Douglas F. Smith

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Todd Webb in Africa: Outside the Frame

Although it’s fascinating as a history, Webb’s body of work is artistically underwhelming; it resembles a really good Life magazine photo-essay, but it lacks the éclat of photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson or Malick Sidibé. This narrative of Webb’s photos and their creation will engage primarily readers who are already interested in the medium and the message.

Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture

An archetype of the “public intellectual” bearing enormous, transformative importance, thoroughly considered in word and image.

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Daddy Wouldn’t Buy Me a Bauhaus: Profiles in Architecture and Design

Long-form, tangy treats for all observers.

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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.

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Libraries: Candida Höfer

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

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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.
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