indagine, è apparso come non mai evidente che l'incontro-scontro con il Caravaggio ebbe a livello stilistico effetti ancor meno rilevanti di quanto – non di rado per inconfessabili ragioni di mercato – si è oggi generalmente disposti ad ammettere. Essi furono invece non solo marginali e transeunti, ma soprattutto svincolati dal percorso personale di Baglione verso una più fedele restituzione del colore naturale: percorso lungo il quale egli si era incamminato già prima del 1600 e che si svolse in realtà su una linea del tutto indipendente dai fondamenti del naturalismo caravaggesco. A tal fine ne viene ripercorsa la carriera fino al volgere del secolo e in special modo la scarna produzione giovanile da cavalletto pervenutaci, soffermandosi sull'Apparizione dell'angelo a san Giuseppe di Mosca come anche, varcata la soglia del Seicento, sulle due serie di Muse e sui diversi quadri con San Giovanni Battista. Infine, la prassi del Baglione pittore viene posta a confronto con il pensiero del Baglione scrittore, che si è tentato di definire con maggior precisione attraverso una sistematica analisi lessicale delle ricorrenze del termine “naturale” nelle Vite del 1642
Contents: L'autocelebrazione di un Accademico Romano e Cavaliere di Cristo ; Attraverso gli occhi di un amico - I ritratti di Ottavio Leoni e l'enigma dell'anno di nascita ; L'immagine senile di un sedicente aristocratico ; Altri autoritratti, veri e presunti, nei panni di osservatore, partecipante o peggio ; Un Autoritratto parlante - realta e aspirazioni di un artista da giovane ; Giovann Baglione pittore sistino - riflessioni di merito e di metodo ; Prime incursioni su cavalletto di un frescante nato, tra Sisto V e il Giubileo del 1600 ; Una proposta per l'Apparizione dell'angelo a san Giuseppe ; Giovanni Baglione ritrattista - lacerti di un'attivita perduta ; L'enigma delle Muse - una soluzione plausibile ; Ritratti muliebri sub specie altera ; Baglione, il 'naturale' e il Caravaggio - un'evoluzione interrotta ; Giovanni Baglione - I quadri di San Giovanni Battista ; Baglione e il 'naturale' - un'indagine statistica nel lessico delle Vite ; Conclusione - Giovanni Baglione 1610 - "Colorire dal naturale" tra I "Cavalieri" e Annibale Carracci ; Bibliografia.
Item Number: 149252
Author: Bouvier, Raphael (et al)
Record created on 07/03/18
Description: Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz, 2018. 31cm., hardcover, 176pp., 120 illus. Exhibition held at Fondation Beyeler, Basel. English text.
Summary: In his multifaceted, multilayered oeuvre Balthus (1908–2001), one of the last great twentieth-century masters, pursued a path that ran exactly contrary to the modern avant-garde movements. As quiet as they are intriguing, his works feature colliding contrasts, combining reality and dream, eroticism and innocence, practicality and mystery, the familiar and the uncanny in unique ways. The Fondation Beyeler’s retrospective unites around fifty significant paintings from all phases of this legendary artist’s career, reflecting the ambiguous presentation of his imagery. The exhibition and its companion catalogue begin with the monumental, enigmatic masterpiece, Passage du Commerce-Saint-André (1952-54), in which Balthus’s intensive study of the dimensions of space and time and their relationship to figure and object is especially apparent.
Item Number: 118686
Title: ROSALIA BANET : Vanity Fear [Especial Las Siamesas Golasas]
Author: Maggetto, Marco (et al)
Price: $3.75 Original Price: $37.50
Record created on 03/21/12
Description: Murcia: La Conservera, 2009. 28cm., pbk., 85pp. illus., most in color. Spanish-English text.
Item Number: 115433
Title: Rivedere BARTH wiedersehen
Author: Attia, Sand (et al)
Price: $4.85 Original Price: $48.50
Record created on 09/19/11
Description: Bozen: Stiftung der Kammer der Architekten Raumplaner Denkmalpfleger der Provinz Bozen, 2010. 25cm., hardcover, 239pp. illus., most in color. German-Italian text.
Item Number: 145619
Title: JOHN BASKERVILLE : Art and Industry in the Enlightenment
Author: Archer-Parre, Caroline ; Malcolm Dick
Record created on 05/13/17
Description: Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 288pp., 32 b&w illus.
Contents: 1. The Topographies of a Typographer - Mapping John Baskerville since the Eighteenth Century, Malcolm Dick. 2. Baskerville's Birmingham - Printing and the EnglishUrban Renaissance, John Hinks. 3. Place, Home and Workplace - Baskerville's Birthplace and Buildings, George Demidowicz. 4. John Baskerville - Japanner of 'Tea Trays and other Household Goods, Yvonne Jones. 5. John Baskerville, William Hutton and their Social Networks, Susan Whyman. 6. John Baskerville the Writing Master - Calligraphy and Type in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, Ewan Clayton. 7. A Reappraisal of Baskerville's Greek Types, Gerry Leonidas. 8. John Baskerville's Decorated Papers, Barry McKay and Diana Patterson. 9. The 'Baskerville Bindings, Aurelie Martin. 10. After the 'Perfect Book' - English Printers and their Use of Baskerville's Type, 1767-90, Martin Killeen. 11. The Cambridge Cult of the Baskerville Press, Caroline Archer-Parré. Appendix 1 The 'Baskerville Bindings. Appendix 2 Members of the Baskerville Club. Appendix 3 Comparative Bibliography.
(Eighteenth-Century Worlds, 7)
Item Number: 144894
Title: An American Odyssey : The Life and Work of ROMARE BEARDEN
Author: Campbell, Mary Schmidt
Record created on 03/22/17
Description: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 26cm., hardcover, 443pp., 24pp. color plates, 78 b&w illus.
Summary: One of the most important and underappreciated visual artists of the twentieth century, Romare Bearden started as a cartoonist during his college years and emerged as a painter during the 1930s, at the tail end of the Harlem Renaissance and in time to be part of a significant community of black artists supported by the WPA. Though light-skinned and able to "pass," Bearden embraced his African heritage, choosing to paint social realist canvases of African-American life. After World War II, he became one of a handful of black artists to exhibit in a private gallery-the commercial outlet that would form the core of the American art world's post-war marketplace. Rejecting Abstract Expressionism, he lived briefly in Paris. After he suffered a nervous breakdown, Bearden returned to New York, turning to painting just as the civil rights movement was gaining ground with the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education and the Montgomery bus boycott. By the time of the March on Washington in 1963, Bearden had begun to experiment with collage-or Projection, as he called it-the medium for which he would ultimately become famous. In Romare Bearden: A Reconstructed Life, Mary Schmidt Campbell offers readers an enlightening analysis of Bearden's influences and the thematic focus of his mature work. Bearden's work provides an exquisite portrait of memory and the African American past; according to Campbell, it also offers a record of the narrative impact of visual imagery in the twentieth century, revealing how the emerging popularity of photography, film and television depicted African Americans during their struggle to be recognized as full citizens of the United States.
Item Number: 148959
Title: LARRY BELL
Author: Clark, Robin
Record created on 05/21/18
Available October 2018
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Description: New York: Rizzoli Electa, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 240pp. illus.
Summary: The first major monograph ever published on the career of Larry Bell, iconic American artist and one of the stars to have emerged from the Light and Space movement in California in the 1960s. Creatively presented in two distinct halves that reflect his dual interest in two- and three-dimensional forms - the first collecting his works on paper, printed on a heavily textured uncoated stock, and the second collecting his glass and metal sculptures, printed in a high-gloss finish - the book itself aims to reflect Bell's close attention to materials. In each medium, Bell's work reflects a lifelong enthusiasm for the physical properties of light and the materials it hits, and an equally tangible passion for playing with those properties with an almost childlike reverence and a spontaneity that belies or even defies his understanding of every process. From his earliest monochrome paintings in the 1950s to the glass cubes and standing glass-panel sculptures of the 1960s and 1970s, to his experimentation with vapor drawings in the 1980s and his most recent 'mirage works' and 'light knot' sculptures, Bell's career reads as one long and beautiful experiment in the properties of light on surface, and the relationship of surface to space. With an essay by Robin Clark and an interview conducted by Cliff Lauson--and drawing on rarely published writings by the artist himself--this is the definitive survey of Larry Bell's career.
Item Number: 146332
Title: JEAN BELLEGAMBE (c. 1470-1535/36) : Making, meaning and patronage of his works
Author: Koopstra, Anna
Record created on 07/31/17
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Description: Turnhout: Brepols, 2018. 30cm., hardcover, ca. 350pp., 105 color illus.
Summary: Jean Bellegambe (c. 1470- 1535/36), whose career as far as we know spanned the first three decades of the sixteenth century, was a successful painter. His patrons included some of the most high-ranking clerics in the Habsburg-Burgundian Netherlands as well as members of the ruling class of Douai, the town where he lived and worked all his life. This is the first study to appear since Dehaisnes' 1890 monograph that is exclusively devoted to the artist. By reassessing primary evidence - archival documents and material evidence from the works of art themselves - it aims to highlight Bellegambe's artistic achievements. Close scrutiny of his paintings and investigation of the artist's working methods will show that Bellegambe visualised the concerns of his patrons by closely linking the physical characteristics of his works to their original imagery, function and use. This volume presents a series of five case studies of his works that were made for a monastic community, two individual clerics, a town hall and a bourgeois layman, thus providing rich evidence of patronage and audiences. The objective here is to examine how Bellegambe met the challenges posed by these commissions, and to gain further insight into the practice of a skilled artist who - rooted in a long line of craftsmanship and artistic tradition and in close collaboration with his colleagues and patrons - produced a body of highly original works.
(Me Fecit, 11)
Item Number: 148407
Title: GIOVANNI BELLINI's Painting Technique (National Gallery Technical Bulletin, Volume 39)
Author: Dunkerton, Jill (et al)
Record created on 03/19/18
Available December 2018
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Description: London: National Gallery, 2018. 30cm., pbk., 136pp., 180 illus., most in color.
Summary: Giovanni Bellini (c. 1430–1516) was one of the most innovative and influential painters of the Venetian Renaissance and was among the first Italian artists to paint in oil, rather than the more traditional medium of egg tempera. This special edition of the National GalleryTechnical Bulletin offers a revelatory in-depth investigation of Bellini’s technique, and how it evolved over more than five decades, through an examination of the artist’s works in the National Gallery’s collection. With twelve focused entries on specific paintings, including masterpieces such as The Agony in the Garden and Doge Leonardo Loredan, this volume is full of new and exciting discoveries that expand our understanding of Bellini’s painting practice. In addition, there is an account of the long and challenging restoration of The Assassination of Saint Peter Martyr and an introductory essay that places Bellini’s technical achievements in the context of Venetian painting of the 15th century, including his early training with his father, Jacopo; his working relationship with his brother, Gentile, and brother-in-law, Andrea Mantegna; and the practices of Giovanni’s own workshop.
Item Number: 147861
Title: GIOVANNI BELLINI : The Art of Contemplation
Author: Grave, Johannes
Record created on 01/11/18
Description: Munich-New York: Prestel, 2018. 38cm., hardcover, 288pp., 242 color illus.
Summary: Following the arc of Bellini’s career, from his early devotional paintings to his later, occasionally secular works, this book offers an in-depth appreciation of the Venetian master who dominated the Early Renaissance. Featuring nearly every extant Bellini work, as well as those of his contemporaries, this book brims with gorgeous Renaissance art. Author Johannes Grave focuses on some of the artist’s greatest works including Allegoria Sacra, the Brera Pietà, and the altarpiece of San Giobbe—to explore how Bellini excelled in tempera before mastering oil painting. Grave discusses how Bellini’s precise lines, his delicate facial expressions, and the subtle effects of light and shadow were used in his religious paintings as well as his portraiture and late mythological depictions. This book examines Bellini’s life, including his complex relationships with his father Jacopo, his brother Gentile, and his brother-in-law Andrea Mantegna. It considers the original contexts of Bellini’s works, and elucidates the ways in which these paintings were meant to be perceived. The book also links Bellini’s devotional paintings with the poetic creations of his pupil Giorgione. An important contribution to the scholarship of Renaissance art, this masterful book reaffirms Bellini’s status as one of Venice’s greatest painters.
Item Number: 128937
Title: WILL BENEDICT : bonjour tourist
Price: $9.70 Original Price: $48.50
Record created on 01/11/14
Description: Milano: Mousse Publishing, 2013. 27cm., pbk., 95pp. illus. Exhibition held at Gio Marconi, Milano. English text. Summary: The first artist book by Benedict, Bonjour Tourist is a demure compilation of the themes, the people, and the nuances dear to the LA-born artist. A conversation with Martin Guttmann—text messages exchanged over a five-month period—sheds some light on it all. For the past several years Will Benedict has been working professionally as a photographer, painter, and tourist. Bonjour Tourist is a series of works relying on various combinations of gouache paintings and cut-out studio portraits, mounted in customized aluminium and foamcore frames. Organized in distinct series, they fulfil the nominal categories of newscasters, postcards, flags, couples having dinner and nations peeking in through windows. Compared to the kind of aesthetic stimulation experienced while watching TV the works are like watching two, maybe three channels at the same time. In Benedict's works the buzzing clamor of things, places, foods and people are fossilized in lavishly painted waxed foamcore passepartout, freezing the sadness of the tourist and audience (the same thing) into an ever so slight hypomanic mixture of euphoria and irritability. Frozen along with everyone and everything in these passepartouts are paintings on canvas depicting a tits and penis nationalism that sells food at restaurants, plane ticket to exotic locals, walls or stamps.
Item Number: 140746
Title: MARCO BENEFIAL nel Duomo di Città di Castello. Manoscritto e bozzetti inediti, nuovi contributi
Author: Rosini, Corrado
Price: $13.80 Original Price: $34.50
Record created on 04/06/16
Description: Arezzo: Magonza, 2015. 25cm., pbk., 123pp. illus.
Summary: L’analisi del manoscritto inedito del 1745 del pittore Marco Benefial (1684-1764) fa da introduzione all’approfondito studio che Corrado Rosini conduce sugli affreschi dell’artista romano nella Tribuna del Duomo di Città di Castello, risalendo le committenze e i maggiori dipinti realizzati durante la sua carriera, corredati da commenti e riferimenti bibliografici. Attraverso la presentazione di due bozzetti inediti, il saggio procede per accostamenti iconografici e analisi critiche e storico-artistiche sui maggiori temi e figure rappresentati. Un ricco apparato antologico e bibliografico conclude l’opera, insieme alle relazioni tecniche dei restauri pittorici ed architettonici effettuati.
Item Number: 148559
Title: Cagli nel Seicento. ANTON FRANCESCO BERARDI e il suo palazzo
Author: Costantini, Elisabetta
Price: $50.75 Original Price: $72.50
Record created on 04/01/18
Description: Ancona: Il lavoro, 2018. 28cm., pbk., 126pp. illus.
Summary: Il secentesco palazzo Berardi di Cagli è uno scrigno d’arte e di filosofia, e contenne pure una notevole biblioteca. Questo saggio studia le strutture architettoniche del palazzo e i dipinti a fresco – di varie epoche e di diverso soggetto – rilevando il valore semantico e i richiami filosofici, dunque la cultura e la visione del mondo del committente e della famiglia che lì abitò. Cagli nel XVII secolo si rivela tutt’altro che estranea ai fermenti culturali del tempo.
Contents: Le famiglie cagliesi eminenti del XVII secolo e i loro palazzi ; La storia del palazzo Berardi e delle sue trasformazioni ; Le sale antiche del palazzo e i loro dipinti ; Un'accademia speciale ; Il secondo Anton Francesco e la crescita del palazzo ; L'Accademia arcadica e il ninfeo ; Appendice documentaria.
(Quaderni di Studi pesaresi, 2)
Item Number: 149604
Title: BARTOLOME BERMEJO
Author: Molina Figueras, Joan (et al)
Record created on 10/09/18
Description: Madrid: Museo nacional del Prado, 2018. 30cm., pbk., 248pp. prof. illus. Exhibition catalogue. English edition.
Summary: Bartolomé Bermejo (about 1440–about 1501) is one of the most surprising and fascinating painters of the fifteenth century in the Iberian Peninsula. Adapting the new pictorial model established by the Flemish masters to his own needs, he combined a painstaking naturalistic technique with an extraordinary ability to reinterpret traditional themes and compositions. These skills are apparent in the nearly thirty works that make up his small but select corpus, which have been brought together for the first time in an exceptional exhibition organised by the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. This book, published on the occasion of the exhibition, presents the results of the research carried out over a period of more than three years by a group of specialists. Their work in archives, libraries and restoration centres and, of course, their first-hand examination of the pictures themselves have enabled them not only to put together a new catalogue raisonné for this Spanish artist but also to reveal new aspects of his personality, painting technique and iconographic contributions. In order to appeal to a wide and varied audience ranging from specialists to art lovers, the texts are written in a rigorous but engaging style and are accompanied by a rich assortment of attractive illustrations that attest to Bermejo’s mastery as a painter. In short, the book is designed to help readers learn about and enjoy the work of a truly brilliant painter who is still little known to the public at large. The texts are by Joan Molina Figueras, Carl Brandon Strehlke, Javier Ibáñez Fernández and Alberto Velasco Gonzàlez.
Item Number: 147714
Title: BERNINI disegnatore: nuove prospettive di ricerca
Author: Ebert-Schifferer, Sybille ; Tod A. Marder ; Sebastian Schütze (eds)
Record created on 12/23/17
Description: Roma: Campisano, 2017. 24cm., pbk., 404pp., ca. 230 illus.
Summary: I disegni del Bernini offrono una prospettiva privilegiata, un’opportunità di affrontare l’arte del cavaliere nella sua universalità come scultore, pittore e architetto, ma anche come inventore per le arti decorative, e ci permettono uno sguardo intimo nel laboratorio del genio, capace di adattare le sue invenzioni a circostanze in continua evoluzione e alle domande pressanti dei suoi committenti. Mentre l’esecuzione dei grandi progetti era delegata sempre più a una schiera di collaboratori altamente specializzati, il tratto personalissimo dei disegni ci riporta alla mano e al pensiero del Bernini. Sono disegni preparatori che fanno trasparire l’iter concettuale di occasioni grandi e piccole, ma anche studi di struggente naturalismo, ritratti parlanti di straordinaria vivacità e quei grandi disegni autonomi dell’ultimo Bernini, ormai non più semplice segno grafico ma strumento di contemplazione mistica. Contents: 1. Storiografia e storia dei fondi berniniani - Brauer and Wittkower and the Corpus Berninianum, Susan Klaiber, Tod A. Marder - Wittkower, Bernini e il Gran Teatro del Barocco: il 'progettar disegnando', la Verità e l'esempio del Pantheon, Marcello Fagiolo - I disegni di Giovan Lorenzo Bernini nelle collezioni dell'Istituto Centrale per la Grafica: considerazioni sul volume Gualtieri-Corsini, Rita Bernini - I disegni di Bernini e della sua scuola nella Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Barbara Jatta - Il disegno nell'epistolario di Giovan Lorenzo Bernini, Giovanni Morello - 2. Tipologia dei disegni - Bernini and the Creative Process: The Presentation Drawings, Louise Rice - I disegni del Cavaliere: l'arte del dono e i suoi rituali tra amicizia, familiarità e grande diplomazia, Sebastian Schütze - Le fontane di Bernini: disegni e bozzetti, Maria Grazia Bernardini - Bernini e il disegno di architettura, Elisabeth Kieven - Die 'fehlenden' Architekturzeichnungen Berninis. Kunstgeschichtliche Probleme und Verallgemeinerungen: Berninis 'kursierende Gedanken', Werner Oechslin - Bernini per Parigi: disegnare progetti 'dal vero', Daniela Del Pesco - 3. Progetto e progettazione - 'Quatuor columnis non plus ultra': Giovan Lorenzo Bernini e i disegni per il baldacchino di San Pietro a Roma (1624-1633), Maria Grazia D'Amelio - Bernini inventore. Disegni berniniani per arti decorative, Francesco Petrucci - A Proposal for Two Drawings by Bernini in Leipzig, Ann Sutherland Harris - Giovan Lorenzo Bernini e l'elefante della Minerva: la storia e i personaggi attraverso i disegni della Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Manuela Gobbi.
Item Number: 104424
Title: BERNINI : All His Works from All Over the World
Author: Zanella, Andrea (ed)
Price: $1.35 Original Price: $13.50
Record created on 12/02/09
Description: Roma: Palombi, 2007. 24cm., pbk., 80pp. illus., several in color. English text.
Item Number: 149486
Title: ALPHONSE BERNOUD pioniere della fotografia : luoghi persone eventi
Author: Speranza, Fabio
Record created on 09/03/18
Description: Napoli: Arte'm, 2018. 28cm., pbk., 192pp., ca. 200 images. Exhibition held at Museo di San Martino, Napoli.
Summary: Pioniere del fotoreportage, noto tra l'altro per le sue immagini del 1857 sul terremoto in Basilicata, Alphonse Bernoud, ha lavorato soprattutto in italia, dove rimane - a tutt'oggi - più famoso che nel suo paese di origine. Artista d'avanguardia - per il suo carattere tanto innovativo, per la sua grande diversità e per il suo interesse sia sul piano artistico che da un punto di vista storico - si inserisce nella prestigiosa stirpe degli inventori-creatori avviata da Nicéphore Niépce e Louis Daguerre assumendo un ruolo peculiare nella storia della fotografia.
Item Number: 146974
Title: HARRY BERTOIA, Sculptor
Author: Nelson, June Kompass
Price: $17.49 Original Price: $24.99
Record created on 10/12/17
Description: Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 138pp., 84 b&w illus.
Summary: Harry Bertoia, Sculptor is devoted to the life and work of a twentieth-century Italian-born American artist whose important commissions are located in twenty-five American cities from New York to Seattle and from Minneapolis to Miami. It traces the development of Bertoia’s versatile career from his youth in Detroit, beginning with drawings, paintings, and monoprints, then jewelry and furniture designs, to his abstract sculptures in metals, many of architectural proportions. The book includes a biography of the man and detailed descriptions of his methods of working. Many major sculptures and some minor ones are described in detail. They are critically analyzed for their aesthetic components and the ideas they were intended to express. A large number of photographs supplements the descriptions and analyses. Two appendixes give chronologies of the artist’s life and of his architectural commissions, the latter virtually a catalog of Bertoia’s major works. Based on several extensive interviews with the artist, as well as on research into his earlier writings, the book includes Bertoia's thoughts on aesthetics and various phases of the art processes he uses. His work is categorized into four major aesthetic explorations that interested him most of his life.
Item Number: 149277
Title: DAWOUD BEY : Seeing Deeply
Author: Bey, Dawoud (et al)
Record created on 07/09/18
Description: Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018. 29cm., hardcover, 400pp., 129 color, 136 b&w images.
Summary: Recipient of a 2017 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” Dawoud Bey has created a body of photography that masterfully portrays the contemporary American experience on its own terms and in all of its diversity. Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply offers a forty-year retrospective of the celebrated photographer’s work, from his early street photography in Harlem to his current images of Harlem gentrification. Photographs from all of Bey’s major projects are presented in chronological sequence, allowing viewers to see how the collective body of portraits and recent landscapes create an unparalleled historical representation of various communities in the United States. Leading curators and critics—Sarah Lewis, Deborah Willis, David Travis, Hilton Als, Jacqueline Terrassa, Rebecca Walker, Maurice Berger, and Leigh Raiford—introduce each series of images. Revealing Bey as the natural heir of such renowned photographers as Roy DeCarava, Walker Evans, Gordon Parks, and James Van Der Zee, Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply demonstrates how one man’s search for community can produce a stunning portrait of our common humanity
Contents: Introduction. The Art of Negotiation by Sarah Lewis ; Harlem, U.S.A. Framing Harlem by Deborah Willis ; Small Camera Work. The Daily Miracle by David Travis ; Black-and-White Type 55 Polaroid Street Portraits. Young Man at a Tent Revival by Hilton Als ; 20 × 24 Polaroid Works. From the Streets into the Studio by Dawoud Bey ; Class Pictures. What Is the "Work"? by Jacqueline Terrassa ; Strangers/Community. For Now. by Rebecca Walker ; The Birmingham Project. A Remembrance of Lives Lost by Maurice Berger ; Harlem Redux. Harlem Redux by Leigh Raiford.
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