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Women in the Picture: What Culture Does with Female Bodies

A thought-provoking purchase for academic library art history and women’s studies collections.
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Silent Cities: Portraits of a Pandemic; 15 Cities Across the World

This book will most likely not interest photographers, but will be a quick browse for many casual readers who want to recall our recent, collective past.
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Belonging and Betrayal: How Jews Made the Art World Modern

Readers of Dellheim’s book will learn more about the history of modern art and European cultural history during times of upheaval and turmoil. Those who enjoy history and art history will enjoy this deep dive.
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Georgia O’Keeffe

For those who can’t travel to Madrid, Paris, or Basel to see the O’Keeffe retrospective, this beautifully designed volume will satisfy. Also for readers who want to learn about O’Keeffe’s technique, studio practice, mentors, and the art world around her; soak in her particular response to nature; or merely spend time with the soothing qualities of her oeuvre.
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Sisters in Art: The Biography of Margaret, Esther, and Helen Bruton

From their chubby-cheeked “Gibson Girl” childhood through their sunlit dotage, the Brutons were exemplars of many aspects of California history and, in recent years, overlooked. Good’s book corrects this.
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Light on Fire: The Art and Life of Sam Francis

An engaging read, avoiding hagiography. This biography of a mercurial rogue has something to amuse or annoy most aficionados.

Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, Paris, 1889–1900

With its introductory overview of Les Nabis, written in clear, readable language, this book is recommended for readers who know little about the subject as well as those who are passionate about 19th-century French art and culture.
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Artists on Art: How They See, Think & Create

With its particular focus on a diverse, international group of contemporary artists, this monograph will serve large public libraries, academic libraries, and museum libraries that support art programs.
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The Medici: Portraits and Politics, 1512–1570

Recommended for readers who already have some knowledge of the Italian Renaissance and want to learn more.
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No Compromise: The Work of Florence Knoll

Based on deep research in Knoll’s papers at the Smithsonian, the Cranbrook Institute, and the Knoll Associates Archives, this close look at Knoll’s career makes its case soundly.
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How Photography Became Contemporary Art: Inside an Artistic Revolution from Pop to the Digital Age

A must-read for photography enthusiasts; Grundberg’s personal recollections will also appeal to readers interested in the late 20th-century New York art scene. This is an important text on the history of photography.
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In Search of Van Gogh: Capturing the Life of the Artist Through Photographs and Paintings

With this compact trove of contemporary photographs juxtaposed with Van Gogh’s artworks, homes, and friendly commentary, the intensity of the artist’s life will go down more easily. Van Gogh fans will enjoy walking in his footsteps, and it will surely inform new audiences as well.
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Talk Art: Everything You Wanted To Know About Contemporary Art but Were Afraid To Ask

Recommended for all public library collections.
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Knit Soxx for Everyone: 25 Colorful Sock Patterns for the Whole Family

Although it will be a welcome addition to library shelves, it doesn’t provide readers with more than a straightforward guide to knitting socks and the patterns.
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Pottery for Beginners: Projects for Beautiful Ceramic Bowls, Mugs, Vases and More

Ford does an excellent job of demystifying the complex process of pottery making. This would be a great resource for beginning students and even experienced potters looking for fresh ideas, or to brush up on skills.
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Carrie Mae Weems

This is a well-researched, intriguing monograph about Weems that will be helpful to anyone researching her art and interesting to any reader who wants to think about the function and construction of beauty within society.
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The Van Gogh Sisters

Buy where fine art, feminism, group biographies of women, or biographies like Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith’s Van Gogh: The Life are popular.

The Beginner’s Guide to Wheel Throwing: A Complete Course for the Potter’s Wheel

Libraries, teaching studios, and aspiring potters should all have this book on hand.
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Hip-Hop Architecture

This challenging inquiry into an unusual pairing of creative pursuits is likely to appeal to students of either architecture or hip-hop.
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Artists of Wyeth Country: Howard Pyle, N. C. Wyeth, and Andrew Wyeth

This readable title will appeal to readers interested in the art of the Brandywine School or Revolutionary War history.
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Henri Matisse

While this is a good overview of Matisse’s work, readers will need to come into it with a solid visual knowledge of the artist’s output, or have nearby another reference with color images of Matisse’s artworks.
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Enchantments: Joseph Cornell and American Modernism

Possibly too academic for a popular collection, but will complement academic libraries or those with strong arts and social sciences collections. Readers interested in 20th-century culture who have some grounding in contemporary art theory will enjoy this beautifully produced book.
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Gainsborough in London

While it is a scholarly work, this accessible and fastidiously researched book will appeal to readers interested in Gainsborough or the cultural life of Georgian England.
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Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography and the Foto-Cine Clube Bandeirante, 1946–1964

For serious students of Brazilian and Latin American mid-20th-century art.
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Mid-Century Modernism and the American Body: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Power in Design

With its scholarly style and specialized focus, this text is suitable for an academic audience. Wilson meticulously applies the critical method to the marketing of an influential and persistent style, making this book essential reading for students of sociology as well as design.
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Fashion Criticism: An Anthology

Reprints of lesser-known essays (Campbell’s “What Happened to the Afro?”), plus essays that use a variety of approaches, from glamorous description (Long’s “Feminine Fashions”), to social theory (Sontag’s “Looking with Avedon”), make this a solid primer on cultural criticism and fashion journalism.
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Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art

Whether or not readers believe in the supernatural, they’ll be impressed by the erudition of these texts and the wide range of beautifully presented artworks.

The Devil in the Gallery: How Scandal, Shock, and Rivalry Shaped the Art World

This book offers lots of peeks into the art world throughout history. It’s an in-depth look at varied time periods and artists, which readers interested in gossip, drama, or art history will enjoy.

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Look at This If You Love Great Art: 100 Essential Artworks That Really Matter

An excellent selection for readers who want an easy entry to art appreciation. It’s perfect for readers who wonder why an artwork is significant or why an artist would choose a particular subject. This book is compelling, yet simple enough that it would be appropriate for a general library collection.

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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.
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Kengo Kuma: My Life as an Architect in Tokyo

With observations on urbanism that are more inspiring than those in the late, peripatetic architect Michael Sorkin’s Twenty Minutes in Manhattan, this text benefits from monochromatic photographs and delicate, understated, textural pencil sketches, which will inspire design students to express their ideas more abstractly. For all architecture libraries.
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Chanel Eternal Instant

Given the price of this book, and its narrow focus, this title is recommended primarily for watch aficionados and collectors.
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Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto

This volume does not focus on Chanel’s biography or her collaboration with the Nazi regime in wartime; for that, see Hal Vaughan’s Sleeping with the Enemy and other biographies of the designer. Rather, it spotlights Chanel’s creations and how she marketed her style and created a brand. This excellent volume is recommended for readers interested in fashion history and French fashion in general.

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Luchita Hurtado

An informative and intimate introduction to the artist. Readers should also seek out Luchita Hurtado: I Live I Die I Will Be Reborn, a catalogue of a retrospective exhibition organized by the Serpentine Galleries in 2019.
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Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York

While some may disagree with the author’s assumption about audience appreciation of Frankenthaler’s oeuvre, this book will appeal to those interested in the developmental years of a 1950s artist, and her creative process.
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The Rose in Fashion: Ravishing

This richly illustrated book contains fascinating specialized information. Recommended for readers interested in the cultural history of flowers as well as a singular slice of fashion history.

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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Great Photographers Meet Great Artists

This volume presents an engaging concept that should appeal to readers interested both in portrait photography and in the lives of artists. For some, a high-level browse will be all they need. For others, this title will only whet their appetite. They’ll need to go elsewhere to pursue the topic in greater depth.
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ArtCurious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History

Dasal takes all the best and most interesting parts of art history and puts them into a fun, easy read. This is perfect for art history beginners and experts alike.

What Becomes a Legend Most: A Biography of Richard Avedon

With this engrossing biography, readers will come away with a greater appreciation of Avedon’s artistic strengths and achievements, as well as the complex man behind the camera.

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About Time: Fashion and Duration

For readers interested in new interpretations of the history of fashion.
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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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Grayson Perry

Perry is a singular artist with an unusual perspective of the world around him. This updated edition of a 2009 volume is a very thorough study of one particular artist but it may have a limited audience.
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Tom Kundig: Working Title

For large, comprehensive architecture collections.
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Degas at the Opera

For lovers of the theatrical world of 19th-century Paris and Degas as its most important artistic documentarian, this catalog serves as an important resource.
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Kara Walker: Hyundai Commission

With color in-process images as well as photos of the final installation, and essays by novelist Zadie Smith and Tate curator Clara Kim, this title is recommended for readers interested in art that explores issues of race, slavery, and history.

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Albrecht Dürer

Both exhibition catalog and academic endeavor, this will be enjoyed by scholars and Dürer aficionados alike.
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Paris Fashion and World War Two: Global Diffusion and Nazi Control

Scholarly in tone and ambitious in scope, this book is recommended to readers interested in the fashion and history of the World War II period.

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Walker Evans: Starting from Scratch

Intriguing interpretations of Evans’s photos and work process, for both specialists and general readers.
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Photo/Brut

Since photo-based work is often not emphasized in the history of art brut, this is a must-view for fans and scholars of the genre. The collection also provides a new lens with which to view the field of photography.
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The Age of Undress: Art, Fashion, and the Classical Ideal in the 1790s

This title will engage readers of costume scholarship as well as historians focused on the turn of the century. There is much to learn from the well-researched text, and the book is easy to browse for its rich images that exemplify the time period.
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This Is What Democracy Looked Like: A Visual History of the Printed Ballot

For all American history and graphic design collections.

Watercolor Is for Everyone: Simple Lessons To Make Your Creative Practice a Daily Habit—3 Simple Tools, 21 Lessons, Infinite Creative Possibilities

Written in a warm and inviting tone that is both inspirational and aspirational, this is an excellent introduction for artists of all levels to the rewarding medium of watercolor.
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Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse

As much a history of ballet as an exploration of the connections between ballerinas and fashion, this is recommended for readers interested in the crossover of both subjects.
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Sean Godsell: Houses

With no other title on the architect in print, this volume will inspire students appreciative of Godsell’s eclectic, cross-fertilized minimalism and is therefore essential for all collections that support design curricula.
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Dawoud Bey: Two American Projects

An important contribution to a re-imagining of American history, this book of black-and-white photographs will appeal to art lovers, history buffs, and social activists. Essays from curators, writers, and artists provide further insight into this inspired collection.
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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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When I Remember I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California

Former governor Jerry Brown’s foreword sets the tone for this body of work, which expresses tragic loss coupled with inspiration and fresh perspectives for the future. Beautifully designed and amply illustrated, this accessible catalog will be welcomed by art enthusiasts beyond California’s borders.
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Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency

An excellent introduction both to the work of a fine cultural critic and to the creative figures discussed.
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Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands—Selections from the Hossein Afshar Collection

Art lovers and scholars alike will delight in this visually and intellectually stimulating collection of Persian art.
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Edith Halpert, the Downtown Gallery, and the Rise of American Art

This title will reintroduce Halpert, who was well known in her time, to readers. A good accompaniment to Lindsay Pollock’s The Girl with the Gallery: Edith Gregor Halpert and the Making of the Modern Art Gallery.
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James Tissot

With beautiful color plates, a detailed chronology of Tissot’s life, and short, accessible essays, this is recommended for general readers interested in 19th–century painting, as well as the specialist looking for new and more detailed information on the artist.
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Warhol

Certainly for those fascinated with Warhol, but equally for those seeking an in-depth yet accessible introduction to the artist. [See Prepub Alert, 10/14/19.]
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Broken Glass: Mies van der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth, and the Fight over a Modernist Masterpiece

Scandalous romantic liaisons involving powerful architects are legendary (e...
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Dress in the Age of Jane Austen: Regency Fashion

With beautiful images of clothing, fashion plates, prints, and paintings, this is recommended for readers interested in the fashion and material culture of this period.
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True Grit: American Prints from 1900 to 1950

A dynamic survey that offers an engaging inquiry for printmakers and art historians.
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Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art

A thought-provoking look at modernism through the vivid lens of its nightlife
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Protest! A History of Social and Political Protest Graphics

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Forever Seeing New Beauties: The Forgotten Impressionist Mary Rogers Williams, 1857–1907

A portrait artist who never painted her own portrait now has one in the words of her biographer. This is a treat for anyone interested in women in the arts, the social and cultural history of the late 19th–early 20th century, and the researcher’s role in recording these.
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Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist

For Kahlo fans, not scholars. Devotees may wrestle with the author’s in-depth analysis while appreciating its informal voice. Though there are some updated facts provided since Herrera’s biography, the latter is more scholarly and better organized. Readers here can expect a more casual if not meandering narrative of Kahlo’s own adventurous sojourn to “Gringolandia” and back.

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Postures: Body Language in Art

Edifying and full of appreciation, analysis, and insight into human gestures as art. Of interest to art students, scholars, and historians, as well as engaged general readers.
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Gauguin: Portraits

Written in a straightforward style, this book is not only a fine complement to the exhibition for visitors, but also for art historians, art history students, and engaged general readers.

Paris, Capital of Fashion

This excellent book, with its many wonderful color illustrations, is recommended for fashion lovers and those interested in the cultural history of fashion.
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The Gauguin Atlas

Both readable and well illustrated, this is for all who delight in biographies, whether art history buffs or general readers.
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Islamic Art: Past, Present, Future

For casual observers analyzing these works against other religious denominations and their related art, this comprehensive analysis of a modern take on Islamic art will be an appreciated resource. It is also well suited to art scholars and enthusiasts.
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Great Women Artists

Shedding light on many influential female artists, some of whom have been overlooked in other art literature, this beautiful book is an excellent choice for those interested in expanding their knowledge and discovering “overlooked and undervalued” women in the art world.
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Among Others: Blackness at MoMA

Fans, students, and scholars of art, art history, museum studies, and black studies will learn something new from this important text.Höfer, Candida
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Revolution in Black and White: Photographs of the Civil Rights Era

A visual documentary and an insider’s perspective of the civil rights movement, and a timely glimpse into the modern history of racial injustice in America.
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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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Entitled: Discriminating Tastes and the Expansion of the Arts

This scholarly work brings a sociologist’s perspective and rigorous methodology to survey the process of artistic legitimation. Recommended for scholars as well as general readers interested in the topic from an academic viewpoint.

Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold Story

This comprehensive look at one particular Basquiat work also offers an engaging take on a tragic event and the art community’s strong response.
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A History of New York in 27 Buildings: The 400-Year Untold Story of an American Metropolis

Roberts’s wide-ranging historical research and storytelling skills should captivate New Yorkers and others. Larger photographs might have enhanced readers’ connection to these structures and their roles in the life of the city.
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Michelangelo, God’s Architect: The Story of His Final Years and Greatest Masterpiece

This surprisingly engaging treatment of Michelangelo’s later, but no less influential work, will appeal to readers seeking a more personal insight into the man.
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The Pre-Raphaelites

Art historians, students, and art enthusiasts will find this volume enlightening; however, cost will be a consideration.
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Judy Chicago: Roots of The Dinner Party; History in the Making

Art enthusiasts interested in postmodernism and women’s studies will delight in this consciousness-raising tribute to a watershed work.
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Millennials in Architecture: Generations, Disruption, and the Legacy of a Profession

Of interest to both educators and architects, this timely look at how millennials are influencing architecture is also a call for harnessing the generation’s ability to transform the industry.

Félix Vallotton

Highly recommended for informed readers who would like an introduction to this lesser-known artist.
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The Color of the Moon: Lunar Painting in American Art

Of considerable interest to art lovers, scholars, moon gazers, and others, this publication will both delight and educate. Recommended for large public and academic visual arts collections.

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White Houses

A more substantive introductory essay outlining antecedents—such as Farnsworth, Tugendhat, and Lovell Health Houses
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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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Bowie: The Definitive Collection with Unseen Images

Whether consumed chronologically or browsed, this is an enjoyable snapshot of a brief but important period of Bowie’s career. More than suitable for coffee tables and an essential addition to rock music photography collections.

A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber

With 260 drawings, chapters covering “The Line of Matisse or a Doodling Child?,” “Signs of the Hard Times,” “The Thurber Dog and Other Creatures,” a chronology of solo and group exhibitions, and exhaustive back matter, this volume is worthy of readers’ holy shelf and invaluable to Thurberites everywhere.

Gio Ponti: Archi-Designer

An important document of a protean talent that should be in all architecture and design collections.
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Supreme Glamour

The facts here will not be new to fans, but the candid photographs provide a rich visual record of the stars’ life as performers. To see the gowns alongside Wilson’s down-to-earth accounts of what it felt like to wear them will be fun for enthusiasts of 1960s pop culture and the Supremes.
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William Morris’s Flowers

For fans of the arts and crafts movement and 19th-century design, this is a beautiful, informative, and affordable work highlighting Morris’s many floral motifs.

Edvard Munch: Love and Angst

This work takes readers beyond The Scream and into Munch’s creative process and deeply felt emotions. Disturbing at times but always moving and a reminder of the human experience we all share.
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Sacred Ground: The Cemeteries of New Orleans

A focused visual celebration of New Orleans’s tomb architecture targeting well-informed readers or duotone photography aficionados.
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Berenice Abbott: Portraits of Modernity

Highly recommended for all photography and photo history enthusiasts.
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Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary: 125 Essential Stitches To Crochet in Three Ways

Readers of Betty Barnden’s The Crochet Stitch Bible will enjoy this book's new stitch offerings and excellent visual representations.

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Lee Krasner

With this work, a new generation of students, feminists, and art lovers will discover one of the first women to have a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art as well as better understand her relevance and appeal today. This should sit nicely next to earlier retrospective catalogs by Barbara Rose and Robert Carleton Hobbs.

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