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17th-18th Century Flemish Painting: State Hermitage Museum Catalogue
17th-18th Century Flemish Painting
State Hermitage Museum Catalogue
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300116861

Among the many treasures of The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is its remarkable collection of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Flemish paintings--more than five hundred in all--including key works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordaens, Snyders, and Teniers. Forming the core of the Hermitage's Flemish collection, these works were acquired from all over Europe by the Empress Catherine II, and the collection has continued to develop. This magnificent volume is the first to provide detailed information in English with illustrations for every work.

More than 140 artists are represented in the collection and in this complete catalogue, which provides a comprehensive picture of the golden age of Flemish painting. Individual illustrated entries for every work are accompanied by detailed indexes and provenance information that provides a unique view of the history of collecting in Russia.

American Vanguards: Graham, Davis, Gorky, de Kooning, and Their Circle, 1927-1942
American Vanguards
Graham, Davis, Gorky, de Kooning, and Their Circle, 1927-1942
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300121679

A new examination of the art and influence of artist John Graham and his circle, whose works and ideas contributed to the advancement of American modernism in the interwar period

The enigmatic and charismatic John Graham (1886-1961) was an important influence on his fellow New York artists in the 1920s through 1940s. Graham and his circle, which included Stuart Davis, Arshile Gorky, and Willem de Kooning, helped redefine ideas of what painting and sculpture could be. They, along with others in Graham's orbit, such as Jackson Pollock and David Smith, played a critical role in developing and defining American modernism. American Vanguards showcases about eighty-seven works of art from this vital period that demonstrate the interconnections, common sources, and shared stimuli among the members of Graham's circle.

Three essays by notable scholars investigate the complex relationships among Graham and his New York artist-colleagues during this formative period. William C. Agee positions Graham and his circle within the movement of New Classicism, which drew upon classical and Renaissance examples in an attempt to overcome the devastation of World War I. Irving Sandler focuses on the social, political, and intellectual dynamics among Davis, Gorky, Graham, and de Kooning in the mid-1930s. Karen Wilkin discusses the circumstances that brought these artists together, their common commitment to modernism, and the fascinating artistic cross-fertilization evident in their work. This critical reconsideration sheds new light on the New York School, Abstract Expressionism, and the vitality of American modernism between the two world wars.



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.

The Art of the Bible: Illuminated Manuscripts from the Medieval World
The Art of the Bible
Illuminated Manuscripts from the Medieval World
Hardcover      ISBN: 0500239479

For two millennia the Bible has inspired the creation of extraordinary art. Within this history illuminated biblical manuscripts are among the best tools for understanding early Christian painting and artistic interpretations of the Bible.

This extensively illustrated new book, compiled and written by two internationally renowned experts, transports readers, by way of forty-five featured manuscripts, across the globe and through 1,000 years of history. Passing chronologically through many of the major centers of the Christian world, from Constantinople and imperial Aachen to Canterbury, Mozarabic Spain, Crusader Jerusalem, northern Iraq, Paris, London, Bologna, and Rome, Scot McKendrick and Kathleen Doyle shed light on some of the finest but least-known paintings from the Middle Ages, and on the development of art, literature, and civilization as we know it.

Art Through a Lifetime: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection
Art Through a Lifetime
The Mary Griggs Burke Collection
Hardcover      ISBN: 0295992689

This two-volume publication represents the only comprehensive documentation of one of the finest private collections of Asian art in the world. More than 1,000 works of art are shown in exquisite color reproductions, along with a special reference section of illustrated and translated texts, signatures, and seals. Since the collection will be dispersed for public use, Art Through a Lifetime provides the only opportunity for scholars, students, and admirers of Asian art to enjoy it in its entirety.

The first volume of this boxed set presents Japanese paintings, printed works, and calligraphy that date from the Nara period to the late 20th century. The second volume presents the remainder of the Japanese works - ceramics, lacquer, metalwork, sculpture, and textiles - along with an extensive array of Korean and Chinese works of art.

The Artist Project: What Artists See When They Look at Art
The Artist Project
What Artists See When They Look at Art
Hardcover      ISBN: 0714873543

120 of the world's most influential contemporary artists discuss the art that inspires them in this lavishly packaged and designed book.

"The Artist Project is the latest step among The Met's recent strides to better integrate contemporary art into its historical pantheon." --Art News

Artists have long been stimulated and motivated by the work of those who came before them - sometimes, centuries before them. Interviews with 120 international contemporary artists discussing works from The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection that spark their imagination shed new light on art-making, museums, and the creative process. Images of the artworks appear alongside images of the contemporary artists' work, allowing readers to discover a rich web of visual connections that spans cultures and millennia.

Arts & Architecture 1945-54. the Complete Reprint
Arts & Architecture 1945-54. the Complete Reprint
Hardcover      ISBN: 3822826782

Our facsimile edition of John Entenza's groundbreaking magazine (1945-1954), which launched the Case Study House Program; in ten boxes, each containing one year's worth of magazines"A&A was instrumental in putting American architecture on the map."--Julius Shulman

From the end of World War II until the mid-1960s, exciting things were happening in American architecture: emerging talents were focusing on innovative projects that integrated low-cost materials and modern design. This trend was most notably embodied in the famous Case Study House Program, which was championed by the era's leading American journal, Arts & Architecture. Focusing not only on architecture but also design, art, music, politics, and social issues, A&A was an ambitious and groundbreaking publication, largely thanks to the inspiration of John Entenza, who ran the magazine for over two decades until David Travers became publisher in 1962. The era's greatest architects were featured in A&A, including Neutra, Schindler, Saarinen, Ellwood, Lautner, Eames, and Koenig; and two of today's most wildly successful architects, Frank Gehry and Richard Meier, had their debuts in its pages. A&A was instrumental in putting American architecture--and in particular California Modernism--on the map. Other key contributors to the magazine include photographers Julius Shulman and Ezra Stoller, writers Esther McCoy and Peter Yates, and cover designers Herbert Matter and Alvin Lustig, among many luminaries of modernism.

This collection comes with ten boxes, each containing a complete year's worth of Arts & Architecture magazines from 1945 to 1954. That's 6,156 pages in 118 issues reproduced in their entirety--beginning with Entenza's January 1945 announcement of the Case Study House Program. Also included is a supplement booklet with an original essay by former A&A publisher David Travers, available in English, German, French, and Spanish; plus a master index and tables of contents for the magazine from 1945 to 1967.

This TASCHEN publication, limited to 5,000 numbered copies, provides a comprehensive record of midcentury American architecture and brings the legendary Arts & Architecture back to life after 40 years.See also: Arts & Architecture Magazine



Most volumes are still sealed in original shrink. Where opened, internally still like new. Outer box for the 1948 volume has some light staining. Some shelf-wear to boxes, with ocassional bumping. A very nice set, nearly like new.

The Best of Flair
The Best of Flair
Hardcover      ISBN: 0847843955

This highly sought-after volume detailing one of the most influential magazines of the twentieth century is now back in print at a newly affordable price. In 1950, Fleur Cowles established what would become one of the most important and talked about magazines ever created. Critically lauded for its sharp mix of clothes, literature, art, travel, decor, theater, and humor, Flair made publishing history with its combination of eclectic editorial content and lavish production quality. Recalled as "the first magazine that became an art form," The Best of Flair is a compilation of the magazine's best content as chosen by the woman who created it. Along with its distinctive production values, Flair also features interviews and contributions from some of the most noted artists and celebrities of the past fifty years, including Lucian Freud, Jean Cocteau, Tallulah Bankhead, Saul Steinberg, Salvador Dal , Simone de Beauvoir, Walker Evans, James Michener, Ogden Nash, Gypsy Rose Lee, Clare Boothe Luce, George Bernard Shaw, John O'Hara, Margaret Mead, and Tennessee Williams. Now, more than ten years after this book was first published by Rizzoli, and more than fifty years after the magazine ceased publication, this facsimile edition offers the same ingenious bookmaking of its predecessor, including multiple gatefolds with die-cuts, booklets, and accordion folder leaflets.

Beyond the Sixth Extinction: A Post-Apocalyptic Pop-Up
Beyond the Sixth Extinction
A Post-Apocalyptic Pop-Up
Hardcover      ISBN: 076368788x
Elaborate pop-ups feature some wonderfully creepy creatures that just might dominate the ecosystem and be essential to our planet's survival in an eerily realistic future world.

Whether or not we know it, the sixth global extinction is already under way, propelled not by a meteor but by human activity on Earth. Take a long step forward into the year 4847 with the help of stunning pop-ups portraying eight fantastical creatures, along with spreads and flaps presenting details about each one. Paper engineer Shawn Sheehy envisions the aftermath of extinction as a flourishing ecosystem centered around fictional creatures that could evolve from existing organisms. Promising high appeal for science-fiction fans of all ages -- and plenty of food for discussion -- this evolutionary extravaganza offers a time line of the six extinction events in Earth's history, a "field guide" to each creature, a diagram of species relationships, a habitat map of the (imagined) ruins of Chicago, and an illuminating author's note.
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.