Thursday, December 04, 2008

Matisse in Morocco: The Paintings and Drawings, 1912-1913

N6853.M33 A4 1990

Italian Renaissance Sculpture

Italian Renaissance Sculpture! Andrew Butterfield! Description: Accompanies the exhibition from November 3, 2004 to January 8, 2005. Beautifully illustrated, featuring over 35 full page color plates. Catalogue by director Andrew Butterfield, with essays by Francesco Caglioti, Giancarlo Gentilini, Gert Kreytenberg and Jeanette Sisk. [Description provided by the publisher]

Cecilia Beaux: American Figure Painter

At the turn of the twentieth century, the celebrated American artist William Merritt Chase named Cecilia Beaux "not only the greatest living woman painter, but the best that has ever lived." While Beaux--unlike her contemporaries John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt--has not fared well in modernist-driven art history, her work has become the subject of renewed interest on the part of art historians, collectors, and general viewers on both sides of the Atlantic, and her forty-year career represents a compelling and under-examined chapter in the history of American art. Cecilia Beaux: American Figure Painter is the most comprehensive appraisal of Beaux's talent in more than three decades. This handsomely illustrated book presents a range of the artist's strongest work and offers a fresh understanding of her career by examining critical questions of gender, class, and the importance of place. It features substantive essays which examine Beaux's participation in the international portrait market of the 1890s, explore the artist's professional identity and changing fortunes through a close reading of key images, investigate Beaux's sensitivity to the framing and display of her work. An illustrated chronology of Beaux's life and work, compiled by Alison Bechtel Wexler, completes the study. [Description provided by the publisher]


Treasury of the World: Jeweled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals

Jewelry as an art form in Mughal India has probably never been surpassed by any other civilization in the history of the world. This full-colour presentation of its fabulously varied achievements, with over 300 specially-taken photographs (the great majority illustration objects never previously published), accompanies the major international exhibition of the same title. The pieces range from rings, necklaces and other body ornaments to astonishingly detailed jewelled work on objects as diverse as boxes, flasks, bowls and daggers. They are presented and analysed here in themes that include creative varieties in stone settings, precious-metal inlay in hardstones, relief decoration in hammered metals, engraved gold-backed jewels, stones set on a gold floral ground, enamelling, gold-embellished steel, three-dimensional expressions, relief carved ornament, carved set gems, the varieties of gemstone forms, and inscribed royal stones, concluding with a selection of particularly exuberant pieces that combine to create an explosion of jewelled magnificence of incomparable splendour. The result is a visual feast of almost unbelievable richness, gathered together in this book for the first time. [Description provided by the publisher]

NK7376.A1 K44

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Heritage of Power: Ancient Sculpture from West Mexico

During the years between 300 B.C.E. and 400 C.E., peoples in a western region of Mexico lived in small, economically successful communities in a land of abundant natural resources. In these communities—now the modern Mexican states of Colima, Jalisco, and Nayarit—family lineage was important and burial sites were often conjoined to hold numerous relatives. Ceramic objects were also buried to testify to the family’s wealth; some of these were large three-dimensional human figures. These compelling figural sculptures are the focus of this book.Heritage of Power features forty sculptures from the three major stylistic areas of West Mexican ceramic sculpture, each named for one of the modern Mexican states. While there are similarities among them (all areas produced Ancestor Pairs, for example), there are also interesting differences: representations of ballplayers and warriors were more common in Jalisco, and depictions of animals and birds were chiefly made in Colima. This, and much more, is explored in this beautifully illustrated volume.
]Description provided by the publisher]

Passages: Photographs in Africa

These stunning photographs are breathtaking in their astounding colour, their movement and vitality, and most of all for their intimacy. Beckwith and Fisher have managed to peel back the covers on African cultures in all their variations, and have captured them with all their energy. This is the vestige of culture in Africa - not buildings or museums, but a living experience expressed in costume, ritual and dance, which makes it all the more difficult for the outside world to see. Through these magical photographs, here's a rare opportunity to savour the dignity and beauty of Africa's cultural riches. [Description provided by the publisher]

GN645 .B43 2000 fol.

Edouard Vuillard: Painter-Decorator

Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940), one of the most admired post-impressionist artists, is best-known for his small easel paintings and their charming portrayals of everyday life. However, a major part of his work during his early life was the painting of large decorative panels in the Parisian homes of wealthy private patrons, produced between 1892 and 1912. These panels - some fifty in total - have been little studied, due principally to the inaccessibility of many of them and the impossibility of their being included in exhibitions. In this book, the author offers an overview of these large-scale projects for decorative commissions, describing how they shaped the artist's thinking about his art and methods of working and the influence they had on his later work. She also discusses the state of private patronage, the nature of Vuillard's patrons, and the understanding of decoration in public and private contexts in turn-of-the-century Paris. The book is lavishly illustrated, showing the panels in their original locations and as they appear today, and also includes other works by the artist and by his contemporaries - Bonnard, Monet and Seurat, amongst others, in order to compare and contrast Vuillard's achievements. [Description provided by the publisher]

First Seen: Portraits of the World's Peoples

Extraordinary collection of 19th century images. Memento of the time when images where first fixed on paper.

Seeker: The Art of Sohan Qadri

Sohan Qadri, one of India's unsung artistic heroes, has had exhibitions at the Tibet House, New York in 2003, and at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York 2004.
Sohan Qadri (born November 2, 1932, in Punjab, India) is a yogi, poet and a painter from India who has lived in Copenhagen for the past 30 years. His paintings result from states of deep meditation, and are informed by the colors of India: luminous, dye-infused works on meticulously serrated paper. ["Sohan Qadri." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 27 Nov 2008, 04:26 UTC. 3 Dec 2008 <>. ]

Victorian America: Classical romanticism to gilded opulence

With stunning photography of magnificent period houses, most open to the public and many never before published, Victorian America presents the finest examples of Victorian American architecture and decorative arts from the 1850s, through the Civil War, and into the turn of the century. [Description provided by the publisher]


Botticelli: Life and Work

Every aspect of Botticelli's work--his devotional and secular art, portraits, illustrations, and depictions of classical myth--are examined with a text that is a perfect complement to the magnificent art. 350 illustrations, 250 in full color.


Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Debt Defaults and Lessons from a Decade of Crises

The debt crises in emerging market countries over the past decade have given rise to renewed debate about crisis prevention and resolution. In Debt Defaults and Lessons from a Decade of Crises, Federico Sturzenegger and Jeromin Zettelmeyer examine the facts, the economic theory, and the policy implications of sovereign debt crises. They present detailed case histories of the default and debt crises in seven emerging market countries between 1998 and 2005: Russia, Ukraine, Pakistan, Ecuador, Argentina, Moldova, and Uruguay. These accounts are framed with a comprehensive overview of the history, economics, and legal issues involved and a discussion from both domestic and international perspectives of the policy lessons that can be derived from these experiences.

Sturzenegger and Zettelmeyer examine how each crisis developed, what the subsequent restructuring encompassed, and how investors and the defaulting country fared. They discuss the new theoretical thinking on sovereign debt and the ultimate costs entailed, for both debtor countries and private creditors. The policy debate is considered first from the perspective of policymakers in emerging market countries and then in terms of international financial architecture. The authors' surveys of legal and economic issues associated with debt crises, and of the crises themselves, are the most comprehensive to be found in the literature on sovereign debt and default, and their theoretical analysis is detailed and nuanced. The book will be a valuable resource for investors as well as for scholars and policymakers. [Description provided by the publisher]


Shakespeare the Thinker

A. D. Nuttall’s study of Shakespeare’s intellectual preoccupations is a literary tour de force and comes to crown the distinguished career of a Shakespeare scholar. Certain questions engross Shakespeare from his early plays to the late romances: the nature of motive, cause, personal identity and relation, the proper status of imagination, ethics and subjectivity, language and its capacity to occlude and to communicate. Yet Shakespeare’s thought, Nuttall demonstrates, is anything but static. The plays keep returning to, modifying, and complicating his creative preoccupations. Nuttall allows us to hear and appreciate the emergent cathedral choir of play speaking to play. By the later stages of Nuttall’s book this choir is nearly overwhelming in its power and dimensions. The author does not limit discussion to moments of crucial intellection but gives himself ample space in which to get at the distinctive essence of each work.Much recent historicist criticism has tended to “flatten” Shakespeare by confining him to the thought-clichés of his time, and this in its turn has led to an implicitly patronizing view of him as unthinkingly racist, sexist, and so on. Nuttall shows us that, on the contrary, Shakespeare proves again and again to be more intelligent and perceptive than his 21st-century readers. This book challenges us to reconsider the relation of great literature to its social and historical matrix. It is also, perhaps, the best guide to Shakespeare’s plays available in English. [Description provided by the publisher]

Information Trapping: Real-Time Research on the Web

How many times have you run a Google search that resulted in thousands of results? With over 8 billion pages online and more posted every day, the Web more than likely contains the information you’re looking for — if only you could find it. In Information Trapping: Real-Time Research on the Web, Internet-search-engine expert Tara Calishain makes researching more efficient and rewarding for anyone for whom the Web is an indispensable tool — academics, journalists, scientists, and professionals, as well as bloggers, genealogists, and hobbyists. She does so by teaching the latest techniques for building automated information-gathering systems. As an alternative to the typical one-time search for information, Tara demonstrates how readers can use RSS feeds, page monitoring tools, and other software to set up information streams of many different data types — from text to multimedia to conversations — for capture and review. [Description provided by the publisher]

TK5105.888 .C345 2007

Goya: Truth and Fantasy: The Small Paintings

This is the catalogue of a major exhibition of Goya's small-scale paintings, at the Museo del Prado in Madrid in November 1993 and moving then to the Royal Academy in London in March 1994. Consisting of about a hundred works, the exhibition will survey Goya's oeuvre throughout his career. It will include all the surviving sketches for his tapestry cartoons - enchanting decorative works still in an 18th-century idiom, yet also the first paintings in which Goya began to explore a genuinely Spanish vein of realism. Sketches for his major altarpieces, dating from the 1770s to 1820, provide evidence of his ability to work out large-scale compositions on a miniature scale, yet with the same intensity of expression as the final works. The little cabinet pictures of 1793-4, painted after his recovery from a near-fatal illness, are among his most intense and personal creations. Illustrating scenes of fire and shipwreck, brigands, madmen, bull-fights and fairgrounds, they contain the kernal of the artistic language that he was to develop throughout the rest of his career. Also included will be his tragi-comic scenes of witchcraft, and more sombre scenes of violence and resistance painted as Spain came under Napoleon's domination, as well as most of his celebrated small portraits, and finally the miniature low life scenes painted in his last years while in exile in France. The title of the exhibition is taken from a letter in which Goya refers to the way in which small pictures allow him to give free reign to his "capricho [fantasy] and invention", and there is no doubt that the exhibition and accompanying catalogue will be both an important contribution to scholarship and a fascinating opportunity to see a broad selection of the work of one of the greatest and most original artists of all time. [Description provided by the publisher]

The Romantic Vision of Caspar David Friedrich: Paintings and Drawings from the U.S.S.R.

Essays by Robert Rosenblum and Boris I. Asvarishch.


From Van Eyck to Bruegel Early Netherlandish Painting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

From about 1425, artists in the region which is now Belgium and The Netherlands created paintings which were startling in their realism and innovative approach. Published to accompany an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, this book celebrates one of the great epochs of western art, from the work of the inventor of oil painting, Jan van Eyck, to that of the highly original genius, Peter Bruegel. More than 100 colour reproductions, with individual commentaries, present the accomplishments of the major figures of the period, including Robert Campin, Rogier van der Weyden, Gerard David and Hans Memling. Essays by specialists in the field discuss various aspects of the subject, and biographies are provided for all the artists represented, together with comparative illustrations of prints and paintings from collections other than that of The Metropolitan. [Description provided by the publisher]


Shadows of a Hand: The Drawings of Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo is justly celebrated as a great man of letters, one of France and Europe's major writers, leader of the Romantics, his Notre-Dame de Paris and Les Miserables among the greatest works of literature. He is, however, considerably less renowned as a visual artist, yet he produced an extraordinary series of breathtaking drawings. His use of materials, and ambiguity between figure and form, challenge our conceptions of 19th-century art. Mysterious castles loom out of the haze, stormy landscapes are pierced by portentous light, grotesque creatures grin from crashing waves; half-recognizable forms emerge from experiments with lace impressions, folded paper and random stains of ink, coffee or soot. Hugo's drawings have been slow to capture public appreciation; he considered them to be a private enterprise and refused to exhibit them. It was only in the 20th century that they began to emerge from obscurity. The Surrealists, such as Breton and Ernst, discovered affinities with Hugo's works; they offer uncanny parallels with Abstract Expressionism. This book is the first in English to publish Hugo's artistic repertoire, and it provides a fascinating new dimension to our appreciation both of Hugo and of visual art. (Kirkus UK)

NC248.H86 A4 1998

Spirit Capture: Photographs from the National Museum of the American Indian

Spirit Capture brings together 200 of the most compelling images from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) with essays from Native American historians, anthropologists, and curators.


Monday, December 01, 2008

Crime and Justice, Volume 36: Crime, Punishment, and Politics in Comparative Perspective

The goal of Crime and Justice, Volume 36 is to advance the understanding of the determinants of penal policies in developed countries. The contributors explore the distinctive national differences in policy in responses to rising crime rates, rapid social change, economic dislocation and increased ethnic diversity. Countries covered include Great Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Japan, France, Norway and the United States. [Description provided by the publisher]


America's Rasputin: Walt Rostow and the Vietnam War

Walt Rostow’s meteoric rise to power—from Flatbush, Brooklyn, to the West Wing of the White House—seemed to capture the promise of the American dream. Hailing from humble origins, Rostow became an intellectual powerhouse: a professor of economic history at MIT and an influential foreign policy adviser to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Too influential, according to some. While Rostow inspired respect and affection, he also made some powerful enemies. Averell Harriman, one of America’s most celebrated diplomats, described Rostow as “America’s Rasputin” for the unsavory influence he exerted on presidential decision-making. Rostow was the first to advise Kennedy to send U.S. combat troops to South Vietnam and the first to recommend the bombing of North Vietnam. He framed a policy of military escalation, championed recklessly optimistic reporting, and then advised LBJ against pursuing a compromise peace with North Vietnam.

David Milne examines one man’s impact on the United States’ worst-ever military defeat. It is a portrait of good intentions and fatal misjudgments. A true ideologue, Rostow believed that it is beholden upon the United States to democratize other nations and do “good,” no matter what the cost. America’s Rasputin explores the consequences of this idealistic but unyielding dogma.


Comprehending Columbine

On April 20, 1999, two Colorado teenagers went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School. That day, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed twelve fellow students and a teacher, as well as wounding twenty-four other people, before they killed themselves. Although there have been other books written about the tragedy, this is the first serious, impartial investigation into the cultural, environmental, and psychological causes of the massacre. Based on first-hand interviews and a thorough reading of the relevant literature, Ralph Larkin examines the complex of factors that led the two young men to plan and carry out their deed. For Harris and Klebold, Larkin concludes, the carnage was an act of revenge against the "jocks" who had harassed and humiliated them, retribution against evangelical students who acted as if they were morally superior, an acting out of the mythology of right-wing paramilitary organization members to "die in a blaze of glory," and a deep desire for notoriety. Rather than simply looking at Columbine as a crucible for all school violence, Larkin places the tragedy in its proper context, and in doing so, examines its causes and meaning. [Description provided by the publisher]


The Intimate Interiors of Edouard Vuillard

Chapters include: Self portraits / The Sewing Paintings / The Artist's Family / Homages to Misia / chronologies / selected bibliography.


The Impressionist and the City: Pissarro's Series Paintings

Camille Pissarro is perhaps best known for the landscape paintings of his early career, yet in the final decade of his life (1893-1903) he began to depict urban scenes and his paintings from this period, of Paris, Rouen and the busy ports of Dieppe and Le Havre formed an important component of his artistic output. At this time Pissarro, like Monet, started to work on canvases in series, ofthen pointing several simultaneously and discarding one temporarily when the light, the weather or his mood altered. He started all of them at the scene and worked with extraordinary speed and deftness. In this book, the authors set Pissarro's cityscapes in their broad art-historical context, looking also at contemporary treatments of the urban scene by Vuillard, Bonnard and Toulouse-Lautrec. Using Pissarro's extensive correspondence from this period, they reveal the artist's own attitude towards his final works. The book includes a catatogue of Pissarro's urban series, each one introduced by an overview covering the history of the cityscape pictured and the production, exhibition history and early critical reception of the series. This book is the catalogue for an exhibition of Pissarro's cityscape paintings at the Dallas Museum of Art (November 15, 1992 - January 31, 1993). The exhibition will then be shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from March 7 to June 6, 1993 and at the Royal Academy in London from July 2 to October 10, 1993. [Description provided by the publisher]

ND553.P55 A4 1992

Paul Klee: The Berggruen Klee Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The German painter Paul Klee (1879-1940) has become one of today's most popular artists. Ninety works by Klee - including drawings, watercolors, and oils, either serious, comical, capricious, or dramatic - have recently been given to The Metropolitan Museum of Art by one of the postwar era's leading art dealers and collectors, Heinz Berggruen, and are now published together in this volume for the first time.

Paul Klee was a Swiss painter of German nationality. His highly individual style was influenced by many different art trends, including expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. He was a student of orientalism. Klee was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually mastered color theory, and wrote extensively about it. His works reflect his dry humor and his sometimes child-like perspective, his personal moods and beliefs, and his musicality. He and his friend, the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, were also famous for teaching at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture. ["Paul Klee." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 1 Dec 2008, 14:22 UTC. 1 Dec 2008 <>. ]


Classic Italian Garden

Overview of gardens in the different regions of Italy: Piedmont; Lombardy; Veneto; Tuscany; Marche' Latium; Campania. Includes bibliography.

Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre, and Elsewhere

In Portraits, Michael Kimmelman, chief art critic for The New York Times, speaks with eighteen of today's important artists as they view some of the world's great art. Kimmelman's engaging, informal profiles of Chuck Close, Wayne Thiebaud, Brice Marden, Kiki Smith and others reveal not only what they said about the art they chose to look at in various museums and elsewhere, but also what they revealed about themselves and their work in the process.

Paul Cezanne: the bathers

Paul Cezanne: The Bathers brings all the paintings and drawings together in this lushly illustrated volume, the first to concentrate on the bather figures which appeared in some 200 of the artist's works. Author Mary Louise Krumrine's original scholarship relates these works to literature of the period, to Cezanne's friendship with Emile Zola, to his changing relationships with women, and to the milieu of 19th-century France. The result is a revealing portrait of the artist's complex personality and a groundbreaking study of his artistic development. [Description provided by the publisher]


Oskar Kokoschka

Kokoschka's unique contribution to the history of twentieth century art is becoming ever more apparent. This monograph contains a broad selection of Kokoschka's finest paintings, in all genres and from all periods of the artist's remarkably long and productive career, including his lesser known but no less significant later works. [Description provided by the publisher]

The Nabis: Bonnard, Vuillard, and Their Circle

Les Nabis were a group of Post-Impressionist avant-garde artists who set the pace for fine arts and graphic arts in France in the 1890s. Initially a group of friends interested in contemporary art and literature, most of them studied at the private art school of Rodolphe Julian (Académie Julian) in Paris in the late 1880s. In 1890, they began to successfully participate in public exhibitions, while most of their artistic output remained in private hands or in the possession of the artists themselves. By 1896, the unity of the group had already begun to break: The Hommage à Cézanne, painted by Maurice Denis in 1900, recollects memories of a time already gone, before even the term Nabis had been revealed to the public. Meanwhile, most members of the group - Maurice Denis, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard - could stand, artistically, on their own. ["Les Nabis." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 7 Nov 2008, 04:17 UTC. 1 Dec 2008 <>. ]

Whistler: a retrospective

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), though an American by birth, chose London as the arena for his spirited campaign to free art from its inhibiting identification with Victorian morality and commerce. It was these values and preoccupations of nineteenth-century England that the prominent art critic John Ruskin hastened to identify as Whistler's when he accused the artist of "flinging a pot of paint in the public's face." Whistler's now-famous lawsuit against Ruskin for his libellous statement, and the resulting trial, make up but one episode in the career of this great modern artist - and but one of the fascinations offered by this stunning book. [Description provided by the publisher]

N6537.W4 W45 1989

Ferdinand Hodler: Views & visions

"Art captures the spirit of the age." These words, emblazoned above the entrance to the "Secession" building in Vienna could serve as a rallying cry for Swiss art in general and for the works of Ferdinand Hodler in particular. A 1904 exhibition of Hodler's works at the "Secession", a shrine to the avant garde, was met by a huge wave of enthusiasm. And now, 90+ years after his first success outside his home country, a retrospective exhibition of his work is being shown in North America where, thanks to his William Tell, Hodler is one of the most well-known Swiss painters. [Description provided by the publisher]

ND853.H6 A4 1994

O'Keeffe: The Life of an American Legend

A biography of the controversial painter chronicles her emergence in the art world in the 1920s, her fame in the 1930s, her sexually charged flower paintings, her relationships with Alfred Stieglitz and with a much younger man, and more. [Description provided by the publisher]