Treasures of the Smithsonian
Hardcover ISBN: 0895990121
A look at the diverse collections of the Smithsonian Institution and its associated museums documents its great treasures from the fields of art, science, technology, history, crafts, natural history, and culture
Art Nouveau and the Erotic
Hardcover ISBN: 0810942135
Draws on a wide array of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photographs, jewelry, and other artworks from the collections of London's Victoria & Albert Museum to illuminate the sensuous, frequently erotic content of the Art Nouveau style.
Hardcover ISBN: 0810945649
Westermann's oeuvre receives serious treatment in this catalogue raisonT, made in conjunction with an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. There are four lengthy essays, by Robert Storr (Museum of Modern Art, New York), Dennis Adrian (a friend of Westermann), Lynne Warren and Michael Rooks (both curators at the host museum). Westermann's amusing, beautifully crafted, and sometimes surreal sculptural works are fully described in the catalogue entries. The appendices contain a lengthy bibliography, chronology, and exhibition history. There is no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Hardcover ISBN: 2080136453
Bill Viola (b. 1951) is widely acknowledged as the leading video artist on the international scene. His video installations--total environments that envelop the viewer in image and sound--employ sophisticated state-of-the-art technologies and are distinguished by their precision and direct simplicity. Viola's single-channel videotapes have been distributed and broadcast around the world, while his writings have been published and anthologized for international readers. Since the early 1970s, Viola has used video to explore the phenomena of sense perception as an avenue to self-knowledge. Clearly at odds with the cynicism of his age, his works focus on universal human experiences--birth, death, the unfolding of consciousness--and have roots in Eastern and Western art as well as Sufism, Christian mysticism, and Zen Buddhism. Viola's achievement is that of an artist who began in a new field, unbounded by tradition and dogma, and who arrived, twenty-five years later, deeply enmeshed in a series of intersecting spiritual traditions, both ancient and contemporary. This catalogue has been published in conjunction with "Bill Viola," the first major survey of the artist's work and the largest exhibition ever devoted to an individual video artist, organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and curated by David A. Ross and Peter Sellars. The book features a dynamic and visually rich selection of works from 1972 to 1996, in a presentation compiled by Kira Perov and Bill Viola, with written descriptions by the artist, and a conversation between Viola and poet/scholar Lewis Hyde on the spiritual roots and cultural traditions underlying Viola's art. There is also an overview of the artist's achievement by David A. Ross, Whitney Museum director, who has been involved with Viola's work since its beginning and, as the first museum curator of video art, has played a major role in the history and development of the field. An extensive catalogue of works, exhibition history, bibliography, and chronology is also included. 272 illustrations, 198 in full-color.
Master Drawings Rediscovered
Treasures from Prewar German Collections
Hardcover ISBN: 0810937883
More than two hundred illustrations, including eighty-nine full-color reproductions, capture a magnificent collection of drawings by major artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, all works lost and presumed destroyed during World War II that have been rediscovered in the Soviet Union.
Leonardo Da Vinci and the Splendor of Poland
A History of Collecting and Patronage
Hardcover ISBN: 0300097409
This book presents an array of Western European and Polish paintings from Poland's most important national and private museums. A testimony to the remarkable history of collecting and patronage in Poland, the book showcases Leonardo da Vinci's magnificent Lady with an Ermine (Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani), but also includes important works by Hans Memling, Jusepe de Ribera, Bernardo Bellotto, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Elisabeth-Louise Vigee-LeBrun, Johann Friedrich Overbeck, and others.
Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum
Hardcover ISBN: 0810967405
A celebration of the symbols of liberty, ingenuity, and refuge within American folk art from colonial days to the present is culled from the collection of the American Folk Art Museum and features log cabin quilts, painted wood furniture, watercolor and oil paintings, and the works of several master artists.
Thomas Struth 1977-2002
Hardcover ISBN: 0300093608
Photographer Thomas Struth (b. 1954), one of the most intriguing, challenging, and gifted artists to emerge from Europe in the past two decades, has created a beautiful and distinctive body of images depicting the world - its buildings, people, society, and culture - in its present moment of perpetual change. Unlike many of his contemporaries who have investigated photography's fictional potential, Struth has adhered to a straightforward yet formally refined approach that makes his viewers become aware of their world in often entirely new ways. This catalogue is the first to encompass Struth's entire body of work, dating from the late 1970's to the early 2000's. His early black-and-white photographs of deserted city streets, his psychologically penetrating portraits of individuals and families, his renowned "museum pictures," and his large-format color landscapes of nature and industry from around the globe are all represented in this unsurpassed collection of images. Engaging essays by well known photography and art experts chronicle Thomas Struth's career: Charles Wylie examines the development of Struth's art and places him in the context of photographic history of the last century; Maria Morris Hambourg and Douglas Eklund review the artist's aesthetic and intellectual influences and maturation; and Ann Goldstein investigates the role portraiture has played in Struth's art. This survey attests to the unmistakable importance of his photographs and his valued place in the history of photography and contemporary art.