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The Artist's Way: 25th Anniversary Edition
by Julia Cameron

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English

Pages

267

Publication Date

March 04, 2002

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<p><b>"Without <i>The Artist's Way</i>, there would have been no <i>Eat, Pray, Love</i>.” —Elizabeth Gilbert</b></p><p><b>The Artist’s Way</b> is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today<b>—</b>or perhaps even more so<b>—</b>than it was when it was first published twenty five years ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of <b>The Artist’s Way</b> and shares additional insights into the creative process that she has gained. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes <b>The Artist’s Way</b> for today's creatives.</p>
Van Gogh: The Life
by , Gregory White Smith

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English

Pages

976

Publication Date

October 18, 2011

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<b><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • “The definitive biography for decades to come.”<b>—Leo Jansen, curator, the Van Gogh Museum, and co-editor of </b><i><b>Vincent van Gogh: The Complete Letters</b></i></b><br /></b><br />Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, who galvanized readers with their Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Jackson Pollock, have written another tour de force—an exquisitely detailed, compellingly readable portrait of Vincent van Gogh. Working with the full cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Naifeh and Smith have accessed a wealth of previously untapped materials to bring a crucial understanding to the larger-than-life mythology of this great artist: his early struggles to find his place in the world; his intense relationship with his brother Theo; and his move to Provence, where he painted some of the best-loved works in Western art. The authors also shed new light on many unexplored aspects of Van Gogh’s inner world: his erratic and tumultuous romantic life; his bouts of depression and mental illness; and the cloudy circumstances surrounding his death at the age of thirty-seven.<br />  <br /> Though countless books have been written about Van Gogh, no serious, ambitious examination of his life has been attempted in more than seventy years. Naifeh and Smith have re-created Van Gogh’s life with an astounding vividness and psychological acuity that bring a completely new and sympathetic understanding to this unique artistic genius.<br /><b><br />NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The New York Times Book Review </i>• <i>The Washington Post </i>• <i>The Wall Street Journal </i>• <i>San Francisco Chronicle </i>• NPR • <i>The Economist </i>• <i>Newsday </i>• BookReporter </b><br /><br />“In their magisterial new biography, <i>Van Gogh: The Life, </i>Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith provide a guided tour through the personal world and work of that Dutch painter, shining a bright light on the evolution of his art. . . . What [the authors] capture so powerfully is Van Gogh’s extraordinary will to learn, to persevere against the odds.”<b><i>—</i>Michiko Kakutani, </b><i><b>The New York Times</b><br /></i><br />“Brilliant . . . Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith are the big-game hunters of modern art history. . . . [<i>Van Gogh</i>] rushes along on a tide of research. . . . At once a model of scholarship and an emotive, pacy chunk of hagiography.”<b>—Martin Herbert, <i>The Daily Telegraph </i>(London)</b>
Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel
by Andrew Graham-Dixon

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

February 02, 2009

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You cannot stand underneath the masterwork that is the Sistine Chapel without considering the genius and painstaking work that went into its creation. Michelangelo Buonarroti never wanted to paint the Sistine Chapel, though. Appointed by the temperamental Julius II, Michelangelo believed the suspiciously large-scale project to be a plot for failure conspired by his rivals and the "Warrior Pope." After all, Michelangelo was not a painter—he was a sculptor. The noble artist reluctantly took on the daunting task that would damage his neck, back, and eyes (if you have ever strained to admire the real thing, you know). Andrew Graham-Dixon tells the story behind the famous painted ceiling over which the great artist painfully toiled for four long years.<BR><BR> Linking Michelangelo's personal life to his work on the Sistine Chapel, Graham-Dixon describes Michelangelo's unique depiction of the Book of Genesis, tackles ambiguities in the work, and details the painstaking work that went into Michelangelo's magnificent creation. Complete with rich, full-color illustrations and Graham-Dixon's articulate narrative, <I>Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel</I> is an indispensable and significant piece of art criticism. It humanizes this heavenly masterpiece in a way that every art enthusiast, student, and professional can understand and appreciate.
Breaking van Gogh: Saint-Rémy, Forgery, and the $95 Million Fake...
by James Grundvig

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English

Pages

280

Publication Date

October 04, 2016

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<DIV><B>Art history comes alive in this captivating investigation of the history and authenticity of van Gogh’s iconic painting <I>Wheat Field with Cypresses</I></B><B>.</B><BR />  <BR /> Currently on display at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vincent van Gogh’s <I>The</I><I>Wheat Field with Cypresses</I> is traditionally considered to be one of a series of masterworks he painted during his stay in the Saint-Rémy mental asylum. After his suicide, these paintings languished for a decade, until van Gogh’s sister-in-law took them to a family friend for restoration. The restorer had other ideas . . .<BR />  <BR /> Relying on a number of verification techniques, from the study of the painter’s biography and personal correspondence to the examination of the painting’s style and technical characteristics, investigative journalist James Ottar Grundvig posits that the painting housed in the Met, valued at $95 million dollars, is a fake.<BR />  <BR /> In the course of his investigation, Grundvig traces the incredible story of this piece from the artist’s brushstrokes in sunlit southern France to a forger’s den in Paris, the art collections of a prominent Jewish banking family and a Nazi-sympathizing Swiss arms dealer, and finally the walls of the Met. The riveting narrative of <I>Breaking van Gogh</I> weaves its way through the turbulent history of twentieth-century Europe, as the painting’s fate is intimately bound with some of the era’s most prominent figures.</DIV>
Matisse’s Poets: Critical Performance in the Artist’s Book
by Kathryn Brown

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English

Pages

392

Publication Date

September 21, 2017

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Throughout his career, Henri Matisse used imagery as a means of engaging critically with poetry and prose by a diverse range of authors. Kathryn Brown offers a groundbreaking account of Matisse's position in the literary cross-currents of 20th-century France and explores ways in which reading influenced the artist's work in a range of media. This study argues that the <i>livre d'artiste </i>became the privileged means by which Matisse enfolded literature into his own idiom and demonstrated the centrality of his aesthetic to modernist debates about authorship and creativity. By tracing the compositional and interpretive choices that Matisse made as a painter, print maker, and reader in the field of book production, this study offers a new theoretical account of visual art's capacity to function as a form of literary criticism and extends debates about the gendering of 20th-century bibliophilia. Brown also demonstrates the importance of Matisse's self-placement in relation to the French literary canon in the charged political climate of the Second World War and its aftermath. Through a combination of archival resources, art history, and literary criticism, this study offers a new interpretation of Matisse's artist's books and will be of interest to art historians, literary scholars, and researchers in book history and modernism.
Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius o...
by Mark Dery

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English

Pages

513

Publication Date

November 06, 2018

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<div><b>The definitive biography of Edward Gorey, the eccentric master of macabre nonsense.</b></div><div><br /></div><div>From <i>The Gashlycrumb Tinies</i> to <i>The Doubtful Guest</i>, Edward Gorey's wickedly funny and deliciously sinister little books have influenced our culture in innumerable ways, from the works of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman to Lemony Snicket. Some even call him the Grandfather of Goth.</div><div><br /></div><div>But who was this man, who lived with over twenty thousand books and six cats, who roomed with Frank O'Hara at Harvard, and was known--in the late 1940s, no less--to traipse around in full-length fur coats, clanking bracelets, and an Edwardian beard? An eccentric, a gregarious recluse, an enigmatic auteur of whimsically morbid masterpieces, yes--but who <i>was</i> the real Edward Gorey behind the Oscar Wildean pose?</div><div><br /></div><div>He published over a hundred books and illustrated works by Samuel Beckett, T.S. Eliot, Edward Lear, John Updike, Charles Dickens, Hilaire Belloc, Muriel Spark, Bram Stoker, Gilbert & Sullivan, and others. At the same time, he was a deeply complicated and conflicted individual, a man whose art reflected his obsessions with the disquieting and the darkly hilarious.</div><div><br /></div><div>Based on newly uncovered correspondence and interviews with personalities as diverse as John Ashbery, Donald Hall, Lemony Snicket, Neil Gaiman, and Anna Sui, BORN TO BE POSTHUMOUS draws back the curtain on the eccentric genius and mysterious life of Edward Gorey.</div>
Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life
by Roxana Robinson

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English

Pages

656

Publication Date

June 21, 2016

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<DIV><B>A New York Times Notable Book: Roxana Robinson’s definitive biography of Georgia O’Keeffe i</B><B>s a rich and revealing portrait of the iconic American artist.</B><BR />  <BR /> Artist Georgia O’Keeffe was born into a family of strong Midwestern farmwomen and taught self-reliance at an early age. Coming of age in the modern era, she went on to defy the social conventions of her time and lead a successful and emancipated life full of creativity, feminism, and austerity that has taken on mythic proportion. Roxana Robinson’s multilayered book explores O’Keeffe’s journey to personal and professional independence, the evolution of her art, and her most influential relationships. Written with the cooperation of O’Keeffe’s family, and using sources unavailable during her lifetime, this biography presents the artist’s own voice through her letters to family and friends.<BR />  <BR /> Robinson follows O’Keeffe from her childhood on a Wisconsin farm to the center of the New York art scene where she met her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Stieglitz championed O’Keeffe, exhibiting her work at his gallery and drawing her into his inner circle of early modernists. But O’Keeffe, ever caught between the demands of love and art, left New York to find inspiration in the New Mexico desert where she created some of her most renowned work.<BR />  <BR /> This vividly rendered, beautifully written account succeeds in capturing the passions, controversies, and contradictions in the life of an extraordinary woman.<BR />  </DIV>
Herding Cats: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection
by Sarah Andersen

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English

Pages

112

Publication Date

March 27, 2018

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<DIV>". . . author Sarah Andersen uses hilarious (and adorable) comics to illustrate the very specific growing pains that occur on your way to becoming a mature, put-together grownup. Andersen’s spot-on illustrations also show how to navigate this newfound adulthood once you arrive, since maturity is equally as hard to maintain as it is to find … "<BR />--<I>The Huffington Post</I><BR /><BR />Sarah valiantly struggles with waking up in the morning, being productive, and dealing with social situations.<I> Sarah's Scribbles</I> is the comic strip that follows her life, finding humor in living as an adulting introvert that is at times weird, awkward, and embarrassing. </DIV>
ART/WORK: Everything You Need to Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your...
by , Jonathan Melber

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

March 05, 2009

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The definitive, must-have guide to pursuing an art career—the fully revised and updated edition of <i>Art/Work</i>, now in its fourteenth printing, shares the tools artists of all levels need to make it in this highly competitive field.<BR><BR>Originally published in 2009, <i>Art/Work</i> was the first practical guide to address how artists can navigate the crucial business and legal aspects of a fine art career. But the rules have changed since then, due to the proliferation of social media, increasing sophistication of online platforms, and ever more affordable digital technology. Artists have never had to work so hard to distinguish themselves—including by making savvy decisions and forging their own paths. Now Heather Bhandari, with over fifteen years of experience as a director of the popular Chelsea gallery Mixed Greens, and Jonathan Melber, a former arts/entertainment lawyer and director of an art e-commerce startup, advise a new generation of artists on how to make it in the art world.<BR> <BR>In this revised and updated edition, Bhandari and Melber show artists how to tackle a host of new challenges. How do you diversify income streams to sustain a healthy art practice? How can you find an alternative to the gallery system? How do you review a license agreement? What are digital marketing best practices? Also included are new quotes from over thirty arts professionals, updated commission legal templates, organizational tips, tax information, and advice for artists who don’t make objects. An important resource for gallerists, dealers, art consultants, artist-oriented organizations, and artists alike, <i>Art/Work</i> is the resource that all creative entrepreneurs in the art world turn to for advice.
Sargent's Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas
by Donna M. Lucey

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English

Pages

326

Publication Date

August 22, 2017

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<p><strong>A <em>New York Times Book Review</em> Editors’ Choice Selection<br /><br /><br /><br />“[Lucey] delivers the goods, disclosing the unhappy or colorful lives that Sargent sometimes hinted at but didn’t spell out.”—<em>Boston Globe</em></strong></p><br /><p>In this seductive, multilayered biography, based on original letters and diaries, Donna M. Lucey illuminates four extraordinary women painted by the iconic high-society portraitist John Singer Sargent. With uncanny intuition, Sargent hinted at the mysteries and passions that unfolded in his subjects’ lives. These women inhabited a rarefied world of wealth and strict conventions—yet all of them did something unexpected, something shocking, to upend society’s rules.</p>

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