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  • Papillon

    “A modern classic of courage and excitement.” —The New Yorker • The source for the iconic prison-escape film starring Steve McQueenHenri Charrière, nicknamed "Papillon," for the butterfly tattoo on his chest, was convicted in Paris in 1931 of a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, he became obsessed with one goal: escape. After planning and ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Modern Painting: A Concise History (World of Art)

    by Simon Morley ...
    Book 0 - World of Art
    This new concise history of modern painting offers an indispensable reference to the complexities and characteristics of this medium, which now exists alongside many other contemporary practices that embrace radically expanded ideas about art.While acknowledging the legacy of Herbert Read’s classic 1959 study A Concise History of Modern Painting in the World of Art series, academic and artist ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • Rembrandt Is in the Wind

    Learning to Love Art through the Eyes of Faith

    by Russ Ramsey ...
    How do art and faith intersect? How does art help us see our own lives more clearly? What can we understand about God and humanity by looking at the lives of artists?Striving for beauty, art also reveals what is broken. It presents us with the tremendous struggles and longings common to the human experience. And it says a lot about our Creator too. Great works of art can speak to the soul in a ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $3.99 USD

  • Viking Art (Second) (World of Art)

    Book 0 - World of Art
    Updated to reflect recent archaeological discoveries and overflowing with color illustrations, this book is the definitive introduction to the art of the Viking Age.The Viking Age in Europe lasted from the time of the first major Viking expeditions in 800 CE to the widespread adoption of Christianity in Scandinavia some 300 years later. During that time, Viking art and culture spread across ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • Cezanne

    A Life

    by Alex Danchev ...
    With 32-pages of full-color inserts, and black-and-white illustrations throughout.Alex Danchev gives us the first comprehensive assessment of the revolutionary work and restless life of Paul Cézanne to be published in decades. One of the most influential painters of his time and beyond, Cézanne was the exemplary artist-creator of the modern age who changed the way we see the world.With brisk ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement

    A revised edition of Whitney Chadwick’s seminal work on the women artists who shaped the Surrealist art movement.This pioneering book stands as the most comprehensive treatment of the lives, ideas, and art works of the remarkable group of women who were an essential part of the Surrealist movement. Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo, and Dorothea Tanning, among many others, embodied their age as they ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • The Private Lives of the Impressionists

    by Sue Roe ...
    New York Times Bestseller“Anyone who has ever lost themselves in Monet’s color-saturated gardens or swooned over Degas’s dancers will enjoy this revealing group portrait of the artists who founded the Impressionist movement. . . . For the armchair dilettante, as well as the art-history student, this is lively, required reading.” — PeopleThe first book to offer an intimate and lively biography of ... Read more

    $13.49 USD

  • The Perfect Machine

    Building the Palomar Telescope

    Almost a half-century after is completion, the 200-inch Palomar telescope remains an unparalleled combination of vast scale and microscope detail. As huge as the Pantheon of Rome and as heavy as the Statue of Liberty, this magnificent instrument is so precisely built that its seventeen-foot mirror was hand-polished to a tolerance of 2/1,000,000 of an inch. The telescope's construction drove some ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Non-FictionWinner of the 2011 National Book Award for Non-FictionOne of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Lady in Gold

    The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Bloch-Bauer

    The spellbinding story, part fairy tale, part suspense, of Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, one of the most emblematic portraits of its time; of the beautiful, seductive Viennese Jewish salon hostess who sat for it; the notorious artist who painted it; the now vanished turn-of-the-century Vienna that shaped it; and the strange twisted fate that befell it.The Lady in Gold, considered ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Art That Changed the World

    Transformative Art Movements and the Paintings That Inspired Them

    by DK ...
    series DK Timelines
    Experience the uplifting power of art on this breathtaking visual tour of 2,500 paintings and sculptures created by more than 700 artists from Michelangelo to Damien Hirst.This beautiful book brings you the very best of world art from cave paintings to Neoexpressionism. Enjoy iconic must-see works, such as Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper and Monet's Waterlilies and discover less familiar artists ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $1.99 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

    $22.99 USD

  • The British Surrealists

    The lives, loves, and works of key British Surrealists revealed by one of the last surviving members of this movement, best-selling author and artist Desmond Morris.Honored for their idiosyncratic and imaginative works, the surrealists marked a pivotal moment in the history of modern art in Britain— pioneering the Surrealist movement between World War I and II. Many artists banded together to form ... Read more

    $25.99 USD

  • The Dream Colony

    A Life in Art

    Art Forum's Best of the Year ListA panoramic look at art in America in the second half of the twentieth century, through the eyes of the visionary curator who helped shape it.An innovative, iconoclastic curator of contemporary art, Walter Hopps founded his first gallery in L.A. at the age of twenty-one. At twenty-four, he opened the Ferus Gallery with then-unknown artist Edward Kienholz, where he ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction

    series Very Short Introductions
    In today's art world many strange, even shocking, things qualify as art. In this Very Short Introduction Cynthia Freeland explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, weaving together philosophy and art theory with many fascinating examples. She discusses blood, beauty, culture, money, museums, sex, and politics, clarifying contemporary and historical accounts of the nature, ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • Making Dystopia

    The Strange Rise and Survival of Architectural Barbarism

    In Making Dystopia, distinguished architectural historian James Stevens Curl tells the story of the advent of architectural Modernism in the aftermath of the First World War, its protagonists, and its astonishing, almost global acceptance after 1945. He argues forcefully that the triumph of architectural Modernism in the second half of the twentieth century led to massive destruction, the creation ... Read more

    $37.99 USD

  • The Story of Art Without Men

    by Katy Hessel ...
    **Instant New York Times bestsellerThe story of art as it’s never been told before, from the Renaissance to the present day, with more than 300 works of art.**How many women artists do you know? Who makes art history? Did women even work as artists before the twentieth century? And what is the Baroque anyway?Guided by Katy Hessel, art historian and founder of @thegreatwomenartists, discover the ... Read more

    $29.99 USD

  • Utopia Parkway

    The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell

    Deborah Solomon’s definitive biography of Joseph Cornell, one of America’s most moving and unusual twentieth-century artists, now reissued twenty years later with updated and extensively revised textFew artists ever led a stranger life than Joseph Cornell, the self-taught American genius prized for his enigmatic shadow boxes, who stands at the intersection of Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Frida in America

    The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist

    by Celia Stahr ...
    The riveting story of how three years spent in the United States transformed Frida Kahlo into the artist we know today"[An] insightful debut....Featuring meticulous research and elegant turns of phrase, Stahr’s engrossing account provides scholarly though accessible analysis for both feminists and art lovers." —Publisher's WeeklyMexican artist Frida Kahlo adored adventure. In November, 1930, she ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Loft Generation

    From the de Koonings to Twombly: Portraits and Sketches, 1942-2011

    by Edith Schloss ...
    A bristling and brilliant memoir of the mid-twentieth-century New York School of painters and their times by the renowned artist and critic Edith Schloss, who, from the early years, was a member of the group that shifted the center of the art world from Paris to New YorkThe Loft Generation: From the de Koonings to Twombly; Portraits and Sketches, 1942–2011 is an invaluable account by an artist at ... Read more

    $12.99 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

  • 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

  • The Science Delusion

    Asking the Big Questions in a Culture of Easy Answers

    by Curtis White ...
    One of our most brilliant social critics—author of the bestselling The Middle Mind—presents a scathing critique of the “delusions” of science alongside a rousing defense of the tradition of Romanticism and the “big” questions.With the rise of religion critics such as Richard Dawkins, and of pseudo-science advocates such as Malcolm Gladwell and Jonah Lehrer, you’re likely to become a subject of ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Ancient Greece

    In this compact yet comprehensive history of ancient Greece, Thomas R. Martin brings alive Greek civilization from its Stone Age roots to the fourth century B.C. Focusing on the development of the Greek city-state and the society, culture, and architecture of Athens in its Golden Age, Martin integrates political, military, social, and cultural history in a book that will appeal to students and ... Read more

    $12.99 USD