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The Lives of the Artists
The Lives of the Artists
Paperback      ISBN: 0140445005
Beginning with Cimabue and Giotto in the 13th century, Giorgio Vasari traces the development of Italian art across three centuries to the golden epoch of Leonardo and Michelangelo. It also conveys much about the author himself and his abilities as a critic inspired by his passion for art.
Vermeer: A View of Delft
Vermeer
A View of Delft
Hardcover      ISBN: 0805067183
The dramatic story of Dutch master painter Jan Vermeer is told against the backdrop of the "golden age" of Dutch culture in the seventeenth century and offers a compelling portrait of Vermeer's life, his artistic career, and his influence on the history of Western art. 17,500 first printing.
Dime-Store Alchemy: The Art of Joseph Cornell
Dime-Store Alchemy
The Art of Joseph Cornell
Paperback      ISBN: 1590174860
Now in Paperback In Dime-Store Alchemy, poet Charles Simic reflects on the life and work of Joseph Cornell, the maverick surrealist who is one of America’s great artists. Simic’s spare prose is as enchanting and luminous as the mysterious boxes of found objects for which Cornell is justly renowned.
Eakins Revealed: The Secret Life of an American Artist
Eakins Revealed
The Secret Life of an American Artist
Hardcover      ISBN: 0195156684
An examination of the dark side of American painter Thomas Eakins's life and work unveils new facts about the artist's life and makes sense of the enigmas of his work, documenting the bitter personal feuds and family tragedies that affected him, as well as the artist's own tendency toward psychological abuse and sexual harassment.
Georgia O'Keeffe
Georgia O'Keeffe
Paperback      ISBN: 0060920009
Examines the artist's long and distinguished career, her personal relationships, and her significance in terms of American art and the women's movement
Isabella and Leonardo: The Artistic Relationship between Isabella d'Este and Leonardo da Vinci 1500-1506
Isabella and Leonardo
The Artistic Relationship between Isabella d'Este and Leonardo da Vinci 1500-1506
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300121245
Isabella d'Este, the marchioness of Mantua, was a collector of antiquities, a patron of art, and one of the most vivid personalities of the Italian Renaissance. Her artistic relationship with Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) is charted through the letters that they exchanged over the course of about six years. Beginning in late 1499, Leonardo spent several months in Mantua, where he met Isabella and produced a finished portrait drawing of her. In the years that followed, the marchioness wrote to the artist to ask him to undertake other paintings and projects. Though little came of these requests, da Vinci did produce a drawing of some classical hard-stone vases to assist her search for collectible antiques and also started work on a painting of Christ as a twelve-year-old boy at her request. The story of their relationship is explored in depth for the first time in Isabella and Leonardo. This illuminating story raises interesting and important questions about relationships between artists and patrons, and about women as art patrons at the beginning of the 16th century.
Francis Bacon: Anatomy of an Enigma
Francis Bacon
Anatomy of an Enigma
Paperback      ISBN: 0813335205
A biography of the British modern artist, famous for starting the informal "School of London", which favored figurative painting in an age of abstract painting
Artists Unframed: Snapshots from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art
Artists Unframed
Snapshots from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art
Hardcover      ISBN: 1616892951
Tucked away among the letters, diaries, and other ephemera in the Smithsonian's archives lies a trove of rarely seen snapshots of some of the twentieth century's most celebrated artists. Unlike the familiar official portraits and genius-at-work shots, these humble snaps capture creative giants with their guard down, in the moment, living life. Pablo Picasso stands proudly on a balcony with young daughter Maya—a tiny, meticulously inked annotation penned by an unknown hand proclaims that "he's very much in love." Jackson Pollock morosely carves a turkey while his mother, Stella, and wife, Lee Krasner, look on. A young Andy Warhol clowns for the camera with college friend Philip Pearlstein, and in a later shot more closely resembles his famously enigmatic public self at a gallery opening with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Art Lover: A Biography of Peggy Guggenheim
Art Lover
A Biography of Peggy Guggenheim
Paperback      ISBN: 006095681x
Peggy Guggenheim -- millionairess, legendary lover, sadomasochist, appalling parent, selective miser -- was one of the greatest and most notorious art patrons of the twentieth century. After her father, Benjamin Guggenheim, went down with the Titanic, the young heiress came into a small fortune and left for Europe. She married the writer Laurence Vail and joined the American expatriate bohemian set. Though her many lovers included such lions of art and literature as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst (whom she later married), Yves Tanguy, and Roland Penrose, real love always seemed to elude her. In the late 1930s, Peggy set up one of the first galleries of modern art in London, quickly acquiring a magnificent selection of works, buying great numbers of paintings from artists fleeing to America after the Nazi invasion of France. Escaping from Vichy, she moved back to New York, where she was a vital part of the new American abstract expressionist movement. Meticulously researched, filled with colorful incident, and boasting a distinguished cast, Anton Gill's biography reveals the inner drives of a remarkable woman and indefatigable patron of the arts.
Factory Made: Warhol and the Sixties
Factory Made
Warhol and the Sixties
Hardcover      ISBN: 0679423729
An illustrated portrait of Andy Warhol's Silver Factory profiles the members of the avant-garde group, which included Lou Reed, Nico, Edie Sedgwick, Billy Name, Gerard Malanga, Paul Morrissey, Joe Dallesandro, Candy Darling, Baby Jane Holzer, Henry Geldzahler, Ultra Violet, and Viva, showing how this unique mixture of creative individuals transformed 1960s pop culture. 25,000 first printing.