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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 Publishing Group 2012; US$ 20.00

    ?An insightful love letter to modern art and an irreverent rejection of the notion that its pleasures are reserved for a chosen few? Each [chapter] hums with engaging history and entertaining anecdotes, cheeky asides and accessible, illuminating criticism.? ?NPR ?Gompertz is determined to dispel the layman's fear of the modern art world and those... 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...

  • On Paintingby Leon Alberti; Martin Kemp; Cecil Grayson

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 12.78

    Artist, architect, poet and philosopher, Leon Battista Alberti revolutionized the history of art with his theories of perspective in On Painting (1435). Inspired by the order and beauty inherent in nature, his groundbreaking work sets out the principles of distance, dimension and proportion; instructs the painter on how to use the rules of composition,... more...

  • Ways of Seeingby John Berger

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 14.38

    How do we see the world around us? The Penguin on Design series includes the works of creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision forever. "Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak." "But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is... more...

  • The State as a Work of Artby Jacob Burckhardt

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 7.98

    Pioneering art historian Jacob Burckhardt saw the Italian Renaissance as no less than the beginning of the modern world. In this hugely influential work he argues that the Renaissance's creativity, competitiveness, dynasties, great city-states and even its vicious rulers sowed the seeds of a new era. GREAT IDEAS. Throughout history, some books... more...

  • Leonardo Da Vinciby Charles Nicholl

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 27.18

    Leonardo is the greatest, most multi-faceted and most mysterious of all Renaissance artists, but extraordinarily, considering his enormous reputation, this is the first full-length biography in English for several decades. Prize-winning author Charles Nicholl has immersed himself for five years in all the manuscripts, paintings and artefacts to produce... more...