Art Museums and Galleries
101 Art Destinations in the U.S.
Where Art Lives Coast to Coast
Hardcover ISBN: 0847862933
An art lover's bucket list of must-see artworks and art--distilling the country's best artworks and art destinations into interesting, digestible entries featuring the best mix of museums, artists' studios, murals, sculpture parks, and more, throughout the US The compact guide to the top art destinations (and the individual artworks they feature)--from museums to outdoor murals, artist studios to sculpture parks--is for everyone who loves the arts and wants to make the most of their visits to major institutions and art sites. This jam-packed primer includes fan-favorites and well-known and important artists, as well as the best examples of art from around the world that are available to see in the United States. The designations and works are diverse in geography and media and represent contributions to the arts by an equally diverse and inclusive range of artists, as well as significant moments in the history of American art. Organized by geographical region, the book zeroes in on the best in every category featured in major institutions as well as off-the-beaten path places that are not to be missed, including the best Mexican murals, the best examples of WPA work, best Old Master paintings, best contemporary land art, etc. For museums, the book focuses on extraordinary collections and works, distilling thousands or artworks down to a few choice selections. In every case, the book highlights artworks people can't see anywhere else, and that are worth the trip--from the important rooms at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Ellsworth Kelly-designed chapel in Texas; prehistoric cave drawings in Utah; the Taos Pueblo and Art Colony in New Mexico; Donald Judd's Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas; and N.C. and Andrew Wyeth's home studios in Pennsylvania are just a few examples. Many artists and places will be household names, others not as well-known (but no less interesting or compelling). Eschewing a college textbook-like set of lists, instead each entry lays out why the reader should care.
Andy Warhol's New York City
Four Walks, Uptown to Downtown
Paperback ISBN: 1892145936
Andy, Andy everywhere. Twenty-three years after his death, few figures hover over New York City—its art, its street life, its commerce, its creativity, its nightlife, its myths, and its idea of itself—like Andy Warhol. Andy Warhol’s New York City provides a panoramic view of the artist’s life there from the fifties through the eighties. Eighty sites associated with the artist careen delightfully from coffee shops to museums, from disco clubs to churches, with dozens of glamorous and gritty places in between. Fashionistas will love reading about the rare pretzel-print dress Warhol designed (now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art) and seeing him looking like a character out of Mad Men as he’s photographed on the steps of the Met; cineastes will be riveted to the behind-the-scenes stories of his films; art lovers will appreciate the comprehensive listing of his many shows; and New York City history buffs will savor glimpses of the city’s icons—vanished (Schrafft’s), current (Serendipity 3), and never-realized (the Andy-Mat). There are sidebars on Warhol’s residences, favorite restaurants, and factories. Brief biographies of figures in the book familiarize the reader with the revolving cast of glittering characters that enter and leave the stage as Warhol’s story unfolds. Nine original drawings in the book were made specially for Andy Warhol’s New York City by the artist Vito Giallo, a former studio assistant of Warhol’s who executed hundreds of Warhol’s ink blot drawings, and who later owned the antique store where Warhol bought thousands of items that were posthumously auctioned at Sotheby’s.
The Rescue Artist
A True Story of Art, Thieves, And the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece
Paperback ISBN: 0060531185
Traces the theft of Edvard Munch's The Scream from Oslo's National Gallery in 1994, recounting the efforts of art detective Charley Hill to recover the painting in an investigation that took him from the lavish estates of eccentric aristocrats to the art underworld. By the author of Down the Great Unknown. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.
Hardcover ISBN: 1907804838
Wonder looks at the whole notion of discovery and awe in the presence of marvellous things. As well as nine specially commissioned works by leading contemporary artists, including Jennifer Angus, Chakaia Booker, Gabriel Dawe, Tara Donovan, Patrick Dougherty, Janet Echelman, John Grade, Maya Lin, and Leo Villareal, this thought-provoking new volume features twenty-seven unique objects drawn from history.
The Art of Scandal
The Life and Times of Isabella Stewart Gardner
Hardcover ISBN: 0060186437
An intriguing portrait of an eccentric and passionate woman who compiled one of the finest art collections in America is set against a backdrop of late nineteenth-century Boston society and examines her personal life, marriage, interest in art, and many accomnplishments.
Generations in Black and White
Photographs by Carl Van Vechten from the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection
Hardcover ISBN: 0820315583
A celebration of African American achievement in the twentieth century features portraits of such famous figures as W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, and Bessie Smith
Lonely Planet 50 Museums to Blow Your Mind
Paperback ISBN: 176034060x
This book takes you on a whistle-stop tour of the world's best museums, from Londonâs British Museum to San Franciscoâs Exploratorium and beyond. Boggle at the enormity of space, get nostalgic at childhood memories or be dumbstruck by the International Museum of Toilets..... The perfect gift for anyone who loves a mind-blowing museum.