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  • Magician of the Modernby Eugene R. Gaddis

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 35.00

    The story of Chick Austin is the story, in Virgil Thomson's words, of "a whole cultural movement in one man." Becoming director of Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum at the age of twenty-six, Austin immediately set about to introduce modern art to America and to transform this conservative insurance capital into a cultural mecca that would become the talk... more...

  • David Hockneyby Christopher Simon Sykes

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 35.00

    Drawing on exclusive and unprecedented access to David Hockney?s extensive archives, notebooks, and paintings, interviews with family, friends, and on Hockney himself, Christopher Simon Sykes provides a colorful and intimate portrait of one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Born in 1937, David Hockney grew up in a northern... more...

  • Plausible Portraits of James Lordby James Lord

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2003; US$ 25.99

    Incisive reflections on more than twenty portraits of the author by some of the greatest artists of the last century Over the course of his life as a friend and confidant of artists and collectors, and as a lover of art himself, James Lord has written some of the best accounts we have of modern aesthetic genius; his biography of Giacometti was... more...

  • Invisibleby Hugues De Montalembert

    Simon & Schuster Australia 2011; Not Available

    The impressionistic memoir of an artist who was blinded in a sudden act of violence, leading to a profound meditation on what it means to see and be seen 'You live in a city like New York. You read the papers. You look at the television. But you never think it will happen to you. It happened to me one evening'. One summer night in 1978, Hugues de... more...

  • Time, Synchronicity and Calendar Changeby Stephanie South

    Law of Time Press 2011; US$ 16.99

    One time is ending, but another is just beginning, an entirely new era in the history of the Earth: the noosphere. This is the message of José Argüelles. In this authorized Biography, Stephanie South leads the reader into the world of one of the most unique visionaries in history, exploring the nature of time, telepathy, Earth changes, prophecy, synchronicity... more...

  • Caravaggioby Helen Langdon

    Random House 2012; US$ 36.78

    Of all Italian painters, Caravaggio (c. 1565-1609) speaks most intensely to the modern world. His early works suggest a fascination with his own youth and sexuality and the trancience of love and beauty his later religious art speaks of violence, passion, solitude and death. Ugly, almost brutal-looking, Caravaggio was constantly embroiled in fights... more...

  • Meeting Fairiesby R. Ogilvie Crombie

    Allen & Unwin 2011; US$ 22.95

    Fascinating meetings with fire and water spirits and interactions with the elf king?one person's remarkable encounters with the fairy realm   More than 40 years ago Robert Ogilvie Crombie, or Roc as he was affectionately known, found himself in Edinburgh Botanical Gardens, where, to his great surprise, he found himself looking at a faun. The remarkable,... more...

  • The Patagonian Hareby Claude Lanzmann; Frank Wynne

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2012; US$ 17.99

    Claude Lanzmann is a French writer and the director of a number of films, including the nine-and-a-half-hour classic Shoah (1985), which was described by The Washington Post as "the film event of the century" and is regarded internationally as a historical and cinematic breakthrough. Lanzmann is chief editor of Les Temps Modernes , which was... more...

  • Goyaby Robert Hughes

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 29.95

    Robert Hughes, who has stunned us with comprehensive works on subjects as sweeping and complex as the history of Australia ( The Fatal Shore ), the modern art movement ( The Shock of the New ), the nature of American art ( American Visions ), and the nature of America itself as seen through its art ( The Culture of Complaint ), now turns his renowned... more...

  • John Constableby Anthony Bailey

    Random House 2012; US$ 25.58

    Born in 1776 in East Anglia near the river Stour, John Constable was destined for his father's business of milling and grain-shipping. But he was obdurately opposed to this and persuaded his family he should become an artist instead. In the same determined spirit, he wooed Maria Bicknell in the teeth of opposition from her formidable grandfather,... more...