The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

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ISBN: 9781580931458
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Published: The Monacelli Press - September 28th, 2004

Humans have always shown an interest in the grotesque, the bizarre, and the unexplainable. Therefore, this book plays into our desire to learn about the mysteries of murder and death. This book is made up of a series of doll house replicas of actual crime scenes. The photography is amazing. You almost feel as if you are actually walking amidst the bodies at an actual crime scene. Each separate scene is prefaced by letting you in on the facts, eye witness statements, and motives each person may or may not have had for committing each crime. Most of the crimes are from the 30's and 40's and besides letting you in on the secrets of the dead, the replicas allow you to glimpse a piece of history. The replicas are painstakingly detailed right down to the wallpaper and rugs. The minute I saw this book I became fascinated by the ways in which people have met such unfortunate ends. This book is first and foremost an art book, yet I can help but think it's also an example of the desire people have to look in on the secret lives of others. I think 24 hour a day news is just another version of this desire to be involved and yet slightly removed from the obscene parts of daily life. ~ Reviewed by Cheryl Cornwell

de Kooning

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ISBN: 9780375711169
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Published: Knopf - April 4th, 2006

This is simply one of the most amazing books I've ever read. Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan paint a portrait of de Kooning not only as a man, but as an artist deserving of the title, American Master. Besides being expertly researched and brilliantly written, de Kooning: An American Master is highly accessible even to those of us with limited knowledge of the modern art world. By contrasting the art worlds of Europe and America, you get a sense of what de Kooning's art meant to a country and a craft struggling to gain the recognition that it so very much deserved. While the biography deals mainly with de Kooning's life and works, you get a distinct feeling that he was only a small part in a world of art that was steadily growing to unprecented size and strength. This biography is fascinating in that it brings together some of the most prominent names in the modern art world. Through their relationships with de Kooning you meet Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky, and Elaine de Kooning. New York City begins to take on new dimensions with each artist that passes through it. What Stevens and Swan have done is take you on a ride through a distinct time in American history when art became more than art--it became a way of life. ~ Reviewed by Cheryl Cornwell

The Lives of the Muses

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ISBN: 9780060555252
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 7th, 2003

This is precisely the sort of book we've come to expect from Prose: intelligent, wry, and provocative. In "Muses", she shows how the complexities of an artistic relationship go far beyond our traditional definition of the word muse. ~ Reviewed by Bob Gray

The Unknown Night

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ISBN: 9780802140647
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Published: Grove Press - December 3rd, 2003

If you do not recognize R.A. Blakelock's name (or even if you do), you must read this extraordinary book. Not only is this the biography of an important figure in American art history, it is also a compelling tale of a life lived at the extreme limits of creative obsession. ~ Reviewed by Bob Gray

Gods in Granite

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ISBN: 9780815606635
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Published: Syracuse University Press - March 1st, 2001

Three Centuries of New Hampshire's White Mountains are shown in art & illustrations. Extensive text gives a comprehensive view of the art history of these scenic mountains. Author is a professor of art history at Dartmouth College. An interesting & much needed addition to the art history of Northern New England. ~ Reviewed by Sarah Knight

M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio

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ISBN: 9780312274740
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Picador - February 10th, 2001

M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio by Peter Robb is an engrossing biography of the violent, passionate, provocative artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. He lived a short, turbulent but productive life (1571-1610), shocking the art and church establishments by using his lovers - young boys and female prostitutes - as models for his groundbreaking portrayals of religious and classical subjects as living people. Robb uses the few existing facts about the artist as well as his own interpretations of the paintings to create a highly readable, melodramatic biography of this innovative, iconoclastic artist. ~ Reviewed by Louise Jones


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