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Picasso's War: How Modern Art Came to America by Hugh Eakin - Book Review

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$32.99
ISBN: 9780451498489
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Published: Crown - July 12th, 2022

A gripping history of how NYC became the capital of the art world. Structured around the lives of John Quinn an early 20th century art collector who amassed a premiere collection of modernist art and Alfred H. Barr the director of MOMA, Picasso’s War charts how the country transformed from a provincial cultural backwater at the beginning of the 20th century with the ridicule heaped upon the avant garde 1913 Armory Show to the blockbuster triumph of MOMA’s 1939 Picasso show which toured around the country to hundreds of thousands of visitors. Along the way we find terrific portraits of Picasso and just how difficult he was to work with, his dealers Kahnweiler and Rosenberg, a history of modernism and the avant garde against the background of the first half of the 20th century and the effects of two world wars on the art world. It is the story not so much of how modern art was made, but how it triumphed in practice. Fascinating and lucidly written. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Making Comics by Lynda Barry - Book Review

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$22.95
ISBN: 9781770463691
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - November 5th, 2019

New York Times "Self-Help book of the year!" Lynda Barry is a beautiful genius and has guided so many of the best young cartoonists of our time. This textbook is quite possibly the best art instruction guide ever made. Stop worrying so much and just draw, it's good for ya. ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden


Louise Bourgeois: Paintings by Clare Davies - Book Review

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Louise Bourgeois: Paintings By Clare Davies, Briony Fer Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781588397485
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Published: Metropolitan Museum of Art - May 3rd, 2022

Much of Bourgeois' work here depicts the relation or tension between the self, in particular herself, and structures; the body, the house, identity, society, memory. As such, her paintings are affecting and relatable, and set the stage for her later work. This compilation is truly beautiful and the included writings insightful. Highly recommend! ~ Reviewed by Arabella Peterson


The Vanishing Velázquez: A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece by Laura Cumming - Book Review

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781476762180
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Published: Scribner - November 8th, 2016

Art and obsession fuse 17th Century Spanish painter Diego Velazquez and obscure 19th Century English bookseller John Snare. Cumming traces Snare's single-minded devotion to a Velazquez painting of England's Prince Charles, and hazards acute perceptions of how art can provoke passion, addiction, and mania. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Black Ivy: A Revolt in Style by Jason Jules - Book Review

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By Jason Jules (Editor), Jason Jules, Graham Marsh (Designed by)
$49.95
ISBN: 9781909526822
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Published: Reel Art Press - December 21st, 2021

This gorgeous fashion book takes a loving look at how Black men from the 1940s to mid 1960s adopted the outward garb of the privileged and powerful, the Ivy or preppy style of the country’s elite, and made it their own-–not really subverting so much as enriching the possibilities of men’s fashion. From an encomium on how the the lapel of Sonny Rollins’ jacket curved over its top button to a 1958 photograph of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers looking all the world like a 1980s Brooklyn Hip-Hop group, from Amiri Baraka’s disheveled “Beat Ivy” to an astounding, defiant photograph of James Baldwin in a shearling coat and monk strap shoes standing in front of the “colored entrance” of a North Carolina ice cream parlor Black Ivy organizes itself with short entries of biography and style on writers, civil rights leaders, musicians, actors, artists, and athletes. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


The Vanishing Velázquez: A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece by Laura Cumming - Book Review

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The Vanishing Velázquez: A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece By Laura Cumming Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476762180
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Published: Scribner - November 8th, 2016

I loved this book. This story illustrates the power of art as one supposed Velázquez painting changes the lives of those it comes into contact with. A beautiful history of the painter, himself, as well as a compelling true story. ~ Reviewed by Arabella Peterson


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