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Conversion to Modernism: The Early Work of Man Ray
Conversion to Modernism
The Early Work of Man Ray
Paperback      ISBN: 0813531489

Man Ray (1890-1976) has long been considered one of the most versatile and innovative artists of the twentieth century. As a painter, writer, sculptor, photographer, and filmmaker, he is best known for his intimate association with the French Surrealist group in Paris during the 1920s and 1930s, particularly for his highly inventive and unconventional photographic images. These remarkable accomplishments, however, have tended to overshadow the importance of his earlier work--significant not only for comprehending Man Ray's future artistic development, but also for fleshing out our understanding of the visual arts in America during one of the most important and crucial phases of the evolution of modernism.

The book, and the exhibition for which this work will serve as the catalog, concentrate on Man Ray's production from 1907 to 1917. Conversion to Modernism will be the first comprehensive, fully illustrated work to examine this artist's seminal years. The show and the catalog begin with Man Ray's high school years in Brooklyn, his studies at the Art Students League and the American Academy in New York, and the time he spent in life drawing classes at the more progressive Ferrer Center

From 1913 to 1915, Man Ray lived in a small artists' colony in Grantwood, New Jersey. It was here, studying with Samuel Halpert (a former student of Matisse), that Man Ray began to become the artist we know today. The last section of the show and of the book include recently discovered photographs and other works that are influenced by a knowledge of the emergent Dada movement. Here is Man Ray in recognizable form just before he leaves the country for France in 1921.

This exhibit will first be on display at the Montclair Art Museum from January 26 through March 2003. It will then travel to museums in Athens, Georgia, Philadelphia, and Chicago.
Stephen Sondheim: A Life
Stephen Sondheim
A Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 0679448179

In her full-scale life of the most important composer-lyricist at work in musical theater today, Meryle Secrest, the biographer of Frank Lloyd Wright and Leonard Bernstein, draws on her conversations with Sondheim to bring us not only the master of modernist compositional style, but also the private man.

Here is the young boy son of a successful New York dress manufacturer, taught to play the piano by his father at age 4, shattered by his parents' divorce when he was 10, sent off to military schools, findings refuge with Oscar and Dorothy Hammerstein, determined to become just like Oscar.

Secrest writes about the years when Sondheim was struggling to gain a foothold in the theater. Here is his ascent to the peaks of the Broadway musical, from his success as lyricist with Leonard Bernstein on West Side Story to his first full Broadway score, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, to his almost 20-year collaboration with producer-director Hal Prince, which resulted in such productions as Company, Follies, Pacific Overtures, A Little Night Music, and more.

We see Sondheim at work with the likes of Ethel Merman, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Robbins, Bernadette Peters, and Lee Remick, as Secrest portrays the energy, the passion, the despair, the excitement, the genius, the color that have made the theater of Stephen Sondheim great and original.

Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy, a Lost Generation Love Story
Everybody Was So Young
Gerald and Sara Murphy, a Lost Generation Love Story
Paperback      ISBN: 0767903706

A dazzling biography for readers of The Great Gatsby and other Lost Generation authors

Gifted artist Gerald Murphy and his elegant wife, Sara, were icons of the most enchanting period of our time; handsome, talented, and wealthy expatriate Americans, they were at the very center of the literary scene in Paris in the 1920s. In Everybody Was So Young Amanda Vaill brilliantly portrays both the times in which the Murphys lived and the fascinating friends who flocked around them. Whether summering with Picasso on the French Riviera or watching bullfights with Hemingway in Pamplona, Gerald and Sara inspired kindred creative spirits like Dorothy Parker, Cole Porter, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald even modeled his main characters in Tender is the Night after the couple. Their story is both glittering and tragic, and in this sweeping and richly anecdotal portrait of a marriage and an era, Amanda Vaill has brought them to life as never before (Chicago Tribune).

Vermeer
Vermeer
Paperback      ISBN: 0520212762

Lawrence Gowing's classic study has long been treasured for the painterly sensibilities he brought to this greatly loved body of work. Finally the text is available again, with a new foreword and fresh reproductions of Vermeer's paintings.

Rodin: The Shape of Genius
Rodin
The Shape of Genius
Paperback      ISBN: 0300064985

This reinterpretation of Rodin's life and times draws on archives and letters to disentangle the facts of this artist's life from the many myths that have grown up around him. The book provides new interpretations of the motivations, execution and reception of Rodin's artistic creations.

Claude Monet: Life and Art
Claude Monet
Life and Art
Paperback      ISBN: 0300072864

The impressionist Claude Monet, created more than 2500 paintings, drawings and pastels - radically altering the way art was made and understood. This book is a comprehensive study of Monet's achievement that sets his rich legacy into the context of his life and times.

Rembrandt A&i
Rembrandt A&i
Paperback      ISBN: 0714838578

A survey of the life and times of Rembrandt van Rijn, one of the most famous and well-loved artists. From his precocious early work in his native Leyden to his emotional late work and his immense artistic influence, Rembrandt's life is traced within the context of the Netherlands in the 17th century, the highly literate and cosmopolitan environment of Amsterdam and Rembrandt's wealthy and influential patrons.

Rembrandt's Eyes
Rembrandt's Eyes
Hardcover      ISBN: 067940256x

Honoring the genius of Rembrandt, the author first explores the painter's obsession with Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens--a fixation that profoundly influenced the evolution of his work and was not overcome until Rubens's death. 75,000 first pirnting.

Thomas Cole
Thomas Cole
Paperback      ISBN: 0823006484

Gathers landscapes by the American painter who helped found the Hudson River School, and includes background information on each work.

Churchill: A Biography
Churchill
A Biography
Hardcover      ISBN: 0374123543

A brilliant new life of Britain's greatest modern prime minister
Winston Churchill is an icon of modern history, but even though he was at the forefront of the political scene for almost sixty years, he might be remembered only as a minor player in the drama of British government had it not been for World War II. In this magesterial book, Roy Jenkin's unparalleled command of the political history of Britain and his own high-level experience combine in a narrative account of Churchill's astounding career that is unmatched in its shrewd insights, its unforgettable anecdotes, the clarity of its overarching themes, and the author's nuanced appreciation of his extraordinary subject.
From a very young age, Churchill believed he was destined to play a great role in the life of his nation, and he determined to prepare himself. Jenkins shows in fascinating detail how Churchill educated himself for greatness, how he worked out his livelihood (writing) as well as his professional life (politics), how he situated himself at every major site or moment in British imperial and governmental life. His parliamentary career was like no other - with its changes of allegiance (from the Conservative to the Liberal and back to the Conservative Party), its troughs and humiliations, its triumphs and peaks - and for decades almost no one besides his wife discerned the greatness to come. Jenkins effortlessly evokes the spirit of Westminster through all these decades, especially the crisis years of the late 1930s and the terrifying 1940s, when at last it was clear how vital Churchill was to the very survival of England. He evaluates Churchill's other accomplishments, his writings, with equal authority.
Exceptional in its breadth of knowledge and distinguished in its stylish wit and penetrating intelligence, this is one of the finest political biographies of our time.