New Art Books

Our selectors have been very busy of late. Quite a few beautiful art books have arrived over the past few weeks. Here are some highlights.

Click for availability and more information The American Circus , edited by Susan Weber, Kenneth, L. Ames & Matthew Wittmann
This beautiful book, lavishly illustrated and carefully researched, explores how American culture, values, demography, and business practices altered the fundamental nature of the European circus, and how, by the end of the 19th century, they had transformed it into a distinctly American pastime.

Click for availability and more information Caribbean : Art at the Crossroads of the World, edited by Deborah Cullen and Elvis Fuentes
This beautiful book offers an authoritative examination of the modern history of the Caribbean through its artistic culture. Featuring 500 color illustrations of artworks from the late 18th through the 21st century, the book explores modern and contemporary art, ranging from the Haitian revolution to the present.

Click for availability and more information Chinese Silks, edited by Dieter Kuhn
Over the past fifty years, archaeological explorations in China have unearthed a wealth of textile materials, some dating as far back as five thousand years. In this magnificently researched and illustrated book, preeminent Western and Chinese scholars draw upon these spectacular discoveries to provide the most thorough account of the history of silk ever written. This book presents a chronological history of silk from a variety of perspectives, including archaeological, technological, art historical, and aesthetic.

Click for availability and more information Erik Parker : Colorful Resistance , by Monica Ramirez-Montagut
The first retrospective look at the irreverent and boisterous artwork of painter Erik Parker. With deep roots in alternative comics, illustration, and graffiti, internationally acclaimed artist Erik Parker's work bridges underground culture and the pop-surrealism movement. Published to accompany the exhibition held at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut, Summer 2012.

Click for availability and more information 40 under 40 : Craft Futures , by Nicholas R. Bell
In this beautifully illustrated volume, published in celebration of the Renwick Gallery's fortieth anniversary, author Nicholas Bell highlights forty artists (all under the age of forty) actively engaged in creating objects that are transforming contemporary craft. Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name, on view at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, July 20, 2012-February 3, 2013.

Click for availability and more information Jasper Johns : seeing with the mind's eye, edited by Gary Garrels
This book brings together established and younger scholars with the aim of exposing a new generation to the variety of critical approaches to this contemporary master. It takes a close, in-depth look at specific works of art and series, including paintings, drawings, graphics, sculptural pieces, and illustrated books from all periods of Johns's career. An eloquent, accessible survey of the work of the iconic American artist.

Click for availability and more information Leonardo and the Last Supper , by Ross King
A behind-the-scenes story of the creation of one of history's most influential artworks places its commission against a backdrop of an aging and insecure da Vinci's convictions that he had failed as an artist, describing the political and religious turmoil that influenced the painting's evolution and the personal beliefs that shaped da Vinci's symbolic choices.

Click for availability and more information The Lost Battles : Leonardo, Michelangelo, and the artistic duel that defined the Renaissance, by Jonathan Jones
A richly detailed account of the Renaissance artistic competition between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo to paint the legendary "lost" masterpieces The Battle of Anghiari and The Battle of Cascina on the wall of the Great Council Hall in the Palazzo Vecchio.

Click for availability and more information Titian: a Fresh Look at Nature , by Antonio Mazzotta
Titian is best known for his portraits and mythological and religious works. Yet his first great achievement was to refashion the portrayal of nature in his own distinctive style. In this beautifully illustrated book, Antonio Mazzotta presents this experience, together with Titian's native landscape of Pieve di Cadore, as crucial influences in the artist's early representation of nature. The recently restored Flight into Egypt (now in the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg)--probably painted when Titian was still a teenager--is vivid proof of his interest in the depiction of animals, plants, and figures in the landscape.

Click for availability and more information Totally Mad : 60 years of humor, satire, stupidity and stupidity, edited by John Ficarra
An ultimate collection of top-selected material from the past six decades of MAD Magazine. Whether you grew up with MAD in the 50s, 60s, or 70s, reading it with a flashlight under the covers so your parents wouldn't catch you, or in the 80s, 90s and beyond, this book will bring back fond memories and also provide a great introduction to MAD for new readers. Includes "The Soul of MAD", 12 classic cover prints, ten featuring Alfred E. Neuman, MAD's gap-toothed grinning idiot mascot.

Click for availability and more information Unearthed : recent archaeological discoveries from northern China, by Annette Juliano
Unearthed showcases recently excavated artifacts from Shanxi and Gansu provinces, many of which have never been exhibited outside China. These objects range from fantastical tomb guardian-beasts, to luxury goods reflecting the lucrative "Silk Road" trade, to objects designed for religious or ritual purposes, to a magnificent stone sarcophagus in the shape of a traditional Chinese house. Detailed essays discuss tradition and innovation in Chinese art; China's interactions with the outside world through trade and invasion; artistic techniques and styles; and cultural traditions. The acquisition of the artifacts is contextualized within the major developments in Chinese archaeology over the past hundred years, with particular attention to the intense periods after 1950 and its status today.

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