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Explodity: Sound, Image, and Word in Russian Futurist Book Art
Nancy Perloff

The artists’ books made in Russia between 1910 and 1915 are like no others. Unique in their fusion of the verbal, visual, and sonic, these books are meant to be read, looked at, and listened to. At the heart of this volume are close analyses of two of the most significant futurist books: Mirskontsa (Worldbackwards) and Vzorval’ (Explodity). In addition, Nancy Perloff uncovers a wide-ranging legacy in the midcentury global movement of sound and concrete poetry, contemporary Western conceptual art, and the artist’s book.

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London Calling: Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Andrews, Auerbach, and Kitaj
Elena Crippa and Catherine Lampert

From the postwar years up through the 1980s, London exerted a heady and potent influence on figurative painters. Examining the lives and art of six crucial artists who worked in close proximity to each other during this period, this incisive catalogue reveals how these painters rendered the vitality and frailty of the human condition in their art.

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North of Dixie: Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South
Mark Speltz
With a preface by Deborah Willis

The civil rights movement is commonly illustrated with iconic photographs from Selma, Montgomery, and Birmingham, leaving the visual history of the movement outside the South largely untold. In North of Dixie, Mark Speltz reveals the important work of activists who fought segregation, police brutality, and job discrimination in the American North through indelible images from such luminaries as Bob Adelman, Charles Brittin, Diana Davies, Leonard Feed, and Gordon Parks.

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The Invention of the American Art Museum From Craft to Kulturgeschichte, 1870–1930
Kathleen Curran

Although today they may work in tandem, American art museums differ in both form and function from their European counterpart. This groundbreaking study of these beloved national institutions delves into their rich roots in craft museums up through their shift to a cultural-historical model, which remains prevalent even to this day.

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Hélène Delalex, Alexandre Maral, and Nicolas Milovavonic

One of the world’s most famous—and infamous—queens, Marie-Antoinette continues to fascinate historians, writers, and filmmakers more than two centuries after her death. Rooted in careful study of royal material culture, this book provides an intimate glimpse into the queen’s life through not only her exquisite dresses and ornate furnishing at Versailles, but also more personal objects, including her harp, her sewing kit, and her children’s toys.

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Real/Ideal: Photography in Mid-Nineteenth-Century France
Edited by Karen Hellman

In the years following the announcement of the invention of photography in 1839, practitioners in France gave shape to this intriguing new medium through experimentation in compositions and processes. Featuring works by key figures, such as Édouard Baldus, Gustave Le Gray, and Charles Nègre, this elegant volume investigates photography’s early history when the ambiguities inherent in the photograph were ardently debated.

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Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau
Scott Allan and Édouard Kopp
With Line Clausen Pedersen

A leader of the so-called Barbizon school in mid-nineteenth-century France, Théodore Rousseau eschewed traditional historical, biblical, and allegorical subjects in favor of a Romantic naturalism that he called “unruly nature.” In this exquisite new book, the authors offer a novel look at this experimental artist working in a unique historical moment between the idealization of academic paintings and the radical modernity of the Impressionists.

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Color Science and the Visual Arts: A Guide for Conservators, Curators, and the Curious
Roy S. Berns

In this lively and accessible book, color science expert Roy S. Berns helps the reader understand complex color-technology concepts and offers solutions to problems that occur when art is displayed, conserved, imaged, or reproduced. Stunning color images, helpful diagrams, and a sense of deep curiosity all make this volume an essential tool for professionals, laypeople, and students alike.

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Hans Hofmann: The Artist’s Materials
Dawn V. Rogala

The career of the German-American painter and educator Hans Hofmann describes the arc of artistic modernism from pre–World War I Munich and Paris to mid-twentieth-century Greenwich Village. Through the keen eyes of a conservator, Dawn V. Rogala examines the materials and practices of Hofmann in this gorgeously illustrated book.

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The Shining Inheritance: Italian Painters at the Qing Court, 1699–1812
Marco Musillo

In Qing dynasty China, Italian artists were hired through Jesuit missionaries by the imperial workshops in Beijing. The Shining Inheritance looks at three of these artists and perceptively explores how each painter’s level of professional artistic training affected his understanding, selection, and translation of the Chinese pictorial traditions. 

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Futurist Painting Sculpture (Plastic Dynamism)
Umberto Boccioni
Introduction by Maria Elena Versari
Translated by Richard Shane Agin and Maria Elena Versari

First published in 1914, the fiery and influential book Futurist Painting Sculpture (Plastic Dynamism) contains a selection of manifestos by noted sculptor and Italian Futurist Umberto Boccioni. This new translation—which makes the text available for the first time in English—captures the spirit of Boccioni’s exciting prose and presents his radical ideas about art, architecture, and politics.

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Dangerous Perfection: Ancient Funerary Vases from Southern Italy
Edited by Ursula Kastner and David Saunders

In the early nineteenth century, a set of richly decorated vases were found in Ceglie, near Bari. They were then reconstructed by one of the leading restorers of that period, Raffaele Gargiulo, whose methods were founded in the belief that the modern additions should be indistinguishable from the ancient. In this thorough and lavish book, the editors give a full account of the vases from their nineteenth-century discovery up through conservation efforts today.

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Beyond Boundaries: Connecting Visual Cultures in the Provinces of Ancient Rome
Edited by Susan E. Alcock, Marianna Egri, and James F. D. Frakes

The Roman Empire had a rich and multifaceted visual culture, which was often variegated due to the sprawling geography of its provinces. In this remarkable work of scholarship, a group of international scholars has come together to find alternative ways to discuss the nature and development of the art and archaeology of the Roman provinces. 

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