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There Was a Whole Collection Made Photography from Lester and Betty Guttman
ISBN: HB: 9780935573565, Smart Museum of Art, December 2017
240 pp., 26.7x24.1 cm, 235 colour plates,
In 2014, the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago received a generous gift from collectors Lester and Betty Guttman: 830 photographs, created by a total of 414 artists, that cover a time period stretching all the way from the early 1800s...
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£30,00
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Classicisms
ISBN: PB: 9780935573572, Smart Museum of Art, February 2017
184 pp., 27.9x20.3 cm, 105 colour plates
As an aesthetic ideal, classicism is often associated with a conventional set of rules founded on supposedly timeless notions such as order, reason, and decorum. As a result, it is sometimes viewed as rigid, outdated, or stodgy. But in actuality, cla...
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£22,00
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Monster Roster Existentialist Art in Postwar Chicago
ISBN: PB: 9780935573480, Smart Museum of Art, September 2016
224 pp., 27.9x24.1 cm, 100 colour plates, 35 halftones
Accompanying an exhibition at the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art, this book is the definitive introduction to Chicago's first artistic movement, the Monster Roster. The volume includes an overview of the artists involved, such as Leon Go...
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£34,00
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Performing Images Opera in Chinese Visual Culture
ISBN: PB: 9780935573558, Smart Museum of Art, February 2014
224 pp., 30.4x22.8 cm, 150 colour plates
Writing in the early nineteenth century, the French traveler and cleric Abbe Huc exclaimed: "There is, perhaps, not a people in the world who carry so far their taste and passion for theatrical entertainments as the Chinese". Although the spectacle o...
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£26,00
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Feast Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art
ISBN: PB: 9780935573527, Smart Museum of Art, August 2013
380 pp., 30.4x20.3 cm, 320 colour illus.
The companion to a one-of-a-kind exhibition at the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art, "Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art" explores the role of the meal in contemporary art. Feast offers the first survey of the artist-orchestrat...
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£34,00
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Sahmat Collective Art and Activism in India since 1989
ISBN: PB: 9780935573534, Smart Museum of Art, April 2013
300 pp., 27.9x24 cm, 420 colour illus.
Founded in 1989, the influential Delhi-based artists' organization Sahmat has offered a platform for artists, writers, poets, musicians, and actors to create and present works that promote artistic freedom and secular, egalitarian values. A companion...
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Tragic Muse Art and Emotion, 1700-1900
ISBN: PB: 9780935573497, Smart Museum of Art, December 2010
128 pp., 27.9x20.3 cm, 75 colour illus.
Art is often appreciated for its ability to delight our eyes and refresh our minds. But it can also serve as a powerful vehicle for exploring darker emotions, such as fear, sadness, and grief. And while these themes have an artistic history dating ba...
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£22,00
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Echoes of the Past The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtansgshan
ISBN: PB: 9780935573503, Smart Museum of Art, October 2010
257 pp., 30.4x22.8 cm, 3 charts, 3 tables, 1 map, 160 colour illus.
Carved into the mountains of northern China, the Buddhist cave temples of Xiangtangshan were the crowning cultural achievement of the sixth-century Northern Qi dynasty. Once home to a magnificent array of limestone sculptures, the caves were heavily...
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£34,00
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Heartland
ISBN: PB: 9780935573473, Smart Museum of Art, November 2009
176 pp., 25.4x20.3 cm, 90 colour plates
Throughout the vast interior of the United States, contemporary artists are responding to the world around them and reshaping it in unexpected ways. Published to coincide with an exhibition of the same name that first appeared last year in the Nether...
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£22,00
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"Writing" of Modern Life The Etching Revival in France, Britain, and the U.S., 1850-1940
ISBN: PB: 9780935573459, Smart Museum of Art, January 2009
104 pp., 27.9x21.6 cm, 75 halftones
What is it about etching that renders it – according to both the poet-critic Charles Baudelaire and the visionary artist Samuel Palmer – a medium of writing? And, moreover, what makes etching equally adaptable to the expression of both memory and mod...
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£15,00
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