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Horace Pippin, American Modern

This comprehensive study of Pippin absorbs previous scholarship but is perhaps the most thorough and inclusive analysis of a luminary and true original, briefly at center stage.


Libraries: Candida Höfer

A compelling aesthetic project that will appeal to bibliophiles and photography and architecture fans.

Frances Benjamin Johnston: The Hampton Album

While the gauzy classrooms look antiquarian enough to seem anachronistic, present-day realities of American education intrude into any viewing and will encourage individual responses from readers. A fascinating side window into a tragic history, still in progress.

Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light, 100 Art Writings 1988–2018

A compendium of piquant art prose from a happy, hungry omnivore, and great for aesthetes of all kinds.


The Romare Bearden Reader

Although the best biography remains Myron Schwartzman's Romare Bearden: His Life and Art, this is the finest overall consideration of Bearden's ouevre yet, and a fulsome tribute to a justly revered artist.

Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897–1922

Interesting on so many levels, this is Americana at its most compelling, real buried treasure brought to life.

Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury

This granular, intervowen group biography will be of most use to devotees of any one of these fascinating figures. [See Prepub Alert, 9/24/18.]

California Captured: Mid-Century Modern Architecture, Marvin Rand

A nexus of solid photography and exciting architecture reveals a popular avant-garde in its shining youth, this would be a great tool for a self-guided tour.

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