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  1. *Edward Hopper and the American Hotel Catalogue

    Leo G. Mazow, with Sarah G. Powers; With contributions by David Brody, Erika Doss, Carmenita Higginbotham, Kirsten M. Jensen, Leo G. Mazow, and Jason Weems
    November 12, 2019
    264 pages, 9 1/2 x 11
    205 color illus., including 2 removable maps
    ISBN: 9780300246889
    PB-with Flaps
    Distributed for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

    An examination of the hotel and motel imagery—and the culture it represents—in Edward Hopper’s iconic paintings and watercolors

    The painter, draftsman, and illustrator Edward Hopper (1882–1967) is one of America’s best-known and most frequently exhibited artists. Hotels, motels, and tourist homes are recurring motifs in his work, along with streets, lighthouses, and gas stations forming a visual vocabulary of transportation infrastructure. In ten essays, this fascinating volume explores Hopper’s lifelong investigation of such spaces, shedding light on both his professional practice and far-reaching changes in transportation and communications, which affected not only work and leisure but also dynamics of race, class, and gender. Hopper’s covers for the trade journal Hotel Management, in addition to other well-known works, invite reflection on the complicated roles of the nascent New Woman; the erasure of hotel work and workers; contemporary associations of the color white with cleanliness and purity; the watercolors Hopper made from hotel windows and rooftops in Mexico; and the broader context of transportation history. A final section traces journeys that Hopper and his wife, the artist Josephine “Jo” Nivison Hopper, took by car in the 1940s and 1950s; selected correspondence and quotations from Jo’s diaries join reproductions of postcards and ephemera illuminating their—and fellow Americans’—shifting travel habits.
    Leo G. Mazow is Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. His book Thomas Hart Benton and the American Sound won the 2013 Eldredge Prize, awarded by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

    Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
    (October 26, 2019–February 23, 2020)

    Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
    (June 4, 2020–September 13, 2020)

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  2. *Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop

    by Sarah L. Eckhardt Hardcover 260 pages 9 3/4" x 12 1/4" ISBN-13: 9781934351178 Published by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, this 300-page catalogue features stunning photographs, enlightening essays, and the fascinating bios of photographers Louis Draper, Anthony Barboza, Adger Cowens, Danny Dawson, Al Fennar, Ray Francis, Herman Howard, Jimmie Mannas, Herb Randall, Herb Robinson, Beuford Smith, Ming Smith, Shawn Walker, and Calvin Wilson.

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  3. 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American History

    By JEFFREY C. STEWART Category: History Paperback 416 Pages | 7 x 9-1/4 | ISBN 9780385485760 From the winner of the 2018 National Book Award, a comprehensive and entertaining account of the most significant events and individuals in African American history 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American History is history at your fingertips, in a concise, accessible, easily-read format. 2018 National Book Award winner Jeffrey C. Stewart, a professor of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, takes the reader on an all-encompassing journey through the entirety of African American history that is pithy, provocative, and encyclopedic in scope. Here are all the people, terms, ideas, events, and social processes that make African American history such a fascinating and inspiring subject. 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American History covers all the significant information in six broad sections: Great Migrations; Civil Rights and Politics; Science, Inventions and Medicine; Sports; Military; Culture and Religion. A necessary addition to every family’s library, 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American History presents African American history in a fun, engaging, and intelligent way.

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  4. 50 Contemporary Women Artists: Groundbreaking Contemporary Art from 1960 to Now

    John Gosslee and Heather Zises, Editors, Foreword by Elizabeth Sackler Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 334 color illustrations | 360 pp ISBN13: 9780764356537 | Binding: hard cover This one-of-a-kind compendium features a selection of women artists and architects who have made groundbreaking contributions to contemporary art. Profiling an international cross-section of artists, 50 Contemporary Women Artists presents fresh perspectives on feminism and notions of cultural power. Using a variety of mediums, the artists in this book address themes of social, cultural, political, environmental, and psychological issues. Included are works by five MacArthur Foundation Fellows that activate an ongoing dialogue about contemporary practices. Readers receive a unique glimpse of seminal works such as Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party, as well as brand-new pieces inspired by the Women’s March on Washington in 2017. Complete with a foreword by Elizabeth Sackler, PhD, this compilation is ideal for educators, students, curators, collectors, and all those who support the arts.

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  5. A Beautifully Broken Virginia


    Join us in the VMFA Shop for a book signing with John Plashal

    Wed, Oct 30 | 2pm - 6pm | VMFA Shop

    By John Plashal
    12.5" x 9.5"
    ISBN 9780692774700

    A Beautifully Broken Virginia
    Take a photographic journey through the beautifully decaying rural places within our state with which so many Virginians have become fascinated. Photographer John Plashal has commemorated these abandoned gems by capturing their beauty and delivering them to you in a presentation full of powerful imagery and emotional stories. Experience the "unseen" side of Virginia with all of the houses, churches, schools, asylums, diners and secret societies that have been "frozen in time" and now documented and photographed in Mr. Plashal’s coffee table book titled “A Beautifully Broken Virginia”.

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  6. A Return to the Grand Tour: Micromosaic Jewels from the Collection of Elizabeth Locke

    by Susan J. Rawles, Associate Curator of American Painting and Decorative Art
    Stacy Moore, Editor
    Jennifer Lockhart, Designer
    Director's Note by Alex Nygeres
    Foreword by John Guare
    7" W x 8 1/2" H
    118 pages
    ISBN: 9781934351154

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  7. A Token of Elegance: Cigarette Holders in Vogue

    by Martin Barnes Lorber and Rebecca McNamara Photographs by John Bigelow Taylor and Dianne Duble - At once an important social history of tobacco and smoking and a beautiful coffee table book, A Token of Elegance is ideal for art and design historians, history students, museum professionals, and collectors. - Of great interest to jewelry historians as many cigarette holders were made for their international clientele by the major jewelry firms and this is the first book where so many cigarette holders are catalogued and photographed. The book offers an unprecedented look at cigarette holders through a selection of approximately 125 pieces from the collection of Carolyn Hsu-Balcer. Its introductory essay is both a social history of that world-changing leaf, tobacco, and a design history of its accoutrements. It examines the history of smoking from its pre-Columbian roots in the Americas through to the present-day worldwide e-cigarette craze, taking the reader on a journey from tobacco smoking as a sacred ritual, through the controversies of its worldwide spread, and the machine-rolled cigarette's role in the world wars and as a tool for European and American women's equality. Following the illustrated essay is a luxurious catalogue of newly commissioned photography that makes these diminutive objects pop off the pages with brilliant color and form. The collection includes cigarette holders in their simplest incarnations -- the disposable promotional holders given away at trendy New York nightclubs -- to their most exquisite -- the work of Fabergé, Cartier, Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels, and other renowned jewelers of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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  8. Abstract Art

    by Dietmar Elger Hardcover, 8.3 x 10.2 in., 96 pages ISBN: 9783836546782 The 20th century saw art go abstract. Where once clear certainties and indisputable forms prevailed, now anarchy seemed to reign supreme. Sensibilities diffused into strange new shapes, colors assumed new significance, lines abandoned literal meaning. Dive in and discover some of the most dynamic and progressive art of modernity.

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  9. Across Time: The History of the Grounds of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

    At the Grove: Robinson House, Its Land and People
    with Dr. Elizabeth O'Leary, Guest Curator and former VMFA Associate Curator of American Art, VMFA

    Fri, Apr 12, 2019 | 6:30 – 7:30 pm
    Leslie Cheek Theater
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    Book Signing | 7:45 – 8:30pm
    Conference Center Suites | Free, no tickets required

    Across Time: The History of the Grounds of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
    By Elizabeth L. O’Leary
    138 pages

    ISBN: 978-1-934351-14-7

    Known internationally for its outstanding collections of world art, programs, and exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts now shares the history of its Richmond, Virginia, campus. Across Time explores the complex, layered story of the site’s inhabitants, including native peoples and English colonists; an elite antebellum family and the enslaved people who labored for and sometimes escaped from them; and the nation’s best-known Confederate veterans’ home, born out of a spirit of reconciliation. The twentieth century brought an innovative scientific research institute, the parceling of property for various benevolent and cultural institutions, and the Commonwealth of Virginia’s flagship fine arts museum. Today VMFA’s award-winning architecture, historic buildings, gardens, and green spaces invite visitors to engage with the past, examine the present, and imagine the future.

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  10. African American Art

    by Sharon F. Patton Paperback 320 Pages 95 color & 53 b/w illus. ISBN: 9780192842138 From its origins in early eighteenth century slave communities to the end of the twentieth century, African-American art has made a vital contribution to the art of the United States. African-American Art provides a major reassessment of the subject, setting the art in the context of the African-American experience. Here, Patton discusses folk and decorative arts such as ceramics, furniture, and quilts alongside fine art, sculptures, paintings, and photography during the 1800s. She also examines the New Negro Movement of the 1920s, the era of Civil Rights and Black Nationalism during the 1960s and 70s, and the emergence of new black artists and theorists in the 1980s and 90s. New evidence suggests different ways of looking at African-American art, confirming that it represents the culture and society from which it emerges. Here, Patton explores significant issues such as the relationship of art and politics, the influence of galleries and museums, the growth of black universities, critical theory, the impact of artists collectives, and the assortment of art practices since the 1960s. African-American Art shows that in its cultural diversity and synthesis of cultures it mirrors those in American society as a whole.

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