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ABSTRACT EXPLORATIONS OF PAST AND PRESENT ARTISTS
Written by ADRIANO ABBADO

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Skira

On Sale: 08/01/2017

Price: $50.00

ISBN: 978-8-857-22223-3

The different techniques of realization and presentation of audiovisual art, the thought of the protagonists and the results of their artistic research.  
 
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...

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THE PRIMAL VISION OF MAURICE SENDAK
Written by JONATHAN COTT

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 05/16/2017

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-54043-8

An extraordinary, path-breaking, and penetrating book on the life and work and creative inspirations of the great children's book genius Maurice Sendak, who since his death in 2012 has only grown in his stature and recognition as a major American artist, period. 


Polymath and master interviewer Jonathan Cott first interviewed Maurice Sendak in 1976 for Rolling Stone, just at the time when Outside Over There, the concluding and by far the strangest volume of a trilogy that began with Where The...

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Written by KRISTEN RADTKE

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 04/18/2017

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87083-9

A gorgeous graphic memoir about loss, love, and confronting grief
 
When Kristen Radtke was in college, the sudden death of a beloved uncle and the sight of an abandoned mining town after his funeral marked the beginning moments of a lifelong fascination with ruins and with people and places left behind. Over time, this fascination deepened until it triggered a journey around the world in search of ruined places. Now, in this genre-smashing graphic memoir, she leads us through deserted cities...

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Written by DAVID THOMSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/24/2017

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-91084-9

In his most inventive exploration of the medium yet, David Thomson—one of our most provocative authorities on all things cinema—shows us how to get more out of watching any movie. Guiding us through each element of the viewing experience, considering the significance of everything from what we see and hear on-screen—actors, shots, cuts, dialogue, music—to the specifics of how, where, and with whom we do the viewing, Thomson explicates the movie watching experience with his customary candor...

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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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FROM I LOVE LUCY TO THE WALKING DEAD, HOW TV BECAME TERRIFIC
Written by DAVID BIANCULLI

Format: Hardcover, 592 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 11/15/2016

Price: $32.50

ISBN: 978-0-385-54027-8

Television shows have now eclipsed films as the premier form of visual narrative art of our time. This new book by one of our finest critics explains—historically, in depth, and with interviews with the celebrated creators themselves—how the art of must-see/binge-watch television evolved. 

Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way. In tracing the...

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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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ON WILLIAM MORRIS AND MARIANO FORTUNY
Written by A. S. BYATT

Format: Hardcover, 192 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 08/02/2016

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-94747-0

From the winner of the Booker Prize: A ravishing book that opens a window into the lives, designs, and passions of Mariano Fortuny and William Morris, two remarkable artists who themselves are passions of the writer A. S. Byatt. 

Born a generation apart in the mid-1800s, Fortuny and Morris were seeming opposites: Fortuny a Spanish aristocrat thrilled by the sun-baked cultures of Crete and Knossos; Morris a member of the British bourgeoisie, enthralled by Nordic myths. Through their...

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MOVEMENTS AND TRENDS FROM THE 19TH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT
Written by LUCA MOLINARI

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Skira

On Sale: 03/29/2016

Price: $38.95

ISBN: 978-8-857-20473-4

The leading movements, major figures, works, and ideas that shaped the architecture of the twentieth century and the first decade of the new millennium, one of the richest and most complex periods in human history. This volume offers a 360-degree review of the architectural developments of the twentieth century, tracing the best-known groups and movements that played a significant role in the rise and evolution of modern trends in the discipline. A comprehensive study and research tool, this...

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CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN A WRITER AND A PAINTER

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Nan A. Talese

On Sale: 11/17/2015

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-53986-9

A provocative and wide-ranging conversation between two distinctive women—one American and one French—on the dilemmas, benefits, and demands of womanhood.

Lisa Alther and Françoise Gilot have been friends for more than twenty-five years. Although from different backgrounds (Gilot from cosmopolitan Paris, Alther from small-town Tennessee) and different generations, they found they have a great deal in common as women who managed to support themselves with careers in the arts while...

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NATURALISTIC AND CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE DESIGN

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: The Monacelli Press

On Sale: 11/17/2015

Price: $50.00

ISBN: 978-1-580-93426-8

In contemporary American garden design, beauty for beauty’s sake is making a comeback. The sixty gardens featured here trace current planting trends across the country, showcasing the best designs of recent years from the verdant Pacific Northwest to the tailored Eastern Seaboard, as well as prairies in Denver and Texas and exquisitely detailed private gardens in the Southwest that create a sense of lushness even while working exclusively within the vocabulary of cactuses and succulents.
 
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MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SHAPED AMERICA

Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 11/03/2015

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-588-34494-6

This essential volume showcases portraits of prominent Americans who have influenced the nation's history from its earliest days to the present. It features 150 paintings, photographs, drawings, posters, sculptures, screenprints, and digital video stills carefully selected from the National Portrait Gallery of leading politicians, artists, athletes, celebrities, and scholars. Each image is accompanied by commentary that illuminates the person's life and legacy. Subjects include Mark Twain,...

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