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Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy

Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy

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Alexander Calder, a legendary and beloved figure in American art, has not generally been considered a major influence on contemporary artists. Yet as the twenty-first century unfolds, many artists are taking cues from Calder's hands-on investigations of form, balance, color, and movement as well as from his foresight in what we now refer to as the creative reuse of materials. These artists are returning to explorations of structure and balance, creating expressive artworks that celebrate the visual over the intellectual experience.

Drawn from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago's in-depth holdings of Calder's work and augmented by the artist's classic mobiles, standing mobiles, and stabiles from private and public collections, this pioneering consideration of Calder's influence includes works by some of today's most interesting and engaging sculptors: Martin Boyce, Nathan Carter, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Aaron Curry, Kristi Lippire, Jason Meadows, and Jason Middlebrook.

The book features new scholarship on Calder's creative reuse of materials by noted expert Brooke Kamin Rapaport. Scholar George Baker evaluates how the modern era in general and Calder in particular have influenced young sculptors. Exhibition organizer Lynne Warren contributes an overview of current sculptural practices in relation to Calder's work.There are also contributions by Bryan Granger, Dominic Molon, Diana Nawi, and Julie Rodrigues Wildholm.
Alexander Girard: Popular Edition

Alexander Girard: Popular Edition

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This massive monograph on seminal designer Alexander Girard covers virtually every aspect of his distinctive career. One of the most prolific mid-20th century designers, Girard's work spanned many disciplines, including textile design, graphic design, typography, illustration, furniture design, interior design, product design, exhibit design, and architecture. Exhaustively researched and lovingly assembled by designer Todd Oldham, this tome is the definitive must-have book on Girard's oeuvre.Many of the designs featured here have never before been published. Oldham carefully went through the entire Girard archive to uncover many treasures as well as all of the most recognizable works by Girard.

Girard is well known for his bold, colorful, and iconic textile designs for Herman Miller (1952-1975), which are extensively featured. These were often featured in conjunction with furniture designs by his contemporaries: Charles and Ray Eames, and George Nelson. His designs for La Fonda del Sol restaurant (1960) are an experiment with typography as a communication tool and large-scale environmental graphic. Textiles and Objects (1961) was a very influential New York store sponsored by Herman Miller that featured Girard's designs inspired by his travels and folk art collection. The Girard Foundation (1962) houses his own personal and extensive collection of folk art, textiles, toys, and objects from around the world. His complete environmental design for Braniff International Airways (1965) gave him the opportunity to work at all scales with color, graphics, textiles, and furniture design. He designed every aspect of the project himself, from the minute-sized sugar packets and the ticket counters to the graphic colors of the planes themselves.

Alexander Girard's playful yet sophisticated designs continue to inspire new generations of artists and designers. The breadth and scope of his work is truly remarkable. This highly anticipated tome is the first major retrospective of this very accomplished and prolific designer, and has been painstakingly edited by renowned New York-based designer Todd Oldham.

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

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Celebrating the astounding creativity and originality of designer Alexander McQueen, who relentlessly questioned and confronted the requisites of fashion

"An authoritative and moving insight into the legacy of the British designer."--Carola Long, Financial Times

"McQueen's brilliance is celebrated in this sumptuous tome."--Harper's Bazaar

"Excellent."--Huffington Post

Arguably the most influential, imaginative, and provocative designer of his generation, Alexander McQueen both challenged and expanded fashion conventions to express ideas about race, class, sexuality, religion, and the environment. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty examines the full breadth of the designer's career, from the start of his fledgling label to the triumphs of his own world-renowned London house. It features his most iconic and radical designs, revealing how McQueen adapted and combined the fundamentals of Savile Row tailoring, the specialized techniques of haute couture, and technological innovation to achieve his distinctive aesthetic. It also focuses on the highly sophisticated narrative structures underpinning his collections and extravagant runway presentations, with their echoes of avant-garde installation and performance art.

Published to coincide with an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art organized by The Costume Institute, this stunning book includes a preface by Andrew Bolton; an introduction by Susannah Frankel; an interview by Tim Blanks with Sarah Burton, creative director of the house of Alexander McQueen; illuminating quotes from the designer himself; provocative and captivating new photography by renowned photographer Sølve Sundsbø; and a lenticular cover by Gary James McQueen.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Adult Coloring Book: Democratic Party Star and Acclaimed Politician, Political Activist and Youngest Woman Serving in Congres

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Adult Coloring Book: Democratic Party Star and Acclaimed Politician, Political Activist and Youngest Woman Serving in Congres

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez born October 13, 1989), also known by her initials, AOC, is an American politician and activist. A member of the Democratic Party, she has been the U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district since January 3, 2019. The district includes the eastern part of The Bronx and portions of north-central Queens in New York City.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Coloring Book: A Revolution in Color

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Coloring Book: A Revolution in Color

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Color your way to change! Embark on an inspiring, illustrated journey through the life and work of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Color, reflect, and discover the remarkable life of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with this fun, empowering coloring book. Grab your colored pencils, crayons, and markers and make your own green (or blue or purple) new deal with this incredible look at the youngest person in Congress. The 30 illustrations capture her upbringing in the Bronx, her days at Boston University, her stunning 2018 primary victory, and the issues that matter most to Ocasio-Cortez. And maybe a bit of dance, too! Command your own change with this unique coloring book, perfect for the progressive artist in your life.

Alfons Mucha, 1860-1939: Master of Art Nouveau

Alfons Mucha, 1860-1939: Master of Art Nouveau

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The creator of Art Nouveau's greatest beauties Alfons Mucha's is an art of seduction. His graceful women, delicate colors, and decorative style add up to an unashamed act of temptation. Mucha (1860-1939), whose work is indissolubly linked with the Art Nouveau style, was one of the most fascinating artistic personalities of the turn of the 20th century. He was not only a painter and graphic artist, but also took an interest in sculpture, jewelry, interior decorating, and utilitarian art. His particular talents, however, lay in decorative graphics, which was the basis of his fame and remains so today. This book traces all aspects of his career via biographical and descriptive texts and a wide selection of images. About the Series:
Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Art series features:
  • a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
  • a concise biography
  • approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions
  • Alfred Hitchcock

    Alfred Hitchcock

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    The perfect panic attack: A look back at the career of the master of suspense Hitchcock's name is synonymous with suspense--that is to say, masterful, spine-tingling, thrilling, shocking, excruciating, eye-boggling suspense. With masterpieces such as Rebecca, Vertigo, Rear Window, and Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) fashioned an extremely original approach to filmmaking that is oft imitated though never equaled; his ability to enthrall and frighten with careful pacing, subtlety, and suggestiveness earned him a prestigious reputation which grows more powerful as time goes by. He is and will always remain the master of cinematic suspense. This book, which traces his life and career, from his earliest silent films to his last picture in 1976, also includes a special bonus that Hitch fans will especially enjoy: an illustrated and annotated list of each of his cameos.
    Alfred Stieglitz

    Alfred Stieglitz

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    Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) was a key figure in America's acceptance of photography as a serious form of artistic expression. His work bridges the gap between the self-consciously aesthetic Pictorialist photography at the turn of the century, and the more precisely descriptive 'straight' photography of the 1920s and 1930s. This monograph covers Stieglitz's career and provides the perfect introduction to the work of a major force in the American modernist movement.

    Alfred Wallis Colouring Book

    Alfred Wallis Colouring Book

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    An iconic English painter, Alfred Wallis (1855-1942), did not begin his artistic career until the age of seventy--truly proving that the joy of art can be experienced at any time in one's life. With Alfred Wallis Colouring Book, art lovers of all ages can enjoy hours of coloring pleasure while simultaneously experiencing the work of an influential painter in a new, personal way. This fun book is a wonderful introduction to Alfred Wallis, for those wanting to experience the elderly genius's idiosyncrasies and creative life.

    Twenty-two perfectly rendered line drawings of Wallis's iconic boats, landscapes, and harbor scenes await anyone looking for an exciting journey into the work and mind of a distinctive, celebrated artist.

    Ali

    Ali

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    In June, 1963, on assignment fromSports Illustrated, peerless portrait photographerSteve Schapirotraveled to Louisville, Kentucky to spend some time with the young Olympic champion boxer Cassius Clay, and accompany him on a road trip to New York City. At 21, Clay was yet to adopt the mantel ofMuhammad Ali, but his boastful persona, intelligence, black pride, and sharp tongue were already fully formed.

    Over the course of their five days together, Schapiro-a master at developing trust and capturing unguarded intimacy on film-revealed both sides of the young Ali: the one side posing and preening for the camera, ever conscious of his image; the other, unguarded and unselfconscious, in candid images of the young fighter at home with his family and immersed in his community and neighborhood.

    Alicollects the best of Schapiro's images of the late fighter; many in print for the first time ever. They offer a glimpse of a star on the rise. It is an indelible portrait of the early life of one of the most talented, graceful, controversial, athletic, and influential American figures of the 20th century.

    Alice Neel Painted Truths

    Alice Neel Painted Truths

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    Spanning nearly seven decades, a comprehensive consideration of the psychologically acute and surprisingly honest portraits of Alice Neel

    Widely regarded as one of the most important American painters of the 20th century, Alice Neel is internationally recognized for her contributions to Abstract Expressionism, especially her perceptive portraiture. Neel (1900-1984) was a portrait painter at a time when this was traditionally the role of a male artist. After ascending to prominence in the 1960s as the feminist movement gained momentum, she has remained an iconic figure in the history of American painting.

    A self-proclaimed "collector of souls," Neel often painted friends and family, as well as the celebrated artists and writers of her day, such as Andy Warhol, Frank O'Hara, and Meyer Shapiro, delving into personalities and idiosyncrasies with a rare frankness. Alice Neel: Painted Truths brings together paintings that demonstrate Neel's range and ability, along with insightful commentary from four leading art historians. Although the book focuses on her portraits, it also covers the artist's early social realist paintings and cityscapes, tracing the evolution of Neel's style and examining themes that she revisited throughout her career.

    Alison Jackson

    Alison Jackson

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    Daring doppelgängers: What you see in this book is not "real" Alison Jackson has photographed the Queen of England on the toilet, George Bush and Tony Blair chatting in the sauna, Mick Jagger doing gymnastics, and Monica Lewinsky lighting Bill Clinton's cigar. Or has she? The likenesses are uncanny, but of course, her subjects are look-alikes. Her photos demonstrate that while seeing is believing, the truth is another story entirely. In her work, Jackson says, "Likeness becomes real and fantasy touches on the believable. The viewer is suspended in disbelief. I try to highlight the psychological relationship between what we see and what we imagine. This is bound up in our need to look--our voyeurism--and our need to believe." Indeed, by showing "celebrities" ostensibly caught unawares, Jackson's pictures show us what we imagine might go on behind closed doors. Jackson's work causes controversy, because it threatens to cross the line between the private and public life of our contemporary icons. Because we unquestioningly accept the authenticity of the photograph, it would appear that we are being given a glimpse of something confidential, a private moment. It is only upon closer examination that we question the reality of the image, and hopefully this makes us question our unwitting tendency to believe everything we see in the media today.

    For this edition, Jackson has been commissioned to shoot a broad selection of new portraits of dead-ringers for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, George Bush, J. Lo, Eminem, Britney Spears, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, and many more. Expect the unexpected!

    With essays by Will Self, Charles Glass, and William Ewing. All photographs (c) Alison Jackson
    All well-known individuals depicted in this book are not "real." The photographs have been created using look-alikes. The well-known individuals have not had any involvement in the creation of the photographs and they have not approved them, nor has their approval been sought for the publication of these photographs. Text in English, French, and German
    All about Eve: The Photography of Eve Arnold

    All about Eve: The Photography of Eve Arnold

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    Eve Arnold didn't even consider photography until a boyfriend gave her a Rolleicord when she was 34. But her talent and daring brought her immediate recognition and she was picked up by Magnum Photos only 5 years later. Arnold may be best known for her black and white images of Marilyn Monroe, but she has chronicled figures as diverse as migrant potato workers and heads of state in addition to screen icons during her assignments, which involved everything from politics, social issues, travel, to current events and a little glamour. Guided by her own words, this volume features Arnold's now iconic photographs as well as many never-before published images.
    All American Ads 30's

    All American Ads 30's

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    All American Ads 80's

    All American Ads 80's

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    All Good Things: A Treasury of Images to Uplift the Spirits and Reawaken Wonder

    All Good Things: A Treasury of Images to Uplift the Spirits and Reawaken Wonder

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    In 2013 picture researcher and former publisher Stephen Ellcock began selecting imagery and posting them on his Visual Rapture Facebook page. Five years and 300,000 followers later, Ellcock has an international following who avidly await his daily uploads and his carefully curated and sequenced albums of images. His selections of little known and public domain imagery regularly attain thousands or shares or comments from all around the world. All give thanks for the uplifting nature of his selections.
    Taking his title from the first ever Encyclopedia in the English language, All Good Things (Omne Bonum)this new compendium of art and photography inspired by both the natural world and human endeavour will appeal both to his digital followers and our image-focused, solace-seeking times. Providing meditative focus and visual exhilaration - Ellcock celebrates our humanity and inspires us to wonder once more.
    All Good Things is structured to evoke the medieval tradition of exquisite, illuminated books - beginning with the universal and travelling through the realms of sky, sea, earth, science and humanity before ending amongst the angels and monsters that have so preoccupied artists over the centuries.
    Using found artwork from archives, libraries and little-known collections of art, illustration, photography and textiles this is a glorious adventure; one that can be appreciated on many levels. There will be introductions to each chapter as well as recommended image lists for enjoyment, restoration, inspiration. Carefully selected quotes from poets from thinkers, writers and scientists will counterpoint images perfectly and add to the richness of this beautifully produced book.
    All Over the Map

    All Over the Map

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    Robert Hughes once described Michael Sorkin as "unique in America--brave, principled, highly informed and fiercely funny." All Over the Map confirms all of these superlatives as Sorkin assaults "the national security city, with its architecture of manufactured fear."
    All the Colors of Life

    All the Colors of Life

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    Experience the beauty, joy, and poetry of universal human experiences through this gorgeously illustrated volume from renowned artist Lisa Aisato.

    Enter the breathtaking world of internationally acclaimed artist Lisa Aisato with this heartwarming book featuring her most beloved illustrations.

    Celebrated artist Lisa Aisato distills the many stages of life, in all their rainbow hues, into a lushly illustrated book that will inspire and comfort readers at all moments of their journeys. More than one hundred beautiful images, stunning in their diversity, each illustration an exuberant story unto itself.

    Colorful and heartfelt, All the Colors of Life explores the universal ups and downs of a life while highlighting what is most important in life....love.