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Man Ray: American Artist
Man Ray
American Artist
Hardcover      ISBN: 0517560011
Chronicles the photographer's exodus from New York to Paris, his circle of friends including Giacometti, Duchamp, James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, and others, his stormy personal life, and his work
Matisse and Picasso: The Story of Their Rivalry and Friendship
Matisse and Picasso
The Story of Their Rivalry and Friendship
Hardcover      ISBN: 0813365813
Chronicles the competition and mutual respect shared by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, with details of their divergent but equally passionate and influential lives.
Mark Rothko: A Biography
Mark Rothko
A Biography
Hardcover      ISBN: 0226074056
Describes the life and work of the Abstract Expressionist painter, who immigrated to the United States as a ten-year-old and always considered himself an outsider, and discusses his uneven relationship with the art world
I Bought Andy Warhol
I Bought Andy Warhol
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810942712
Traces the author's twelve-year quest to own a Warhol painting that would best reflect the artist's essence, recounting his tour of galleries, auction houses, and private collections while revealing the factors that contributed to Warhol's celebrity and the prices of his works.
Painting Below Zero: Notes on a Life in Art
Painting Below Zero
Notes on a Life in Art
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0307263428
The forefront living artist describes his childhood in North Dakota and Minnesota in the late 1930s and 1940s, his education at the Art Students League, and the influence of his relationships with numerous contemporaries.
Goya: The Last Carnival
The Last Carnival
Paperback      ISBN: 1861890451
The starting-point of this study was the discovery that Goya's most famous series of etchings, the Caprichos, was published on Ash Wednesday in 1799. The Spanish artist waited until the 'last Carnival of the century' to bring his celebrated work to light because his aim was to give a personal vision of the 'world turned upside down'. This book reconstructs the link between Carnival, Revolution and the turn of the century in Western culture and analyses the way in which Goya's late work vividly illustrates this triple link. The Marquis de Sade is a second emblematic figure in this adventure into the reversal of all values. Topics such as inversion and perversion, violence and transvestism, folly and the triumph of the flesh, techniques of ambiguity and the symbolism of laughter are illustrated by means of a wide range of examples.
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 finely written biography brings to life the globe-trotting, high-living socialites who were models for works by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Pablo Picasso until tragedy struck their children at the end of the Roaring Twenties. Reprint. $35,000 ad/promo. Tour.
Intimate Journals of Paul Gauguin
Intimate Journals of Paul Gauguin
Paperback      ISBN: 0710301057
Depicts the experiences of the French artist while living on a Polynesian island and discusses the culture of the natives of the island
Destruction of the Father Reconstruction of the Father: Writings and Interviews 1923-1997
Destruction of the Father Reconstruction of the Father
Writings and Interviews 1923-1997
Paperback      ISBN: 0262522462
edited by Marie-Laure Bernadac and Hans-Ulrich Obrist "Everyday you have to abandon your past or accept it and then if you cannot accept it, you become a sculptor." Since the age of twelve, the internationally renowned sculptor Louise Bourgeois has been writing and drawing—first a diary precisely recounting the everyday events of her family life, then notes and reflections. Destruction of the Father—the title comes from the name of a sculpture she did following the death of her husband in 1973—contains both formal texts and what the artist calls "pen-thoughts": drawing-texts often connected to her drawings and sculptures, with stories or poems inscribed alongside the images. Writing is a means of expression that has gained increasing importance for Bourgeois, particularly during periods of insomnia. The writing is compulsive, but it can also be perfectly controlled, informed by her intellectual background, knowledge of art history, and sense of literary form (she has frequently published articles on artists, exhibitions, and art events). Bourgeois, a private woman "without secrets," has given numerous interviews to journalists, artists, and writers, expressing her views on her oeuvre, revealing its hidden meanings, and relating the connection of certain works to the traumas of her childhood. This book collects both her writings and her spoken remarks on art, confirming the deep links between her work and her biography and offering new insights into her creative process.
Leonardo da Vinci: Flights Of The Mind
Leonardo da Vinci
Flights Of The Mind
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670033456
A major new biography of the Renaissance artist, intellectual, scientist, and genius brings to life the complex world of a remarkable man, drawing on original translations of Leonardo's notebooks, as well as recently discovered contemporary accounts, to reconstruct his life and times, from his troubled childhood to his stunning accomplishments in a variety of fields. 35,000 first printing.