Rare Art
The Art Museum
The Art Museum
Hardcover      ISBN: 0714856525

The Art Museum offers the museum experience without the boundaries of space and time. The unique structure of the book has been created by specialists in all fields of art, from institutions worldwide, who have collected together important and innovative works as they might be displayed in the ideal museum for the art lover.

As any great museum the book is divided into galleries, presenting the extraordinary variety of artistic output, from ancient Greece, to Australasia and Oceania, Byzantine art to that of the Pre-Columbian Americas, the Renaissance to twentieth-century art, with an emphasis on later western art. Rooms examine important aspects and movements within the gallery. Corridors between the rooms allow the reader to focus on seminal works of each period and culture, with the huge reproduction format allowing for detailed examination.

The rooms present the finest examples of human creativity, each piece labelled with key data (including dates, medium and dimensions) alongside a brief description, and the group of works explained by a curator. Painting, sculpture, metalwork, textiles and ceramics comprise the wide variety offered to the reader, as individual works are all contextualised with expert contributors detailing the works' significance to the evolution of art history. With cross-references throughout, a comprehensive glossary and detailed location maps, The Art Museum is both fantastic to browse through and an indispensable guide to art throughout the ages.

The Art of Florence
The Art of Florence
Hardcover      ISBN: 0896594025

Since the radiant years of the Renaissance, the city of Florence has come to represent the greatest triumph of the Western cultural tradition. Here, hundreds of the most splendidly talented artists in history lived and worked, and collaborated in the creation of the great urban museum we know as Florence. The Art of Florence analyzes the history of Florentine art in terms of the distinctly Florentine and Tuscan influences that shaped it, linking the city's architecture, sculpture, and painting to the rich social fabric and the dramatic political life of the city. Woven into this history is a visual documentation of Florence's treasures.



Hefty Folios. Full bound in blue cloth with gilt titling. Bindings are solid and interiors are clean and bright. Housed in original illustrated slipcase. In fine condition.

Art or Sound
Art or Sound
Paperback      ISBN: 8887029563
Art or Sound examines the rich overlap and areas of ambiguity between musical instruments and works of art. Looking at examples spanning the seventeenth century to the present, this gorgeously produced book, with its thick vinyl cover, offers a fascinating reinterpretation of the musical instrument and the ways in which it can become a sculptural-visual entity (and vice versa). It opens with instruments made from precious materials in the seventeenth century, eighteenth-century musical automata by Pierre Jaquet-Droz and various customized instruments from the Victorian and early modern eras. Research in the field of synesthesia is presented along with works from the historical avant-gardes, such as Luigi Russolo's celebrated Intonarumori (1913). Also included are scores by John Cage, works by Robert Morris and Nam June Paik, sound installations such as Robert Rauschenberg's Oracle (1962-65) and Laurie Anderson's Handphone Table (1978). Examples of artistic appropriations of musical instruments (by the likes of Arman, Richard Artschwager and Joseph Beuys) and hybrid instruments by Ken Butler and William T. Wiley are considered alongside the more recent research of artists such as Christian Marclay, Janet Cardiff, Martin Creed and Doug Aitken, and a younger generation, represented by Anri Sala, Athanasios Argianas, Haroon Mirza, Ruth Ewan and Maywa Denki, among others. Esteemed writers, musicians and scholars such as Christoph Cox, Douglas Kahn, Alan Licht, David Toop and Rob Young contribute contextualizing essays.
The Book of Fine Paper
The Book of Fine Paper
Hardcover      ISBN: 0500018715

This is a reference guide to the finest papers available in the world today. It explains how different papers are made, what they are used for and where to find them.

Bridges to Heaven 2 Volume Set: Essays on East Asian Art in Honor of Professor Wen C. Fong
Bridges to Heaven 2 Volume Set
Essays on East Asian Art in Honor of Professor Wen C. Fong
Hardcover      ISBN: 0691152985

Wen C. Fong established America's first program in East Asian art history at Princeton University, where he taught Chinese art from 1954 to 1999. During this time, he supervised more than thirty PhD students, most of whom have gone on to hold professorships or museum positions throughout the United States, East Asia, and Europe. This two-volume book honors Professor Fong's extraordinary half-century career at Princeton and the Metropolitan Museum of Art by gathering almost forty essays on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art history, written by his students and by some of his lifelong colleagues in this field of study. These full-length essays address a wide range of subjects, building bridges in many directions, from early jades and bronzes through traditional painting and prints, to photography, cinema, and modern museum practice. The diversity, depth, and originality of these essays make this work a monumental contribution to the study of the arts of East Asia.

The book includes an interview of Professor Fong, conducted by Jerome Silbergeld, and a bibliography of Fong's work.
The Call of the Mountains: The Artists of Glacier National Park
The Call of the Mountains
The Artists of Glacier National Park
Hardcover      ISBN: 0963564269
A Collecting Odyssey: Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art from the James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection
A Collecting Odyssey
Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art from the James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection
Hardcover      ISBN: 0500974543

One of the finest private collections of Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian art in America is owned by James and Marilynn Alsdorf. This catalogue provides an opportunity for individuals other than scholars and specialists to view the works of art.

Collector's Book of Snuff Bottles
Collector's Book of Snuff Bottles
Hardcover      ISBN: 0834801191

Out of print for more than 10 years, this exceptional book has become a rare item sought after by collectors for many years. This important limited edition reprint is inevitable and fulfills the growing need of new collectors for reliable and useful reference on the subject. This book is produced in Japan with high quality to ensure the superb feel of the original edition. Each copy is hand-numbered. It covers snuff bottles made of all the various precious materials and discusses the fundamentals of collecting and details of the symbolism, motifs, reign marks, and seals. Moreover, it includes extensive bibliography useful for further research.



"1994, 4TO, 312PP. Navy cloth boards are unmarked, book in new condition with original slipcase.

Common Ground/Uncommon Vision: The Michael and Julie Hall Collection of American Folk Art
Common Ground/Uncommon Vision
The Michael and Julie Hall Collection of American Folk Art
Paperback      ISBN: 0944110339

The Milwaukee Art Museum's collection of American folk art reflects the art worlds' increasing interest in the genre. A major part of the collection comes from Michael and Julie Hall's extensive collection, acquired by the museum in the early 1990s. Parts of the collection went on nation-wide tour during 1993-1995, with this volume clearly explaining the importance of the genre, the vision of the collectors, and the beauty of the pieces of art, all produced by self-taught artists.
Distributed for the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

De Voornaamste Schilderijen Van Het Koninklijk Kabinet Te 's-gravenhage, In Omtrek Gegraveerd, Met Derzelver Beschrijving
De Voornaamste Schilderijen Van Het Koninklijk Kabinet Te 's-gravenhage, In Omtrek Gegraveerd, Met Derzelver Beschrijving
Trade Paperback      SKU: 1199533858

2 volume set in Danish. An early review of pictures in the Queen's collection.