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Item Number: 145497
Title: The Tyrant Slayers of Ancient Athens : A Tale of Two Statues
Author: Azoulay, Vincent ; Janet Lloyd (trans) ; Paul Cartledge (foreword)
Record created on 05/02/17
Description: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 304pp. illus.
Summary: This investigation relies on a rash bet: to write the biography of two of the most famous statues in Antiquity, the Tyrannicides. Representing the murderers of the tyrant Hipparchus in full action, these statues erected on the Agora of Athens have been in turn worshipped, outraged, and imitated. They have known hours of glory and moments of hardships, which have transformed them into true icons of Athenian democracy. The subject of this book is the remarkable story of this group statue and the ever-changing significance of its tyrant-slaying subjects. The first part of this book, in six chapters, tells the story of the murder of Hipparchus and of the statues of the two tyrannicides from the end of the sixth century to the aftermath of the restoration of democracy in 403. The second part, in three chapters, chronicles the fate and influence of the statues from the fourth century to the end of the Roman Empire. These chapters are followed by an epilogue that reveals new life for the statues in modern art and culture, including how Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union made use of their iconography. By tracing the long trajectory of the tyrannicides-in deed and art-Azoulay provides a rich and fascinating microhistory that will be of interest to readers of classical art and history.
Contents: First scene - The murder of Hipparchus ; The Tyrannicides between glory and outrage ; Date of birth unknown - Antenor's Tyrannicides ; A second birth - The statuary group produced by Critius and Nesiotes ; The artist's studio as a playground - Iconographic variations based on the Tyrannicides (c. 470-411 B.C.) ; The disorders of a thankless age - The oligarchic revolution of 411 B.C. and its consequences ; Their finest hour - The revived glory of the statuary group in the restored democracy (403 B.C.) ; The incomplete normalisation of the Tyrannicides ; The age of honours - New meanings for the monument in the fourth century ; Model "notables" - The Tyrannicides in the Hellenistic period ; Forever young - The uses of the statuary group in the Roman period ; Born Again - The statuary group's belated rebirth in the West ; Appendix - Iconographic allusions to the Tyrannicides group.
Item Number: 145787
Title: ALVAR AALTO : Architect
Author: Stewart, John
Record created on 05/24/17
Description: London: Merrell Publishers, 2017. 26cm., hardcover, 272pp., 130 illus., 30 in color.
Summary: Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) is universally recognized as one of the masters of Modernist architecture. While the remarkable buildings he designed have been much studied, the story of how a young architect from a village in western Finland achieved such international prominence is little known. This new biography of Aalto is the first to offer a comprehensive and objective survey of his life, from growing up in the Finnish provinces to finding global acclaim, and also covers all his projects, from early work in Jyväskylä in the 1920s to Finlandia Hall, completed in Helsinki in 1971. John Stewart draws on Aalto’s archive, the recollections of former employees and contemporaneous publications to fully explore Aalto the architect rather than simply his architecture. For the first time, the Finn’s life is set in the context of the events that surrounded and shaped it. Stewart reflects on Aalto’s marriage to Aino, his key friendships, his participation in architectural competitions, working life in his first office and his continual financial difficulties. As Aalto’s career progresses, Stewart considers the patrons who were so important to him – the Gullichsens – and the founding of the furniture company Artek, Aalto’s professorship at the Massachusetts Institute of ?Technology in the 1940s, his marriage to Elissa after Aino’s death, his greatest architectural achievements in the 1950s, and his growing fame and eventual vanity. This unique book seeks, above all, to understand what drove Aalto; the combination of talent and character traits that led to his extraordinary worldwide success.
Item Number: 138355
Title: Artek and the AALTOS : Furnishing the World
Author: Stritzler-Levine, Nina ; Timo Riekko (eds)
Record created on 10/21/15
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with the Bard Graduate Center and the Alvar Aalto Foundation, 2016. 28cm., pbk., 698pp., 350 color, 75 b&w illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: The Finnish design firm Artek is best known as the producer and distributor of Modernist bentwood furniture designed by Alvar Aalto (1898–1976). However, its mission was more complex and multifaceted, grounded in the notion that art and design could enhance everyday life. Artek and the Aaltos showcases more than three hundred objects, including furniture, glassware, lighting, design sketches, drawings, textile swatches, and photographs. Most of the material is published here for the first time. It contextualizes the contributions of Artek, and those of its founders, Alvar and his wife, Aino Marsio Aalto (1894–1949), providing evidence for their close professional partnership as well as critical interpretations of their major projects. It also considers individuals such as Maija Heikenheimo, whose career at Artek spanned three decades. In addition, this book examines the Aaltos’ advocacy for the use of standardized forms and shows how modern designers continue to work with the Artek product line and within the parameters of the company’s mission. Fully indexed appendices present new scholarship, including an inventory of the Artek product line (furniture, textiles, and glass), and a list of public and private commissions. This book is the first English-language publication on the topic, as well as the most comprehensive, with chapters authored by leading scholars of design history and architecture.
Item Number: 129643
Title: Visual Music Masters: Abstract Explorations of Past and Present Artists
Author: Adriano Abbado
Record created on 02/25/14
Description: Milan: Skira, 2018. 27cm., pbk., 176pp., 120 color illus.
Summary: What links exist between sounds and abstract images? What were the first audiovisual instruments? What was the influence of music on Kandinsky’s work? What are the most relevant audiovisual installations? What are the relationships between VJs and live cinema? And, what is synesthesia? Masters of Visual Music answers these and many other questions concerning the relationship between art and music, spanning from Toulouse-Lautrec to Nam June Paik, from Händel to Xenakis, and from Wilfred to Kurokawa. It is an in-depth study focused on both historical experience and contemporary research, illustrated by 150 colour images. The association between images and music aroused the curiosity of a number of artists and thinkers of the past, it stimulated artistic creativity in the twentieth century and continues to be a topic of great interest today. This book aims to take stock of the situation, now that abstract audiovisual art, having reached maturity, is enjoying a new season of renewed vitality.
Item Number: 147209
Title: WALLACE W. ABBEY : A Life in Railroad Photography
Author: Keefe, Kevin P. ; Scott Lothes
Record created on 11/02/17
Description: Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 240pp., 184 b&w illus.
Summary: From the late 1940s onward, Wallace W. Abbey masterfully combined journalistic and artistic vision to transform everyday transportation moments into magical photographs. Abbey, a photographer, journalist, historian, and railroad industry executive, helped people from many different backgrounds understand and appreciate what was taken for granted: a world of locomotives, passenger trains, big-city terminals, small-town depots, and railroaders. During his lifetime he witnessed and photographed sweeping changes in the railroading industry from the steam era to the era of diesel locomotives and electronic communication. Wallace W. Abbey: A Life in Railroad Photography profiles the life and work of this legendary photographer and showcases the transformation of transportation and photography after World War II. Featuring more than 175 exquisite photographs in an oversized format, Wallace W. Abbey is an outstanding tribute to a gifted artist and the railroads he loved.
Item Number: 143892
Title: Evergreen: The Garrett Family, Collectors and Connoisseurs
Author: Abbott, James Archer (et al)
Record created on 12/04/16
Description: Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017. 29cm., hardcover, 272pp., 164 color photos.
Summary: Evergreen—the long-time home of the Garrett family in north Baltimore—offers a preeminent example of antebellum-American Italianate architecture. It also houses a remarkably diverse collection of over 50,000 objects, including paintings, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, and rare books. Acquired by two generations of the prominent Garrett family, self-described "collectors by instinct and by education," the assemblage of fine and decorative arts is remarkable in scope and inventiveness. Now part of the Johns Hopkins University, the mansion endures as a rare visual encyclopedia, representative of nearly all major architectural and design movements indicative of America’s transition from a predominantly agrarian society to a world industrial power. This meticulously researched and handsomely illustrated volume honors the distinct and richly layered collections that characterize Evergreen. The book opens with a history of the philanthropic family itself, which helped run the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and develop many of the Monument City’s most important civic and cultural institutions. Tracing their evolution as collectors and philanthropists, the book charts the family’s artistic tastes and aesthetic sensibilities from the Gilded Age to the World Wars while also describing the physical landscape and architecture of Evergreen.
The Asian Art section explores the world renowned Garrett Collection of Chinese and Japanese art. As one of the earliest American collections of Japanese art assembled, it provides an important insight into collecting habits of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Among its highlights is one of only a half dozen examples of blue lacquer known to exist, as well as examples of Chinese Imperial porcelain.
The Decorative Arts section highlights the furniture, textiles, and other applied arts largely commissioned or collected by the Garretts. Beginning with the Aesthetic Movement of the 1880s and the talents of renowned design firms such as Herter Brothers, Liberty & Company, and Louis C. Tiffany and Company, Evergreen’s interiors have embraced each succeeding decorative trend—including the Bourbon, Colonial, Empire, and Renaissance revivals, the Arts and Crafts movement, and European modernism.
The Fine Arts section showcases modernist art assembled by Alice Warder Garrett and her husband, Ambassador John Work Garrett. Credited as the first Baltimore "gallery" to exhibit a Picasso, Evergreen’s collection of drawings, paintings, and sculpture document the couple’s aesthetic appreciation and connoisseurship, which began at the threshold of World War I. Included are works by such artists as Pierre Bonnard, Jean-Édouard Vuillard, Léon Bakst, Miguel Covarrubias, Raoul Dufy, Herbert Haseltine, Amedeo Modigliani, and Ignacio Zuloaga.
Evergreen’s John Work Garrett Library, built between the years immediately following the American Civil War and World War II, ranks among the most extensive private American collections of its kind from that period. Highlights include a recently discovered and ambitious rare book desiderata manuscript from the headiest period of John Work Garrett’s book collecting in 1929; an original John James Audubon engraved metal plate for his double-elephant folio Birds of America, a complete copy of which is also held by the library; the Garrett Zafarnama, a sumptuously illustrated fifteenth-century Persian illuminated manuscript by the renowned artist Bihzad; and all four seventeenth-century folios of Shakespeare’s collected plays.
Item Number: 146411
Title: BERENICE ABBOTT : A Life in Photography
Author: Van Haaften, Julia
Record created on 08/07/17
Description: New York: W.W. Norton, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 656pp. illus.
Summary: The definitive biography of the iconic twentieth-century American photographer Berenice Abbott, pioneering documentary modernist, author, and inventor. Berenice Abbott is to American photography what Georgia O’Keeffe is to painting or Willa Cather to letters. Abbott’s sixty-year career established her not only as a master of American photography but also as a teacher, writer, archivist, and inventor. A teenage rebel from Ohio, Abbott escaped to Paris—photographing, in Sylvia Beach’s words, “everyone who was anyone”—before returning to New York as the Roaring Twenties ended. She soon fell in love with art critic Elizabeth McCausland, with whom she would spend thirty years of her life. Abbott’s bestknown work, “Changing New York,” documented the city’s 1930s metamorphosis. She next turned to science as a subject, culminating in work important to America’s 1950s “space race” with the Soviet Union. This biography secures Abbott’s place in the histories of photography and modern art while framing her accomplishments as a female artist and entrepreneur.
Item Number: 144209
Title: Houses in Graeco-Roman Egypt: Arenas for Ritual Activity
Author: Abdelwahed, Youssri Ezzat Hussein
Record created on 01/06/17
Description: Oxford: Archaeopress, 2016. 28cm., pbk., 104pp. illus.
Summary: This book examines different forms of ritual activities performed in houses of Graeco- Roman Egypt. It draws on the rich archaeological record of rural housing and evidence from literature or papyrological references to both urban and rural housing. The introduction critically considers the literature relevant to the topic in order to identify the research gap. Chapter I attempts to reconstruct the structure of urban and rural houses in Graeco- Roman Egypt in the light of papyri and archaeology. This aims to establish the physical and spatial framework for the rituals considered in the following chapters. In line with this reconstruction of domestic properties is the reconstruction of the architectural layout and use of the domestic pylon in Chapter II. Chapter III deals with two rituals enacted before the front door of the house, namely the sacrifice of fish on the 9th of Thoth and the sacrifice of pigs on the 15th of Pachon. Chapter IV considers the ritual of the illumination of lamps for the goddess Athena-Neith within and around houses on the 13th of Epeiph. Chapter V highlights the use of the house as an arena for social types of rituals associated with dining, birthdays, the mallokouria, the epikrisis, and marriage. Chapter VI explores the religious sphere of houses, which is obvious from domestic shrines, wall paintings with religious themes, and figurines of Egyptian and Graeco-Roman deities uncovered from houses. The last chapter deals with mourning rituals, which the house occupants performed after the demise of their beloved animals, such as dogs, and their family members. In the conclusion, I summarize my work and draw out its implications, suggesting that the house was the locus of social, religious, and funerary rituals in Graeco-Roman Egypt.
Item Number: 146368
Title: Necropolitics and Its Discontents: Art, Mortality and the Political Imagination
Author: Wilson, Mick ; Silvia Loeffler (eds)
Record created on 08/02/17
Available December 2017
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Description: London: Black Dog, 2017. 23cm., pbk., 180pp., 80 illus.
Summary: Necropolitics and its Discontents addresses the relationship between the contemporary political production of death and the way mortality is figured in contemporary visual practices. This unique volume brings artists and theorists together to examine the complex ways in which mortality intersects with questions of political community, belonging and identity, as explored in contemporary art practice and debate. At a time of unprecedented public violence and refugee crises, Necropolitics and its Discontents addresses the contribution of artistic practices to thinking through the culture of precarity and death that characterises the current historical moment. The book offers a unique interdisciplinary intervention into current debates on the political and economic instrumentalisation of death, demonstrating the important role of contemporary art in providing alternative images and ideas for the contemporary political imagination. Combining formats such as the visual essay with critical theoretical interventions that draw upon contemporary political philosophy, ethnography, economics and art theory, this volume is an important contribution to understanding the processes shaping contemporary political cultures of death.
Item Number: 146124
Title: NINA CHANEL ABNEY : Royal Flush
Author: Price, Marshall N. (et al)
Record created on 06/30/17
Description: Durham: Duke University Press, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 124pp., 150 color illus. Exhibition held at Nasher Museum of Art, Durham.
Summary: This catalogue accompanies the exhibition Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush, a ten-year survey of one of the most provocative and iconoclastic artists working today. Abney is at the forefront of a generation of artists that is unapologetically revitalizing narrative figurative painting, and as a skillful story-teller, she visually articulates the complex social dynamics of contemporary urban life. Her works are informed as much by mainstream news media as they are by animated cartoons, video games, hip-hop culture, celebrity websites, and tabloid magazines. She draws on these sources to make paintings replete with figures, numbers, and words that appear to have tumbled onto the canvas with the stream-of-consciousness immediacy of text messages, pop-up windows, a Twitter feed, or the scrolling headlines of an incessant twenty-four-hour news cycle. By engaging loaded topics and controversial issues with irreverence, humor, and lampooning satire, Abney’s works are both pointed contemporary genre scenes as well as scathing commentaries on social attitudes and inequities. Abney’s first solo museum exhibition, Royal Flush will be comprised of the artist’s large-scale paintings, along with smaller collages and watercolors. While her work has strong ties to important modernist forebears such as Robert Colescott, Stuart Davis, Romare Bearden, and Faith Ringgold, among others, its distinct and arresting visual articulation of the human condition is inherently suited to the rapid-fire and unceasing quality of the Digital Age. Her dense and colorful iconography, a skillful engagement with serious issues, and the provocative way in which she addresses them has brought this young artist increasing critical acclaim in the contemporary art world.
Item Number: 147435
Title: Psychoanalyst Meets MARINA ABRAMOVIC : Artist meets Jeannette Fischer
Author: Abramovic, Marina ; Jeannette Fischer
Record created on 11/28/17
Available February 2018
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Description: Zurich: Scheidegger and Spiess, 2018. 17cm., pbk., 168pp., 9 color, 22 b&w illus.
Summary: In summer 2015, performance artist Marina Abramovic and psychoanalyst Jeannette Fischer spent four days together at Abramovic's house in the Hudson Valley. Associating freely, they explored - from a psychoanalytical perspective - Abramovic's biography and art and what connects them. A better understanding of herself, her personality and her work, was Abramovic's objective. She claims that conversations with artists abound, with one curator saying this and another saying that. Yet there is no book in which psychoanalysis puts her life and artistic work in context. This new book aims to fill this gap. Yet it is not a therapist's report, nor a record of Fischer's analysis of Abramovic. It records the dialogue between artist and analyst attempting an interpretation of Abramovic's extraordinary violent performances that sometimes reach the brink of faint, even death. The two search for an understanding of the underlying structures and dynamics. Abramovic performs relationships, and she performs violence, yet she remains on her own in facing the pain and fear about it. The book is arranged in a sequence of dialogues, separated by Fischer's comments on and images of four of Abramovic's performances to which the psychoanalyst refers.
Item Number: 146666
Title: The Jewish Journey: 4000 Years in 22 Objects from the Ashmolean Museum
Author: Abrams, Rebecca
Record created on 09/05/17
Description: Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2017. 27cm., pbk., 160pp., 70 color illus.
Summary: The Jewish Journey is unique in three respects. First, it is a short, accessible, affordable and illustrated history of the Jewish people. Most books of this kind are heavy, unwieldy, expensive coffee-table books. Secondly, the book is absolutely unique in highlighting Jewish objects from the standing collection of a world-renowned public museum. Jewish history is more normally confined to dedicated Jewish museums. This book breaks new ground by showing Jewish history in its wider historical, social and cultural context, and presents objects that reflect on daily life over the centuries, e.g. family, marriage, trade and travel, rather than the much more common depictions of artefacts for sacred and religious use. Thirdly, the Jewish significance of these particular 22 objects has until now been overlooked. This book draws them together for the first time to tell their specifically Jewish story, highlighting both the distinctive features of Jewish experience and the long history of close interaction with other cultures and religions. The 22 objects include pottery, coins, jewellery, household artefacts, sacred items, musical instruments and paintings. Together they bring to life the experiences of the real men and women who owned, made and used them, from kings, courtiers and scholars to guerrilla fighters, musicians and market stall holders. Individually and collectively, the objects vividly document dark periods of persecution and forced migration, whilst highlighting the astonishing resilience and diversity of Jewish life, revealing centuries of two-way interaction with many other cultures and religions. Through the histories of each of the objects, the reader is guided on a double journey. One path leads through the galleries of the Ashmolean; the other accompanies the Jewish people across the centuries. The Jewish Journey brings to light for the first time the amazing Jewish treasures in the Ashmolean Museum, explaining their specifically Jewish significance in a direct, accessible style for the general reader.
Item Number: 146836
Title: TOMMA ABTS
Author: Rondeau, James (et al)
Record created on 09/26/17
Available June 2018
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, for the Art Institute of Chicago, 2018. 31cm., hardcover, 204pp., 100 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: With a rigorous approach and self-imposed limitations to both scale and composition, Tomma Abts (b. 1967) has reinvigorated painterly abstraction and its relevance within contemporary art. Using a fixed canvas size and a vertical format, Abts deploys basic formal elements such as arcs, circles, planes, and stripes to create powerful works that are at once subtle and eccentric. This extraordinary book, designed in collaboration with the artist herself, is a substantial and deeply insightful treatment of her career to date and features sixty works made over the past decade. Essays not only contextualize Abts’s work within an art-historical framework of methods, process, and style, but also examine her paintings’ philosophical and psychological dimensions and their embodiment of a creative process that transcends the specifics of any particular work.
Item Number: 146679
Title: Cult of the Machine : Precisionism in the Machine Age
Author: Acker, Emma (et al)
Record created on 09/06/17
Description: New Haven: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in association with Yale University Press, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 244pp., 150 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: Characterized by highly structured, geometric compositions with smooth surfaces, linear qualities, and lucid forms, Precisionism fully emerged after World War I and flourished in the 1920s and 1930s. This insightful publication, featuring more than 100 masterworks by artists such as Charles Sheeler, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Charles Demuth, sheds new light on the Precisionism aesthetic and the intellectual concerns, tensions, and ambivalences about industrialization that helped develop this important strand of early American modernism. Essays explore the origins of the style—which reconciled realism with abstraction and adapted European art movements like Purism, Cubism, and Futurism to American subject matter—as well as its relationship to photography, and the ways in which it reflected the economic and social changes brought about by industrialization and technology in the post-World War I world. In addition to making a meaningful contribution to the resurging interest in Modernism and its revisionist narratives, this book offers copious connections between the past and our present day, poised on the verge of a fourth industrial revolution.
Item Number: 114255
Title: Guide to Contemporary Architecture in Leon [A Review of 15 Years of contemporary architecture in Leon]
Author: Acosta, Esau (et al)
Price: $4.99 Original Price: $24.95
Record created on 06/23/11
Description: Barcelona: Actar, 2011. 17cm., hardcover, 128pp., illus. English text. Publisher's summary : León, a nexus where urban and rural fabrics interweave, is the city of origin of paradigmatic examples of Spanish architecture committed to a con-temporary outlook. The first contemporary projects of the seventies served as exemplary architectural models for the development of the current mindset. The pioneers of León, Alejandro de la Sota, Javier Carvajal and Fray Coello de Portugal, paved the way for today's architects, such as Dominique Perrault, Mansilla and Tuñón, and the young architects from León who compiled this guide that points towards global solutions for relocated territories from a local perspective. This guide to architecture in León is both open and systematic, and documents the contributions made by architecture to the construction of the city. Fifteen years of architecture in León are recorded through the texts of Dominique Perrault, Moisés Puente, F. Javier Gutiérrez and the SIC studio, exploring distinct moments in space and time of the architecture of this region.
Item Number: 145192
Title: Dark Side of the Boom: The Excesses Of The Art Market In The 21st Century
Author: Adam, Georgina
Record created on 04/13/17
Description: London: Lund Humphries, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 232pp.
Summary: This book scrutinizes the excesses and extravagances that the 21st-century explosion of the contemporary art market brought in its wake. The buying of art as an investment, temptations to forgery and fraud, tax evasion, money laundering and pressure to produce more and more art all form part of this story, as do the upheavals in auction houses and the impact of the enhanced use of financial instruments on art transactions. Drawing on a series of tenaciously wrought interviews with artists, collectors, lawyers, bankers and convicted artist forgers, the author charts the voracious commodification of artists and art objects, and art's position in the clandestine puzzle of the highest echelons of global capital. Adam's revelations appear even more timely in the wake of the Panama Papers revelations, for example incorporating examples of the way tax havens have been used to stash art transactions – and ownership – away from public scrutiny. With the same captivating style of her bestselling Big Bucks: The Explosion of the Art Market in the 21st Century, Georgina Adam casts her judicious glance over a section of the art market whose controversies and intrigues will be of eye-opening interest to both art-world players and observers.
Item Number: 143665
Title: ROBERT ADAM : Country House Design, Decoration, and the Art of Elegance
Author: Musson, Jeremy ; Paul Barker (photos)
Record created on 11/16/16
Description: New York: Rizzoli, 2016. 28cm., hardcover, 272pp. illus.
Summary: This beautifully produced book celebrates the work of Robert Adam, the great eighteenth-century architect who influenced generations by stamping his distinctive neoclassical aesthetic vision on the English country house interior. Lavish new photography provides a deeply visual exploration of Adam’s most important surviving country houses, to which the author and photographer gained unparalleled access. Included are magnificent country houses such as Syon House and Harewood House—styled and inspired by the ideal of the neoclassical—as well as Adam’s castle-style Mellerstain and town houses such as Home House— all captured in splendid detail. Original Adam design drawings, from Sir John Soane’s Museum, illustrate the boldness of planning, color, and creative interpretation of Adam’s domestic interiors. A biographical and contextual account of Adam’s life and work describes his unique design process, his patrons, and the legacy of his design achievement. This richly illustrated volume will appeal to designers and homeowners as well as traditional architecture enthusiasts, promising to become an important addition to any architecture and interior design library.
Item Number: 143650
Title: ROBERT ADAM'S London
Author: Sands, Frances
Record created on 11/15/16
Description: Oxford: Archaeopress, 2016. 25cm.,pbk., 142pp. illus.
Summary: The iconic eighteenth-century architect Robert Adam was based in London for more than half of his life and made more designs for this one city than anywhere else in the world. This book reviews a wide variety of his designs for London, highlighting lesser-known buildings as well as familiar ones. Each of Adam’s projects explored in this book is plotted on Horwood’s map of London (1792-99), enabling the reader to recognise Adam’s work as they move around the city, as well as to envisage London as if more of his ingenious designs had been executed or survived demolition.
Item Number: 148454
Title: ROBERT ADAM and His Brothers : New light on Britain’s leading architectural family
Author: Thom, Colin (ed)
Record created on 03/21/18
Available January 2019, further details forthcoming
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Description: London: Historic England Publishing, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 288pp., ca. 220 illus.
Summary: Robert Adam is perhaps the best known of all British architects, the only one whose name denotes both a style and an era. The new decorative language he introduced at Kedleston and Syon around 1760 put him at the forefront of dynamic changes taking place in 18th-century British architecture. His later claim that his practice with his brother James had effected 'a kind of revolution' in design was no idle boast. Their style dominated the later Georgian period and their influence was widespread, not only in Western Europe but in Russia and North America. But for such a wellknown figure, much of Robert Adam's art still remains poorly understood. This new study, based on papers given at a Georgian Group symposium in 2015, looks afresh at many aspects of the Adam brothers' oeuvre, such as interior planning, their use of colour, the influence of classical sources, their involvement in the art market, town planning and building speculation, and Robert Adam's late picturesque drawings and castle designs - all within the context of the Adam family background and their personal and working relationships. The Scottish architecture of Robert and James's older brother, John, is also assessed. There are essays by established Adam experts as well as contributions from a younger generation of historians and post-doctoral scholars.
Item Number: 147359
Title: Divine Bodies: Sacred Imagery in Asian Art
Author: Adamjee, Qamar (et al)
Record created on 11/22/17
Description: San Francisco: Asian Art Museum, 2018. 27cm., pbk., 128pp. illus.
Summary: Divine Bodies is a thought-provoking Asian art history book that explores intriguing questions like these raised by the sacred art traditions of Asia. Approximately 45 artworks from the Asian Art Museum's renowned collection show how artists have envisioned the divine, imbuing it with forms that are meant to reflect supernatural qualities. Additionally, 20 contemporary photographs suggest how some artists today deal with questions about the body and its manifold expressions. The book explores how ideal beauty is interpreted in different Asian cultures, how that beauty can be transformed by altering the forms of the body, how deities maintain their identity despite changes to their form, and how divine beings are represented after their death. By viewing these deity-images, readers—whether religious or not—can perceive the messages that artists wish to convey. But Divine Bodies invites readers to do more than just recognize and relate to the meanings inscribed on divine bodies: it also shows how divine imagery shapes and reflects the daily experiences of ordinary people. The novel topic of this book, its diverse and extraordinary artworks, and the unique perspectives of its authors make Divine Bodies a fine art book that will be talked about and thought about for years to come.
Item Number: 145381
Title: Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967--2017
Author: Adams, Rachel
Record created on 04/24/17
Description: Cambridge: MIT Press, 2017. 29cm., hardcover, 256pp., 125 color, 65 b&w illus.
Summary: Wanderlust highlights artists as voyagers who leave their studios to make art. This book (and the exhibition it accompanies) is the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s need to roam and the work that emerges from this need. Wanderlust presents the work of under-recognized yet pioneering artists alongside their well-known counterparts, and represents works that vary in process, with some artists working as solitary figures implanting themselves physically on the landscape while others perform and create movements in a collaborative manner or in public. Many of the earlier works use what were at the time nontraditional methods of art making. In Trail Markers (1969), for example, Nancy Holt spent time in the English countryside, where she documented the painted orange trail markers she found dotting the landscape. Vito Acconci explored his body’s “occupancy” of public space through the execution of preconceived actions or activities. In Following Piece (1969), Acconci followed one randomly chosen stranger through the streets of New York. A Line Made by Walking (1967), a black-and-white photograph of Richard Long’s imprint of a straight line in a field, was Long’s first walking art work, made on a journey to St Martin’s from his home in Bristol. Ana Mendieta’s influential Silueta Works in Mexico (1977) documents performances by the artist during her travel between Iowa and Mexico, in which she imprints her body on the landscape while addressing issues of displacement. Each of these works recognizes the walk and the journey as much more than just a basic human act. Rebecca Solnit observes that walking replicates thinking, adding “the motions of the mind cannot be traced, but those of the feet can.” These works trace the motions of wandering artists’ focused minds. Artists include: Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Ader, Nevin Aladag, Francis Alÿs, Janine Antoni, John Baldessari, Kim Beck, Roberley Bell, Blue Republic, Sophie Calle, Rosemarie Castoro, Cardiff/Miller, Zoe Crosher, Fallen Fruit, Mona Hatoum, Nancy Holt, Kenneth Josephson, William Lamson, Richard Long, Marie Lorenz, Mary Mattingly, Anthony McCall, Ana Mendieta, Teresa Murak, Wangechi Mutu, Efrat Natan, Gabriel Orozco, Carmen Papalia, John Pfahl, Pope.L, Teri Rueb, Michael X. Ryan, Todd Shalom, Mary Ellen Strom, and Guido van der Werve.
Item Number: 145092
Title: Art Can Help: New and Selected Essays
Author: Adams, Robert
Record created on 04/04/17
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, for the Yale University Art Gallery, 2017. 21cm., hardcover, 92pp., 35 color illus.
Summary: In Art Can Help, the internationally acclaimed American photographer Robert Adams (b. 1937) offers over two-dozen meditations on the purpose of art and the responsibility of the artist. In particular, Adams advocates art that evokes beauty without irony or sentimentality, art that “encourages us to gratitude and engagement, and is of both personal and civic consequence.” Following an introduction, the book begins with two short essays on the works of the American painter Edward Hopper, an artist venerated by Adams. The rest of this compilation contains essays—more than half of which have never before been published—that contemplate one work or a small group of works by an individual artist. Many of the objects discussed are by noted photographers such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Emmet Gowin, Dorothea Lange, Abelardo Morell, Edward Ranney, Judith Joy Ross, John Szarkowski, and Garry Winogrand. Several essays beckon the words of literary figures, including Virginia Woolf and Czeslaw Milosz. Adams’s voice is at once intimate and accessible, and is imbued with the accumulated wisdom of a long career devoted to making and viewing art. This eloquent and moving book champions art that fights against disillusionment and despair.
Item Number: 149072
Title: ROBERT ADAMS : 27 Roads
Author: Adams, Robert
Record created on 06/03/18
Available October 2018
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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: 147741
Title: SHELBY LEE ADAMS : The Book of Life
Author: Rohrbach, John ; Shelby Lee Adams
Record created on 12/26/17
Available March 2018
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Description: Göttingen: Steidl, 2018. 32cm., hardcover, 184pp., 85 images.
Summary: The Book of Life presents Shelby Lee Adam’s color photographs of four generations of the Appalachian people. Adams began photographing the inhabitations of the rural Appalachian mountain range in 1974, using black-and-white film and Polaroid materials. In time he also worked with color Kodachrome film, invariably returning to the Eastern Kentucky region where he was born. By 2010 Adams was photographing exclusively in digital color, and this book marks the first time he is sharing his color work. Adams has consistently focused on the valleys and homes of Kentucky families, relatives and neighbors in a predominantly seven-county region. He has often revisited individuals and families many times over decades, distributing his photos and books while creating new pictures. This personal approach has led to the creation of genuine and deep relationships between photographer and subject, in which the subject is often involved in unusually creative ways, verbalizing the emotions they would like to express during the shoot, and where and how they would like to be depicted.
Item Number: 144920
Title: Things of Beauty Growing : British Studio Pottery
Author: Adamson, Glenn (et al)
Record created on 03/26/17
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.
Item Number: 144464
Title: Material Imagination: Art in Europe, 1946-72
Author: Adamson, Natalie ; Steven Harris (eds)
Record created on 01/25/17
Description: Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 216pp. illus
Contents: N. Adamson, S. Harris, You have free access to this contentMaterial Imagination: Art in Europe ; N. Adamson, Black Flowers Blossom: Bachelard, Soulages and the Material Imaginary of Abstract Painting ; K. Kurczynski, Materialism and Intersubjectivity in Cobra ; A. Kitnick, Makeshift Wholes: Interiority and Texture in Postwar British Design ; M. Sullivan, Materializing Modernism in Postwar Italy: Fausto Melotti, Gio Ponti, and the 1961 Esposizione Internazionale del Lavoro ; J. Carrick, L'Optique Moderne: Daniel Spoerri's ‘Optical Readymades’ ; A. Dezeuze, Terrain vague: Ben Vautier and the Ecole de Nice ; S. James, ‘Not Yet’ Materialized: Carlfriedrich Claus's ‘Talking Papers’ ; A. Rider, The Longevity of Roman Opalka.
(Art History Special Issues)
Item Number: 144373
Title: No Idle Hands: The Myths and Meanings of Tramp Art
Author: Addison, Laura M. (ed)
Record created on 01/19/17
Description: Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 264pp., 141 color plates.
Summary: Tramp art describes a particular type of wood carving practiced in the United States and Europe between the 1880s and 1940s in which discarded cigar boxes and fruit crates were notched and layered to make a variety of domestic objects. These were primarily boxes and frames in addition to small private altars, crosses, wall pockets, clock cases, plant stands, and even furniture. Whittling objects such as chains and ball-in-cage whimsies was a common hobby—including among rail-riding “hobos”—and for many years “tramp art” was believed to have been made by these itinerants as well. Although this notion has been widely dispelled, the name has stuck. In recent years efforts have been made to identify makers by name and reveal their stories. While some examples of tramp art may be attributed to itinerants, this carving style was more commonly a practice of working-class men creating functional objects for their households. No Idle Hands presents more than one hundred and fifty tramp art objects collected mainly from the United States and also including pieces from France, Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil—demonstrating the far reach this art form has had. It includes works by contemporary artists, thus establishing tramp art as an ongoing folk art form rather than a vestige of the past. The pieces reproduced here reveal an artistic and intricate sensibility applied to each handcrafted piece. Essays consider assumptions about tramp art related to class, quality, and the anonymity of its makers and examine this practice through the lens of home and family while tracing its relationship to the tobacco industry. The book will cultivate an appreciation of an art form that is as thought-provoking as it is enduring.
Item Number: 142660
Title: TERRY ADKINS : Recital
Author: Elms, Anthony (et al)
Record created on 08/22/16
Description: Munich-New York: Prestel, 2016. 29cm., hardcover, 224pp., 100 color illus.
Summary: This first career-spanning volume of dynamic artist/musician Terry Adkins surveys three decades of multimedia installations and performances. Born in 1953 in Washington, DC, Terry Adkins grew up deeply invested in visual art, music, and language. His approach to art making is similar to that of a composer, and Recital was conceived as a theatrical score that punctuates and demarcates space, creating interplay among pieces in different media and from diverse bodies of work. The works of art in Recital pay homage to the legacies of a number of immortal and enigmatic figures such as Bessie Smith, W. E. B. Du Bois, John Brown, Matthew Henson, and John Coltrane, among others. Adkins’s creative research not only intends to resuscitate his chosen subjects from historical erasure, but also to shed light on willfully neglected or lesser-known aspects of their biographies, such as Jimi Hendrix’s military training as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne, or the question of Beethoven’s Moorish ancestry. In his sculpture, photography, and video, Adkins transforms and re-purposes a range of found materials, archival imagery, and reclaimed actions in a process that he calls potential disclosure. This book features detailed biographical information, an interview with the artist, and a selection of Adkins’s writings.
Item Number: 149142
Title: TERRY ADKINS The Smooth, the Cut, and the Assembled
Author: Gaines, Charles ; Michael Brenson
Record created on 06/18/18
Available August 2018
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Description: New York: Levy Gorvy, 2018. 26cm., hardcover, 96pp., 47 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: The work of American sculptor and musician Terry Adkins (1953–2014) often started with a theme or idea, illuminated by sculptural components that sometimes housed a performative element. The performative and sculptural aspects of his practice evolved in tandem, and utilized materials that had likely served another purpose, be they instruments, materials from his printmaking experiences or locally sourced items. This catalog accompanies Lévy Gorvy's first solo exhibition of Adkins' works, exploring the materiality of his sculptures. The exhibition was curated by Charles Gaines, a celebrated artist and longtime friend and collaborator of Adkins', who contributes an essay to this publication that explores the experience of viewing Adkins' sculptures. Also included are an essay by Michael Brenson and newly commissioned poetry by Robin Coste Lewis.
Item Number: 147271
Title: ETEL ADNAN
Author: Wilson-Goldie, Kaelen
Record created on 11/08/17
Available July 2018
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Description: London: Lund Humphries, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 144pp., 100 color illus.
Summary: Etel Adnan (b.1925) is a Lebanese-American poet, essayist and visual artist. This will be the first book to present a full account of Adnan’s fascinating life and work, using the drama of her biography, the complexity of her identity, and the cosmopolitan nature of her experience to illuminate the many layers and dimensions of her paintings and their progress over several crucial decades. Adnan came relatively late to painting - her first images were created in the mid-1960s in response to the Californian landscape. Her vocabulary of lines, shapes and colours has changed little since then, and yet there are huge variations in mood, texture, composition and material. Similarly, there is a balance between understanding her paintings as pure abstractions, emulating the shape of thought, and seeing them for the actual landscapes of the many places Adnan has loved, embraced and responded to. Tackling the complexities of her subject with skill and insight, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie unpacks Adnan's multi-layered career to capture the full scope of her artistic endeavours and impressive achievements.
(Contemporary Painters Series)
Item Number: 142374
Title: Unheimlich : Innenräume von Edvard Munch bis Max Beckmann. Interiors from Edvard Munch to Max Beckmann
Author: Adolphs, Volker (et al)
Record created on 07/25/16
Description: Munich: Hirmer, 2016. 30cm., hardcover, 240pp., 120 color illus. Exhibition held at Kunstmuseum, Bonn. German-English text.
Artists include: Edvard Munch, Max Beckmann, James Ensor, Léon Spilliaert, Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard, Odilon Redon, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Alfred Kubin, Erich Heckel, Karl Hofer.
Item Number: 148119
Title: Beyond "Art Collections" - Owning and Accumulating Objects from Greek and Roman Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Author: Adornato, Gianfranco (et al)
Record created on 02/14/18
Available November 2018, further details forthcoming
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Description: Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 560pp., 40 color, 120 b&w illus. Papers from a conference held at Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, 17-19 November 2016.
Summary: Concepts such as art collection and Kunst- und Wunderkammer are strongly embedded in scholarly discourses of the nineteenth and twentieth century. For example, they relate to the assumptions that form-based understandings of art have a higher cultural status, collections always mirror the "taste" and "passions" of theirs owners, and art has no practical use. Yet, these terms are commonly adopted to describe, by analogy or contrast, the ways objects were gathered together under quite different cultural regimes, even before the eighteenth century. These essays discuss to what extent such analogies with contemporary practices, collections, institutions and forms of knowledge can explain the accumulation and display of objects within a wide time span, from the Greek Antiquity onwards.
Item Number: 143215
Title: Images of Mithra
Author: Adryck, Philippa (et al)
Record created on 10/04/16
Description: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. 25cm., hardcover, 240pp.
Contents: 1. Reconstructions: Mithras in Rome. 2. Patrons and Viewers: Dura-Europos. 3. Settings: Bourg-Saint-Andeol. 4. Identifications: Mihr in Sasanian Iran. 5. Interpretations: Miiro in Kushan Bactria. 6. Syncretisms: Apollo-Mithras in Commagene.
(Visual Conversations in Art and Archaeology, 1)
Item Number: 140856
Title: Hardwick Hall : A Great Old Castle of Romance
Author: Adshead, David ; David Taylor (eds)
Record created on 04/14/16
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2016. 28cm., hardcover, 384pp., 320 color illus.
Summary: Originally constructed in the late 16th century for the notorious Bess of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury, Hardwick Hall is now among the National Trust’s greatest architectural landmarks, with much of its original interior and ornamentation still intact. This splendid publication is the definitive source of scholarship on the remarkably well-preserved exemplar of late-Elizabethan style. Composed of extensive research and newly commissioned photography, this beautifully illustrated book traces the history of the house and its inhabitants through the centuries, showcasing a remarkable collection of portraiture, tapestries, furniture, and gardens, and providing readers with a genuine sense of the house’s environment.
Item Number: 148547
Title: HILMA AF KLINT : Notes and Methods
Author: Af Klint, Hilma ; Iris Müller-Westermann (intro., commentary)
Record created on 03/29/18
Available August 2018
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Description: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 288pp., 300 color plates.
Summary: At the turn of the twentieth century, Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) created a body of work that left visible reality behind, exploring the radical possibilities of abstraction years before Vasily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, or Piet Mondrian. Many consider her the first trained artist to create abstract paintings. With Hilma af Klint: Notes and Methods, we get to experience the arc of Klint’s artistic investigation in her own words. Hilma af Klint studied at the Royal Swedish Academy in Stockholm where she was part of the first generation of female students. Up until the beginning of the century, she painted mainly landscapes and detailed botanical studies. Her work from this period was that of a young artist of her time who meticulously observed the world around her. But, like many of her contemporaries, af Klint was also interested in the invisible relationships that shape our world, believing strongly in a spiritual dimension. She joined the Theosophical Society, and, with four fellow female members who together called themselves “The Five,” began to study mediumship. Between 1906 and 1915, purportedly guided by a higher power, af Klint created 193 individual works that, in both scale and scope of imagery, are like no other art created at that time. Botanically inspired images and mystical symbols, diagrams, words and geometric series, all form part af Klint’s abstract language. These abstract techniques would not be seen again until years later. Notes and Methods presents facsimile reproductions of a wide array of af Klint’s early notebooks accompanied by the first English translation of af Klint’s extensive writings. It contains the rarely seen “Blue Notebooks,” hand-painted and annotated catalogues af Klint created of her most famous series “Paintings for the Temple,” and a dictionary compiled by af Klint of the words and letters found in her work. An introduction by Iris Müller-Westermann illuminates this unique and important contribution to the legacy of Hilma af Klint.
Item Number: 149009
Title: HILMA AF KLINT : Paintings for the Future
Author: Bashkoff, Tracey (ed)
Record created on 05/25/18
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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: 145533
Title: The Prado : Spanish Culture and Leisure, 1819-1939
Author: Afinoguenova, Eugenia
Record created on 05/06/17
Description: University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2017. 26cm., hardcover, 312pp., 50 b&w illus.
Summary: In The Prado, Eugenia Afinoguénova takes an unconventional look at Spain’s most iconic art museum. Focusing on the Prado as a space of urban leisure, Afinoguénova highlights both the political history of the museum’s relation to the monarchy, the church, and the liberal nation state, as well as its role as an extension of Madrid’s social center, the Prado Promenade. Rather than assume that visitors agreed about how to interpret the museum, this volume approaches the history of the Prado as a debate about culture and leisure. Just like those crossing its threshold, who did not always trace a firm line between what they could see or do inside the museum and outside on the Paseo del Prado, the participants in this debate—journalists, politicians, museum directors, art critics—considered museum-going as part of a broader discussion concerning citizenship and voting rights, the rise of Madrid to the status of modern capital, and the growing gap between the town and the country. Based on extensive archival research on the museum’s displays and policies as well as the attitudes of visitors and city-dwellers, The Prado unfolds the museum’s many political and propagandistic roles and examines its complicated history as a monument to the tension between culture and leisure. Art historians and scholars of museum studies and visual and leisure culture will find this foundational study of the Prado invaluable.
Contents: Introduction: Between the Prado and the Pradera. 1 A Royal Public Institution, 1819-1833. 2 Inscribing Monarchy into the New Regime, 1833-1868. 3 Museum and Revolution, 1868-1874. 4 Becoming National, 1874-1902. 5 The Era of the Masses, 1902-1936. Epilogue: "More Important for Spain than the Republic and the Monarchy Combined".
Item Number: 144066
Title: Sephardic Book Art of the 15th Century
Author: Afonso, Luis U. ; Tiago Moita (eds)
Record created on 12/20/16
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Description: Turnhout: Brepols, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, ca. 300pp., 52 color, 50 b&w illus.
Summary: The current volume presents ten different studies dealing with the final stages of Hebrew book art production in medieval Iberia. Ranging from the Farhi Codex, copied and illuminated in the late 14th century, to the Philadelphia Bible, copied and illuminated in Lisbon in 1496, this volume discusses a wide scope of topics related with the production, consumption and circulation of medieval decorated Hebrew manuscripts. Among the issues discussed in this volume we highlight the role played by three distinct artistic languages (Mudéjar, Late Gothic and Renaissance) in the shapping of 15th century Sephardic illumination, the codicological specificity of some solutions in terms of layout and the relation between the layout of these manuscripts and Hebrew incunabula, the use of geometric decoration in scientific diagrams, or the afterlife of these manuscripts in Europe and Asia following the expulsion of the Jews from Iberia.
Contents: 1. Katrin Kogman-Appel, Calligraphy and Decoration in the Farhi Codex (Sassoon coll. Ms 368, Mallorca, 1366-83). 2. Sarit Shalev-Eyni, Sephardic Book Art in Transition: The Biblical Codex and Mudejar Visual Culture. 3. Shalom Sabar, Typography, Layout and Decoration: Between the Printed Book and Illuminated Mss. in the Iberian Peninsula. 4. Javier del Barco, Page Layout of Shirat ha-Yam and Parashat Ha'azinu in Fifteenth-Century Sephardic Bibles. 5. Maria Ortega Monasterio, Some Sephardic Bibles from the Fifteenth Century in the Bodleian Library. 6. Tiago Moita, The Portuguese Hebrew translation of Gerard de Solo's Commentary to book IX of Rhazes's Almansor and the manuscript at Reynolds-Finley Historical Library (Birmingham, Alabama). 7. Ilana Wartenberg, Mudéjar decorations within calendrical, geographical, and mathematical tables and diagrams in a fifteenth-century Sephardic manuscript of Isaac Israeli's Y?s?d ??l?m from the British Library (MS Heb. Add. 15977). 8. Helena Avelar, Luís C. Ribeiro, Manuscripts and evidences of Jewish astrology and medicine in fifteenth-century Portugal: an overview. 9. Andreina Contessa, Wandering books: the migration of 15th century Sephardic manuscripts and their 'new life' outside Iberia. 10. Luís U. Afonso, Jewish networks, books and early protoglobalisation: investigating the route of BNF Hebr. 1314-1315.
(Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance Art History)
Item Number: 148485
Title: Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art
Author: Ag, Tanya Toft (ed)
Record created on 03/22/18
Available January 2019, further details forthcoming
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Description: Bristol: Intellect Ltd, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 368pp., 32 color, 8 b&w illus.
Item Number: 143836
Title: EILEEN AGAR : Dreaming Oneself Awake
Author: Remy, Michel
Record created on 11/30/16
Description: London: Reaktion Books, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 224pp., 130 color plates.
Summary: Born in Buenos Aires in 1899 but largely working and living in Britain and Europe, Eileen Agar was an artist who throughout her long career synthesized elements of the two main artistic movements of the twentieth-century: cubism and surrealism. In this first full account of Agar’s complete works—which include paintings, collages, photographs, and objects—Michel Remy offers a rich exploration of an important artist who was deeply entrenched in some of the most innovative scenes of the twentieth-century art world. Drawing on archival research as well as personal conversations with Agar, Remy examines her life and work throughout her 80-year-career, including her passage through cubism and abstraction and into surrealism and her sustained participation in surrealist activities in England and abroad. He illustrates each of her periods with striking images of works and rare photographs of her life, revealing the powerful myth-making drive that compelled her. He also explores the tenderness, humor, poetry, love of nature and the world, subversion of the laws of reality, and celebration of femininity that were her essential qualities and subjects. The result is a fresh and cogent account of a fascinating artist whose quality of work, independence of mind, and freedom of imagination demonstrate the powerful role that women artists played in the story of surrealism.
Item Number: 129605
Title: The Manuscript Book : A Compendium of Codicology
Author: Agati, Maria Luisa
Record created on 02/24/14
Description: Roma: L'Erma di Bretschneider, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 536pp. illus. English translation of "Il Libro Manoscritto da Oriente a Occidente: Per una codicologia comparata", pub. Roma 2009. (Studia Archaeologica, 214)
Item Number: 144954
Title: Order and Confusion : The Twelfth-century Choir of St. Servatius Church in Maastricht
Author: Ahsmann, Fred
Record created on 03/28/17
Description: Utrecht: Clavis Stichting Publicaties, 2017. 29cm., hardcover, 416pp., 400 color illus.
Summary: Order and Confusion is the title of a groundbreaking and monumental reconstruction of the twelfth-century choir of St. Servatius Minster in Maastricht, based on its scholarly decoration program, comprising an altar, reliquary shrine, wall and vault paintings as well as other elements by Fred B.P Ahsmann. From the middle of the twelfth century on, the God-given Order was under ever-greater pressure. Confusion at the spiritual and governing level was giving rise to war and division in society. Which authority had been ordained by God to rule over his realm on earth: the emperor or the pope? The lack of certainty and heated conflict in response to this burning question had become a source of social upheaval, affecting both the pinnacle and foundation of the social pyramid. The enmity was so marked that the divine, cosmic Order was about to be plunged into chaos and utter confusion, with man pitted against man. It was a turn of events perceived at this time as the devil's pursuit. The end of days seemed near, with people waiting in fearful anticipation of the horrific scenes foretold by John the Evangelist in the Apocalypse. Nevertheless, the hope persisted that the emperor and those loyal to him might still be capable of restoring the divine Order. In the second half of the twelfth century, the choir of St. Servatius Church was completely renewed. A semicircular apse with dwarf gallery and flanking towers was added onto the existing choir, resulting in a monumental edifice that today still overlooks the Vrijthof. The choir's interior was also renewed at this time, with a large raised podium behind the altar built for the specific purpose of displaying the splendid and costly reliquary shrine of the church's patron saint, Servatius. Known as the 'Noodkist', the shrine is the only part of the choir's interior preserved to this day. All other elements have been lost over the centuries or are today dispersed among a number of different collections. The iconography of the representations on the Noodkist - the veritable showpiece of the Treasury of Saint Servatius - has been the subject of several studies. Never before, however, has anyone succeeded in discovering a unifying iconographic program that explains all of its elements. The key to solving this mystery, as has now been determined, lies not in the representations themselves, but in the twelfth-century surroundings in which the Noodkist once stood. The reliquary shrine of St. Servatius was by no means an object unto itself: new insights clearly indicate it was part of a much larger whole - a Gesamtkunstwerk - with a single all-embracing design that involved the choir interior's liturgical arrangement as well as the wall and vault paintings of the choir. In Order and Confusion, the author unravels the relationship between these various elements step by step. The results of this investigation into the monumental vault and wall paintings in the choir are nothing short of spectacular. As revealed here for the first time, the iconographic program of the choir of St Servatius is depicted in the Hortus Deliciarum, the famous manuscript compiled by the Abbess Herrad von Landsberg (ca. 1130-1195). Accompanied by additional research, this discovery laid the groundwork for the first successful analysis of the paintings in the choir. This in turn led to a new interpretation of the representations found on the Noodkist itself. When examined from the context of the images found on the choir vault and walls, elements of the shrine that had once seemed unusual and undecipherable (suddenly) fell perfectly into place. The iconographic studies presented in this book are supplemented with extensive reconstructions of the configuration of altar, retable, and Noodkist, as well as a description of all elements of the choir interior no longer existing. The book Order and Confusion elucidates how all key political and ecclesiastic themes of the twelfth century come together in the twelfth-century choir of St. Servatius: the conflict between pope and emperor; various notions of earthly power and heavenly order; and the anticipated end of days of the Sacred History. The Chapter of St. Servatius - having close ties to the emperor - apparently resorted to every visual means available in order to convey its position during this period of tumult, in an era hovering between order and confusion.
Item Number: 145354
Title: Art and Archaeology of Ancient India: Earliest Times to the Sixth Century
Author: Ahujua, Naman P
Record created on 04/23/17
Available January 2018
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Description: Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2017. 32cm., hardcover, 360pp., ca. 400 color illus.
Summary: The Ashmolean Museum is fortunate in having the most comprehensive British collection of the art of the Indian subcontinent outside London. Especially strong in sculpture, this rich representation of Indian art from prehistory to the twentieth century has come about through the generosity of our benefactors over more than three centuries. The Museum's first major Indian sculpture acquisition, a stone Pala-style Vishnu image of the eleventh century, was given in 1686 by Sir William Hedges, a governor of the East India Company in Bengal. From the late nineteenth century, a substantial core of the present collection was assembled at the University's former Indian Institute Museum (1897-1962), precursor of the Department of Eastern Art, which opened within the Ashmolean in 1963. Since that date many more Indian objects of all periods have been acquired by gift, bequest or purchase.
Item Number: 147232
Title: AI WEIWEI : Humanity
Author: Warsh, Larry (ed)
Record created on 11/04/17
Description: Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. 20cm., hardcover, 152pp.
Summary: Writings on human life and the refugee crisis by the most important political artist of our time. Ai Weiwei (b. 1957) is widely known as an artist across media: sculpture, installation, photography, performance, and architecture. He is also one of the world's most important artist-activists and a powerful documentary filmmaker. His work and art call attention to attacks on democracy and free speech, abuses of human rights, and human displacement--often on an epic, international scale. This collection of quotations demonstrates the range of Ai Weiwei's thinking on humanity and mass migration, issues that have occupied him for decades. Selected from articles, interviews, and conversations, Ai Weiwei's words speak to the profound urgency of the global refugee crisis, the resilience and vulnerability of the human condition, and the role of art in providing a voice for the voiceless.
Item Number: 149110
Title: Australia : The Vatican Museums indigenous collection
Author: Aigner, Katherine (ed)
Record created on 06/14/18
Available July 2018
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Description: Vatican City: Edizioni Musei Vaticani, 2017. 30cm., pbk., 400pp., 362 illus. English text.
Summary: Third catalogue in the series examining the ethnological collections of the Vatican Museums, available in Italian and English, dedicated to the Australian indigenous collection and published in collaboration with the Aboriginal Studies Press. Starting from the historical events that since 1847 have witnessed the formation of this collection – now composed of around 300 objects – the book explores numerous aspects of the culture of Australia, thanks to the valuable contributions of scholars of diverse cultural extraction. The book was produced in close contact with Aboriginal communities, following the philosophy of reconnection that characterises both the recent history of Australia and the section of the Vatican Museums that holds the ethnological collections: from conception to final draft, it was approved by the Custodians and Elders of the Communities. Careful preliminary research enabled the reconstruction of the history of the objects, now held in the Vatican, and the location of the country and descendants of those who made them, culturally reconnecting contemporaries with the material legacy pertaining to them: the results of research and visits to the communities are well documented here. The volume concludes with a catalogue of objects, offering a vast selection from the collection held in the Vatican. It is richly illustrated with archive images, full page photographs and details of the works.
Item Number: 140042
Title: Workshop Practice in Early Netherlandish Painting : Case Studies from Van Eyck through Gossart
Author: Ainsworth, Maryan-W. (ed)
Record created on 02/16/16
Description: Turnhout: Brepols, 2017. 30cm., hardcover, 135pp., 112 color illus.
Contents: Marie Postec and Jana Sanyova, Was Metalpoint Used for Jan Van Eyck's Saint Barbara? A new hypothesis based on its re-examination ; Maximiliaan P.J. Martens (et al), Image Processing for Research on the Ghent Altarpiece ; Don H. Johnson (et al), Weave Match and its Implications: The Case of Dirk Bouts's Canvas Paintings ; Ilona van Tuinen, Reconstructing the So-Called "Berlin Sketchbook" - Clues from Material Analysis ; Maryan W. Ainsworth, The Evora Altarpiece - A Ghent-Bruges Production for Export to Portugal ; Catherine Metzger, The Saint Anne Altarpiece by Gerard David and his Workshop ; Paolo Pastorello, The Malvagna Triptych - The Technical Investigation of a Masterpiece ; Maryan W. Ainsworth, The Malvagna Triptych and Prestige Collaboration, Afterthoughts ; Anne van Oosterwijk, The Adjustment of a Triptych by Pieter I Claeissens: an Exceptional Situation or Common Practice?.
Item Number: 149153
Title: JOHN AKOMFRAH
Author: Carrion-Murayari, Gary (et al)
Record created on 06/18/18
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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: 144064
Title: Palimpsests: Buildings, Sites, Time
Author: Aksamija, Nadja ; Clark Maines ; Philip Wagoner (eds)
Record created on 12/20/16
Description: Turnhout: Brepols, 2018. 30cm., pbk., 247pp., 91 color, 30 b&w illus.
Contents: Finbarr Barry Flood, Seeing Palimpsests - Materiality and the Visibility of Temporal Density ; Christopher Parslow, 'Cut 'n' Paste' - Reconstructing the Façades of the Praedia of Julia Felix in Pompeii ; Clark Maines, Early Modern Palimpsests and Medieval Portal Sculpture - a Chapter in the History of Iconoclasm ; Véronique Plesch, Arborio's Palimpsestual Commemoration ; Philip Wagoner, Degrees of erasure and questions of intentionality - the Case of Two Indian mosques ; Sheila Bonde, Palimpsest and Heterotopia - the Cultural Biography of the Porta Nigra in Trier ; Erik Gustafson, The Palimpsest-ing of a Crusader Portal on a Cairene Madrasa ; Tamara Sears, Considering Kadwaha as Palimpsest - Continuities, Discontinuities, and Layers In-Between ; Annalisa Bolin, Time, Authenticity, and Rewriting Heritage at Rwanda's Memorials ; Joseph Siry, Ground Zero as Palimpsest - Erasure, Rebuilding, Rediscovery ; Francesco Ceccarelli, The Weave of the Urban Fabric - Reading the Layers in the Bolognese Portico ; Katherine Kuenzli, Building on the Past - the Bauhaus as Palimpsest ; Nadja Aksamija, Invisible Palimpsests - On Materiality and Restoration in Italian Architecture ; Philip Wagoner, Clark Maines, Nadja Aksamija, Ways Forward to a Different Past.
(Architectural Crossroads : Studies in the History of Architecturea, 4)
Item Number: 144660
Title: The Strip : Las Vegas and the Architecture of the American Dream
Author: Al, Stefan
Record created on 02/23/17
Description: Cambridge: MIT Press, 2017. 26cm., hardcover, 272pp., 63 color, 19 b&w illus.
Summary: The Las Vegas Strip has impersonated the Wild West, with saloon doors and wagon wheels; it has decked itself out in midcentury modern sleekness. It has illuminated itself with twenty-story-high neon signs, then junked them. After that came Disney-like theme parks featuring castles and pirates, followed by replicas of Venetian canals, New York skyscrapers, and the Eiffel Tower. (It might be noted that forty-two million people visited Las Vegas in 2015—ten million more than visited the real Paris.) More recently, the Strip decided to get classy, with casinos designed by famous architects and zillion-dollar collections of art. Las Vegas became the “implosion capital of the world” as developers, driven by competition, got rid of the old to make way for the new—offering a non-metaphorical definition of “creative destruction.” InThe Strip, Stefan Al examines the many transformations of the Las Vegas Strip, arguing that they mirror transformations in America itself. The Strip is not, as popularly supposed, a display of architectural freaks but representative of architectural trends and a record of social, cultural, and economic change. Al tells two parallel stories. He describes the feverish competition of Las Vegas developers to build the snazziest, most tourist-grabbing casinos and resorts—with a cast of characters including the mobster Bugsy Siegel, the eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes, and the would-be political kingmaker Sheldon Adelson. And he views the Strip in a larger social context, showing that it has not only reflected trends but also magnified them and sometimes even initiated them. Generously illustrated with stunning color images throughout, The Strip traces the many metamorphoses of a city that offers a vivid projection of the American dream.
Item Number: 144835
Title: LATIF AL ANI
Author: Montazami, Morad
Record created on 03/14/17
Description: Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz, 2017. 29 x 25cm., hardcover, 200pp., 200 illus. English text.
Summary: Latif Al Ani (*1932 in Baghdad) who was the first to capture cosmopolitan life in Iraq in the 1950s to 1970s is known as the “father of Iraqi photography”. His black and white images represent a unique visual memory of the country during its belle époque. Al Ani presented the vivid Iraqi culture in its abundance and complexity: besides documenting the westernized everyday life, the political culture and industry, he also captured images of Iraq from the air for the Iraq Petroleum Company. However, under Saddam Hussein’s oppressive regime he ceased photographing. Today, his photographs give testimony to an era long gone. The exhibition at the Iraq Pavilion during the Venice biennale in 2016 focused on works from the early period of his career, showing both modernising trends and the retention of ancient traditions as themes of Al Ani’s work.
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