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Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography

An invigorating alternative to traditional ways of understanding the history of photography.
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Radiant: The Life and Line of Keith Haring

A solid choice for those with an interest in pop art figures or gay culture of the 1970s and ’80s, particularly in relation to the AIDS epidemic in New York City.
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The Design of Books: An Explainer for Authors, Editors, Agents, and Other Curious Readers

This title illuminates all that goes into producing and designing a book. A must for authors, editors, designers, and curious readers. Give to those who enjoyed ABC for Book Collectors by John Carter and Nicolas Barker. They’ll love this book too.
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Saving Michelangelo’s Dome: How Three Mathematicians and a Pope Sparked an Architectural Revolution

An accessible book about the history of the dome that sparked an architectural revolution; recommended for general audiences.
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Token Supremacy: The Art of Finance, the Finance of Art, and the Great Crypto Crash of 2022

A fascinating tale about NFTs, the art market, and investment for curious readers who have a solid understanding of how crypto and finance work.

Women Dressing Women: A Lineage of Female Fashion Design

With many beautiful images of clothes, including some three-sided views, this excellent book is recommended for readers interested in women fashion designers, particularly those who are not well-known today.
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The Thefts of the Mona Lisa: The Complete Story of the World’s Most Famous Artwork

As an exploration of a famous art heist, Charney’s book does not disappoint. It’s also a succinct but comprehensive study of the Mona Lisa and some of her many secrets.
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Dorothea Lange: Seeing People

A focused look at Lange’s extraordinary, nearly 50-year career through the lens of her portraiture. Recommended for art and large libraries and local collections.

Buddhism: A Journey Through Art

A stunning debut volume in which the photography reigns and the clear and brief descriptions add to the enjoyment of the viewed item. No need to be a practitioner of Buddhism to appreciate and understand the beauty of these art works. Best suited for anyone who enjoys art, Buddhism, and the history of Asia.
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Women Artists Together: Art in the Age of Women’s Liberation

Deeply researched with extensive endnotes, this is a challenging but worthwhile read for scholars of the art and social activism of the ’70s.
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The Other Side: A Story of Women in Art and the Spirit World

Fascinating and heretical to the art historical canon, this title gives readers the opportunity to learn about the complex history of the spiritual in art and encourages them to let their imaginations roam.
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Finding a Likeness: How I Got Somewhat Better at Art

A fun chronicle of a writer’s attempt to get better at visual art, which will likely inspire readers to give it a go as well.
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Copy Machine Manifestos: Artists Who Make Zines

True to the zine medium, this book is not mainstream, presenting a visually intense yet ironical and mischievous archive of countercultural print material that will appeal to niche audiences.

Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris

This excellent, well-researched book sheds new light on an artist whose work has not been included in the mainstream narrative of early 20th-century modernism.
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The Artistic Sphere: The Arts in Neo-Calvinist Perspective

This quite specialized topic is best suited for well-informed art academicians or philosophers.
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Vertigo of Color: Matisse, Derain, and the Origins of Fauvism

This informative title is recommended for readers interested in the avant-garde art movements of the 20th century.
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Artists in Residence: Downtown New York in the 1970s

Recommended for its immediacy, this personal reminiscence tells readers what 1970s New York was like.

Called to the Camera: Black American Studio Photographers

Enhances understanding of an aspect of American photography not well enough understood until now.

Reclaim the Street: Street Photography’s Moment

Those who thought they’d seen everything in street photography will find new themes and insights; newcomers will be introduced to photography that is thrilling for its inventiveness, creativity, and humanism.

Yevonde: Life and Colour

With color photography the norm today, it’s fascinating to learn about the work and life of an artist who helped launch color photography.
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Postindustrial DIY: Recovering American Rust Belt Icons

A readable, accessible, comprehensive account of the stories of defunct factories, grain silos, and train stations that focuses on their possibility and promise as postindustrial sites.

Fashioned by Sargent: Painting Fashion

With gorgeous images and accessible text, this exhibition catalogue is highly recommended for audiences interested in fine art in relation to fashion.

Deep Inside the Blues: Photographs and Interviews

A magnificent oral history of the healing power of blues music.
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Cowboy

A surprisingly fun blend of nostalgia and disruption that’s at once eye-opening and reassuring, and appealing to both the artsy crowd and folks in Wrangler jeans.
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Hidden in Plain Sight: Concealing Enslavement in American Visual Culture

This is a difficult topic, but timely given current debates around public representations that celebrate the Confederacy. Though many of the book’s images depict violence and abuse, Stephens brings to light essential research that will be of interest to scholars of American history and art.
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Gwen John: Art and Life in London and Paris

Recommended for readers interested in women artists and modern art.
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Japanese Yokai and Other Supernatural Beings: Authentic Paintings and Prints of 100 Ghosts, Demons, Monsters and Magicians

Scholars of art can learn from the detailed captions, while folklore and horror fans will appreciate the creepy images of skeletons and vicious Kasha and his burning chariot.
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Burning Man: Art on Fire; Revised and Updated Edition

Fascinating, joyful, and awe-inspiring. Raiser’s text provides insight into the planning and detail that go into maintaining Burning Man’s integrity and safety while celebrating its spirit of creativity and participation.
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The Printmaking Bible, Revised Edition: The Complete Guide to Materials and Techniques

Part history, part how-to, part creativity jumpstarter, this hefty, well-written, art-filled guide has appeal for working artists, collectors, browsers, and libraries looking to update their 750s section.

Falling Rocket: James Whistler, John Ruskin, and the Battle for Modern Art

Absorbing and informative, this title is cultural history at its best.
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The Flowers of Provence

An attractive work that focuses solely on Provence. Best suited for libraries with large photography collections or a special interest in France.
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Beauty in Bloom: Floral Portraits

This title may be best suited to libraries with large photography collections, which can accommodate this trim size.
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Liberated: The Radical Art and Life of Claude Cahun

Rowe’s biography portrays a triumph of queer and Jewish resistance in the face of fascism and stands as a tribute to the love that surrounded the lives of Cahun and Moore, not just for each other but for humanity.
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The Story of Art Without Men

An excellent, provocatively titled work that shows what it means to celebrate the history, importance, and ongoing influence of women artists, past and present. Recommended for anyone interested in expanded views of art history.
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Art Monsters: Unruly Bodies in Feminist Art

This book is better suited for academic libraries than for public libraries.
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FuturLiberty: Liberty Fabrics and the Avant-Garde

A must for libraries with strong textile, fashion, and design collections, this gorgeously printed catalogue reveals layers of history, art, and technology behind the production of Liberty’s renowned fabrics.
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Stalking Shakespeare: A Memoir of Madness, Murder, and My Search for the Poet Beneath the Paint

Anyone with an interest in the Shakespeare author controversy or academic research in general should enjoy Durkee’s colorful account of dark winters spent obsessing over “his homespun collection” of “mugshot bards.”
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Surreal Spaces: The Life and Art of Leonora Carrington

Fans of both Carrington and Moorhead, as well as the newly curious, will snap up this nicely paced introduction to a famous surrealist artist/writer, which is also an account of a deepening familial relationship. What makes this unique among the plethora of books about Carrington is Moorhead’s personal and reflective perspective of family and shared space, despite some distance and time.
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Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty

This handsomely designed book with lovely photography that showcases Lagerfeld’s talents is recommended for fashion aficionados and fans of his designs.
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Studio Ceramics: British Studio Pottery 1900 to Now

A comprehensive reference book on contemporary British pottery that would be an excellent addition to an academic library with a strong art program. Ceramics lovers will find this book to be quite a feast.
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The Slip: The New York City Street That Changed American Art Forever

This well-researched monograph is a love letter to a unique time and place. It will likely appeal to readers interested in modern art or New York City history.

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Noguchi and Greece, Greece and Noguchi: Objects of Common Interest

The book’s free-form, nonhierarchical format allows readers to peruse at random. This homage to Noguchi will appeal primarily to fans of the artist.

Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America

An essential purchase for all libraries; as the people and places pictured here span Turtle Island, the book will be relevant to patrons everywhere.

The Story of Art Without Men

A good-looking, valuable addition to general or fine art collections in any public, academic, or school library, this engaging overview shines a light both entertaining and erudite on a critical half of the art world.
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All the Beauty in the World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me

Bringley brings emotional depth to his experiences, struggling to heal from his brother’s death and immersing himself in the museum’s beauty. Despite minor quibbles, this audio should find a welcome home in most audio collections.
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Nonconformers: A New History of Self-Taught Artists

This useful volume is an important entry point to a more inclusive and accessible art world.
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Punk Art History: Artworks from the European No Future Generation

Some of the heavily theoretical art-historical language might be impenetrable to lay readers, but Skov also describes incendiary punk artworks in vivid detail and with an eye for humor. The book is equally for scholars and for punk kids in cities with DIY music scenes.

1964: Eyes of the Storm

This beautiful art book serves as a most welcome companion to Beatles scholarship and 1960s culture in general.

Vermeer

Heavily illustrated with images of the paintings, pictured both in full and in magnified detail, this catalogue is a feast for the eyes as well as the mind. One of the most comprehensive studies of Vermeer in years, worthy of any art history collection.
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Twentieth-Century Man: The Wild Life of Peter Beard

Overall, Beard’s life reads like the adventure it was. Recommended for both general interest readers and photography enthusiasts.

Threads of Power: Lace from the Textilmuseum St. Gallen

This is a very comprehensive book with beautiful, copious illustrations. Although academic in tone, it is accessible to general readers interested in the history of fashion and lace and includes a helpful glossary that explains technical terminology.

The Art of Ruth E. Carter: Costuming Black History and the Afrofuture, from Do the Right Thing to Black Panther

An appealing read for anyone interested in moviemaking, and an essential for aspiring costumers. Carter’s contributions to Black cinema make this a worthy inclusion in any library collection.
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Tutankhamun’s Trumpet: Ancient Egypt in 100 Objects from the Boy-King’s Tomb

Some may wish all 100 objects were included among the color plates, but readers will glean an understanding of ancient Egyptian life, its influences, and its ongoing legacy.
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The Language of Tattoos: 130 Symbols and What They Mean

An interesting browse, with illustrations of fine line, western traditional, and Japanese styles.
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Trees of the West: An Artist’s Guide

A glossary and further reading for field guides and species accounts will satisfy the scientific reader, and artists are well served by the beautifully presented artworks and Hashimoto’s tips and personal insights. Consider also for displays on nature-related travel destinations.
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The Art of the Cosmos: Visions from the Frontier of Deep Space Exploration

Breathtaking images, accompanied by Bell’s scientific notes and comments on artistic techniques, make this an attractive choice for art, photography, and science collections.
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Ithra, A Home for the World: The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture

Visually documents and details the history of a complex and visionary work of architecture.
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Capturing Nature: 150 Years of Nature Printing

Some of the pictures detract from the overall value of the images, but this is still an essential purchase for all libraries that support an active fine arts program.
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On the Verge of Domestication

Art served with an arched eyebrow, a marginal title of some interest to art teachers and students.
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Vitamin C+: Collage in Contemporary Art

This global review of collage in today’s art world will serve both as a launching pad for exploration and as inspiration for creatives.
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Fifth Avenue: From Washington Square to Marcus Garvey Park

The precise, descriptive, and objective prose contrasts with the AIA Guide to New York City’s frequently arch comments. For all readers interested in New York’s built environment.
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Fabric: The Hidden History of the Material World

A solid addition for any library with a particularly robust fashion or textiles collection.
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In the Eye of the Storm: Modernism in Ukraine, 1900–1930s

An introduction to an influential period and a diverse group of artists whose works continue to be uncovered, and whose history reverberates today.
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Picasso the Foreigner: An Artist in France, 1900–1973

This hydra of a book, one head assessing Picasso’s art, the other looking at how he negotiated his position in France in politically tense times, is strongly recommended to all Picasso enthusiasts.
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Spatial Orders, Social Forms: Art and the City in Modern Brazil

Architectural history scholars and advanced students of Latin America will benefit from this work, but the exhibition catalogues Condemned To Be Modern and Access for All: São Paulo’s Architectural Infrastructures will serve most readers better.
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Walking Broadway: Thirteen Miles of Architecture and History

For all architectural history students and urban designers, who might read Hilary Ballon’s complementary The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1911–2011 alongside the guidebook.

Asian Women Artists: A Biographical Dictionary, 2700 BCE to Today

Providing a window into the many accomplishments of Asian artists over the centuries, this illuminating and useful resource is an important purchase for larger public libraries and academic institutions.
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A Cultural History of Furniture

This precisely researched and well-written reference work would benefit many art-focused libraries, but not necessarily casual collections.
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Museum Quality: Exploring Art Quilts with SAQA

Quilters contemplating the leap from practical quilting to art quilting would find this book of interest. Recommended for libraries with strong fine arts, quilting, and general craft collections.
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BLK ART: The Audacious Legacy of Black Artists and Models in Western Art

This is a welcome new voice to the generally staid conventions of art history. A lively, engaging examination of a serious and under-addressed topic.
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Fashion Reimagined: Themes and Variations, 1700–Now

A must for collections supporting fashion, design, theater, or costuming. The insightful, well-researched annotations highlight the historical and cultural context of each garment, including the associated fashion trend, global textile history, designer, and garment construction. The photography, with close-up insets of unique patterns and decoration, is well done.
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Another Country: British Documentary Photography Since 1945

Those interested in documentary photo trends encompassing the UK and beyond will value this title.
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Film Noir Portraits

Fans of the genre will delight, as will photographers and graphic designers who value the style of the era.
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Eye Dreaming: Photographs by Anthony Barboza

The first monograph on this significant American photographer, thorough and handsomely designed.
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Power and Perspective: Early Photography in China

Highly recommended for its exhaustive and authoritative treatment of the subject. Scholarly, but accessible to general readers.
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Walker Evans: Last Photographs & Life Stories

An excellent and accessible brief introduction that is a personal glimpse into the life of Evans and his circle.
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The Only Woman

This smart and exceptional project observes photography observing power relations, and is highly recommended.

Everyday Fashion in Found Photographs: American Women of the Late 19th Century

An important purchase for collections supporting women’s studies, photography, fashion design, theater, and museum studies.
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The Taylor Mac Book: Ritual, Realness and Radical Performance

Some entries are more successful than others in fleshing out who Taylor Mac is and what Mac is trying to accomplish. Nonetheless, this eclectic, no-holds-barred exposition represents an important addition to theater and gender studies.
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Color Mania: Photographing the World in Autochrome

An enchanting view into a collection of images rarely seen, and a process crucial to creating our contemporary image world.

Matisse in the 1930s

Recommended for those who love Matisse or are interested in the work of one of the major artists of the 20th century.
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See What You’re Missing: New Ways of Looking at the World Through Art

Twenty-five crisp chapters on 25 separate artists allow Gompertz the room to explore both detail and concept in this well-organized labor of love. His first-person perspective places the historical artworks in the present while making all the artwork immediate and relevant. Effortless prose and laser focus on the communicative potential of art make this a worthwhile read for students, professionals, or interested observers.
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White: The History of a Color

Thorough research and abundant illustrations characterize this sixth and final volume in Pastoureau’s scholarly series primarily of interest to art and academic libraries.
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As We See It: Artists Redefining Black Identity

This is an attractively illustrated global travelogue featuring a selective group of contemporary Black artists with a slim, interpretative look at theme and technique based on information culled mostly from websites and a few recent texts. A handy, colorful start for art students in particular, to explore how Black culture is being redefined through popular expression.
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The Paper Dolls of Zelda Fitzgerald

A fascinating glimpse beyond the surface of a person whose personal life has been thoroughly examined. It is incredible to see yet another facet of Zelda Fitzgerald’s infinite creativity and artistry.

Duke Riley: Tides and Transgressions

A handsome addition to any fine art collection. It’s imaginative work with substantive themes of ecological advocacy and maritime history, all executed with a fine hand and a piratical sense of humor.
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African Art Now: 50 Pioneers Defining African Art for the Twenty-First Century

A beautiful volume and important addition to most libraries’ contemporary art collections.
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The Artist in the Counterculture: Bruce Conner to Mike Kelley and Other Tales from the Edge

An account of unprecedented depth about a time quickly fading from memory, for aficionados of the avant-grade.
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The Story of Architecture

An engaging and readable account of the history of the western architectural canon.
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Great Women Painters

A richly rewarding overview capturing the range, depth, and accomplishments of women painters, many of whom continue to be overlooked and undervalued.
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The Architecture of Suspense: The Built World in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock

A truly engaging study that should appeal to fans of both Hitchcock and architecture.
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Wild: The Life of Peter Beard: Photographer, Adventurer, Lover

Beard’s lifetime of excess and negligence toward the maintenance of his body of work complicates his artistic legacy, which is made clear in this biography. Still, many readers will be intrigued.
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Women’s Work: From Feminine Arts to Feminist Art

This work will appeal to those interested in feminist, modern, and contemporary art, especially in the media noted above.
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Houses That Can Save the World

Some selections come from conceptual artists and fall well outside of realistic design applications, and this effort would have greater impact if limited to pragmatic solutions. Still, the original concept makes this a sound choice for most design collections.

Con/Artist: The Life and Crimes of the World’s Greatest Art Forger

Art and true crime lovers will likely devour this tale of Tetro’s escapades.
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Auto America: Car Culture, 1950s–1970s

Fun to browse, this is an excellent collection of vintage pictures for car enthusiasts and anyone else with an interest in mid-20th-century American culture and photography.
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The Grand Affair: John Singer Sargent in His World

A sensitive biography that fleshes out the personal life of a private artist who was a product of his time. Fisher’s work complements and expands on previous Sargent biographies, including Stanley Olson’s comprehensive 1986 book John Singer Sargent: His Portrait.
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What the Ermine Saw: The Extraordinary Journey of Leonardo da Vinci’s Most Mysterious Portrait

A story of beauty, art, and history well told by Collinsworth (Behaving Badly: The New Morality in Politics, Sex, and Business) with a clear and pitch-perfect narration by Cassandra Campbell.
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Lessons with Clay: Step-by-Step Techniques for Colorful Designs in Hand-Thrown and Hand-Built Tableware

While this is best for those who have access to studio facilities, Dora’s guide is a clear and orderly introduction to pottery making that will benefit anyone interested in pursuing the craft.
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What Is African Art? A Short History

While generously illustrated to elucidate the text, this is no coffee table book for casual readers. It’s a deeply researched, important contribution to the study of art history, with relevance to disciplines beyond the study of African art.
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