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  • Seeing Witnessby Jane Blocker

    University of Minnesota Press 2009; US$ 75.00

    The act of bearing witness can reveal much, but what about the figure of the witness itself? As contemporary culture is increasingly dominated by surveillance, the witness—whether artist, historian, scientist, government official, or ordinary citizen—has become empowered in realms from art to politics.In Seeing Witness, Jane Blocker challenges... more...

  • Once Upon a Time in Papunyaby Vivien Johnson

    University of New South Wales Press 2010; US$ 39.95

    Part art history, part detective story, this gripping insider?s account of the Papunya art movement—which was centered around the 1,000 small, painted panels created at the remote northern territory Aboriginal settlement of Papunya during 1971 and 1972—goes beyond a mere discussion of the astronomical auction prices in the late 1990s that first drew... more...

  • Keeping a Rendezvousby John Berger

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.95

    When he stands before Giorgione's La Tempesta, John Berger sees not only the painting but our whole notion of time, sweeping us away from a lost Eden. A photograph of a gravely joyful crowd gathered on a Prague street in November 1989 provokes reflection on the meaning of democracy and the reunion of a people with long-banished hopes and dreams. With... more...

  • Tiepolo Pinkby Roberto Calasso

    Random House 2011; US$ 35.16

    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... more...

  • De Kooning's Bicycleby Robert Long

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2005; US$ 8.99

    Some of the twentieth century's most important artists and writers--from Jackson Pollock to Saul Steinberg, Frank O'Hara to Jean Stafford--lived and worked on the East End of Long Island years before it assumed an alternate identity as the Hamptons. The home they made there, and its effect on their work, is the subject of these searching, lyrical... more...

  • The Ransom of Russian Artby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 12.99

    In the 1960's and 1970's, American professor Norton Dodge forayed on his own in the Soviet Union, bought the work of underground "unofficial" artists, and brought it out himself or arranged to have it shipped illegally to the United States. John McPhee investigates Dodge's clandestine activities in the service of dissident Soviet art, his motives... more...

  • Classical Sculpture and the Culture of Collecting in Britain since 1760by Viccy Coltman

    Oxford University Press 2009; US$ 109.99

    This is a book about classical sculptures in the early modern period, centuries after the decline and fall of Rome, when they began to be excavated, restored, and collected by British visitors in Italy in the second half of the eighteenth century. Viccy Coltman contrasts the precarious and competitive culture of eighteenth-century collecting, which... more...

  • Spirit of the Deltaby Dorothy Sample Shawhan; Patti Carr Black; Tom Rankin

    University Press of Mississippi 2011; US$ 35.00

    Raised in West Virginia, self-taught artist Carolyn Norris (b. 1948) moved as a young woman of twenty-one to Cleveland, Mississippi, a quintessential Delta railroad town on the famous blues Highway 61. To create one of her first paintings, she tore the wooden back off a dresser to use as a canvas. She painted with available house paint and completed... more...

  • What Are You Looking At?by Will Gompertz

    Penguin Group US 2012; US$ 16.99

    In the tradition of Eats, Shoots & Leaves , art history with a sense of humor Every year, millions of museum and gallery visitors ponder the modern art on display and secretly ask themselves, "Is this art?" A former director at London's Tate Gallery and now the BBC arts editor, Will Gompertz made it his mission to bring modern art's exciting history... more...

  • High Victorian Designby Nikolaus Pevsner

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 20.40

    'Thirst for information, faith in commerce and industry, inventiveness and technical daring, energy and tenacity, and a tendency to mix up religion with visible success - all these qualities have to be remembered as one embarks on a conducted tour of some of the exhibits of 1851.' The Great Exhibition of 1851 at the Crystal Palace was opened... more...