20th Century Art
Matisse and Picasso: The Story of Their Rivalry and Friendship
Matisse and Picasso
The Story of Their Rivalry and Friendship
Hardcover      ISBN: 0813365813

Matisse and Picasso achieved extraordinary prominence during their lifetimes. They have become cultural icons, standing not only for different kinds of art but also for different ways of living. Matisse, known for his restraint and intense sense of privacy, for his decorum and discretion, created an art that transcended daily life and conveyed a sensuality that inhabited an abstract and ethereal realm of being. In contrast, Picasso became the exemplar of intense emotionality, of theatricality, of art as a kind of autobiographical confession that was often charged with violence and explosive eroticism. In Matisse and Picasso, Jack Flam explores the compelling, competitive, parallel lives of these two artists and their very different attitudes toward the idea of artistic greatness, toward the women they loved, and ultimately toward their confrontations with death.

Imprisoned: Drawings from Nazi Concentration Camps
Imprisoned
Drawings from Nazi Concentration Camps
Hardcover      ISBN: 1510706666

In September 1979, at age fifty-six, writer and artist Arturo Benvenuti fueled up his motor home and set forth on what he knew would be an emotional journey. His plan--his own Viae Crucis--was to meet with as many former prisoners of Nazi-fascist concentration camps as he could. He wanted not only to learn their stories, but to learn from their stories.

He met with dozens of survivors from Auschwitz, Terez n, Mauthausen-Gusen, Buchenwald, Dachau, Gonars, Monigo, Renicci, Banjica, Ravensbr ck, Jasenovac, Belsen, and Gurs. Many of these men and women shared their memories with Benvenuti along with artwork they'd created during their internment with pencil, ink, and charcoal.

After four decades of research, Benvenuti presented these original black-and-white pieces in Imprisoned. This stunning collection provides visuals that oftentimes even the most eloquent words and sentences cannot convey.

In his foreword, chemist, writer, and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi highlighted the importance of these reproductions, stating, "some have the immediate power of art; all have the raw power of the eye that has seen and that transmits its indignation."
The Flowering of Art Nouveau Graphics
The Flowering of Art Nouveau Graphics
Hardcover      ISBN: 0879051647

Explores the art form that exuded the economic and cultural confidence of the Victorian era. Surveys examples country by country in Europe and the US. Lists contemporary periodicals and exhibitions from 1851 to 1913. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Dime-Store Alchemy: The Art of Joseph Cornell
Dime-Store Alchemy
The Art of Joseph Cornell
Paperback      ISBN: 1590174860

Now in Paperback

In Dime-Store Alchemy, poet Charles Simic reflects on the life and work of Joseph Cornell, the maverick surrealist who is one of America's great artists. Simic's spare prose is as enchanting and luminous as the mysterious boxes of found objects for which Cornell is justly renowned.
Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement
Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler
Five Painters and the Movement
Paperback      ISBN: 0316226173
Five women revolutionize the modern art world in postwar America in this gratifying, generous, and lush true story from a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist (Jennifer Szalai, New York Times).

Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times, Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic, always exhilarating chronicle of five women who dared to enter the male-dominated world of twentieth-century abstract painting -- not as muses but as artists. From their cold-water lofts, where they worked, drank, fought, and loved, these pioneers burst open the door to the art world for themselves and countless others to come.

Gutsy and indomitable, Lee Krasner was a hell-raising leader among artists long before she became part of the modern art world's first celebrity couple by marrying Jackson Pollock. Elaine de Kooning, whose brilliant mind and peerless charm made her the emotional center of the New York School, used her work and words to build a bridge between the avant-garde and a public that scorned abstract art as a hoax. Grace Hartigan fearlessly abandoned life as a New Jersey housewife and mother to achieve stardom as one of the boldest painters of her generation. Joan Mitchell, whose notoriously tough exterior shielded a vulnerable artist within, escaped a privileged but emotionally damaging Chicago childhood to translate her fierce vision into magnificent canvases. And Helen Frankenthaler, the beautiful daughter of a prominent New York family, chose the difficult path of the creative life.

Her gamble paid off: At twenty-three she created a work so original it launched a new school of painting. These women changed American art and society, tearing up the prevailing social code and replacing it with a doctrine of liberation. In Ninth Street Women, acclaimed author Mary Gabriel tells a remarkable and inspiring story of the power of art and artists in shaping not just postwar America but the future.
What Was Contemporary Art?
What Was Contemporary Art?
Hardcover      ISBN: 0262135086
Not only does contemporary art have a history, but all works of art were once contemporary to the artist and culture that produced them.

Contemporary art in the early twenty-first century is often discussed as if the very idea of art that is contemporary is new. Yet all works of art were once contemporary. In What Was Contemporary Art? Richard Meyer reclaims the contemporary from historical amnesia, and gives the contemporary its own art history. By exploring episodes in the study, exhibition, and reception of early twentieth-century art and visual culture, Meyer retrieves moments in the history of once-current art and redefines "the contemporary" as a condition of being alive to and alongside other moments, artists, and objects.

A generous selection of images, many in color--from works of fine art to museum brochures and magazine covers--support and extend Meyer's narrative. These works were contemporary to their own moment. Now, in Meyer's account, they become contemporary to ours as well.

What Are You Looking At?: The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art
What Are You Looking At?
The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art
Paperback      ISBN: 0142180297
The perfect gift for the art lover in your life. In the tradition of Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Will Gompertz teaches 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 alive for everyone, explaining why an unmade bed or a pickled shark can be art--and why a five-year-old couldn't really do it. Rich with extraordinary tales and anecdotes, What Are You Looking At? entertains as it arms readers with the knowledge to truly understand and enjoy what it is they're looking at.
Poul Gernes: I Cannot Do It Alone, Want to Join In?
Poul Gernes
I Cannot Do It Alone, Want to Join In?
Paperback      ISBN: 8792877680

A pivotal figure of the Danish postwar avant-garde, Poul Gernes (1925-66) created brightly hued, constructivist-style abstractions both on canvas and in public spaces throughout Denmark. This volume documents his career.

The Power of the Avant-Garde: Now and Then
The Power of the Avant-Garde
Now and Then
Hardcover      ISBN: 9401437661

How the 'Great War' influenced art: from Rodin to Duchamp and from Munch to Malevich With contributions from Luc Tuymans, Jeff Wall and Marlene Dumas In The Power of the Avant-Garde, contemporary artists from different art disciplines enter into dialogue with their colleagues from the historical avant-garde movement. Luc Tuymans talks about 'Le Grand Cheval' of Raymond Duchamp-Villon; Marlene Dumas describes her passion for Edvard Munch; John Baldessari discusses the genius Marcel Broodthaers, ... This book makes surprising links, shedding new light on the power and influence of art before, during and after World War I. Text in English, French, and Dutch."

The Art of Rick and Morty
The Art of Rick and Morty
Hardcover      ISBN: 1506702694
Featuring exclusive never before seen concept art with a killer Glow-in-the-Dark cover, this is the art book that Rick and Morty fans have been waiting for

The animated science-fiction adventures of Rick and Morty are irreverent, shocking, and hilarious--from the cynical and rapid-fire one liners, to the grotesquely and endearing character designs. Now, take a deep trans-dimensional dive into the creation of these many insane universes with The Art of Rick and Morty

This new book is a must-have, not only for followers of the series, but for fans of animation as well Featuring intimate commentary from the show's creators accompanying a vast collection of process, concept, and production art, this striking volume offers a tantalizing exploration of one of the most outlandish and beloved shows on television. Don't miss your chance to see the amazing art that goes into creating this twisted and fantastic Adult Swim series