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A Clearing in the Distance : Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the Nineteenth Century
by Witold Rybcznski
Hardcover - 416 pages (June 1999)
Scribner; ISBN: 0684824639
Book Review:
Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) is best remembered today as a landscape designer, well known for his plans for New York's Central Park and Prospect Park, the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and the campus of Stanford University, among other noteworthy sites. Click For More.

A History of Far Eastern Art
by Sherman E. Lee
Hardcover - 576 pages 5th edition (March 1994)
Harry N Abrams; ISBN: 0810934140
Book Description:
This extensively-illustrated, comprehensive survey history of ALL of Far Eastern art -- from 5000 B.C. to A.D. 1860 -- follows a chronological, geographical/cultural, medium organization throughout.

American Century : Art and Culture, 1900-1950

by Barbara Haskell
Hardcover - 320 pages (April 1999)
W.W. Norton & Company; ISBN: 0393047237
Book Description:
To celebrate the coming millennium, the Whitney Museum of American Art is mounting a tremendous nine-month show covering American art from 1900 to 2000. The American Century: Art and Culture, 1900-1950, by curator Barbara Haskell, is the catalog for the first part of the exhibition. Included are images from painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, and design, providing a comprehensive overview of artistic and cultural ideas in the first half of this century.


Ingres in Fashion : Representations of Dress and Appearance in Ingres's Images of Women
by Aileen Ribeiro
Hardcover - 224 pages illustrate edition (April 1999)
Yale Univ Pr; ISBN: 0300079273
Book Description:
In his lifetime Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres was called "a bourgeois little elephant," but posterity remembers him more kindly as an exemplary renderer of early haute couture. As Washington, D.C.'s National Gallery of Art salutes Ingres in a major exhibition of his sumptuous, splendidly detailed works, art critic Brian Sewell goes beyond the creak of corsets to revel in Ingres's skills as a fastidious recorder of mid-19th-century status and fashion.


Matisse : Father & Son
by John Russell
Hardcover - 464 pages (May 1999)
Harry N Abrams; ISBN: 0810943786
Book Review:
Author John Russell knew Pierre Matisse (1900-1989) personally, and after his death was invited to work in the legendary art dealer's archives. Among the treasure-trove of material was 34 years' worth of correspondence between Matisse and his father, the legendary French painter Henri Matisse (1869-1954). Russell's stately narrative draws on those letters, as well as Pierre's correspondence with the artists he represented (most notably Joan Miró, Balthus, Alberto Giacometti, and Jean Dubuffet). It reveals a remarkable intimacy between father and son, despite the fact that Pierre made his career in New York, while the elder Matisse resided in France. Click For More.


Modern Architecture : Photographs by Ezra Stoller
by William S. Saunders, Ezra Stoller
Hardcover - 228 pages Reissue edition (October 1990)
Harry N Abrams; ISBN: 0810938162
From the flying-saucer-like Museum of Contemporary Art in Rio de Janeiro to Steven Holl's airy Chapel of St. Ignatius on the grounds of Seattle University, this editor's taste in architecture tends toward the contemporary outgrowths of clean modern design. The assembled booklist is a collection of recent books that focus on some of the best of these designs.


The Hermitage : The Biography of a Great Museum
by Geraldine Norman
Hardcover - 400 pages 1 Ed edition (April 1998)
Fromm Intl; ISBN: 0880641908
Book Description:
Geraldine Norman, the English cultural reporter and author, has written a scholarly page-turner about the political intrigue, murders, royal indiscretions, property seizures, heroic preservation efforts, wartime crises, obscenely prodigal spending, and equally obscene fiscal cutbacks that have shaped the long history of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. Click For More.

Walker Evans

by James R. Mellow
Hardcover - 600 pages (May 1999)
Basic Books; ISBN: 046509077X
Book Description:
"You can't write anything but lies about the past," Walker Evans once said to explain why he would never write a memoir. Still, the photographer was fond of recounting stories about his life and his photographs to friends and acquaintances. Veteran biographer James Mellow started with the stories then mined a wealth of letters, personal papers, and photographs to create this definitive biography of the photographer whose iconic images of mid-century rural America helped usher in the era of modern photography. --Jordana Moskowitz

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