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  1. 50 American Artists You Should Know

    by Debra N. Mancoff Paperback, Flexi-cover 160 pages 150 color illustrations 30 b/w illustrations ISBN: 978-3-7913-4411-9 While the history of American art is as varied as the fifty states the country is comprised of, it tells a story of a uniquely American aesthetic: bold, innovative, and uncompromising. Starting with the portraits of John Singleton Copley and the landscape masterpieces of Frederic Church, this exciting look at the most important American artists moves through the era of Cassatt, Whistler, and Sargent to the groundbreaking works of O’Keeffe, Cornell, and Calder. This book also celebrates the artists who placed America at the forefront of modern art: Pollock, de Kooning, Rauschenberg, Warhol, Oldenburg, and Johns. The works of Sherman, Serra, and Close prove that America continues to produce challenging and influential artists. With its colorfully illustrated spreads and contextual approach, this is a superb guide for anyone interested in learning about American art.

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    $19.95
  2. 50 Artists You Should Know

    by Thomas Köster, Lars Röper Paperback, Flexi-cover, 160 pages, 19,3 x 24,0 cm, 100 color illustrations, 33 b/w illustrations Now available in an updated edition, this attractive, useful, and entertaining collection of great artists and great art is a course in art history for readers of all ages. This bestselling reference guide profiles 50 major artists alongside their representative works. The entries are presented in an eye-catching format that features superb illustrations, brief biographies, and critical analyses. A glossary of important terms is also included in the book. Arranged chronologically, the selection of artists includes every major artistic movement and development since the Gothic period, giving readers a clear understanding of the evolution of the visual arts. Perfect for casual reading or easy reference, this accessible overview is a fun and practical art history lesson that everyone can enjoy.

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  3. 50 Modern Artists You Should Know

    This book features concise portraits of the great artists of Modernism and traces art's fascinating career in a new age. Beginning with the Impressionists and the abstract compositions of Kandinsky, it passes on to great icons of classic Modernism such as Picasso and Marcel Duchamp. It then moves to the key names of the mid-20th century such as Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol and more recent artists in the second half of the century such as Chuck Close and Matthew Barney. Informative texts, numerous illustrations, and instructive chronologies round this survey off.

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    $19.95
  4. A Beautifully Broken Virginia

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    By John Plashal
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    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
  5. 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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  6. African Air

    By George Steinmetz Publication Date: November 1, 2008 Trim Size: 12 1⁄2 x 9 1⁄4 ISBN: 978-0-8109-8403-5 EAN: 9780810984035 Page Count: 216 Format: Hardcover Flying hundreds, sometimes thousands, of feet above ground strapped into a motorized paraglider that is little more than a parachute with a small motor, National Geographic photographer George Steinmetz has spent more than twenty years photographing some of the most remote and spectacular environments around the world. In African Air, Steinmetz captures stunning panoramas in more than fourteen countries in Africa, giving readers captivating and intimate views of areas that have rarely, if ever before, been photographed. From densely packed urban centers to small, remote villages, from migrating herds of wildebeests and elephants to infinite miles of desert, African Air is a compelling testament and celebration of the majesty and splendor of Africa's most breathtaking landscapes. With extraordinary vision and a unique perspective, Steinmetz portrays sky, land, and water in ways that have never been expressed before. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Best known for his exploration photography, George Steinmetz has been a regular contributor to National Geographic and GEO magazines for more than twenty years. He has won numerous awards for photography including two first prizes in science and technology from World Press Photo, as well as awards and citations from Pictures of the Year, Overseas Press Club, and the Eisenstadt Awards. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and three children.

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  7. 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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  8. 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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    $69.95
  9. 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
  10. 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

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