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New titles week of 03/27/17: Found 45 titles

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

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

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Item Number: 144935
Title: Italian Renaissance Diplomacy: A Sourcebook
Author: Azzolini, Monica ; Isabella Lazzarini (eds)
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 9780888445667
Record created on 03/27/17
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Description: Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2017. 24cm., pbk., 300pp., 6 plates.

Summary: During the period ca. 1350–ca. 1520 covered by the present volume, diplomatic sources became extremely rich and abundant. This sourcebook presents a selection of primary materials, both published and unpublished, which are mostly unavailable to English readers: a broad range of diplomatic sources, thematically organized, are introduced, translated, and annotated by an international team of leading scholars of the Italian Renaissance. Diplomacy has never been a politically neutral field of historical research, even when it was confined to merely reconstructing the context of wars and revolutions. Since the nineteenth century, Renaissance Italy has been at the forefront of scholarship on diplomacy; today, with increasing awareness of the long history of the subject as well as a broader spectrum of case studies, the study of Italian diplomacy has become sophisticated and highly articulated, offering scholars many new directions for further exploration. The aim of this volume is to illustrate the richness of diplomatic documents both for the study of diplomacy itself as well as for other areas of historical investigation, such as gender and sexuality, crime and justice, art and leisure, and medicine

Contents: Part One: Diplomacy - Isabella Lazzarini, The Preparatory Work: From Choice to Instructions ; Brian J. Maxson, Diplomatic Oratory ; Isabella Lazzarini, The Conduct of the Embassy ; Isabella Lazzarini, The Final Report. Part Two: Politics - John E. Law, Diplomacy and War ; Monica Azzolini and Isabella Lazzarini, Diplomacy and the Papacy ; Christine Shaw, Factions ; Serena Ferente, Women and Men ; Monica Azzolini, Ritual Part Three: Society and Culture - Trevor Dean, Crime and Punishment ; Elizabeth Horodowich, The Wider World: Foreigners, Travels, and Geography ; Timothy McCall and Sean Roberts, Art and the Material Culture of Diplomacy ; Monica Azzolini, Medicine and Astrology ; Alessandro Arcangeli, Games and Leisure Activities. (Durham Medieval and Renaissance Monographs and Essays, 6)

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Item Number: 144912
Title: New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century
Author: Boom, Mattie ; Hans Rooseboom (eds)
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 9789462083486
Record created on 03/26/17
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Description: Rotterdam-Amsterdam: Nai010 Publishers/Rijksmuseum, 2017. 29cm., hardcover, ca. 340pp., 300 illus. Exhibition held at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Summary: The invention of photography in 1839 led to a revolution in visual culture: photography both portrayed and created the modern world. For the first time, it was possible to depict and unlock every facet of that world. Photography secured a position in every field: in science, the arts, daily life and in the reporting of what was happening in the world. The book 'New Realities' provides an impressive overview of the international development of photography, presenting a selection of more than 300 photographs from the large and important collection of the Rijksmuseum. Major highlights include the earliest travel photos, motion studies by Eadweard Muybridge, advertising photography, portraits, scenes from everyday life, the earliest photograph taken in Suriname and amazing shots that were made by microscope and telescope.

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Item Number: 144923
Title: POL BURY : Time in Motion
Author: Marquenie, Gilles (et al)
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 9780300229127
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, for Mercatorfonds, 2017. 31cm., hardcover, 272pp., 110 color, 60 b&w illus.

Summary: Pol Bury (1922-2005) was a Belgian painter, sculptor, jewellery designer, writer and graphic artist. He started out as a surrealist painter under the influence of René Magritte and Yves Tanguy, and later exhibited with the Jeune Peinture Belge group and the Cobra movement. Around 1953, however, Bury became fascinated by contemporary sculpture, inspired by Alexander Calder, and became one of the protagonists of kinetic art. Characteristic of his work is the extreme slowness of the often unpredictable movements that take place in his sculptures and objects. For the general public Bury is probably best known for his fountains and sculptures in public spaces. With his quirky and innovative work, Pol Bury conquered both the Parisian and New York art worlds, which at the time brought him international recognition. Now this handsome book gives us an opportunity to rediscover the multifaceted oeuvre of Bury - without doubt one of Belgium's most important post-war artists.

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Item Number: 144939
Title: The Fullness of Time: Temporalities of the Fifteenth-Century Low Countries
Author: Champion, Matthew S
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 9780226514796
Record created on 03/27/17
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Description: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 304pp., 5 color, 32 b&w illus.

Summary: The Low Countries were at the heart of innovation in Europe in the fifteenth century. Throughout this period, the flourishing cultures of the Low Countries were also wrestling with time itself. The Fullness of Time explores that struggle, and the changing conceptions of temporality that it represented and embodied showing how they continue to influence historical narratives about the emergence of modernity today. The Fullness of Time asks how the passage of time in the Low Countries was ordered by the rhythms of human action, from the musical life of a cathedral to the measurement of time by clocks and calendars, the work habits of a guildsman to the devotional practices of the laity and religious orders. Through a series of transdisciplinary case studies, it explores the multiple ways that objects, texts and music might themselves be said to engage with, imply, and unsettle time, shaping and forming the lives of the inhabitants of the fifteenth-century Low Countries. Champion reframes the ways historians have traditionally told the history of time, allowing us for the first time to understand the rich and varied interplay of temporalities in the period.

Contents: The Polyphony of Civic Time in Fifteenth-Century Leuven ; The Altarpiece of the Holy Sacrament- Making Time in Leuven's St. Peter's Church ; Music, Time, and Devotion- Emotional Narratives at the Cathedral of Cambrai ; The Advent of the Lamb- Unfolding History and Liturgy in Fifteenth-Century Ghent ; Calendars and Chronology- Temporal Devotion in Fifteenth-Century Leuven ; Time for the Fasciculus temporum- Time, Text, and Vision in Early Print Culture.

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Item Number: 144929
Title: Eighteenth Century Women Artists: Their Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs
Author: Chapman, Caroline
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 9781910787502
Record created on 03/26/17
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Description: London: Unicorn Publishing, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 176pp., ca. 55 color illus.

Summary: The eighteenth century was an age when not only the aristocracy but a burgeoning middle class could enjoy a remarkable flowering of the arts. But it was a man’s world; any woman who wished to succeed as an artist had to overcome numerous obstacles. In a society in which women were required to marry, reproduce, and conform to rigid social conventions a professional artist risked becoming an object of gossip and hostility. Nevertheless, for a woman who had charm and good looks, was ambitious, and allied talent with hard work, success was attainable. This book examines the careers and working lives of celebrated artists like Angelica Kauffman and Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun but also of those who are now forgotten. As well as assessing the work itself – from history and genre painting to portraits – it considers artists’ studios, the functioning of the print market, how art was sold, the role of patrons and the flourishing world of the lady amateur.

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Item Number: 144938
Title: Outliers and American Vanguard Art
Author: Cooke, Lynne (ed)
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 9780226522272
Record created on 03/27/17
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Description: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 448pp., 450 color illus. Exhibition to be held at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

Summary: Since the last century, the relationship between vanguard and self-taught artists has been defined by contradiction. The established art world has been quick to draw clear distinctions between trained and untrained artists, yet at the same time it has been fascinated by outliers whom it draws selectively and intermittently into its orbits. For a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, curator Lynne Cooke explores shifting conceptualizations of the American outlier across the twentieth century, drawing on the inherent sociality of the exhibition as form in her installation of these works. This companion catalog, Outliers and American Vanguard Art, offers a fantastic opportunity to consider the works by schooled and self-taught creators in relation to each other defined by historical circumstance.

The art works in Outliers and American Vanguard Art come from three distinct periods when the intersections between mainstream and outlier artists were most dynamic and productive, ushering in exhibitions of art based on various degrees of co-existence, inclusion, and assimilation. Works by such diverse artists as Charles Sheeler, Christina Ramberg, and Matt Mullican are set in conversation with a range of artifacts by self-taught artists such as Horace Pippin, Janet Sobel, and Henry Darger. Cooke also examines a recent influx of radically expressive work that challenges what it means to be an outlier today. She reveals how these distinctions have been freighted with a distinctively American valence as she investigates our assumptions about creativity, artistic practice, and the role of the artist in contemporary culture. Outliers and American Vanguard Art is the most comprehensive show that examines outliers in dialogue with their established peers yet to be mounted, and it is sure to inspire vigorous conversation about how artists and the work they make are represented.

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Item Number: 144873
Title: Paths to Europe : from Byzantium to the low countries
Author: Coulie, Bernard (ed)
Price: $42.50
ISBN: 9788836634040
Record created on 03/19/17
Description: Milano: Silvana, 2017. 24cm., pbk., 173pp. illus. English texts. Papers from a conference organized by BOZAR and The A.G. Leventis Foundation, which took place at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels on 18 January 2015.

Contents: P. Dujardin / L. Loizou Hadjigavriel, Representing the Unrepresentable - Lessons in Image-Thinking ; B. Coulie, Paths to Europe - From Byantium to the Low Countries - Influences, Differences, and Intermediaries ; T.H. Borchert, Ars devotionis - Reinventing the Icon in Early Netherlandish Painting ; R. Dekoninck, An Icon among the Statues - The Early-Modern Reception in the Southern Low Countries of the Sienese Painting of Notre-Dame de Grace in Cambrai ; M. Scalini, Angelicae Cohortes - Notes about Armoured Saints and Angels from Byzantium to the Low Lands ; M. Hatzaki, Engaging Emotion - Beauty, Suffering and the Body of the Crucified Christ between East and West ; M. Vassilaki, Looking at Icons and Contracts for their Commission in Fifteenth-Century Venetian Crete ; K. Lichtert, The Mother God of Tenderness - The Introduction and Dissemination of an Iconic Image in Early Netherlandish Art ; J. Paviot, The Court of Burgundy and Constantinople ; A. Pelagotti, Under the Gold - A Database of Underdrawings and Material Analyses on Sienese Paintings - Connections and Dissimilarities in Painting Techniques Across Centuries and Countries ; D. Wigny, Epilogue - Byzantium and Sienese Art. (Biblioteca d'arte, 53)

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Item Number: 144904
Title: DAVID EVANS (1929-1988)
Author: Liss, Paul (et al)
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 9780993088469
Record created on 03/24/17
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Description: London: Liss Llewellyn Fine Art, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 160pp. illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: David Evans' death in a road accident in 1988, at the age of 59, bought to an abrupt end the career of one of the most distinguished watercolorists of his generation. The recent discovery of pictures remaining in his studio, nearly thirty years after the memorial tribute staged by the Redfern Gallery in 1988, provides the opportunity for a new generation to discover his work, though the publication of this first ever book on David Evans and the accompanying touring exhibition. Evans' strikingly large watercolors, (typically they measure over one meter in height or breadth), span two decades from the late 1960s to the late 1980s, evoking a vision that is still surprisingly potent today. They have all the period charm of the glam rock era they so powerfully evoke but at the same time they are highly charged with the political energy of the period and mirror Thatcher's Britain, with its Industrial unrest, its towns and country undergoing transformation, the Faulklands war and threat of the Evil Empire, the building of nuclear power stations and the dawn of awareness about Climate Change as a political issue. Evans was an ardent campaigner and environmentalist. The landscapes, (a homage to his native Suffolk) are peppered with industrial plants, landfill, scrap heaps, and encroaching roads and army maneuvers. Urban subjects, similar in some ways to the compositions of Lowry, show factory plants, spectators' sports, cafeterias, the interiors of museums, city centers and beach scenes.

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Item Number: 144928
Title: Towards Tate Modern : Public Policy, Private Vision
Author: Donnellan, Caroline
Price: $160.00
ISBN: 9781472480941
Record created on 03/26/17
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Description: London-New York: Routledge, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 168pp.

Summary: Tate Modern is not modern - it was a century in the making. This interdisciplinary book is a unique account of a how Tate Modern transformed itself into the highly successful museum it is today. Tate Modern had to entice an audience which had earlier railed against modern art but by creating its own vision of art, its own vision of a public, and its own vision of London, it offered new thinking what a public institution can do. The author examines why the public became willing to visit the new art at Tate Modern and how the Tate pushed the cultural boundaries of national museums and galleries to the south bank of London. She also critiques how the Tate facilitated a new economic paradigm for the funding of a public arts organisation. This book should be read by students and researchers working in the disciplines of museum studies, as well as art history, architectural history, cultural studies, history, organisational studies, visual studies and interdisciplinary research. As an account of cultural policy relating specifically to museums and galleries, it will be of great interest to those working in museums and arts organisations.

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Item Number: 133178
Title: The Extraordinary Archive of Arthur J. Munby: Photographing Class and Gender in the Nineteenth Century
Author: Edge, Sarah
Price: $99.00
ISBN: 9781780766973
Record created on 10/27/14
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Description: London: Tauris, 2017. 26cm., hardcover, 272pp., 75 illus

Summary: In the mid-1860s Arthur J Munby began to collect the first mass-produced photographic images of working-class women in England, recording fascinating details about the women, the places he purchased the photographs and the raging debates on this new commercial practice of photography, in accompanying diaries.Many of these images not to mention Munby s fascinating diaries have never been published before. This book examines this previously un-investigated archive, offering a fresh and arresting perspective on the interrelationships between photographic representations of working-class women, the creation of new identities of class and gender and the evolution of popular conceptions of photography itself". (International Library of Visual Culture.)

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Item Number: 144369
Title: Patron Saints of Early Medieval Italy AD c.350–800 : History and Hagiography in Ten Biographie
Author: Everett, N
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 9780888445650
Record created on 01/19/17
Description: Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2016. 23cm., pbk., 276pp., 2 plates

Summary: This book provides the first translation into English of the Latin biographies of nine holy men and one archangel who became the patron saints of the areas where they evangelized, documenting the conversion of pagan Roman Italy to Christianity at the dawn of the Middle Ages. These Lives or Passions recorded for early medieval audiences the difficulties their local patron saints encountered in promoting the new religion, and their sufferings at the hands of resistant pagans and Roman authorities – ordeals that qualified these saints as special protectors or guardians over their cities or regions. Full of tales of courage, torture, assistant angels, mischievous devils, dragons, and monsters, these earliest Lives also served as literary and devotional touchstones for later elaborations, medieval and modern, on the saints’ lives, careers, and cults. With a comprehensive introduction and historical commentary to each biography, this volume provides new evidence for understanding the transition from the ancient Roman world to the Middle Ages. In assessing the technical problems relating to the origin and date of composition of each text, the book also contributes to redeeming these valuable but neglected sources for the history of medieval Italy. It also discusses the historical and literary significance of these biographies within the contexts of hagiography as a literary genre and early medieval religious life. (Durham Medieval and Renaissance Texts, 5)

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Item Number: 144914
Title: As in Nature : HELEN FRANKENTHALER Paintings
Author: Schwartz, Alexandra
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 9780300229288
Record created on 03/26/17
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, for the Clark Art Institute, 2017. 24cm., pbk., 80pp., 24 color illus. Exhibtion catalogue.

Summary: Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011) was a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism and of the later Color Field movement. She found inspiration in nature, including the idyllic, wooded landscapes of the northeastern United States. This beautiful publication celebrates Frankenthaler and the extraordinary holdings of her work in the collection of the late William Louis-Dreyfus. An avid admirer of Frankenthaler, Louis-Dreyfus collected more than twenty of her paintings, most from the under-studied later decades of her career when she explored techniques of layering color. With beautiful illustrations of works from Louis-Dreyfus’s collection, as well as several from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, this publication makes a significant contribution to the study of works from this later period in Frankenthaler’s illustrious career.

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Item Number: 144908
Title: GUERCINO tra sacro e profano
Author: Benati, Daniele (ed)
Price: $59.95
ISBN: 978885723507
Record created on 03/25/17
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Description: Milano: Skira, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 192pp., 137 color illus. Exhibition held at Palazzo Farnese, Piacenza

Summary: Pubblicato in occasione della grande esposizione a Piacenza, il volume presenta i saggi di Daniele Benati (“Purché vi sia il naturale dentro, ogn’uno è padrone della sua maniera”), Susanna Pighi (Il Guercino a Piacenza), le schede delle opere in mostra, l’atlante fotografico degli affreschi di Guercino nella cupola della cattedrale di Piacenza e gli approfondimenti a cura di Barbara Ghelfi, Maura Favali, Chiara Matteucci (Un caso di studio: il San Francesco dei cappuccini di Piacenza) e di Manuel Ferrari (Guercino visto da vicino. Salita alla cupola della cattedrale di Piacenza).

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Item Number: 144903
Title: KARL HAGEDORN (1889-1969)
Author: Liss, Paul
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 9780993088476
Record created on 03/24/17
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Description: London: Liss Llewellyn Fine Art, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 120pp. illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: Originating from Berlin Hagedorn moved to Manchester in 1905 to train in textile production. Having studied art under Adolphe Valette at the local Manchester School ofArt and then The Slade School of Art, his training was completed by a period in1912-13 where, working under Maurice Denis, he absorbed a range of avant-garde styles. On his return to England, he made a consciously pioneering attempt to introduce Modernism into Manchester through his work as both painter and designer, exhibiting at the Manchester Society of Modern Painters, RA, RBA, RSMA and with the NEAC.. He became a British subject in 1914 and served as a Lance-Corporal in the Middlesex Regiment during World War I. In 1925 he received the Grand Prix at the International Exhibition of Decorative Art, Paris and in 1935 he was elected RBA. He exhibited at a number of leading galleries in London and the provinces, and was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, the Royal Society of Marine Artists, the New English Art Club and the NS. Hagedorn has only been the subject of one exhibition and publication: ‘Manchester's First Modernist', a catalogue produced by the Chris Beetles Gallery on the occasion of the retrospective organized in conjunction with the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

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Item Number: 144931
Title: Portraits of the English Civil War
Author: Haldane, Angus
Price: $37.95
ISBN: 9781910787380
Record created on 03/26/17
Available July 2017
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Description: London: Unicorn Press, 2017. 30cm., pbk., 100pp., 50 color illus.

Summary: The period of the English Civil Wars was one of the most momentous in English history. These momentous events have been examined in great detail from an historical point of view, but never before has the period been discussed in detail from the point of view of portraiture. Art historians have tended to ignore the period 1642-1660 on the basis that it falls between the genius of Van Dyck, court painter to Charles I, and the genius of Sir Peter Lely, court painter to Charles II. There is an overriding sense that these years represent as much an artistic interregnum as a political one. This book examines the portraiture and history of the English Civil Wars through representations of the protagonists who were involved in the conflict. Each portrait illustrated is accompanied by a short biography of the protagonist’s life, and an extended discussion on the iconography of the painting and its art historical relevance, including aspects of patronage.

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Item Number: 144915
Title: Yorkshire West Riding : Sheffield and the South
Author: Harman, Ruth ; Nikolaus Pevsner
Price: $85.00
ISBN: 9780300224689
Record created on 03/26/17
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Description: New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2017. 23cm., hardcover, 900pp., 120 color, 80 b&w illus.

Summary: This authoritative guide, the companion to Yorkshire West Riding: Leeds, Bradford and the North, covers a vast area marked by tremendous diversity of both landscape and buildings. The territory is rich in medieval churches and castles, 17th-century houses and 18th-century mansions, yet it is also deservedly famous for its outstanding 19th- and 20th-century ecclesiastical, civic, commercial and industrial buildings. Major examples of every period of English architecture are represented, from Selby Abbey to the palatial country house of the Earls Fitzwilliam at Wentworth Woodhouse, and from Halifax Town Hall to Sheffield’s Park Hill flats and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield. In the fine Pevsner tradition, this book situates the region’s full array of buildings within geological, local, national, and international contexts. (Pevsner Architectural Guides. The Buildings of England.)

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Item Number: 144910
Title: Redefining Brutalism
Author: Henley, Simon
Price: $44.95
ISBN: 9781859465776
Record created on 03/26/17
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Description: Newcastle Upon Tyne: RIBA, 2017. 27cm., pbk., 224pp. illus.

Summary: People associate the term Brutalism with concrete and, in the UK, with the Welfare State – just one thin slice of the Brutalist canon. Brutalism is not a style. It reveals enduring architectural ideas and interests that have emerged at different times and in different places, prompted by social and political ideals and technological conditions. Examining brutalism through the lens of twelve distinct, occasionally competing, definitions, this book explores brutalism as a living and evolving entity. Redefining Brutalism offering insight into how these buildings were designed and constructed, their underlying social contexts, and how brutalism triggered various other movements such as Hi-tech and postmodernism. This book is a lens through which to see the present as much as the past.

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Item Number: 144926
Title: JORIS and JACOB HOEFNAGEL
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Price: $75.00
ISBN: 9783775741736
Record created on 03/26/17
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Description: Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 256pp. illus.
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Item Number: 144930
Title: Tin-Glazed Earthenware from the Netherlands, France and Germany, 1600–1800
Author: Houkjær. Ulla
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 9788763545655
Record created on 03/26/17
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Description: Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2017. 25cm., pbk., 415pp., 250 color illus.

Summary: Designmuseum Denmark is home to a large collection of ceramic works that is quite unique in terms of size and width of representation, since the collection covers all known techniques within the main groups of earthenware, stoneware, tin-glazed earthenware, and porcelain as well as new hybrid materials and techniques. This catalogue covers an extremely important period in the history of European glazed ceramic ware from c. 1600 to 1800 when the technique enjoyed the widest distribution and focuses on three central areas: the Netherlands, France, and Germany. This comprehensive and highly illustrated introduction to the history of tin-glazed earthenware in these three countries offers an overview of the history of important developments within the field during the period and highlights important changes in aesthetics and usage.

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Item Number: 144925
Title: Pop Expressionism: Works on Paper by PHILIPP-RUDOLF HUMM
Author: Lucie-Smith, Edward
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 9781910787397
Record created on 03/26/17
Available July 2017
Description: London: Unicorn, 2017. 26cm., hardcover, 128pp., 128 color illus.

Summary: Philipp Rudolf Humm is a German/Belgian artist living in London. Humm started out to become an artist, yet got rejected by the Berlin Akademie. After completing a BA in Philosophy in Germany and an MBA at the IMD in Switzerland, Humm went on to have a successful corporate career, while continuing to work as an artist in his leisure time. On moving to London in 2012, he immersed himself fully into the art world. Initially pursuing painting alongside a demanding day job, Humm left the world of business to be a full-time artist in 2015. He has since studied painting at the London Fine Art Studios and sculpture at the Fine Art Academy in Florence. Humm’s works are narrative figurative paintings; he works in collections, each of which is based on a theme. He combines contemporary styles with academic and old masters’ techniques. Thematically, his work is influenced by his early studies of philosophy, where he specialised in existentialism, particularly the work of Heidegger and Sartre. In his practice, Humm is engaged with ideas of humanism, existential questions, consumerism and the impact of technology upon the human condition. The critic Edward Lucie-Smith, who has written extensively on Humm’s work, says: ‘[His] paintings succeed, very often, because they offer the viewer an echo chamber, one that resounds with cultural references, ancient and modern. This description of how they work is a paradox in itself, since paintings are essentially things made to be seen, not to be heard, not to be listened to … One of [the paintings’] most salient common characteristics, however, is the desire to communicate thoughts and ideas in the most efficient way possible. I think there can be no disagreement that this, in fact, is exactly what they do’.

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Item Number: 144902
Title: WILLIAM HENRY HUNT : Country People
Author: Wright, Barnaby ; Joanna Selbourne
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 9781911300236
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Description: London: Holberton, 2017. 24cm., pbk., 60pp. illus. Exhibition held at the Courtauld Gallery, London.

Summary: Accompanying an exhibition that will be the first to investigate the depiction of rural figures by one of the most admired British watercolorists of the 19th century, William Henry Hunt. Taking its lead from W.H. Hunt's watercolor The Head Gardener, c. 1825, that is part of The Courtauld Gallery's permanent collection, this focused display will be first to investigate Hunt's depiction of rural figures in his work of the 1820s and 1830s. Consisting of twenty drawings borrowed from collections across the United Kingdom, William Henry Hunt: Country People will bring together watercolors depicting country people in their working or living environments, from farmer and gamekeeper to stonebreaker and gleaner. The representation of these country men, women and children, closely observed, raises questions about their status and way of life at a time of rapid agricultural and social change. These profound changes are also reflected in the literature of the period. William Henry Hunt was one of the most admired watercolorists of the 19th century. Better known as ‘Bird's Nest Hunt' for his intricate still lives of flowers, fruit and birds' eggs, he exhibited prolifically at the Old Water Colour Society. His works were sought after by collectors, notably John Ruskin, a serious champion of his work.

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Item Number: 144909
Title: The Bench in the Garden: An Inquiry Into the Scopic History of a Bench
Author: Jakob, Michael
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 9781939621795
Record created on 03/26/17
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Description: Novato: ORO editions, 2017. 24cm., pbk., 200pp. illus.

Summary: The bench, an apparently small and almost irrelevant object, appears to function as a significant object in both through specific physical placement and in a more general sense- that of the blended domain of aesthetics, garden history, architecture, spatiality and subjectivity. The bench acts as a powerful visual machine, regulating the reception of a landscape in what it has to offer to its visitors. By transmitting verbal messages through inscriptions, citing other benches as part of a complex walk circuit, providing rest and inviting users to discover new aspects of the site, this highly polysemic element orients and disorients the visitor at the same time.

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Item Number: 144919
Title: DONALD JUDD
Author: Raskin, David
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 9780300228687
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 220pp., 110 color illus. Paperback reprint.

Summary: This pioneering, critically acclaimed book, originally published in 2010 and now available in paperback, is an authoritative and enlightening guide to a wide array of works by the great American artist Donald Judd (1928–1994). Showcasing the entire breadth of Judd’s practices, the book draws on documents from nearly twenty archives and investigates Judd and his work both within and outside the context of the 1960s Minimalist art movement. David Raskin explains why some of Judd’s works seem startlingly ephemeral while others remain insistently physical; in the process of answering this perplexing question, Raskin traces Judd’s principles from his beginnings as an art critic through his fabulous installations and designs in Marfa, Texas. Raskin develops a truly singular picture of Judd: he shows us an artist who asserted his individuality with spare designs; who found spiritual values in plywood, Plexiglas, and industrial production; who refused to distinguish between thinking and feeling while asserting that science marked the limits of knowledge; who claimed that his art provided intuitions of morality but not a specific set of tenets; and who worked for political causes that were neither left nor right.

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Item Number: 144927
Title: WYATT KAHN : Object Paintings
Author: Slifkin, Robert
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 9780988997042
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Description: St. Louis: Contemporary Art Museum, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 132pp. illus. Exhibition catalogue.
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Item Number: 144916
Title: Captain Cook and the Pacific : Art, Exploration and Empire
Author: McAleer, John ; Nigel Rigby
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 9780300207248
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Description: New Haven and London: in association with the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, 2017. 27cm., hardcover, 256pp., 200 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: British Royal Navy Captain James Cook’s voyages of exploration across and around the Pacific Ocean were a marvel of maritime achievement, and provided the first accurate map of the Pacific. The expeditions answered key scientific, economic, and geographic questions, and inspired some of the most influential images of the Pacific made by Europeans. Now readers can immerse themselves in the adventure through the collections of London’s National Maritime Museum, which illuminate every aspect of the voyages: oil paintings of lush landscapes, scientific and navigational instruments, ship plans, globes, charts and maps, rare books and manuscripts, coins and medals, ethnographic material, and personal effects. Each artifact holds a story that sheds light on Captain Cook, the crews he commanded, and the effort’s impact on world history. Showcasing one of the richest resources of Cook-related material in the world, this publication invites readers to engage with the extraordinary voyages—manifested in material culture—and their continuing significance today.

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Item Number: 144921
Title: MODIGLIANI Unmasked
Author: Klein, Mason
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 9780300225495
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with the Jewish Museum, New York, 2017. 29cm., hardcover, 172pp., 165 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: An Italian Sephardic Jew working in turn-of-the-century Paris, Modigliani embraced his status as an outsider, and his early drawings show a marked awareness of the role of ethnicity and race within society. Placing these drawings within the context of the artist’s larger oeuvre, Mason Klein reveals how Modigliani’s preoccupation with identity spurred the artist to reconceive the modern portrait, arguing that Modigliani ultimately came to think of identity as beyond national or cultural boundaries. Lavishly illustrated with the artist’s paintings and over one hundred drawings collected by Dr. Paul Alexandre, Modigliani’s close friend and first patron, this book provides an engaging and long overdue analysis of Modigliani’s early body of work on paper.

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Item Number: 144936
Title: Decorated Revisited : English Architectural Style in Context, 1250-1400
Author: Munns, John (ed)
Price: $124.00
ISBN: 9782503554341
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Description: Turnhout: Brepols, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 260pp., 222 illus.

Contents: Nicola Coldstream, The Fall and Rise of the Decorated Style ; James Hillson, Architectural Interaction Post-Bony - Regionality, Centrality, and Transformation in the English Decorated Style ; Andrew Budge, Collegiate Churches Founded in the Fourteenth Century - Change in Architectural Style as a Social Process? ; Jeffrey?A.?K. Miller, Experiment and Regionalism in Decorated Yorkshire - York Cathedral's Nave Revisited ; Jon Cannon, The Bristol Master and the Ambitions of Decorated ; Jana Gajdošová, The Decorated Style as a European Trend? The Evolution of Parlerian Tracery in Prague Cathedral ; Sophie Dentzer-Niklasson, Decorated Vaults - Geographical, Terminological, and Chronological Limitations ; Jakub Adamski, The Influence of Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century English Architecture in the Southern Baltic Region and Poland ; Michalis Olympios, Courtly Splendours - Hugh IV's Bellapais Abbey and the English Decorated Style ; Paul Binski, An Afterword on Jean Bony and the Decorated Style. (Architectura Medii Aevi, 9)

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Item Number: 144922
Title: GABRIEL OROZCO
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ISBN: 9782851171832
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Description: Paris: Cahiers d'Art, 2017. 34cm., pbk., illus.

Summary: The newest Cahiers d'Art revue 2016-2017 featuring Gabriel Orozco explores the artist’s recurring themes of geometry, games, working tables throughout commissioned texts by Briony Fer, Benjamin Buchloh, André Rottman and an interview between Hans Ulrich Obrist and Orozco. Abundantly illustrated with series of major works as well as the artists most recent and largely unpublished works, this unique publication also includes an original silk-screened artwork made specially by Orozco for the issue.

Also includes: Excerpts from the Catalogue Raisonné of the drawings of Frank Gehry by Jean-Louis Cohen (to be published by Cahiers d’Art in Fall 2017); A text by Béatrice Gross on the late wall drawings of Sol LeWitt; A visual story of the creative process behind the newly opened Skulpturenhalle housing the Thomas Schütte Foundation, the largest building constructed from a model by the artist; A comprehensive essay on the influence of Cahiers d’Art on the work of Picasso, specifically focusing on his ceramics, by Picasso scholar Harald Theil; Portfolios of recent works by Adel Abdessemed and John Giorno; The former is accompanied by an essay by Daniel Birnbaum. (Cahiers d'Art 2016-2017)

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Item Number: 144934
Title: Hagia Sophia : Sound, Space, and Spirit in Byzantium
Author: Pentcheva, Bissera V
Price: $64.95
ISBN: 9780271077253
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Description: University Park: Penn State University Press, 2017. 27cm., hardcover, 288pp., 50 color, 42 b&w illus.
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Item Number: 144913
Title: PICASSO | Encounters : Printmaking and Collaboration
Author: Clarke, Jay A. ; Marilyn McCully
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 9780300229271
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, for the Clark Art Institute, 2017. 24cm., pbk., 136pp., 66 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: Although Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) is often thought of as a solitary genius, his career was fueled by the inspiration he drew from both personal and collegial relationships. Picasso practiced printmaking throughout his career—an interest that inherently fostered collaboration, as it brought him in contact with numerous printers and publishers. At the same time, his many famous muses—Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, and others—influenced both his techniques and his imagery. This book features thirty-five of Picasso’s most important prints that showcase the artistic exchange vital to his process. It includes his first major etching from 1904, portraits of his lovers and family members, and prints that transform motifs by Rembrandt, Manet, and other earlier artists, such as an interpretation of Rembrandt’s Ecce Homo from 1970. Picasso | Encounters considers the artist’s major statements in printmaking throughout his career.

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Item Number: 144918
Title: POLLOCK's Modernism
Author: Schreyach, Michael
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 9780300223262
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 240pp., 45 color illus.

Summary; Pollock’s Modernism provides a new interpretation of the art of Jackson Pollock (1912–1956), one that is based on a phenomenological investigation of the pictorial effects of particular paintings. Focusing on major works that span the artist’s career – including Mural (1943), Cathedral (1947), Number 1A, 1948, One: Number 31, 1950, and Portrait and a Dream (1953) – Michael Schreyach argues that Pollock’s achievement is best understood by attending to how, technically and formally, he instituted certain modes of pictorial address and structures of beholding in his paintings. From this perspective, Pollock is shown to be an artist who transformed the means by which the phenomenological interdependence of sensation and cognition in our embodied experience could be represented. Offering a provocative counter-argument to dominant accounts of Pollock’s work, this book advances bold claims about Pollock’s intentions as they are expressed in his art, and illuminates what constituted the artist’s unique form of modernism at mid-century.

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Item Number: 144924
Title: GERHARD RICHTER : Neue Bilder : New Paintings
Author: Dziewior, Yilmaz ; Rita Kersting
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 9783960980940
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Description: Köln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig, 2017. 26cm., pbk., 72pp. illus. German-English text. Exhibition held at Museum Ludwig, Köln.
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Item Number: 144940
Title: What Philosophy Wants from Images
Author: Rodowick, D.N
Price: $90.00
ISBN: 9780226513058
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Description: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 224pp. illus.

Summary: In recent decades, contemporary art has displayed an ever increasing and complicated fascination with the cinema—or, perhaps more accurately, as D. N. Rodowick shows, a certain memory of cinema. Contemporary works of film, video, and moving image installation mine a vast and virtual archive of cultural experience through elliptical and discontinuous fragments of remembered images, even as the lived experience of film and photography recedes into the past, supplanted by the digital. Rodowick here explores work by artists such as Ken Jacobs, Ernie Gehr, Victor Burgin, Harun Farocki, and others—artists who are creating forms that express a new historical consciousness of images. These forms acknowledge a complex relationship to the disappearing past even as they point toward new media that will challenge viewers’ confidence in what the images they see are or are becoming. What philosophy wants from images, Rodowick shows, is to renew itself conceptually through deep engagement with new forms of aesthetic experience.

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Item Number: 144941
Title: What Philosophy Wants from Images
Author: Rodowick, D.N
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 9780226513195
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Description: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. 24cm., pbk., 224pp. illus.
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Item Number: 144907
Title: An Archaeological Study of the Bayeux Tapestry : The Landscapes, Buildings and Places
Author: Rowley, Trevor
Price: $44.95
ISBN: 9781781593806
Record created on 03/24/17
Description: Barnsley: Pen and Sword, 2016. 25cm., hardcover, 209pp., ca. 250 illus.

Summary: An Archaeological Study of the Bayeux Tapestry provides a unique re-examination of this famous piece of work through the historical geography and archaeology of the tapestry. Trevor Rowley is the first author to have analysed the tapestry through the landscapes, buildings and structures shown, such as towns and castles, while comparing them to the landscapes, buildings, ruins and earthworks which can be seen today. By comparing illustrated extracts from the tapestry to historical and contemporary illustrations, maps and reconstructions Rowley is able to provide the reader with a unique visual setting against which they are able to place the events on the tapestry. This approach allows Rowley to challenge a number of generally accepted assumptions regarding the location of several scenes in the tapestry, most controversially suggesting that William may never have gone to Hastings at all. Finally, Rowley tackles the missing end of the tapestry, suggesting the places and events which would have been depicted on this portion of William’s journey to Westminster.

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Item Number: 144905
Title: Maiolica before the Age of Raphael
Author: Sani, Elisa P. ; Justin Raccanello ; Timothy Wilson
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 9781911300205
Record created on 03/24/17
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Description: London: Holberton, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 200pp. illus.

Summary: Maiolica before the age of Raphael examines the origin of Italian maiolica and its evolution from c. 1350 up until 1500, a period which engendered some of the most rapid and exciting innovations in all ceramic art, before maiolica's better known heyday in the High Renaissance. High Renaissance maiolica, produced in Italy in the orbit of Raphael and other artists, is widely known and has been extensively studied. This istoriato, or narrative, maiolica graces the collections of many of the world's greatest museums. But not for almost 100 years has attention been focused on magnificent works that preceded it in the 14th and 15th centuries, which were at times prized by contemporary patrons more highly than precious metals. This new publication refocuses the spotlight of contemporary scholarship onto the birth of design in Italian maiolica, and its evolution from c. 1350 up until 1500. It was during this formative period that its characteristic tin-based glaze, with the pure and brilliant white surface it offered the late-medieval potter, engendered some of the most rapid and exciting innovations in all ceramic art. Potters began to decorate the surfaces of their earthenware vessels (of an increasingly varied spectrum of shapes and forms) with squirming, meticulous designs of unparalleled ingenuity and expression that incorporated multisensory influences from luxury contemporary textiles, metalwork, and exotic lustreware from Islamic Spain. Illustrating and describing in-depth over forty rare objects from the foremost centers of production that have survived in private hands, this catalogue discusses the spread and evolution of the medium, as well as the history of collecting and the changing taste for Italian pre-Renaissance pottery during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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Item Number: 142227
Title: EGON SCHIELE : Complete Paintings, 1909-1918
Author: Natter, Tobias G
Price: $200.00
ISBN: 9783836546126
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Description: Köln: Taschen, 2017. 38cm., hardcover, ca. 600pp. illus

Summary: Over the course of his short life, Austrian artist Egon Schiele (1890–1918) blazed a turbulent Expressionist trail. A child prodigy, young rebel, and chronic provocateur, he caused uproar among the establishment with his contorted lines, distorted bodies, and explicit eroticism and continues to startle to this day with his unflinching images of himself and his nude, splayed subjects. Schiele reveled in stylistic freedom and shock. In the twilight years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, he swiftly abandoned classical figuration for a distorted and exaggerated physicality that rendered emotional and sexual truth rather than refined beauty ideals. His subjects are elongated, angular, and twisted. With protruding ribs, contorted limbs, and sickly skin, the body becomes a locus of anguish. The only reprieve is the promise of sex. Like no other early 20th-century artist, Schiele laid genitalia bare, bringing some of the most candid renderings of the vagina in Western art history, as well as scenes of masturbation and lesbian sex. Schiele’s life ended with the same drama and emotional turmoil that defined his work, dying of Spanish influenza in 1918 just after his pregnant wife Edith succumbed to the same pandemic. His legacy, despite the brevity of his life, is exceptional. His influence can be traced through the work of countless 20th-century masters, from Francis Bacon and Otto Muehl to Julian Schnabel, David Bowie, and Tracey Emin. In this expansive new book, Egon Schiele. Complete Paintings, 1909–1918, we survey the complete catalogue of Schiele paintings from his most innovative and prolific decade. The 221 featured works are presented alongside biographical details, expert insights, as well as Schiele’ own writings and poems, offering intimate access to his ideas and psyche.

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Item Number: 144901
Title: SOUTINE's Portraits : Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys
Author: Serres, Karen ; Barnaby Wright
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 9781911300212
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Description: london: Holberton, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 144pp. illus. Exhibition held at the Courtauld Gallery, London

Summary: Accompanying a major exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery that focuses upon one of Chaim Soutine's most important series of portraits - of cooks, waiters and bellboys - this is the first time that this outstanding group of masterpieces has ever been brought together. Chaim Soutine (1893-1943) produced some of the most powerful and expressive portraits of modern times. His ability to capture in paint the character, humanity and emotion of his sitters is the hallmark of Soutine's greatest work. The major exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery, London, focuses upon one of his most important series of portraits; his paintings of cooks, waiters and bellboys who sat for him in Paris and the South of France during the 1920s. These works helped to establish Soutine's reputation as a major avant-garde painter, seen by many as the twentieth century heir to van Gogh. This will be the first time that this outstanding group of masterpieces has ever been brought together and it will be the first exhibition of Soutine's work in London for over thirty years. Soutine arrived in Paris as an émigré from Russia in 1913 and began a precarious existence as a penniless artist in Montparnasse living among fellow painters, such as Marc Chagall and Amedeo Modigliani. As part of this avant-garde coterie of artists, Soutine developed a highly original style that combined an expressive handling of paint with deep reverence for the Old Masters that he studied in the Louvre. His portraits often appear both timeless and vividly modern. These qualities are exemplified by the series of paintings of cooks, waiters and bellhops that he produced during the 1920s. These lowly and often-overlooked figures from Paris's fashionable hotels and restaurants, including the famous Maxim's, appealed to Soutine's sense that profound emotion and a deep sense of humanity could be found in such humble sitters. The contrast between their working uniforms and the individuality of their faces adds to the emotional charge of these extraordinary portraits. Soutine strived to achieve the most powerful effects of color from the bold whites, reds and blues of their different uniforms. When he started the series, Soutine was living in near-poverty as a struggling artist. These portraits helped to lift him out of these desperate circumstances as they were soon admired by friends and become prized by collectors. Today, they are considered among his greatest achievements.

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Item Number: 144911
Title: Enlightenment Edinburgh
Author: Szatkowski, Sheila
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 9781780273730
Record created on 03/26/17
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Description: Edinburgh: Birlinn Ltd, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 128pp. illus.

Summary: During the 18th century, Edinburgh was the intellectual hub of the Western world. Adam Smith, David Hume, Dugald Stewart and Adam Ferguson delivered their diverse tomes on philosophy and political economy. Others such as James Hutton, Joseph Black, Lord Hailes, John Clerk of Eldin and Robert Adam pushed ahead with new discoveries and ideas in the fields of science, medicine, law and architecture. If Edinburgh was the beating heart of this Scottish Enlightenment then its physical embodiment was the New Town and the great civic improvements in the old medieval city. In this informative and highly illustrated guide Sheila Szatkowski introduces the noteworthy buildings and people of 18th and early 19th-century Edinburgh. It is a book about people and places, clubs and conversations, and a celebration of how topography and cultural achievement came together to create the great enlightenment city that is Edinburgh.

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Item Number: 144906
Title: The Medieval Costume : from 1320 to 1480
Author: Veniel, Florent
Price: $69.00
ISBN: 9782840483793
Record created on 03/24/17
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Description: Bayeux: Heimdal, 2017. 25cm., pbk., 216pp. illus.

Summary: A modern, detailed and precise work on costume in the 14th and 15th centuries (1320-1480), following the works of Viollet-le-Duc and Adrien Harmand. The first part is devoted to jewelry and utensils of the costume, the second to male costume, and the third to women's costume.

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Item Number: 144937
Title: WARHOL's Working Class : Pop Art and Egalitarianism
Author: Grudin, Anthony E
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 9780226347776
Record created on 03/27/17
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Description: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. 26cm., hardcover, 240pp., 20 color, 51 b&w illus.

Summary: Andy Warhol’s creative engagement with social class. During the 1960s, as neoliberalism perpetuated the idea that fixed classes were a mirage and status an individual achievement, Warhol’s work appropriated images, techniques, and technologies that have long been described as generically “American” or “middle class.” Drawing on archival and theoretical research into Warhol’s contemporary cultural milieu, Grudin demonstrates that these features of Warhol’s work were in fact closely associated with the American working class. The emergent technologies which Warhol conspicuously employed to make his work—home projectors, tape recorders, film and still cameras—were advertised directly to the working class as new opportunities for cultural participation. What’s more, some of Warhol’s most iconic subjects—Campbell’s soup, Brillo pads, Coca-Cola—were similarly targeted, since working-class Americans, under threat from a variety of directions, were thought to desire the security and confidence offered by national brands.

Having propelled himself from an impoverished childhood in Pittsburgh to the heights of Madison Avenue, Warhol knew both sides of this equation: the intense appeal that popular culture held for working-class audiences and the ways in which the advertising industry hoped to harness this appeal in the face of growing middle-class skepticism regarding manipulative marketing. Warhol was fascinated by these promises of egalitarian individualism and mobility, which could be profound and deceptive, generative and paralyzing, charged with strange forms of desire. By tracing its intersections with various forms of popular culture, including film, music, and television, Grudin shows us how Warhol’s work disseminated these promises, while also providing us with a record of their intricate tensions and transformations.

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Item Number: 144917
Title: Cottages ornés : The Charms of the Simple Life
Author: White, Roger
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 9780300226775
Record created on 03/26/17
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 272pp., 175 color, 50 b&w illus.

Summary: Tracing the history of cottages ornés (ornamental cottages), this copiously illustrated volume offers an engaging survey of an often-overlooked architectural genre. An invention of mid-18th-century England, these cottages were designed to facilitate a more informal way of living and were built in different guises that range from royal and imperial cottages to the working-class lodges that still dot the English countryside. Analyzing cottage designs by some of the leading architects of late-Georgian England—including Robert Adam, John Soane, and John Nash—Roger White explores the aesthetic values that made the form so appealing. As he follows the development of cottages ornés from the Celtic fringes to the Continent and the British colonies, White reveals the significant impact of the genre on social, cultural, and political history and examines the influence of cottage design on the architectural developments of the Victorian period and even the 20th century.

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Item Number: 144933
Title: Pietro Bembo on Etna : The Ascent of a Venetian Humanist
Author: Williams, Gareth
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 9780190272296
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Description: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 336pp., 16 color illus.

Summary: This book is centered on the Venetian humanist Pietro Bembo (1470-1547), on his two-year stay in Sicily in 1492-4 to study the ancient Greek language under one of its most distinguished contemporary teachers, the Byzantine émigré Constantine Lascaris, and above all on his ascent of Mount Etna in 1493. The more particular focus of this study is on the imaginative capacities that crucially shape Bembo's elegantly crafted account, in Latin, of his Etna adventure in his so-called De Aetna, published at the Aldine press in Venice in 1496. This work is cast in the form of a dialogue that takes place between the young Bembo and his father Bernardo (himself a prominent Venetian statesman with strong humanist involvements) after Pietro's return to Venice from Sicily in 1494. But De Aetna offers much more than a one-dimensional account of the facts, sights and findings of Pietro's climb. Far more important in the present study is his eye for creative elaboration, or for transforming his literal experience on the mountain into a meditation on his coming-of-age at a remove from the conventional career-path expected of one of his station within the Venetian patriciate. Three mutually informing features that are critical to the artistic originality of De Aetna receive detailed treatment in this study: (i) the stimulus that Pietro drew from the complex history of Mount Etna as treated in the Greco-Roman literary tradition from Pindar onwards; (ii) the striking novelty of De Aetna's status as the first Latin text produced at the nascent Aldine press in the prototype of what modern typography knows as Bembo typeface; and (iii) Pietro's ingenious deployment of Etna as a powerful, multivalent symbol that simultaneously reflects the diverse characterizations of, and the generational differences between, father and son in the course of their dialogical exchanges within De Aetna.

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Item Number: 144932
Title: The Visual Theology of the Huguenots : Towards an Architectural Iconology of Early Modern French Protestantism, 1535 to 1623
Author: Working, Randal Carter
Price: $33.00
ISBN: 9780718894696
Record created on 03/26/17
Available May 2017
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Description: Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. 23cm., pbk., 212pp. illus.

Summary: The role of architecture within the French Reformed tradition has been of recent scholarly interest, seen in the work of Hélène Guicharnaud, Catharine Randall, Andrew Spicer, and others. Few, however, have investigated in depth the relationship between Reformed theology and architectural forms. In The Visual Theology of the Huguenots, Randal Carter Working explores the roots of Reformed aesthetics, set against the background of late medieval church architecture. Indicating how demonstrably important the work of Serlio is in the spreading of the ideas of Vitruvius, Working explains the influence of classical Roman building on French Reformed architecture. He follows this with an examination of five important Huguenot architects: Philibert de l'Orme, Bernard Palissy, Jacques-Androuet du Cerceau, Salomon de Brosse, and Jacques Perret. The distinct language of Huguenot architecture is revealed by his comparative analysis of three churches: St Pierre in Geneva, a medieval church overhauled by the Reformers; St Gervais-St Protais, a Parisian Catholic church whose façade was completed by the French Reformed architect Salomon de Brosse; and the temple at Charenton, a structure also designed and built by de Brosse. These three buildings demonstrate how the contribution of Huguenot architecture gave expression to Reformed theological ideas and helped bring about the renewal of classicism in France

Contents: 1. Introduction. 2. Iconology - Outline of a Working Methodology. 3. A Catholic Conception of Space: The Visual World of the Middle Ages. 4. A Reformed Conception of Space: An Analysis of Spatial Sanctity in Swiss and French Reformed Churches. 5. Vitruvius, Serlio, and the Sixteenth-Century Architectural Treatise. 6. Protestant Architects' Use of Vitruvian Ideas. 7. The Shaping of Reformed Worship Space. 8. A Distinctively Reformed Voice. Appendix: Architectural Manuscripts or Prints Published in France, Written in French or Translated Into French (Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries).

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