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ART HISTORY AND CRITICISM

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THE EVERGREEN REVIEW FILM READER
Written by ED HALTER, BARNEY ROSSET

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 01/23/2018

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80615-6

In this first collection of film writing from Evergreen Review, the legendary publication's important contributions to film culture are available in a single volume. Featuring such legendary writers as Nat Hentoff, Norman Mailer, Parker Tyler, and Amos Vogel, the book presents writing on the films of Jean-Luc Godard, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ousmane Sembene, Andy Warhol, and others and offers incisive essays and interviews from the late 1950s to early 1970s. Articles explore politics,...

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LIFE, ART AND CIVILISATION
Written by JAMES STOURTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/14/2017

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-0-525-43535-8

Throughout his brilliant, multifaceted career as a scholar and patron of the arts, Kenneth Clark, later Lord Clark of Saltwood worked tirelessly to bring art to the people. Born in 1903 to a wealthy family and educated at Oxford, Clark became the youngest-ever director of the National Gallery at age twenty-nine. In 1939, as war with Hitler loomed, he arranged for the Gallery’s paintings to be hidden in slate mines in Wales to keep them safe. When the air raids began, he held concerts at the...

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ESSAYS ON ART
Written by JULIAN BARNES

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/13/2017

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87337-3

Flaubert believed that great paintings required no words of explanation. But, as Barnes notes, it is a rare picture that stuns, or argues, us into silence. And when this does happen, we feel compelled to explain the very silence into which we have been plunged. In this illuminating collection of essays on art, Barnes turns his narrative gifts toward some of the most important paintings in the Western canon, eloquently voicing our reactions to these images—what they cause us to think and...

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Written by HANS HOLBEIN
Commentaries by ULINKA RUBLACK

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 01/03/2017

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-141-39682-8

An invaluable new reproduction of Holbein’s woodcuts of The Dance of Death
 
One of Hans Holbein’s first great triumphs, The Dance of Death is an incomparable sequence of tiny woodcuts showing the folly of human greed and pride. Each image is packed with drama, wit, and horror, as a skeleton mocks and terrifies everyone from the emperor to a ploughman. Taking full advantage of the new literary culture of the early sixteenth century, The Dance of Death took an old medieval theme and made it...

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Written by FRIEDRICH SCHILLER
Introduction by ALEXANDER SCHMIDT
Translator KEITH TRIBE

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 12/06/2016

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-0-141-39696-5

German poet and philosopher Friedrich Schiller’s famous text on art, politics, and society

The artist is certainly the child of his age, but all the worse for him if he is at the same time its pupil, even worse its minion.”

One of the most profound works of German philosophy, Friedrich Schiller’s On the Aesthetic Education of Man examines politics, revolution, and the history of ideas in order argue that art should have a greater role in shaping society. Deeply disillusioned with the course...

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FOUR FRIENDSHIPS, BETRAYALS, AND BREAKTHROUGHS IN MODERN ART
Written by SEBASTIAN SMEE

Format: Hardcover, 416 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 08/16/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99480-3

Pulitzer Prize–winning art critic Sebastian Smee tells the fascinating story of four pairs of artists—Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon—whose fraught, competitive friendships spurred them to new creative heights.

Rivalry is at the heart of some of the most famous and fruitful relationships in history. The Art of Rivalry follows eight celebrated artists, each linked to a counterpart by friendship, admiration, envy, and ambition. All eight are...

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THE BIOGRAPHY
Written by BRIAN JAY JONES

Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books

On Sale: 05/10/2016

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-52612-0

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For the first time ever—a comprehensive biography of one of the twentieth century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson

 
He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters born of his fertile imagination: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, Big Bird. The Muppets made Jim...

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THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO IDENTIFYING AND UNDERSTANDING AMERICA'S DOMESTICARCHITECTURE

Format: Trade Paperback, 880 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 11/10/2015

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-71082-7

Now in paperback: the fully expanded, updated, and freshly designed second edition of the most comprehensive and widely acclaimed guide to domestic architecture: in print since its original publication in 1984, and acknowledged everywhere as the unmatched, essential guide to American houses.

This revised edition includes a section on neighborhoods; expanded and completely new categories of house styles with photos and descriptions of each; an appendix on "Approaches to Construction in the...

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ART, CULTURE, AND THE FUTURE OF THE ISLAND
Written by RACHEL PRICE

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 11/03/2015

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-784-78121-7

Transformations in Cuban art, literature and culture in the post-Fidel era

Cuba has been in a state of massive transformation over the past decade, with its historic resumption of diplomatic relations with the United States only the latest development. While the political leadership has changed direction, other forces have taken hold. The environment is under threat, and the culture feels the strain of new forms of consumption.

Planet/Cuba examines how art and literature have responded to a...

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ITS HISTORY AND HOW IT CHANGED AMERICA

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $45.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-27215-7

The Catskills (“Cat Creek” in Dutch), America’s original frontier, northwest of New York City, with its seven hundred thousand acres of forest land preserve and its five counties—Delaware, Greene, Sullivan, Ulster, Schoharie; America’s first great vacationland; the subject of the nineteenth-century Hudson River School paintings that captured the almost godlike majesty of the mountains and landscapes, the skies, waterfalls, pastures, cliffs . . . refuge and home to poets and gangsters, tycoons...

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SEX, GREED, VIOLENCE AND DEPRAVITY IN AN AGE OF BEAUTY
Written by ALEXANDER LEE

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80292-7

Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year

The Ugly Renaissance is a delightfully debauched tour of the sordid, gritty reality behind some of the most celebrated artworks and cultural innovations of all time.

Tourists today flock to Italy by the millions to admire the stunning achievements of the Renaissance—paintings, statues, and buildings that are the legacy of one of the greatest periods of cultural rebirth and artistic beauty the world has ever seen. But beneath the elegant surface...

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THE LIFE AND WORK OF JOSEPH CORNELL
Written by DEBORAH SOLOMON

Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 10/13/2015

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51714-7

Deborah Solomon’s definitive biography of Joseph Cornell, one of America’s most moving and unusual twentieth-century artists, now reissued twenty years later with updated and extensively revised text 

Few artists ever led a stranger life than Joseph Cornell, the self-taught American genius prized for his enigmatic shadow boxes, who stands at the intersection of Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art. Legends about Cornell abound—the shy hermit, the devoted family caretaker, the...

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