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  • The Art of the Occult

    A Visual Sourcebook for the Modern Mystic

    by S. Elizabeth ...
    series Art in the Margins
    A visual feast of eclectic artwork informed and inspired by spiritual beliefs, magical techniques, mythology and otherworldly experiences.Mystical beliefs and practices have existed for millennia, but why do we still chase the esoteric? From the beginning of human creativity itself, image-makers have been drawn to these unknown spheres and have created curious artworks that transcend time and ... Read more

    $21.99 USD

  • Rogues' Gallery

    The Rise (and Occasional Fall) of Art Dealers, the Hidden Players in the History of Art

    by Philip Hook ...
    This “expert and elegantly written” book reveals how dealers have been a major force in art history from the Renaissance to the avant garde (The Guardian, UK).Philip Hook’s riveting narrative takes us from the early days of art dealing in Antwerp, where paintings were sold by weight, to the unassailable hauteur of contemporary galleries in New York, London, Paris, and beyond. Along the way, we ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Basquiat

    A Quick Killing in Art

    by Phoebe Hoban ...
    A New York Times Notable Book: This national bestseller is a vivid biography of the meteoric rise and tragic death of art star Jean-Michel BasquiatPainter Jean-Michel Basquiat was the Jimi Hendrix of the art world. In less than a decade, he went from being a teenage graffiti artist to an international art star; he was dead of a drug overdose at age twenty-seven. Basquiat’s brief career spanned the ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Whole Picture

    The colonial story of the art in our museums & why we need to talk about it

    by Alice Procter ...
    "Probing, jargon-free and written with the pace of a detective story... [Procter] dissects western museum culture with such forensic fury that it might be difficult for the reader ever to view those institutions in the same way again. " Financial Times'A smart, accessible and brilliantly structured work that encourages readers to go beyond the grand architecture of cultural institutions and see ... Read more

    $2.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • The Lonely City

    Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

    by Olivia Laing ...
    Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism#1 Book of the Year from Brain PickingsNamed a best book of the year by NPR, Newsweek, Slate, Pop Sugar, Marie Claire, Elle, Publishers Weekly, and Lit HubA dazzling work of biography, memoir, and cultural criticism on the subject of loneliness, told through the lives of iconic artists, by the acclaim... ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Judgment of Paris

    The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism

    by Ross King ...
    With a novelist's skill and the insight of an historian, bestselling author Ross King recalls a seminal period when Paris was the artistic center of the world, and the rivalry between Meissonier and Manet.The Judgment of Paris chronicles the dramatic decade between two famous exhibitions-the scandalous Salon des Refuses in 1863 and the first Impressionist showing in 1874-set against the rise and ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Introducing Postmodernism

    A Graphic Guide

    series Graphic Guides
    What connects Marliyn Monroe, Disneyworld, "The Satanic Verses" and cyber space? Answer: Postmodernism. But what exactly is postmodernism?This Graphic Guide explains clearly the maddeningly enigmatic concept that has been used to define the world's cultural condition over the last three decades.Introducing Postmodernism tracks the idea back to its roots by taking a tour of some of the most extreme ... Read more

    $5.99 USD

  • The Anatomy of Type

    A Graphic Guide to 100 Typefaces

    by Stephen Coles ...
    The Anatomy of Type is the ultimate stylistic guide to the intricacies and design of 100 indispensable typefaces. A delightful, colorful, and visual reference guide created by Stephen Coles and Tony Seddon—two acknowledged pros in the font design world—The Anatomy of Type was developed with typographers, graphic designers, and font geeks in mind, graphically and visually expanding on the current ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • Civilisation

    by Kenneth Clark ...
    Kenneth Clark's sweeping narrative looks at how Western Europe evolved in the wake of the collapse of the Roman Empire, to produce the ideas, books, buildings, works of art and great individuals that make up our civilisation.The author takes us from Iona in the ninth century to France in the twelfth, from Florence to Urbino, from Germany to Rome, England, Holland and America. Against these ... Read more

    $3.99 USD

  • Staying Up Much Too Late

    Edward Hopper's Nighthawks and the Dark Side of the American Psyche

    A fascinating study of Edward Hopper's iconic Nighthawks painting and its deep significance for understanding American culture.Staying up Much Too Late discusses the painting Nighthawks and the painter Edward Hopper and their central importance to twentieth-century American culture. Topics include individualism, New York City, Arthur "Weegee" Fellig, diners, pornography, capitalism, advertising, ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • What Are You Looking At?

    The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art

    by Will Gompertz ...
    For skeptics, art lovers, and the millions of us who visit art galleries every year—and are confused—What Are You Looking At? by former director of London’s Tate Gallery Will Gompertz is a wonderfully lively, accessible narrative history of Modern Art, from Impressionism to the present day.What is modern art? Who started it? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it such big money? Join ... Read more

    $13.99 USD $10.99 USD

  • Avedon

    Something Personal

    An intimate biography of Richard Avedon, the legendary fashion and portrait photographer who “helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture” (The New York Times), by his longtime collaborator and business partner Norma Stevens and award-winning author Steven M. L. Aronson.Richard Avedon was arguably the world’s most famous photographer—as artistically influential as he was ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $8.99 USD


    Experimental Art toward a School of Thought

    series Art History Publication Initiative
    Formed on the South Side of Chicago in 1968 at the height of the civil rights, Black power, and Black arts movements, the AFRICOBRA collective created a new artistic visual language rooted in the culture of Chicago's Black neighborhoods. The collective's aesthetics, especially the use of vibrant color, capture the rhythmic dynamism of Black culture and social life. In AFRICOBRA, painter, ... Read more

    $21.99 USD

  • Bollywood

    Gods, Glamour, and Gossip

    by Kush Varia ...
    series Short Cuts
    While we have become familiar with the idea of "Bollywood" here in the West, we know little about the industry's films beyond a certain celebration of kitsch. Bollywood, the latest in Wallflower Press's Short Cuts introductory series, surveys this style of filmmaking from its origins in colonial times to the present, tracing its impact on both the Indian and global imagination. Chapters explore ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • The Jazz of Physics

    The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe

    A spectacular musical and scientific journey from the Bronx to the cosmic horizon that reveals the astonishing links between jazz, science, Einstein, and ColtraneMore than fifty years ago, John Coltrane drew the twelve musical notes in a circle and connected them by straight lines, forming a five-pointed star. Inspired by Einstein, Coltrane put physics and geometry at the core of his music ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Provenance

    How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art

    A tautly paced investigation of one the 20th century's most audacious art frauds, which generated hundreds of forgeries-many of them still hanging in prominent museums and private collections todayProvenance is the extraordinary narrative of one of the most far-reaching and elaborate deceptions in art history. Investigative reporters Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo brilliantly recount the tale of a ... Read more

    $13.99 USD $11.99 USD

  • Art Since 1989 (World of Art)

    by Kelly Grovier ...
    Book 0 - World of Art
    An extensive, accessible guide to the most groundbreaking and influential art from 1989 to the presentThe years since the collapse of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 have seen the rise of a new freedom to define art—Who makes it? Where can it be found? What is its commercial value?—and, consequently, the reevaluation of art’s place in society.Kelly Grovier surveys the dynamic developments in art ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Real Life of the Parthenon

    series 21st Century Essays
    Ownership battles over the marbles removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin have been rumbling into invective, pleading, and counterclaims for two centuries. The emotional temperature around them is high, and steering across the vast past to safe anchor in a brilliant heritage is tricky. The stories around antiquities become distorted by the pull of ownership, and it is these stories that urge ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • The Pacific Crest Trail

    A Visual Compendium

    The Pacific Crest Trail as you've never seen it before! A visual feast for the senses, this highly designed paperback showcases the PCT through clever infographics, modern illustration, and insightful text. The book captures both the grandeur of the West Coast as well as the tiniest things that a thru-hiker notices and experiences during a 140-day trek.Through the written word, graphic design, and ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • The Cultural Cold War

    The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters

    During the Cold War, freedom of expression was vaunted as liberal democracy's most cherished possession—but such freedom was put in service of a hidden agenda. In The Cultural Cold War, Frances Stonor Saunders reveals the extraordinary efforts of a secret campaign in which some of the most vocal exponents of intellectual freedom in the West were working for or subsidized by the CIA—whether they ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • How to See the World

    An Introduction to Images, from Self-Portraits to Selfies, Maps to Movies, and More

    Every two minutes, Americans alone take more photographs than were printed in the entire nineteenth century; every minute, people from around the world upload over 300 hours of video to YouTube; and in 2014, we took over one trillion photographs. From the funny memes that we send to our friends to the disturbing photographs we see in the news, we are consuming and producing images in quantities ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • Picasso

    Picasso era español y por eso, según dicen, comenzó a dibujar antes que a hablar. Cuando niño, se sintió atraído de manera instintiva hacia las herramientas del artista. En sus primeros años pasaba horas en feliz concentración dibujando espirales con un sentido y un significado que sólo él conocía. Otras veces dejaba de lado sus juegos infantiles para trazar sus primeras imágenes en la arena. Tan ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • The Gilded Page

    The Secret Lives of Medieval Manuscripts

    A breathtaking journey into the hidden history of medieval manuscripts, from the Lindisfarne Gospels to the ornate Psalter of Henry VIII“A delight—immersive, conversational, and intensely visual, full of gorgeous illustrations and shimmering description.” –Helen Castor, author of She-WolvesMedieval manuscripts can tell us much about power and art, knowledge and beauty. Many have survived because ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • The Waning of the Middle Ages

    The Waning of the Middle Ages is the best-known work by the Dutch historian Johan Huizinga.Its subtitle is: "A study of the forms of life, thought and art in France and the Netherlands in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries".In the book, Huizinga presents the idea that the exaggerated formality and romanticism of late medieval court society was a defense mechanism against the constantly ... Read more

    $0.99 USD