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Now that all the rushing around is done, why not kick back and spend some time with a few of the art books that have recently hit our shelves.

Click for availability and more information Art Deco, by Norbert Wolf
Author Norbert Wolf traces the chronology of the Art Deco style by looking at the politics and culture of Europe in the 1920s and early 30s, and the artistic movements that paralleled its popularity. He follows Art Deco's influence in Europe, its gradual popularity in the Americas and Asia and how Art Deco has survived that original era, with numerous revivals and a continuing influence in the arts today. The book is filled with hundreds of examples of Art Deco painting, architecture, interiors, jewelery, crafts, furniture, and fashion. 

Click for availability and more information Bernini: his life and his Rome, by Franco Mormando
Sculptor, architect, painter and playwright, Gian Lorenzo Bernini  was the last of the great universal artistic geniuses of early modern Italy. His artistic vision remains present today, through the countless statues, fountains, and buildings that transformed Rome into the Baroque theater that continues to enthrall tourists today. Drawing on archival sources, letters, diaries, Mormando leads us through Bernini's many feuds and love affairs, scandals and sins. He sets Bernini's raucous life against a vivid backdrop of Baroque Rome, bustling and wealthy, and peopled by churchmen and bureaucrats, popes and politicians, schemes and secrets. 

Click for availability and more information Calder and Abstraction: from avant-garde to iconic , edited by Stephanie Barron and Lisa Gabrielle Mark
Alexander Calder's most beloved creations--from his mobiles to his public sculpture--are examined from every angle in this stunning book. Widely considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century, Alexander Calder revolutionized modern sculpture--most significantly with his kinetic works, for which Marcel Duchamp coined the term "mobiles." Later in his career, Calder created enormous versions of these floating abstractions. Their arching forms, dynamic surfaces, and sheer mass reflected his fascination with engineering and technology. This book focuses on Calder's earlier, interior-scaled works, which paved the way for the public works that continue to fascinate viewers around the world. Filled with images of Calder's elegant, colorful, floating shapes, this volume offers a number of critical texts that enrich our understanding of this innovative artist. Next time you're at Greenwich Library, walk on over to the periodicals room and take a look at the Calder mobile, which hangs over the stairs to the cafe. 

Click for availability and more information Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch paintings from the Mauritshuis, edited by Lea Van der Vinde
This book introduces readers to the Dutch Golden Age and its brilliant master painters, including Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals, and Jan Steen, among others. Housed in a splendid seventeenth-century palace in The Hague, the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis is home to some of the world's most beloved paintings, including Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring and has become a destination for art enthusiasts from around the world. This companion volume to a long-awaited exhibition guides readers through the highlights of the collection. 

Click for availability and more information In Extremis: death and life in twenty-first-century Haitian art , edited by Donald J. Cosentino
This book examines the striking disjunction between social collapse and artistic flourescence in twenty-first century Haiti. It brings together the work of 34 artists, most of them living in Port-au-Prince, where they produce remarkable and controversial bodies of work in a variety of media while confronting on a daily basis the realities of Haiti's frustratingly slow recovery from the earthquake of 2010. Some of these artists have achieved acclaim on the international stage, but many receive new attention or reexamination here. 

Click for availability and more information Jean Patou: a fashionable life , by Emmanuelle Polle
During the 1920's and 1930's, the French couturier Jean Patou was Chanel's main rival: day pajamas, jersey sportswear, swimwear and the little black dress were all among the innovative designs marking Patou's remarkable but brief career as the king of Parisian fashion. With his untimely death at 49, he had only fifteen years to make his mark on the history of couture, yet in that short time he amassed a colossal fortune, opened shops and studios in Paris, Deauville, Biarritz, and New York, and invented some of the world's legendary fragrances. This book recounts the story of Patou's charmed life and career during the most glamorous years of the twentieth century. For the first time, the heirs of the Patou family have agreed to share their extensive private archives, and author Emmanuelle Polle spent more than two years reviewing thousands of unpublished documents: photographs, diaries, client lists, and original, hand-colored sketches. 

Click for availability and more information Magritte: the mystery of the ordinary, 1926-1938, edited by Anne Umland
This catalog focuses on the breakthrough Surrealist years of RenĂ© Magritte, creator of some of the twentieth century's most extraordinary images. Bringing together nearly 80 paintings along with collages, objects, photographs, periodicals, and early commercial work, it offers fresh insight into Magritte's identity as a modern artist and as one of Surrealism's greatest painters. 

Click for availability and more information Proud too be Weirrd , by Ralph Steadman
Iconoclastic British artist Ralph Steadman has been creating editorial and political illustrations for more than five decades. He is revered for his ink-splattered, anarchic, and often shocking drawings. His well-known illustrations alongside the work of literary legend Hunter S. Thompson have long been celebrated and have achieved a cult-like following. Together, Steadman and Thompson's iconic work has come to be known as Gonzo journalism. This book, Steadman's first-person narrative, takes us on a literary and visual journey of his well-known, provocative work and is accompanied by his acerbic wit, heartfelt political views, and unique sense of humor.

Click for availability and more information Star Trek: the art of Juan Ortiz, by Juan Ortiz
A Trekkies dream: This book presents a collection of original artwork that imagines a movie poster for each of the original series' episodes and incorporates retro-style, era-specific elements reminiscent of period comics, pulp novel covers, and advertisements. Super cool.

Click for availability and more information Winslow Homer Watercolors, by Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr
Winslow Homer captured in his paintings the true magnificence of nature. For more than thirty years between, 1873 and 1905, he turned to watercolors during his working vacations, concentrating on capturing the spirit of each place he visited with both spontaneity and intensity. Many of Homer's most beautiful paintings focus on the interaction between humans and nature. This book reproduces the best of these paintings. Large color plates allow these reproductions to be appreciated almost as much as the originals. Accompanying the more than 100 color plates is an eloquent introduction and detailed chronology of Homer's life and artistic development. 

Click for availability and more information The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti , by Rafael Schacter
Provides a guide to the most significant artists, schools, and styles of street art and graffiti around the world.Organized geographically by country and city, more than 100 of today's most important street artists.The evolution of street art and graffiti within each region is also chronicled, providing essential historical context. With contributions by the foremost authorities on street art and graffiti, this landmark publication provides a nuanced understanding of a widespread contemporary art practice.

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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