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  1. 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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    $45.00
  2. A Beautifully Broken Virginia

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    By John Plashal
    Hardcover
    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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    $39.95
  3. 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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    $50.00
  4. 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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    $32.95
  5. African American Art; A Visual and Cultural History

    Paperback 480 Pages 7 x 10 inches ISBN: 9780199995394 African-American Art: A Visual and Cultural History offers a current and comprehensive history that contextualizes black artists within the framework of American art as a whole. The first chronological survey covering all art forms from colonial times to the present to publish in over a decade, it explores issues of racial identity and representation in artistic expression, while also emphasizing aesthetics and visual analysis to help students develop an understanding and appreciation of African-American art that is informed but not entirely defined by racial identity. Through a carefully selected collection of creative works and accompanying analyses, the text also addresses crucial gaps in the scholarly literature, incorporating women artists from the beginning and including coverage of photography, crafts, and architecture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as twenty-first century developments. All in all, African American Art: A Visual and Cultural History offers a fresh and compelling look at the great variety of artistic expression found in the African-American community.

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    $81.95
  6. African Art

    An illustrated study of traditional and figurative art of Africa that reflects the continent’s rich artistic and cultural heritage. African Art explores the continent’s marvelous artistic achievements which share its roots with humanities origins. Sculpture has historically been the chief means of artistic expression. The human figure, whether real or symbolic, is almost the exclusive subject of African art. This vast world of African sculpture is the result of an evolutionary process, based on humanity’s rich history and diversity deriving from migrations, wars, and alliances. During the last century, the African continent has experienced radical transformations in the fields of social and political organizations, the economy and religions. Inevitably, new artistic forms are being established simultaneously with the globalization process and the creation of works for the art market, which retain less and less ties with those of the past. African Art is an exhaustive presentation of the traditional figurative arts of Africa and concisely explains their distinguishing historical, formal, symbolic and functional characteristics. A truly valuable source of inspiration for students, collectors, and travelers alike, this book is complete with a glossary and bibliography.

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    $70.00
  7. African Ceremonies

    By Carol Beckwith, and Angela Fisher Trim Size: 10 1⁄8 x 13 3⁄4 ISBN: 978-0-8109-3484-9 EAN: 9780810934849 Page Count: 400 Format: Hardcover [A] stunner . . . these two Western women have gone further and deeper into tribal Africa than any photographers have gone before." -Wall Street Journal "A masterwork on African ritual. . . . The images are startling, the colors brilliant, the passion palpable." -Associated Press The monumental two-volume original edition of African Ceremonies has sold a remarkable 30,000 copies in the United States alone at a retail price of $150. Now Abrams is proud to publish a newly designed, very affordable one-volume edition of this definitive work on the traditional rituals of Africa, containing more than half the magnificent photographs that were in the original edition plus new images that will focus fresh attention on specific ceremonies. Many of these rituals are vanishing; never have they been portrayed with the intimacy and skill that Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher bring to this glorious book. The book is accompanied by an audio CD of African ceremonies. ABOUT THE AUTHORS Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have been photographing in Africa for over 30 years. Together and separately they have produced several widely acclaimed, award-winning books, including Abrams' Maasai, Africa Adorned, African Ark, Nomads of Niger, and the original two-volume edition of African Ceremonies. Their work has appeared in National Geographic, Time, LIFE, People, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Beckwith and Fisher lecture frequently. They both live in London when not traveling. Malidoma Patrice Somè teaches, lectures, and conducts workshops in initiation rituals and shamanism around the world, and has published several books and audiotapes. He lives in Oakland, California.

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    $85.00
  8. American Art and Architecture

    by Michael J Lewis Paperback ISBN: 978-0-500-20391-0 336 pages An accessible, concise, and beautifully written survey of American art and architecture from 1600 to the present.

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    $18.95
  9. American Art Pottery The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection

    Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Martin Eidelberg, and Adrienne Spinozzi 384 pages, 9 1/2 x 11 431 color illus. ISBN: 9781588395962 Hardcover The fascinating story of the American art pottery movement told through hundreds of distinctive works.

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    $65.00
  10. American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals

    Edited by Austen Barron Bailly and John W. Coffey; With contributions by Austen Barron Bailly, Kathleen M. Burnside, John W. Coffey, and Hal Weeks; Photo essay by Alexandra de Steiguer 124 pages, 10 x 11 1/2 100 color illus. ISBN: 9780300217315 Hardcover An exploration of the fascinating connections between the Isles of Shoals and the beautiful paintings that Childe Hassam created there,

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    $40.00

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