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Love Made Visible: Scenes from a Mostly Happy Marriage

by Jean Gibran, Katherine French & Charles Giuliano Interlink Books (July 05, 2014)

Jean Gibran’s Love Made Visible is the moving story of a marriage, of Boston’s South End, and the Boston Expressionist art scene that first flourished there in the 1930s and ‘40s. A teacher in the Boston...


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 Unfinished Song of Francisco Urondo: When Poetry is Not Enough

by Hernan Fontanet UPA (October 24, 2014)

The Unfinished Song of Francisco Urondo is a comprehensive, well-written, documented, and carefully developed study of the literary work and life of Francisco Urondo, an Argentine poet, intellectual, activist,...


Nick Drake

by Patrick Humphries Bloomsbury Publishing (December 17, 2012)

Nick Drake was barely 26 years old when he died in 1974. The British singer-songwriter made only three albums during his short life time: "Five Leaves Left", "Bryter Layer" and "Pink Moon". All are now recognized...


Hutch

by Charlotte Breese Bloomsbury Publishing (January 16, 2012)

Born in Grenada in 1900, Leslie Hutchinson went to America in 1916 to study medicine, but soon escaped to Harlem where he witnessed the birth of "stride" jazz piano. Moving to France in 1923, he became the protege...


The Year with Rudolf Nureyev

by Simon Robinson Quercus (November 04, 2014)

Here, for the first time, is an intimate and fascinating portrait of Rudolf Nureyev off-stage-a man who was an exacting, unpredictable, parsimonious and often immature individual, yet who, at the same time,...


Where To?: A Hack Memoir

by Dmitry Samarov Curbside Splendor Publishing (August 18, 2014)

Stories, sketches, and paintings crafted from a vantage point few people have access to: behind the wheel of a cab.


Michelangelo

by Miles J. Unger Simon & Schuster (July 22, 2014)

This is the life of one of the most revolutionary artists in history, told through the story of six of his greatest masterpieces: “The one indispensable guide for encountering Michelangelo on his home turf”...


Citizen Keane: The Big Lies Behind the Big Eyes

by Cletus Nelson & Adam Parfrey Feral House (June 09, 2014)

The strange saga of the famous kitsch artists, the Keanes, soon to be seen in the forthcoming movie Big Eyes.


Paradoxia: A Predator's Diary

by Lydia Lunch Akashic Books (October 01, 2007)

The unspeakable sexual confessions of legend Lydia Lunch; introduction by Jerry Stahl, afterword by Thurston Moore.


Will Work for Drugs

by Lydia Lunch Akashic Books (July 01, 2009)

Lydia Lunch's second book will provoke rage, awe, and infectious desire.


The Life and Times of Moses Jacob Ezekiel: American Sculptor, Arcadian Knight

by Peter Adam Nash Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (March 01, 2014)

This first book-length study of Moses Ezekiel examines the life and historical context of the once celebrated, now little-known Jewish-American sculptor.


Haussmann, or the Distinction

by Paul La Farge Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 18, 2014)

A stunning, imaginative novel about the great architect of Paris

Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann, who demolished and rebuilt Paris in the middle of the nineteenth century, was the first urbanist of the modern...


Edward James Lennox: "Builder of Toronto"

by Marilyn M. Litvak Dundurn (September 01, 1996)

"Concise, informative and well-illustrated, this short volume speaks reams about a career that included Toronto's first millennial project (Old City Hall), a castle (Casa Loma), as well as the massive generating...


Light for a Cold Land: Lawren Harris's Life and Work

by Peter Larisey Dundurn (January 10, 1993)

Light for a Cold Land the first art-historical study of Lawren Harris that attempts to explore his life and all aspects of his career.


Godard

by Colin MacCabe Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 18, 2014)

Jean-Luc Godard's early films revolutionized the language of cinema. Hugely prolific in his first decade--Breathless, Contempt, Pierrot le Fou, Alphaville, and Made in USA are just a handful of the seminal works...


Caravaggio

by Christopher Peachment St. Martin's Press (January 28, 2014)

My sight was always good. But color now takes on even greater riches. I no longer need the bright blues and reds, which I did so delight in when I was young. I see a hundred times more beauty now in a dark brown,...


The Secret Life of Salvador Dal

by Salvador Dali Dover Publications (May 13, 2013)

This startling early autobiography takes Dalí through his late 30s and "communicates the...total picture of himself (Dalí) sets out to portray" — Books. Superbly illustrated with over 80 photographs and...


Van Gogh on Art and Artists: Letters to Emile Bernard

by Vincent Van Gogh Dover Publications (February 21, 2013)

23 missives — written from 1887 to 1889 — radiate their author's impulsiveness, intensity, and mysticism. The letters are complemented by reproductions of van Gogh's major paintings. 32 full-page black-and-white...


Rodin on Art and Artists

by Auguste Rodin Dover Publications (July 10, 2012)

In an intimate talk with his protégé, the sculptor offers candid, wide-ranging comments on the meaning of art; other famed artists; the relation of sculpture to poetry, painting, and music; more. 76 illustrations....


The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry

by Walter Pater Dover Publications (February 21, 2013)

Pater's graceful essays discuss the achievements of Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and other artists. The book concludes with an uncompromising advocacy of hedonism, urging readers to experience life as...


The Life of William Morris

by J. W. Mackail Dover Publications (March 13, 2013)

Classic biography of great Victorian poet, designer, socialist. Childhood, education, socialism, Arts and Crafts movement, Kelmscott Press, much more. 22 black-and-white illus.


My Art, My Life: An Autobiography

by Diego Rivera & with Gladys March Dover Publications (March 29, 2012)

A richly revealing document offering many telling insights into the mind and heart of a giant of 20th-century art. "Engrossing as a novel." — Chicago Sunday Tribune. 21 halftones.


Picasso

by Gertrude Stein Dover Publications (May 11, 2012)

Intimate, revealing memoir of Picasso as man and artist by influential literary figure. Highly readable amalgam of biographical fact, artistic and aesthetic comments. One of Stein's most accessible works. 61...


The Life of Anne Damer: Portrait of a Regency Artist

by Jonathan David Gross Lexington Books (November 18, 2013)

The first biography of Anne Damer since 1908, The Life of Anne Damer: Portrait of a Regency Artist, by Jonathan Gross, draws on previously unpublished letters to explore the life and legacy of England’s first...


Diane von Furstenberg

by Gioia Diliberto Dey Street Books (July 07, 2015)

A sweeping biography of one of the most influential and controversial legends of late twentieth-century fashion, an iconic designer whose colorful creations, including the “wrap dress,” captured the modern...


Anthony Van Dyck

by Robin Blake Ivan R. Dee (February 16, 2009)

Blake, an author living in London, explains that the impetus for this biography of the great Dutch painter came from his own connection in childhood to a painting purchased by his grandmother


American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell

by Deborah Solomon Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 05, 2013)

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

A FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE IN BIOGRAPHY AND SHORTLISTED FOR THE PEN/JACQUELINE BOGRAD WELD AWARD FOR BIOGRAPHY

"Welcome to Rockwell Land,"...


Daybook, Turn, Prospect

by Anne Truitt & Audrey Niffenegger Scribner (October 08, 2013)

All three of Anne Truitt’s artist’s journals in one e-volume, the illuminating, inspiring record of a woman’s reconciliation of the call of creative work with the demands of daily life—with a new introduction...


Daybook

by Anne Truitt & Audrey Niffenegger Scribner (October 08, 2013)

A classic work for artists of all kinds, about reconciling the call of creative work with the demands of daily life, now with a new introduction by Audrey Niffenegger.

Renowned American artist Anne Truitt kept...


Breakfast with Lucian

by Geordie Greig Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 22, 2013)

An insider's account—the first of its kind—of the thoroughly unconventional life of one of the twentieth century's most shockingly original painters

Lucian Freud's paintings are instantly recognizable: often...


Wang Wei the Painter-Poet

by Lewis Calvin & Dorothy Brush Walmsley Tuttle Publishing (June 10, 1968)

This Chinese art history book is a study of a single poet-artist—Wang Wei—perhaps the most influential of antiquity.

This eighth-century genius, whose versatility is comparable to that of the great Italian...


Louis I. Kahn--Architect: Remembering the Man and Those Who Surrounded Him

by Charles E. Dagit, Jr. & Nathaniel Kahn Transaction Publishers (August 22, 2013)

Few people in the history of art and architecture have planted a seed of inspiration that grew to become a towering oak of lasting influence. Louis I. Kahn was one of these people. In this absorbing volume of...


Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun

by Wafaa Bilal & Kari Lydersen City Lights Publishers (August 06, 2013)

Award-winning Iraqi artist's life story and reflections on his highly provocative interactive art piece.


The Fabulous Life of Diego Rivera

by Betram D. Wolfe Cooper Square Press (July 18, 2000)

A visionary painter best known for his murals, Diego Rivera explored Paris, Spain, San Francisco, New York, Moscow and his native Mexico, and counted Picasso, Cocteau, Trotsky and Rockefeller among his coterie...


Al Jaffee's Mad Life: A Biography

by Mary-Lou Weisman & Al Jaffee HarperCollins e-books (September 28, 2010)

“One of the great cartoonists of our time.” –New Yorker cartoonist Arnold Roth

The remarkable story of one of America’s most prolific and beloved cartoonists, Al Jaffee, with dozens of original color...


Double Take: A Memoir

by Kevin Michael Connolly HarperStudio (October 13, 2009)

“Kevin Connolly has used an unusual physical circumstance to create a gripping work of art. This deeply affecting memoir will place him in the company of Jeanette Walls and Augusten Burroughs.” — Sara...


The Stage's Glory: John Rich (1692-1761)

by Jeremy Barlow, Berta Joncus, Felicity Nussbaum & Moira Goff et al. University of Delaware Press (May 13, 2011)

John Rich (1692-1761) was a profoundly influential figure of the eighteenth-century London stage. As producer, manager and performer, he transformed the urban entertainment market, creating genres and promotional...


Madonna: Like an Icon

by Lucy O'Brien HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Material Girl . . . Immaculate sexpot . . . Superstar . . . Mother . . . Kabbalah enthusiast . . . For three decades she has defied categorization. . . . She remains one of our greatest living pop icons.

Here...


Creators

by Paul Johnson HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Kingsley Amis described Paul Johnson's Intellectuals as “a valuable and entertaining Rogues' Gallery of Adventures of the Mind.” Now the celebrated journalist and historian offers Creators, a companion volume...


No Lifeguard on Duty

by Janice Dickinson HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

No Lifeguard on Duty is the ultimate memoir of sex, drugs, rock & roll, and redemption from modeling icon Janice Dickinson. From her supermodel glory days with Gia Carangi and Christie Brinkley to nights with...


Madame Tussaud

by Kate Berridge HarperCollins (May 26, 2009)

Millions have visited the museums that bear her name, yet few know much about Madame Tussaud. A celebrated artist, she had both a ringside seat at and a cameo role in the French Revolution. A victim and survivor...


Super Boys

by Brad Ricca St. Martin's Press (June 04, 2013)

In time for the 75th anniversary of the Man of Steel, comes the first comprehensive literary biography of Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, creators of the DC Comics superhero Superman and the inspiration for Michael...


Robert Duncan in San Francisco

by Michael Rumaker City Lights Publishers (January 15, 2013)

A revealing portrait of a major poet of the SF Renaissance and a gripping account of late ’50s gay life.


Mavericks

by Peter C. Newman HarperCollins Publishers (October 26, 2010)

Peter C. Newman’s poison pen has lodged itself in the viscera of the Canadian elite. In Mavericks, he has selected his most evocative writing about those Canadians who run against the grain on the grandest...


Heroes

by Peter C. Newman HarperCollins Publishers (October 26, 2010)

In Heroes, Peter C. Newman gives us incisive analysis of dozens of Canadians, past and present, who have defined this country, drawing on fifty years of writing. He writes about iconic Canadians such as Terry...


Confessions Of an Art Addict

by Peggy Guggenheim Ecco (April 16, 2013)

A patron of art since the 1930s, Peggy Guggenheim, in a candid self-portrait, provides an insider's view of the early days of modern art, with revealing accounts of her eccentric wealthy family, her personal...


Rubens: A Portrait

by Paul Oppenheimer Cooper Square Press (May 21, 2002)

Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens, according to his biographer Oppenheimer, did more that create remarkable baroque paintings and pictures of 'Rubenesque' nudes; he originated a powerful new idea of beauty that...


The Perfect House: A Journey with Renaissance Master Andrea Palladio

by Witold Rybczynski Scribner (February 26, 2013)

"Palladio is the Bible," Thomas Jefferson once said. "You should get it and stick to it." With his simple, gracious, perfectly proportioned villas, Andrea Palladio elevated the architecture of the private house...


Banksy

by Will Ellsworth-Jones St. Martin's Press (February 12, 2013)

While hiding from the limelight, Banksy has made himself into one of the world's best-known living artists. His pieces have fetched millions of dollars at prestigious auction houses. He was nominated for an...