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Venetian Painting: A Concise History (World of Art)
$4.99
ISBN
9780500201015
By
Steer, John
Publisher
Thames & Hudson
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Used, Very Good
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741584
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Goya: Drawings from His Private Albums.
$27.45
ISBN
9781853322167
By
Bareau, Juliet Wilson
Publisher
Hayward Gallery
Item Condition
Used, Like New
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Item SKU
742891
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Folk Art Animals: 25 Fanciful Applique Designs
$4.99
Description
Stitch up a fun-filled folk-art animal kingdom, using 25 delightful animal designs! Eight quilt projects are included, along with easy applique techniques for cotton, wool, and felt.
ISBN
9781564772220
By
Carija Brandt, Janet
Publisher
Martingale & Co Inc
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Used, Very Good
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Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
706010
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A
Paint Made Flesh (Frist Center for the Visual Arts Title)
$15.70
Description
In Paint Made Flesh, expressive figuration is considered as a reflection of artists' responses to such topics as identity, sexuality, and mortality, and as a symptom of a broader spectrum of social and political attitudes shaping Western culture since World War II. It features art from the United States, Great Britain, and Germany, countries that have since the 1950s produced many artists who use paint as a metaphor for flesh in all its aspects. It will also consider contemporary artists whose works move from a national to a global stage in terms of meaning and style.

The book has been developed to accompany an early 2009 exhibition at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, which will include paintings by artists like Francis Bacon, Willem de Kooning, Lucian Freud, Pablo Picasso, and Julian Schnabel from private collections and museums around the world. Paint Made Flesh will feature approximately forty color plates and approximately fifty other illustrations, and four essays by major art historians.

Susan Edwards's essay "The Influence of Anxiety" considers works by American artists active from the 1950 to the 1970s, including Willem de Kooning, Leon Golub, Philip Guston, and Alice Neel, as responses to social conditions and the expressive limitations of late Modernism. Emily Braun's "Skinning the Paint" looks at the work of British painters Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and Frank Auerbach, and its legacy in the painting of Jenny Saville and Cecily Brown. The title refers to the way these artists use a knife both to strip the skin or surface of the figure and to build up new layers of epidermis, comprising a metaphor for the dialectic between psychological and physical aspects of being.

Richard Shiff's "Drawn on the Body" discusses German artists such as Georg Baselitz, Markus Lupertz, and Albert Oehlen, whose gestural paint application is seen as both an extension and critique of the notion of a national heritage distinctly tied to Expressionism. The final essay, Mark Scala's "Fragmentation and Reconstitution: Painterly Figuration Since 1980," examines ways that artists like Wangechi Mutu, Daniel Richter, and John Currin posit a transmutation of identity-personal, cultural, and sexual-that is today mirrored in images of the body. Instead of asking the question of the traditional figure painter: "Who are we?" these artists are more concerned with the question "Who will we become?"

ISBN
9780826516220
Publisher
Vanderbilt University Press
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
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Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
704806
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Unspeakable Acts: Women, Art, and Sexual Violence in the 1970s
$34.95
Description

The 1970s was a time of deep division and newfound freedoms. Galvanized by The Second Sex and The Feminine Mystique, the civil rights movement and the March on Washington, a new generation put their bodies on the line to protest injustice. Still, even in the heart of certain resistance movements, sexual violence against women had reached epidemic levels. Initially, it went largely unacknowledged. But some bold women artists and activists, including Yoko Ono, Ana Mendieta, Marina Abramovic´, Adrian Piper, Suzanne Lacy, Nancy Spero, and Jenny Holzer, fired up by women's experiences and the climate of revolution, started a conversation about sexual violence that continues today. Some worked unannounced and unheralded, using the street as their theater. Others managed to draw support from the highest levels of municipal power. Along the way, they changed the course of art, pioneering a form that came to be called simply, performance.

Award-winning author Nancy Princenthal takes on these enduring issues and weaves together a new history of performance, challenging us to reexamine the relationship between art and activism, and how we can apply the lessons of that turbulent era to today.

ISBN
9780500023051
By
Princenthal, Nancy
Publisher
Thames & Hudson
Item Condition
New
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New from publisher.
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9780500023051
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History
Tony Conrad: Writings
$24.00
Description

Essential writings from the downtown New York legend and polymath, pioneer of both structural film and drone music

Tony Conrad (1940-2016) was a legendary multidisciplinary artist known for his groundbreaking contributions in experimental film, music, and video. Upon moving to New York City in 1962, he began making music with John Cale, La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela in the Theatre of Eternal Music, a group that helped shape what would come to be known as minimalist music. He later went on to perform with Lou Reed in a pre-Velvet Underground band called The Primitives and cut a classic 1972 record with the German Krautrock band Faust that set a new standard for drone music.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Conrad was perhaps best known for his contribution to film, where he helped to redefine structural filmmaking with The Flicker and Yellow Movies. Conrad went on to create an extensive body of work in a variety of media such as installation, photography, and performance until his death in 2016.

Throughout his life, Conrad also wrote prolifically on topics including his own work (and that of his peers), music, art, media theory and activism. Writings is the first book devoted solely to Conrad's writing, collecting 57 hard-to-find or previously unpublished texts from 1961 to 2012. These writings provide a critical lens into the artist's multitudinous identities and wide-ranging creative pursuits and, as with his diverse artistic output, consistently challenge and dismantle authoritarian notions of culture.

ISBN
9780991558513
Publisher
Primary Information
Item Condition
New
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New from publisher.
Item SKU
9780991558513
Location
Essays
Big Book of Silhouettes (Dover Pictorial Archive)
$11.03
Description
Over 1,700 charming silhouettes from a number of rare sources provide craftworkers, designers and commercial artists with a broad range of subjects: animals displayed in a variety of poses, children playing and reading, couples embracing, men and women working, the human profile and figure, and much more.
ISBN
9780486407012
Publisher
Dover Publications
Item Condition
Used, Like New
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Excellent, unmarked copy with little wear and tight binding. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
702023
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A
Animal Sketching for Beginners (Dover Art Instruction)
$4.99
Description
This handy manual provides the confidence, insight, and guidance to help any sketcher create realistic animal drawings. With the help of the author's thirty-one clearly detailed drawings, this basic how-to-guide:
- illustrates major attributes shared by many animals
- shows how simple shapes can create complex drawings
- functions as a valuable anatomy reference
A source of inspiration for artists at all levels, this book will be especially helpful to beginning art students.
ISBN
9780486451305
By
Doust, Len A
Publisher
Dover Publications
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
About This Product
Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
1108227
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F
The Gods Delight: The Human Figure in Classical Bronze
$7.37
ISBN
9780910386944
Publisher
Indiana Univ Pr
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
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Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
1119379
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A
Master Drawings from the Smith College Museum of Art
$7.03
ISBN
9781555951849
By
Smith College
Publisher
Hudson Hills Press
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
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Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
1108832
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L
Traces of the brush: Studies in Chinese calligraphy
$11.65
ISBN
9780300024906
By
Fu, Shen
Publisher
Yale University Press
Item Condition
Used, Good
About This Product
Moderate edge wear. Binding good. May have marking in text. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We sometimes source from libraries. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
1111225
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L
The Letters: Portrait of an Artist, Jim Houser
$22.83
Description
The Letters: Portrait of an Artist, Jim Houser is a book about Connie and Jim Houser's passion for art and each other as well as for living and family. It is a dialogue about their adventures in pursuing those loves and achieving recognition for their accomplishments. There is a profound degree of "suchness" or Zen quality in Jim Houser's paintings as well as a lyricism not unlike the clear concise resonance of Robert Frost's shorter verse. Those essentials are shown in the almost forty paintings photographed for The Letters: Portrait of an Artist, Jim Houser.

The imagined and inventive device and use of letters in "The Letters: Portrait of an Artist, Jim Houser swiftly conveys the actual events in Jim and Connie Houser's lives. The creative partners are portrayed in a rapidly moving dialogue that involves the reader in artist's competitions, art gallery shows, foreign and domestic travel, family life, and an understanding of the profession of producing a fine work of art in modern times. The Letters: Portrait of an Artist, Jim Houser explains that a fine work of art is very different from the remainder of artistic endeavor. Fine art engages the viewer in a visual dialogue that distinguishes it and bonds the viewer in love or hate but never mediocrity.

Not a run of the mill coffee table book, The Letters: Portrait of an Artist, Jim Houser is a charming and accurate account of the modern day artist's life while creating works of art and bringing them to the public's attention. The story encompasses the tragedies and the successes in the Houser's lives and their interaction with others. Written by the artist's wife, Connie Houser, herself an awarded artist and writer, it spans the artists' relationship thus far and offers insights into their creative work.

The Letters: Portrait of an Artist, Jim Houser follows the artists' creative work accomplished during their hectic everyday existence. The same full lives of having a family, a home, and a job to pay bills, necessary today to most people. Although the letters themselves are an imaginative artistic device to enliven the book, the events are true. Not satisfied to just get by, they made career choices that would eventually make them both candidates for inclusion in the prestigious Marquis Who's Who editions of art, literature, America and the World. Jim has been represented in those volumes for fifteen years and Connie joined the ranks in 2004. Photographs of his paintings will also appear in the 2008-2009 "Whos Who in American Art" Artists gallery.

Their ability to continue to work under conditions that might discourage others is made clear in The Letters: Portrait of an Artist, Jim Houser. Jim's profession is painting and Connie's is writing and painting. The rest of their work, although they contributed much, enjoyed it, and performed with excellence, was done to pay the bills. Jim was a 30-year college professor and full-time family man. Connie organized family matters, taught part-time, while writing for various publications and magazines plus painting. The carousing hours were the working hours for their creative efforts because silence reigned. Their many travel adventures in the states and abroad guaranteed they played hard with the same energy and enthusiasms.

When Jim began winning countless awards for his painting, he was invited to show at numerous exhibitions and in New York City galleries. They added these events plus art show openings to their already hectic schedule. Through it all they managed a fulfilling family life while taking creative care of their parents and allowing them their desired home life.

Jim Houser's paintings in The Letters: Portrait of an Artist, Jim Houser cover a span of years that indicate a consistency of expression and innovative style that is extremely sophisticated. The simplicity of the painting belies the hours of

ISBN
9781425755270
By
Houser, Connie
Publisher
Xlibris
Item Condition
Used, Like New
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Excellent, unmarked copy with little wear and tight binding. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
709153
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A
Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection
$16.81
Description

Landscape is a subject of seemingly infinite variation and imaginative possibility. The Paul G. Allen Family Collection reveals a marked interest in innovative artists' reflections on the land and sea. The works in the collection span over four hundred years, chronicling key developments in painting and art history. This book uses the Allen Family Collection to explore the evolution of landscape painting through the ages.

The artists in the collection represent a who's who of masters of the landscape tradition. The book opens with a series of masterpieces by Jan Brueghel that serve as a starting point for understanding the historical trajectory of landscape painting, before moving on to 18th-century artists Canaletto and Moran and Impressionists such as Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Monet. Rounding out the survey are works by modern and contemporary visionaries including Max Ernst, Thomas Hart Benton, Edward Hopper, and David Hockney. Thirty-nine paintings in all are featured in book, each accompanied by detailed essays that comprise a full discussion of the formal intellectual development of the landscape form.

ISBN
9780295995229
By
Taylor, Sue
Publisher
University of Washington Press
Item Condition
Used, Like New
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Excellent, unmarked copy with little wear and tight binding. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
709155
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A
Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists
$17.22
Description

A spellbinding journey into the high-stakes world of art theft

Today, art theft is one of the most profitable criminal enterprises in the world, exceeding $6 billion in losses to galleries and art collectors annually. And the masterpieces of Rembrandt van Rijn are some of the most frequently targeted.
In Stealing Rembrandts, art security expert Anthony M. Amore and award-winning investigative reporter Tom Mashberg reveal the actors behind the major Rembrandt heists in the last century. Through thefts around the world - from Stockholm to Boston, Worcester to Ohio - the authors track daring entries and escapes from the world's most renowned museums. There are robbers who coolly walk off with multimillion dollar paintings; self-styled art experts who fall in love with the Dutch master and desire to own his art at all costs; and international criminal masterminds who don't hesitate to resort to violence. They also show how museums are thwarted in their ability to pursue the thieves - even going so far as to conduct investigations on their own, far away from the maddening crowd of police intervention, sparing no expense to save the priceless masterpieces.
Stealing Rembrandts is an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind look at the black market of art theft, and how it compromises some of the greatest treasures the world has ever known.

ISBN
9780230339903
By
Mashberg, Tom
Publisher
St. Martin's Griffin
Item Condition
Used, Like New
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Signed by author. Excellent, unmarked copy with little wear and tight binding. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
708752
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B
On Romanticism
$10.47
ISBN
9780814777534
By
Sutherland, Donald
Publisher
New York University Press
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
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Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
1120651
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L
Food in Painting: From the Renaissance to the Present
$17.06
Description
From the hearty meals being devoured by peasants on a Bruegel canvas to the lush and lifelike fruits of a trompe l'oeil, food has enjoyed a central place in painting for centuries. These two great sensory pleasures come together in the sumptuously illustrated Food in Painting. Here Kenneth Bendiner journeys from the Renaissance to the present day--through the works of artists from Rembrandt to Manet to Warhol--to make the case that, though understudied, paintings of food are so important that they should be considered a separate classification of art, a genre unto themselves.

Bendiner outlines the history of these paintings, charting changes in both meaning and presentation since the early Renaissance. The sixteenth century saw great innovations in food subjects, but, as Bendiner reveals, it was Dutch food painting of the seventeenth century that created the visual vocabulary still operative today. Alongside paintings that feature food as the central subject, he also considers topics ranging from Renaissance menus to aphrodisiacs to bottled water to the portrayal of dogs at the table--always with an eye towards how the meaning of food imagery is determined by such factors as myth, religion, and social privilege. Bendiner also treats purely symbolic portrayals of food, both as marginal elements in allegorical paintings and as multi-layered sexual references in Surrealist works.

Packed full of images of markets, kitchens, pantries, picnics, and tables groaning under the weight of glorious feasts, Food in Painting serves up a delicious helping of luxuriously painted meals certain to win a spot on the shelves of art lovers and gastronomes alike.

ISBN
9781861892133
By
Bendiner, Kenneth
Publisher
Reaktion Books
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
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Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
1122636
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C
From Filippo Lippi to Piero Della Francesca, Fra Carnevale and the Making of a Renaissance Master
$18.12
ISBN
9781588391438
Publisher
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
About This Product
Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
709264
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A
How Prints Look: Photographs With A Commentary
$5.01
Description
Looks at examples of woodcuts, etchings, and lithographs, discusses the visual effects each creates, and examines a variety of prints.
ISBN
9780807066478
Publisher
Beacon Press
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
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Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
1109367
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B
Winslow Homer in the 1890s: Prout's Neck Observed
$7.60
ISBN
9781555950422
By
Bearn, Philip C
Publisher
Hudson Hills Pr
Item Condition
Used, Good
About This Product
Moderate edge wear. Binding good. May have marking in text. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We sometimes source from libraries. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
1123741
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A
Treasure Palaces: Great Writers Visit Great Museums
$7.16
Description
In this exuberant celebration of the world's museums, great and small, revered writers like Ann Patchett, Julian Barnes, Ali Smith, and more tell us about their favorite museums, including the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York, the Musée Rodin in Paris, and the Prado in Madrid. These essays, collected from the pages of The Economist's Intelligent Life magazine, reveal the special hold that some museums have over us all.

Acclaimed novelist William Boyd visits the Leopold Museum in Vienna--a shrine to his favorite artist, Egon Schiele, whom Boyd first discovered on a postcard as a University student. In front of her favorite Rodins, Allison Pearson recalls a traumatic episode she suffered at the hands of a schoolteacher following a trip to the Musée in Paris. Neil Gaiman admires the fantastic world depicted in British outsider artist Richard Dadd's "The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke," a tiny painting that also decorated the foldout cover of a Queen album, housed in the Victorian room of Tate Britain's Pre-Raphaelite collection. Ann Patchett fondly revisits Harvard University's Museum of Natural History--which she discovered at 19, while in the throes of summer romance with a biology student named Jack.

Treasure Palaces is a treasure trove of wonders, a tribute to the diversity and power of the museums, the safe-keepers of our world's most extraordinary artifacts, and an intimate look into the deeply personal reveries we fall into when before great art.

ISBN
9781610396806
By
The Economist
Publisher
The Economist
Item Condition
Used, Like New
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Excellent, unmarked copy with little wear and tight binding. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
692224
Location
C
Matisse: The Masterworks
$16.38
Description
An overview of the life and work of this extraordinary master. Works include La Danse, La Musique, Vue de Notre Dame and more. The insightful introduction traces his artistic and biographical development.
ISBN
9780517647943
By
Durozoi, Gerard
Publisher
Portland House
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
About This Product
Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
742814
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L
Soviet Hieroglyphics: Visual Culture in Late Twentieth-Century Russia
$9.86
Description

"[The Russian and American contributors] share a very high level of expertise and an impressive command of their material, which ranges from film to billboards to currency. Everything in this book, including the introduction, is worth reading... consistently fascinating... " --Choice

..". a lightning rush of images and ideas that constitute inviting material for future speculation." --Times Literary Supplement

"This collection of essays is a fine, even an exhilarating piece of work. Her brilliant analysis surveys a kaleidoscope of breaks and continuities: betweeen literature and non-print media, high culture and popular culture, homo sovieticus and homo russicus. --Slavic and East European Journal

"Of interest for scholars in several disciplines, Soviet Hieroglyphics provides many insights into recent Russian visual culture." --Canadian Slavonic Paper

These incisive essays describe contemporary Russian culture under conditions of social collapse. Focusing on visual culture, the book highlights the recurrent tension between two opposing tendencies in Russia today: the impulse to eradicate the cultural "hieroglyphics" of the Soviet past and the compulsion to reinscribe those sacred images onto contemporary texts.

ISBN
9780253209450
Publisher
Indiana University Press
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
About This Product
Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
705609
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B
Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous
$20.00
Description

The first comprehensive biography of Weegee--photographer, "psychic," ultimate New Yorker--from Christopher Bonanos, author of Instant: The Story of Polaroid.

Arthur Fellig's ability to arrive at a crime scene just as the cops did was so uncanny that he renamed himself "Weegee," claiming that he functioned as a human Ouija board. Weegee documented better than any other photographer the crime, grit, and complex humanity of midcentury New York City. In Flash, we get a portrait not only of the man (both flawed and deeply talented, with generous appetites for publicity, women, and hot pastrami) but also of the fascinating time and place that he occupied.

From self-taught immigrant kid to newshound to art-world darling to latter-day caricature--moving from the dangerous streets of New York City to the celebrity culture of Los Angeles and then to Europe for a quixotic late phase of experimental photography and filmmaking--Weegee lived a life just as worthy of documentation as the scenes he captured. With Flash, we have an unprecedented and ultimately moving view of the man now regarded as an innovator and a pioneer, an artist as well as a newsman, whose photographs are among most powerful images of urban existence ever made.

ISBN
9781250229878
By
Bonanos, Christopher
Publisher
Picador Paper
Item Condition
New
About This Product
New from publisher.
Item SKU
9781250229878
Location
Biography
School-Tripped (Babymouse Tales from the Locker)
$13.99
Description
Watch out, Big City! Babymouse is on a field trip without a chaperone in the third book in the Babymousetastic, highly illustrated Babymouse: Tales from the Locker series.

Babymouse's art class is headed to a museum in the Big City. And now that they're middle schoolers, she and her friends will be totally unsupervised! She can't wait to check out all the world-famous art...that is, until she overhears Felicia Furrypaws planning to ditch the museum and hit the town instead. Babymouse decides to test her freedom with an urban adventure of her own. Will she make it back to the museum before the bus leaves? Or will life in the Big City trip her up big-time?

ISBN
9780399554445
By
Holm, Jennifer L
Publisher
Random House Books for Young Readers
Item Condition
New
About This Product
New from publisher.
Item SKU
9780399554445
Location
Children's
Aubrey Beardsley, Drawings (English and German Edition)
$5.02
ISBN
9780812021042
By
Beardsley, Aubrey
Publisher
B E S Pub Co
Item Condition
Used, Good
About This Product
Moderate edge wear. Binding good. May have marking in text. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We sometimes source from libraries. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
708491
Location
B