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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
by Timothy Egan
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Edward Curtis was charismatic, handsome, a passionate mountaineer, and a famous portrait photographer, the Annie Leibovitz of his time. He moved in rarefied circles, a friend to presidents, vaudeville stars, leading thinkers. But when he was thirty-two... (read more)

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Joan Littlewood: Dreams and Realities: The Official Biography
Joan Littlewood: Dreams and Realities: The Official Biography
by Peter Rankin
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The official biography of a true theater maverick, written by her longtime collaborator. Drawing on Littlewood's personal archive, Joan Littlewood: Dreams and Realities observes at close hand one of the most influential theater makers of the twentieth... (read more)

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Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: Over Thirty Years of Conversations with Robert Irwin
Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: Over Thirty Years of Conversations with Robert Irwin
by Lawrence Weschler
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This book taught me so much about the value of slowness, in art-making and in perception itself. Its subject isn't really Irwin's art products or his technical processes. Instead, Weschler brilliantly arranges the surrounding biographical and... (read more)

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Klee
Klee
by Susanna Partsch
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Geometrical figures and hieroglyphic elements: The delightfully unclassifiable work of a master painter   Designated as "degenerate" by the Nazis, Paul Klee (1879-1940) is today considered one of the most important artists of the 20th... (read more)

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Van Gogh: A Power Seething (Icons)
Van Gogh: A Power Seething (Icons)
by Julian Bell
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andquot;I believe in the absolute necessity of a new art of colour, of drawing andandmdash;of the artistic life,andquot; Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo in 1888. andquot;And if we work in that faith, it seems to me that thereand#39;s a chance... (read more)

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Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi
Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi
by Hayden Herrera
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From the author of Arshile Gorky, a major biography of the great American sculptor that redefines his legacy A master of what he called “the sculpturing of space,” Isamu Noguchi was a vital figure for modern public art. Born to an... (read more)

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Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter
Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter
by Patricia Albers
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“Gee, Joan, if only you were French and male and dead.” —New York art dealer to Joan Mitchell, the 1950s She was a steel heiress from the Midwest—Chicago and Lake Forest (her grandfather built Chicagos bridges and worked... (read more)

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The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72
The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72
by Molly Peacock
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In 1772, upon the death of her second husband, Mary Delany arose from her grief, picked up a pair of scissors, and, at the age of seventy-two, created a new art form: mixed-media collage. Over the next decade, Mrs. Delany produced an astonishing 985... (read more)

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Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis
Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis
by Kim Todd
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Today, an entomologist in a laboratory can gaze at a butterfly pupa with a microscope so powerful that the swirling cells on the pupas skin look like a galaxy. She can activate a single gene or knock it out. What she cant do is discover how the insect... (read more)

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The Secret Art of DR. Seuss
The Secret Art of DR. Seuss
by Dr. Seuss
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Modern Man: The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of Tomorrow
Modern Man: The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of Tomorrow
by Anthony Flint
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From the award-winning author of Wrestling with Moses comes a fascinating, accessible biography of the most important architect of theand#160;twentieth century.and#160;and#160; Modern Manand#160;is a riveting biography of Le Corbusierand#8212;a man who... (read more)

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Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo
Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo
by Hayden Herrera
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Frida Kahlo stepped into the limelight in 1929 when she married Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. She was twenty-two; he was forty-three. Hailed as Riveraandrsquo;s exotic young wife who andldquo;dabbles in art,andrdquo; she went on to produce brilliant... (read more)

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In Two Minds: A Biography of Jonathan Miller
In Two Minds: A Biography of Jonathan Miller
by Kate Bassett
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Jonathan Miller is one of the most multi-talented Britons of his generation, celebrated for his dazzling intelligence and wit. Drawing on in-depth interviews, this is an entertaining and illuminating portrait of a fascinatingly complex man, who trained... (read more)

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The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh (Penguin Classics)
The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh (Penguin Classics)
by Ronald De Leeuw
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This volume reinstates a large number of passages omitted from earlier editions of Van Gogh's letters and includes, whenever possible, the wonderful pen-and-ink sketches Van Gogh added to his written messages. Ronald de Leeuw's notes provide informative... (read more)

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Off the Wall: A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg
Off the Wall: A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg
by Calvin Tompkins
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Calvin Tomkins first discovered the work of Robert Rauschenberg in the late 1950s, when he began to look seriously at contemporary art. While gazing at Rauschenberg's painting Double Feature, Tomkins felt compelled to make some kind of literal connection... (read more)

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Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival
Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival
by Christopher Benfey
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andquot;Beautiful, haunted, evocative and so open to where memory takes you. I kept thinking that this is the book that I have waited for: where objects, and poetry intertwine. Just wonderful and completely sui generis.andquot;and#160; (Edmund de Waal... (read more)

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A Life of Picasso: The Cubist Rebel, 1907-1916 (Borzoi Books)
A Life of Picasso: The Cubist Rebel, 1907-1916 (Borzoi Books)
by John Richardson
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In The Cubist Rebel, 1907-1916, the second volume of his Life of Picasso, John Richardson reveals the young Picasso in the Baudelairean role of “the painter of modern life”—a role that stipulated the brothel as the noblest subject... (read more)

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Lee Krasner: A Biography
Lee Krasner: A Biography
by Gail Levin
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Lee Krasner is best known as the artist-wife of Jackson Pollock, the renowned abstract expressionist painter. Yet in this riveting biography, the first full-length account of her colorful life, Krasner emerges as a significant artist who deserves her... (read more)

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An Emergency in Slow Motion: The Inner Life of Diane Arbus
An Emergency in Slow Motion: The Inner Life of Diane Arbus
by William Todd Schultz
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Diane Arbus was one of the most brilliant and revered photographers in the history of American art. Her portraits, in stark black and white, seemed to reveal the psychological truths of their subjects. But after she committed suicide at the age of forty... (read more)

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Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland
Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland
by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart
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Born into a family of privilege, Diana Dalziel Vreeland grew up amid the fashionable of New York's Upper East Side. With a famously alluring mother and a classically beautiful sister, young Diana often felt isolated and unloved. But she was saved from... (read more)

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