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The First City of the Ancient World
ISBN: HB: 9781606064443,
15x25 cm, 450 colour illus., 34 black&white illus.
This remarkable book unveils the origins of urban life in our ancient past. Over one hundred years ago, discoveries from a German archaeological dig at Uruk, roughly two hundred miles south of present-day Baghdad, sent shock waves through the scholar...
Donald Judd: Metals
The Artist's Materials
ISBN: PB: 9781606065686,
19.1x25.4 cm, 46 colour illus., 47 black&white illus.
A leading figure in the Minimalist movement in the visual arts, Donald Judd (1928-1994) pioneered the use of industrial materials and techniques, avoiding traditional substances and the direct use of his own hands. While recent decades have witnessed...
Paradise in Rome
ISBN: PB: 9781606065532,
14x19.1 cm, 31 colour illus., 18 black&white illus., 8 line drawings
The art of the Sistine Chapel, decorated by artists who competed with one another and commissioned by popes who were equally competitive, is a complex fabric of thematic, chronological, and artistic references. Four main campaigns were undertaken to...
Artists and Their Books, Books and Their Artists
ISBN: HB: 9781606065730,
25.4x25.4 cm, 184 colour illus.
Ever innovative and predictably diverse in their physical formats, artists' books occupy a creative space between the familiar four-cornered object and challenging works of art that effectively question every preconception of what a book can be. Many...
Icons of Style
A Century of Fashion Photography
ISBN: HB: 9781606065587,
24.1x30.5 cm, 176 colour illus., 147 duotone illus.
In 1911 the French couturier Paul Poiret challenged Edward Steichen to create the first artistic, rather than merely documentary, fashion photographs, a moment that is now considered to be a turning point in the history of fashion photography. As fas...
Plato in L.A.
Contemporary Artists' Visions
ISBN: PB: 9781606065747,
19.1x22.9 cm, 20 colour illus.
No thinker in the West has had a wider and more sustained influence than the ancient Greek philosopher Plato. From philosophy to drama, religion to politics, it is difficult to find a current cultural or social phenomenon that is not in some aspect i...
Keep it Moving?
Conserving Kinetic Art
Kinetic art not only includes movement but often depends on it to produce an intended effect and therefore fully realize its nature as art. It can take a multiplicity of forms and include a wide range of motion, from motorized and electrically driven...
Dialogue on the Errors and Abuses of Painters
ISBN: PB: 9781606065563,
17.9x25.2 cm, 37 colour illus., 4 black&white illus.
Giovanni Andrea Gilio's "Dialogue on the Errors and Abuses of Painters" (1564) is one of the first treatises on art published in the post-Tridentine period. It remains a key primary source for the discussion of the reform of art as it unfolded at the...
Museum of Obsessions
ISBN: HB: 9781606065594,
24.7x30.9 cm, 240 colour illus., 122 black&white illus.
Harald Szeemann is associated with some of the most important artistic developments of the postwar era. A passionate advocate of avant-garde movements like conceptualism and post minimalism, he collaborated with artists such as Joseph Beuys, Bruce Na...
ISBN: PB: 9781606065549,
17.2x23.3 cm, 32 colour illus., 69 black&white illus.
Born in Bern, Switzerland in 1933, Harald Szeemann was a crucial force in identifying, exhibiting, and writing about the important new movements in postwar contemporary art. This collection of seventy-four texts from the curator's vast body of writte...