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  • Collage in Twentieth-Century Art, Literature, and Cultureby Rona Cran

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 119.95

    Emphasizing the diversity of collage in the twentieth century, Rona Cran's book explores the role that it played in the work of Joseph Cornell, William Burroughs, Frank O'Hara, and Bob Dylan. Collage's catalytic effect, Cran argues, enabled each to overcome a crisis in representation that threatened to destabilize their work. Throughout,... 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...

  • Art Decoby Eric Knowles

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 7.95

    Although most associated with the 1920s and 30s, Art Deco began in France prior to World War I. During the interwar years the style evolved and was adopted by an international elite set as the perfect expression of modern opulence and elegance in an age that gave birth to jazz, the Charleston, speakeasies, glamorous Hollywood films and engineering... more...

  • The Ugly Renaissanceby Alexander Lee

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 30.00

    A fascinating and counterintuitive portrait of the sordid, hidden world behind the dazzling artwork of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and more  Renowned as a period of cultural rebirth and artistic innovation, the Renaissance is cloaked in a unique aura of beauty and brilliance. Its very name conjures up awe-inspiring images of an... more...

  • Double Rhythmby Jean Hélion; Deborah Rosenthal

    Arcade Publishing 2014; US$ 22.95

    Jean Hélion, the French painter who died at eighty-three in 1987, brought together in his copious and essential writing on art the theoretical authority of the intellectual and the fundamental insights of the craftsman in his studio. His writing extended throughout the five decades or more of his career. Soon after the young painter?s arrival in... more...

  • Art in the Hellenistic Worldby Andrew Stewart

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 26.00

    This book offers a new thematic, contextualized, and richly illustrated approach to art of the Hellenistic world (c.330?30 BC). more...

  • Photography and Its Violationsby John Roberts

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 34.99

    Theorists critique photography for “objectifying? its subjects and manipulating appearance for the sake of art. In this bold counterargument, John Roberts recasts photography?s violating powers and aesthetic technique as part of a complex “social ontology? that exposes the hierarchies, divisions, and exclusions behind appearances. Photography must... more...

  • The Chemical Museby Ph.D. D. C.A. Hillman

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 8.99

    ?The last wild frontier of classical studies.? ---The Times (UK) The Chemical Muse uncovers decades of misdirection and obfuscation to reveal the history of widespread drug use in Ancient Rome and Greece. In the city-states that gave birth to Western civilization, drugs were an everyday element of a free society. Often they were not just available,... more...

  • Artifacts from Ancient Romeby James Emmons

    ABC-CLIO 2014; US$ 100.00

    When Roman objects and artifacts are properly analyzed, they serve as valuable primary sources for learning about ancient history. This book provides the guidance and relevant historical context students need to see relics as evidence of long-past events and society. more...

  • Yoruba Art and Languageby Rowland Abiodun

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 92.00

    Rowland Abiodun draws on his fluency and prodigious knowledge of Yoruba culture and language to dramatically enrich our understanding of Yoruba civilization and its arts. more...