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Art Nouveau: Utopia : Reconciling the Irreconcilable
Art Nouveau
Utopia : Reconciling the Irreconcilable
Paperback      ISBN: 3822805483
I Bought Andy Warhol
I Bought Andy Warhol
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810942712

In 1987 art dealer Richard Polsky set aside $100,000 to purchase for his private collection a painting by famed Pop artist Andy Warhol - a process that took him 12 years. His journey, spanning the art world of the go-go 1980s to the recession of the 1990s, is recounted here.

My Secret: A Postsecret Book
My Secret
A Postsecret Book
Hardcover      ISBN: 0061196681

New York Times Bestseller

Postsecret.com founder Frank Warren is back with a fresh and compelling companion to his wildly popular Los Angeles Times bestseller, PostSecret. For My Secret, a collectible, paper-over-board book that includes a page of vibrant, decorative stickers, Warren has personally selected never-before-seen anonymous postcards created by teens and college students from across the country. Each card bears an intimate and powerful secret--at turns inspirational, shocking, hilarious, and poetic--that is told through original illustrations, photographs, collages, and other creative means. Sample messages include:

  • "I am avoiding you because you are socially below me."
  • "I know the truth to the lie my parents tell... "
  • "My friends think I was homeschooled. I spent high school in juvi."

A unique and important book that will appeal to both young adults and their parents, My Secret offers a raw and revealing glimpse into the real lives of today's teens and twentysomethings. Choosing their own handmade postcards over email or text messages, teens and college students express their hopes, fears, and wildest confessions in a way that truly represents their diverse personalities and voices.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883
Renoir Landscapes
1865-1883
Hardcover      ISBN: 1857093224

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (18411919) was one of the most audacious and original landscape artists of his age. Throughout his career, he continually experimented with composition, light, paint handling, and pictorial structure in innovative new ways that challenged traditionaland contemporarypainting. He taught himself by working side-by-side with fellow Impressionist masters Monet and Sisley, and in the 1870s began to define his distinctive landscape style of quick, silvery brushstrokes. By the end of the decade he had moved decisively in the direction of unparalleled painterly freedom.
This stunning book is the first to examine Renoir s landscape art in depth, tracing its evolution from the beginning of his career through his Impressionist period and the early 1880s, when he began to incorporate new landscape motifs and new levels of coloristic intensity in paintings after traveling to Algeria and Italy. With over 200 illustrations, a detailed chronology, and bibliography, the book" "includes essays by highly distinguished scholars that discuss the range and importance of these works and present many fresh discoveries. They also place Renoir s landscapes in the overall context of the genre in 19th-century France, revealing how his experiments were radical andin ways that have not yet been fully acknowledgedinfluential on the later development of modern art."

The Day of the Dead: A Pictorial Archive of Dia de Los Muertos [With CDROM]
The Day of the Dead
A Pictorial Archive of Dia de Los Muertos [With CDROM]
Paperback      ISBN: 0486480267
Calaveras -- grotesque yet lively images of costumed skeletons -- represent a traditional aspect of the Mexican holiday known as the Day of the Dead, when people celebrate the memories of departed loved ones. This compilation of 187 multi-character prints and spot illustrations was drawn from a variety of authentic sources, including many works by Jos Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913), Mexico's most illustrious graphic artist. Posada took the calaveras custom to new heights, transforming the cavorting skeletons into imaginative expressions of social and political satire.
A century later, these striking drawings, engravings, and etchings continue to pulse with vitality, offering modern designers a timeless source of royalty-free art. In addition to the book's lavish selection of illustrations, a bonus CD-ROM features all of the print images in JPEG and TIFF formats.
Street Logos
Street Logos
Paperback      ISBN: 0500284695

Graffiti art is constantly changing. Fresh coats of paint and newly pasted posters appear overnight in cities across the world. New artists, new ideas, and new tactics displace faded images in a perpetual process of renewal and metamorphosis. From Los Angeles to Barcelona, Stockholm to Tokyo, Melbourne to Milan, wall spaces are a breeding ground for graphic and typographic forms as artists unleash their daily creations.

Current graffiti art is reflective of the world around it. Using new materials and techniques, its innovators are creating a language of forms and images infused with contemporary graphic design and illustration. Fluent in branding and graphic imagery, they have been replacing tags with more personal logos and shifting from typographic to iconographic forms of communication.

Street Logos is a worldwide celebration of these new developments in twenty-first-century graffiti, an essential sourcebook for all art and design professionals, and a delight to everyone excited by the vitality of the street.

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1
The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories
Volume 1
Hardcover      ISBN: 0062121669

HitRECord's collaborative coalition of artists andwriters are making history with The TinyBook of Tiny Stories: Volume 1, a collection of innovative crowd-sourcedcreative projects that pushes the limits of originality, cooperation, imagination, and inspiration. HitRECord, a grassrootscreative collective founded by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known worldwide forhis performances in (500) Days of Summer and Inception, is aforum where thousands of artists worldwide share work and contribute to theirpeers' projects in writing, music, videos, illustration, and beyond. AlongsideDean Haspiel's ACT-I-VATE, a groundbreaking comicscollective, and the photographer JR's Inside Out Project, hitRECordis a haven for budding creatives. Now, the collectivehas edited together its most promising stories and illustrations to serve asits face in introducing the world to a new generation of talent, in The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories.

Thanksgiving: An Illustrated History
Thanksgiving
An Illustrated History
Paperback      ISBN: 0764338293

There's nothing like enjoying turkey and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, the oldest American holiday, with nostalgic memories of family gatherings around the dining room table. See how illustrators have portrayed this day of thanks through the years. More than 700 illustrated newspapers, magazine covers, postcards, and prints trace this holiday's history - from the Pilgrims' first observance to the present. Included are vintage postcards and well-known publications like Life, The Ladies' Home Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, and Harper's Weekly. History lovers and collectors will find this a wonderful resource and an entertaining look back at days gone-by.

Bits & Pieces Put Together to Present a Semblance of a Whole: Walker Art Center Collections
Bits & Pieces Put Together to Present a Semblance of a Whole
Walker Art Center Collections
Hardcover      ISBN: 0935640789

One of the premier institutions of contemporary art in the country, the Walker Art Center also holds an important collection of over 11,000 objects from the early twentieth century to the present. These holdings reflect the Center's renowned multidisciplinary program, and include paintings, sculpture, prints, photography, film, video, installations and digital arts that range in date from classic early Modernist to cutting edge contemporary.

Past Objects
Past Objects
Hardcover      ISBN: 098207543x

In the space between archaeology and history stand men like Scott Jordan, a native New Yorker, who has been digging around in the city's soil for the best part of four decades. In this book Jordan provides a factual and speculative examination of the past as he describes some of his favourite objects and stories.