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  • Dada and Surrealism: A Very Short Introductionby David Hopkins

    OUP Oxford 2004; US$ 7.99

    Dada and Surrealism are two of the most important movements of modern art. This book provides a succinct, digestible account of them in historical terms, but also explains why they are important in wider cultural terms. The author's perspective is very much a contemporary one, looking at how these great movements have relevance for us today. Themes... more...

  • 19th-Century Artby Laurie Schneider Adams

    Oneworld Publications 2014; US$ 14.99

    Munch?s The Scream. Van Gogh?s Starry Night. Rodin?s The Thinker. Monet?s Water Lilies. Constable?s landscapes. The 19th century gave us a wealth of artistic riches so memorable in their genius that we can picture many of them in an instant. At the time, however, their avant-garde nature was the cause of much controversy. Professor Laurie... more...

  • Lives of the Artistsby Calvin Tomkins

    Henry Holt and Co. 2010; US$ 18.99

    Whether writing about Jasper Johns or Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman or Richard Serra, Calvin Tomkins shows why it is both easier and more difficult to make art today. If art can be anything, where do you begin? For more than three decades Calvin Tomkins's incisive profiles in The New Yorker have given readers the most satisfying reports on contemporary... more...

  • Roger Fryby Virginia Woolf

    Random House 2015; US$ 14.09

    Virginia Woolf was a close friend of Roger Fry for many years - after his death she wrote this loving account of his passion for art, his own painting, and his challenging critical theories. Born in 1866, he was primarily responsible for bringing the post-Impressionist movement to Britain, organising the first exhibitions and establishing the Omega... more...

  • The Rescue Artistby Edward Dolnick

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 12.99

    In the predawn hours of a gloomy February day in 1994, two thieves entered the National Gallery in Oslo and made off with one of the world's most famous paintings, Edvard Munch's Scream . It was a brazen crime committed while the whole world was watching the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. Baffled and humiliated, the Norwegian... more...

  • Fra Angelicoby Stephan Beissel

    Parkstone International 2015; US$ 9.95

    Secluded within cloister walls, a painter and a monk, and brother of the order of the Dominicans, Angelico devoted his life to religious paintings. Little is known of his early life except that he was born at Vicchio, in the broad fertile valley of the Mugello, not far from Florence, that his name was Guido de Pietro, and that he passed his youth in... more...

  • How to See the Worldby Nicholas Mirzoeff

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 14.38

    In recent decades, we have witnessed an explosion in the number of visual images we encounter, as our lives have become increasingly saturated with screens. From Google Images to Instagram, video games to installation art, this transformation is confusing, liberating and worrying all at once, since observing the new visuality of culture is not the... more...

  • Greek Sculptureby Edmund von Mach

    Parkstone International 2015; US$ 9.95

    Greek Sculpture is probably the most well known aspect of Greek art, for a contemporary it expresses the most beautiful ideal and plastic perfection. It is the first of the Ancient Arts that looked to free itself from the imitative constraints, of the faithful representation of nature. Only a small part of the production of Greek Sculpture is known... more...

  • Tiepolo Pinkby Roberto Calasso; Alastair Mcewen

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 29.95

    The eighteenth-century Venetian painter Giambattista Tiepolo spent his life executing commissions in churches, palaces, and villas, often covering vast ceilings like those at the Würzburg Residenz in Germany and the Royal Palace in Madrid with frescoes that are among the glories of Western art. The life of an epoch swirled around him?but though his... more...

  • New Art Cityby Jed Perl

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 18.95

    In this landmark work, Jed Perl captures the excitement of a generation of legendary artists?Jackson Pollack, Joseph Cornell, Robert Rauschenberg, and Ellsworth Kelly among them?who came to New York, mingled in its lofts and bars, and revolutionized American art. In a continuously arresting narrative, Perl also portrays such less well known figures... more...