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Art & Architecture
The Image of the Black in Western Art by
In the 1960s, art patrons Dominique and Jean de Menil founded an image archive showing the ways that people of African descent have been represented in Western art from the ancient world to modern times. This volume takes on important topics ranging from urban migration within the United States to globalization, to Negritude and cultural hybridity, to the modern black artist's relationship with European aesthetic traditions and experimentation with new technologies and media. Concentrating on the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean, essays in this volume shed light on topics such as photography, jazz, the importance of political activism to the shaping of black identities, as well as the post-black art world.
Henri Matisse: the Cut-Outs by
Fully illustrated in color, this catalog from the recent MOMA show includes many photographs of Matisse in his studio, many of which have never been published before. The catalog is a study of the art form developed by Matisse after an operation drained him of the strength to continue his oil painting, and focusses on the elements of color and design that characterize his prints, paper cut-outs, and paper cut-out maquettes.
Art & Architecture
Nothing but the Clouds Unchanged by
Much of how WWI is understood today is rooted in the artistic depictions of the brutal violence and extensive destruction that marked the conflict. This book examines how the physical and psychological devastation of the war altered the course of 20th-century artistic Modernism.
Vivian Maier by
This volume pays homage to the late amateur photographer with photographs taken in Chicago and New York after World War II, which portray urban life and feature subjects such as the elderly, African Americans, historical buildings, and the homeless.
Why People Photograph by
A now classic text on the art, Why People Photograph gathers a selection of essays by the great master photographer Robert Adams, tackling such diverse subjects as collectors, humor, teaching, money and dogs. Adams also writes brilliantly on Edward Weston, Paul Strand, Laura Gilpin, Judith Joy Ross, Susan Meiselas, Michael Schmidt, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Eugène Atget. The book closes with two essays on "working conditions" in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century American West, and the essay "Two Landscapes." Adams writes: "At our best and most fortunate we make pictures because of what stands in front of the camera, to honor what is greater and more interesting than we are."