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Alex Steinweiss: The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover
Alex Steinweiss
The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover
Hardcover      ISBN: 3836527715
The man who launched the Golden Age of album cover design "I love music so much and I had such ambition that I was willing to go way beyond what the hell they paid me for. I wanted people to look at the artwork and hear the music." —Alex Steinweiss Alex Steinweiss invented the album cover as we know it, and created a new graphic art form. In 1940, as Columbia Records’ young new art director, he pitched an idea: Why not replace the standard plain brown wrapper with an eye-catching illustration? The company took a chance, and within months its record sales increased by over 800 per cent. His covers for Columbia—combining bold typography with modern, elegant illustrations—took the industry by storm and revolutionized the way records were sold. Over three decades, Steinweiss made thousands of original artworks for classical, jazz, and popular record covers for Columbia, Decca, London, and Everest; as well as logos, labels, advertising material, even his own typeface, the Steinweiss Scrawl. He launched the golden age of album cover design and influenced generations of designers to follow. Less well known—but included here—are his posters for the U.S. Navy; packaging and label design for liquor companies; film title sequences; as well as his fine art. Includes essays by three-time Grammy Award-winning art director/designer Kevin Reagan and graphic design historian Steven Heller; Steinweiss’ personal recollections from an epic career; and extensive ephemera from the Steinweiss archive. Record collectors and graphic designers rejoice! Previously available in a limited edition, the book is finally available in an affordable trade version.
Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonne 1962-1987
Andy Warhol Prints
A Catalogue Raisonne 1962-1987
Hardcover      ISBN: 1891024639

"A CATALOGUE RAISONNE 1962-1987. 2003, 4to, 383 pgs.

Atelier Van Lieshout: A Manual
Atelier Van Lieshout
A Manual
Paperback      ISBN: 9069181827

Small 8vo oblong, unpaginated. Full bound in pictorial paper wraps with red and black titling on front cover and spine. Very minimal edge wear to wraps. Interior pages have light toning to edges. Full of intriguing color and b&w plates exploring interior and furniture design.

Audubon's Aviary: The Original Watercolors for The Birds of America
Audubon's Aviary
The Original Watercolors for The Birds of America
Hardcover      ISBN: 0847834832
A national treasure is celebrated in this landmark publication. The Birds of America is a monumental classic, but it has never been explored like this before. This important new volume presents all the dazzling watercolors that Audubon painted for these monumental engravings. We are familiar with the prints engraved by Robert Havell Jr., but Audubon's Aviary illuminates the original masterpieces that were created by Audubon himself and tells the story behind their creation with fresh insights and engaging quotes from his writings. These powerful paintings—all newly photographed using state-of-the-art techniques—possess a startling immediacy, vibrancy, and fluidity that link natural history, art, and a respect for the environment.These watercolors transmit Audubon's devotion to his craft with their inscriptions and layers of media wrought with a miniaturist's attention to detail and their revolutionary compositions, which for the first time in history depicted all the birds life-size. Audubon is considered America's first great watercolorist, introducing innovative approaches developed over a lifetime of study. Even judged alongside today's technology, his dramatic tableaux remain some of the most spectacular natural history documents and visually arresting works of art ever produced.

B&w Paintings: Ads and Illustrations 1985-1986
B&w Paintings: Ads and Illustrations 1985-1986
Trade Paperback      SKU: 281AKJ1009390

Paper wrappers, VG overall; some light shelfwear, rubbing to corners.

Caspar David Friedrich: And Romantic Painting
Caspar David Friedrich
And Romantic Painting
Paperback      ISBN: 2879390923
Charles Burchfield's Journals: The Poetry of Place
Charles Burchfield's Journals
The Poetry of Place
Hardcover      ISBN: 0791409910
The personal journals of Charles Burchfield reveal the unique vision and approach to life that established him as America's preeminent watercolorist and painter of nature. When he died in 1967 at the age of seventy-three, Burchfield had filled seventy-two bound notebooks with his personal entries, comprising some 10,000 pages. He included sketches, doodles, quotations, clippings, weather, notes, and other marginalia and insertions offering a rare glimpse into the artist's life. Presented here in book form, the edited journals are organized thematically. The editor's introductions place each section in biographical and art historical context. The material is annotated and informed by the previously unpublished archives of the Burchfield Art Center, and complemented by 41 color plates and 131 black and white illustrations. These journals constitute a full, detailed history of an American artist's life, presenting a culmination of two major literary genres: the nineteenth century spiritual autobiography and the American nature journal. Burchfield's notes feature the activities, daily sketching trips, nature observations, personal encounters, artistic growth, and the religious conflicts of a major American artist. Beginning with the summer before his third year in high school and continuing up to the months before his death, the journals are as complete a record of Burchfield's thoughts and career as Delacroix's journals or Van Gogh's letters to his brother Theo are of theirs. Burchfield was born in 1893 in Ashtabula, Ohio, and grew up in Salem, a small town in the northeast section of the state. He received his art training at the Cleveland School of Art. After a year's tour of duty in the Army, he moved to Buffalo, New York, and went to work as Assistant Designer and later Director of the design department of M.H. Birge and Sons Wallpaper Company. When in 1929 Frank K.M. Rehn of New York offered to become his art dealer, Burchfield resigned from Birge in order to devote himself fully to painting. Over the years his accomplishments included one-person exhibitions in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, and Corcoran Gallery of Art. Among the awards and honors he received were the Chancellor's medal from the University of Buffalo, the Merit medal (gold) from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Dawson Memorial Medal, the Metropolitan Museum of Art watercolor award, and a doctorate of Fine Arts from Harvard University. In 1966 the Charles Burchfield Center was dedicated at Buffalo State College.
Constantin Brancusi: 1876-1957
Constantin Brancusi
Hardcover      ISBN: 0262023954
In twentieth-century sculpture, one name towers above all others: Romanian-born Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957). This book accompanies a major retrospective exhibition of Brancusi's sculpture, drawings, and photographs, organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Profusely illustrated throughout, with photographs by the artist and images culled from a wide range of archival sources, it is the most definitive work yet published on this influential artist. The authors provide a detailed reassessment of Brancusi's work, incorporating and extending the profound revisions in scholarship that have been taking place since the last major retrospective in 1969-70.
Cremaster 2
Cremaster 2
Paperback      ISBN: 0935640649

"Oblong small 4to, Unpaginated. Full bound in pictorial paper wraps. Full photographic illustrations with fold outs. With plastic dustcover & unopened in plastic wrapping.

Curt Stenver Or of Allegory
Curt Stenver Or of Allegory
Hardcover      SKU: 1199430528