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Storming the Old Boys' Citadel

by Carla Blank & Tania Martin Baraka Books (December 15, 2014)

“Women” and “architecture” were once mutually exclusive terms. In an 1891 address, Louise Blanchard Bethune declared, “it is hardly safe to assert” that a connection even exists between the two words....


The Visual Dictionary of Art & Architecture

by Ariane Archambault & Jean-Claude Corbeil Les Éditions Québec Amérique (July 20, 2012)

The Visual Dictionary of Art and Architecture takes the reader into a fascinating journey through fine arts, graphic arts, performing arts, photography, music, crafts and classic or modern architecture. Convenient...


The Splendor of English Gothic Architecture

by John Shannon Hendrix Parkstone International (June 29, 2012)

This book explains and celebrates the richness of English churches and cathedrals, which have a major place in medieval architecture. The English Gothic style developed somewhat later than in France, but rapidly...


Art Deco

by Victoria Charles & Klaus H. Carl Parkstone International (January 04, 2012)

Art Deco style was established on the ashes of a disappeared world, the one from before the First World War, and on the foundation stone of a world yet to become, opened to the most undisclosed promises. Forgetting...


Surrealism

by Nathalia  Brodskaïa & Nathalia Brodskaïa Parkstone International (August 11, 2005)

Surrealists appeared in the aftermath of World War I with a bang: revolution of thought, creativity, and the wish to break away from the past and all that was left in ruins.This refusal to integrate into the...


Romanticism

by Léon Rosenthal Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

Romanticism was a reaction against the Neoclassicism that invaded the 19th century, and marked a veritable intellectual rupture. Found in the writings of Victor Hugo and Lord Byron, amongst others, its ideas...


The Pre-Raphaelites

by Robert de la Sizeranne Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

In Victorian England, with the country swept up in the Industrial Revolution, the Pre-Raphaelites, close to William Morris’ Arts and Crafts movement, yearned for a return to bygone values. Wishing to revive...


Expressionism

by Ashley Bassie Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Emil Nolde, E.L. Kirchner, Paul Klee, Franz Marc as well as the Austrians Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele were among the generation of highly individual artists who contributed...


Romanesque Art

by Victoria Charles & Klaus Carl Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

In art history, the term ‘Romanesque art’ distinguishes the period between the beginning of the 11th and the end of the 12th century. This era showed a great diversity of regional schools each with their...


Gothic Art

by Victoria Charles & Klaus Carl Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

Gothic art finds its roots in the powerful architecture of the cathedrals of northern France. It is a medieval art movement that evolved throughout Europe over more than 200 years. Leaving curved Roman forms...


The Viennese Secession

by Victoria Charles & Klaus Carl Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

A symbol of modernity, the Viennese Secession was defined by the rebellion of twenty artists who were against the conservative Vienna Künstlerhaus' oppressive influence over the city, the epoch, and the whole...


The Fauves

by Nathalia Brodskaya Parkstone International (August 03, 2015)

Born at the dawn of the 20th century, Fauvism burst onto the artistic scene at the 1905 Salon d'Automne with great controversy by throwing bright, vibrant colours in the face of artistic convention. Fuelled...


Early Italian Painting

by Joseph Archer Crowe, Giovanni Battista Cavalcaselle & Anna Jameson Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

Oscillating between the majesty of the Greco-Byzantine tradition and the modernity predicted by Giotto, Early Italian Painting addresses the first important aesthetic movement that would lead to the Renaissance,...


Rococo

by Victoria Charles & Klaus Carl Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

Deriving from the French word rocaille, in reference to the curved forms of shellfish, and the Italian barocco, the French created the term ‘Rococo’. Appearing at the beginning of the 18th century, it rapidly...


Post-Impressionism

by Nathalia Brodskaya Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

Whilst Impressionism marked the first steps toward modern painting by revolutionising an artistic medium stifled by academic conventions, Post-Impressionism, even more revolutionary, completely liberated colour...


Impressionism

by Nathalia Brodskaya Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

“I paint what I see and not what it pleases others to see.” What other words than these of Édouard Manet, seemingly so different from the sentiments of Monet or Renoir, could best define the Impressionist...


Cubism

by Guillaume Apollinaire & Dorothea Eimert Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon: five young women that changed modern art forever. Faces seen simultaneously from the front and in profile, angular bodies whose once voluptuous feminine forms disappear behind asymmetric...


The Nabis

by Albert Kostenevitch Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

Pierre Bonnard was the leader of the group of post-impressionist painters who called themselves “the Nabis”, from the Hebrew word for “prophet”. Influenced by Odilon Redon, Puvis de Chavannes, popular...


Byzantine Art

by Charles Bayet Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

For more than a millennium, from its creation in 330 CE until its fall in 1453, the Byzantine Empire was a cradle of artistic effervescence that is only beginning to be rediscovered. Endowed with the rich heritage...


Baroque Art

by Victoria Charles & Klaus Carl Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

The Baroque period lasted from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the middle of the eighteenth century. Baroque art was artists’ response to the Catholic Church’s demand for solemn grandeur following...


The Arts & Crafts Movement

by Oscar Lovell Triggs Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” This quote alone from William Morris could summarise the ideology of the Arts & Crafts movement, which triggered...


Symbolism

by Nathalia Brodskaya Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

Symbolism appeared in France and Europe between the 1880s and the beginning of the 20th century. The Symbolists, fascinated with ancient mythology, attempted to escape the reign of rational thought imposed by...


Russian Avant-Garde

by Evgueny Kovtun Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

The Russian Avant-garde was born at the turn of the 20th century in pre-revolutionary Russia. The intellectual and cultural turmoil had then reached a peak and provided fertile soil for the formation of the...


Renaissance Art

by Victoria Charles Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

The Renaissance began at the end of the 14th century in Italy and had extended across the whole of Europe by the second half of the 16th century. The rediscovery of the splendour of ancient Greece and Rome marked...


Art Nouveau

by Jean Lahor Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

Art Nouveau gives a name to the decorative and architectural style developed in the 1880s and 1890s in the West. Born in reaction to the Industrial Revolution and to the creative vacuum it left behind, Art Nouveau...


Bauhaus

by Michael Siebenbrodt & Lutz Schöbe Parkstone International (August 11, 2005)

The Bauhaus movement (meaning the “house of building”) developed in three German cities - it began in Weimar between 1919 and 1925, then continued in Dessau, from 1925 to 1932, and finally ended in 1932-1933...


Wiremu Pere

by Joseph Te Kani Pere Libro International (November 02, 2010)

Wiremu Pere (Wi Pere) lived from 1837 to 1915, leading his tribes of Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga a Mahaki through some of the most turbulent chapters of New Zealand history. He stood resolute against colonialism...


QUEBEC, Birthplace of New France

by David Mendel & Luc-Antoine Couturier Éditions Sylvain Harvey (April 03, 2012)

Quebec, founded by Samuel de Champlain in 1608, became the capital of New France in 1663. This fortress city and inland seaport served as a crucial control point, linking the Atlantic World with the vast network...


Pre-Raphaelites

by Robert de la Sizeranne Parkstone International (February 15, 2014)

In the Victorian era, England – swept along by the Industrial Revolution, the Pre-Raphaelite fold, William Morris, and the Arts and Crafts movement – aspired to return to traditional values. Wishing to resurrect...


Impressionism

by Nathalia Brodskaya & Natalia Brodskaya Parkstone International (January 10, 2007)

Impressionism has always been one of the public’s favourite styles of art and Impressionist works continue to enchant beholders with their amazing play of colours and forms. This book offers a well-chosen...


Art Nouveau

by Victoria Charles & Jean Lahor Parkstone International (January 10, 2007)

Ever since its triumph at the Paris Universal Exposition, Art Nouveau has continued to inspire artists. The movement offered an artistic response to the industrial revolution and the creative vacuum left in...


How Architecture Works

by Witold Rybczynski Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 08, 2013)

An essential toolkit for understanding architecture as both art form and the setting for our everyday lives

We spend most of our days and nights in buildings, living and working and sometimes playing. Buildings...


Constellation of Genius

by Kevin Jackson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 17, 2013)

Ezra Pound referred to 1922 as Year One of a new era. It was the year that began with the publication of James Joyce's Ulysses and ended with the publication of T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land, two works that were...


Twenty Minutes in Manhattan

by Michael Sorkin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 12, 2013)

Every morning, the architect and writer Michael Sorkin walks downtown from his Greenwich Village apartment through Washington Square to his Tribeca office. Sorkin isn't in a hurry, and he never ignores his surroundings....


Place Ville Marie: Montreal's Shining Landmark

by Collectif Les Éditions Québec Amérique (September 17, 2012)

This book traces the fascinating history of what Montrealers still call the city’s “grande dame”. From the complex’s earliest beginnings with developer William Zeckendorf, through its later transformations,...


The Pinecone

by Jenny Uglow Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 15, 2013)

In the village of Wreay, near Carlisle, stands the strangest and most magical Victorian church in England. This vivid, original book tells the story of its builder, Sarah Losh, strong-willed, passionate, and...


Good Guys, Wiseguys, and Putting Up Buildings

by Samuel C. Florman St. Martin's Press (March 13, 2012)

Good Guys, Wiseguys, and Putting Up Buildings is an engaging memoir about one man's career in construction--rising to the top of an industry renowned for crime, corruption, violence, physical danger, and the...


The Painted Word

by Tom Wolfe Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 14, 2008)

"America's nerviest journalist" (Newsweek) trains his satirical eye on Modern Art in this "masterpiece" (The Washington Post)

Wolfe's style has never been more dazzling, his wit never more keen. He addresses...


The Flatiron

by Alice Sparberg Alexiou St. Martin's Press (June 08, 2010)

The marvelous story of the Flatiron: the instantly recognizable building that signaled the start of a new era in New York history.

Critics hated it. The public feared it would topple over. Passersby were knocked...


Pagan Light

by Jamie James Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 19, 2019)

"Pagan Light is mesmerizing. Every detail is compelling. I felt I was reading a family history of a family far more interesting than mine." --Edmund White, author of Our Young Man

A rich, intimate embrace of...


Devil's Mile

by Alice Sparberg Alexiou St. Martin's Press (July 24, 2018)

The New York Times Book Review: "Alexiou guides us through this checkered history with gusto."

Kevin Baker, author of The Big Crowd: "Devil's Mile is a terrific read. Alice Sparberg Alexiou knows her history,...


The Trojan War

by 50MINUTES.Com 50Minutes.com (May 23, 2017)

Keen to learn but short on time? Get to grips with the history of the Trojan War in next to no time with this concise guide.

50Minutes.com provides a clear and engaging analysis of the Trojan War. When Menelaus,...


Fallen Glory

by James Crawford Picador (March 07, 2017)

An inviting, fascinating compendium of twenty-one of history's most famous lost places, from the Tower of Babel to the Twin Towers

Buildings are more like us than we realize. They can be born into wealth or poverty,...


The Secret Lives of Buildings

by Edward Hollis Henry Holt and Co. (November 10, 2009)

A strikingly original, beautifully narrated history of Western architecture and the cultural transformations that it represents

Concrete, marble, steel, brick: little else made by human hands seems as stable,...


Intimate Companions

by David Leddick St. Martin's Press (November 24, 2015)

Photographer George Platt Lynes, painter Paul Cadmus, and critic Lincoln Kirstein played a major role in creating the institutions of the American art world from the late 1920s to the early 1950s. The three...


Glory in a Line

by Phyllis Birnbaum Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 13, 2007)

The first biography in English of the Japanese artist who was a central figure in the dazzling artistic milieu of 1920s Paris

When we think of expatriates in Paris during the early decades of the twentieth century,...


M

by Peter Robb Henry Holt and Co. (March 03, 2015)

A bold, fresh biography of the world's first modern painter As presented with "blood and bone and sinew" (Times Literary Supplement) by Peter Robb, Caravaggio's wild and tempestuous life was a provocation to...


Rebels in Paradise

by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp Henry Holt and Co. (July 19, 2011)

The extraordinary story of the artists who propelled themselves to international fame in 1960s Los Angeles

Los Angeles, 1960: There was no modern art museum and there were few galleries, which is exactly what...


Mysteries of the Mall

by Witold Rybczynski Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 08, 2015)

A deep exploration of modern life that examines our cities, public places, and homes

Following How Architecture Works, Witold Rybczynski casts a seasoned critical eye over the modern scene with Mysteries of the...


Versailles

by Tony Spawforth St. Martin's Press (March 16, 2010)

The behind-the-scenes story of the world's most famous palace, painting a picture of the way its residents truly lived and examining the palace's legacy, from French history through today

The story of Versailles...