The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This completely reconceived and rewritten guide to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's encyclopedic holdings—the first new edition of the guidebook in nearly thirty years—provides the ideal introduction to almost 600 essential masterpieces from one of the world's most popular and beloved art collections. It features a compelling and accessible design, beautiful color reproductions, and up-to-date descriptions written by the Museum's own experts.More than a simple souvenir book, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide provides a comprehensive view of art history spanning five millennia and the entire globe, beginning with the Ancient World and ending in contemporary times. It includes media as varied as painting, photography, costume, sculpture, decorative arts, musical instruments, arms and armor, works on paper, and many more. Presenting works ranging from the ancient Egyptian Temple of Dendur to Canova's Perseus with the Head of Medusa to Sargent's Madame X, this is an indispensable volume for lovers of art and art history, and for anyone who has ever dreamed of lingering over the most iconic works in the Metropolitan's unparalleled collection.Now available as an eBook!The guide is now available to read on your tablet, mobile phone or personal computer. The Metropolitan Museum of...

  • Brand: Yale University Press
  • ASIN: 0300179499
  • UPC: 884818355206

Rescue Me: Dog Adoption Portraits and Stories from New York City

Rescue Me: Dog Adoption Portraits and Stories from

For three years, fashion and portrait photographer Richard Phibbs has donated his services to the Humane Society of New York, making portraits of dogs up for adoption as part of the Manhattan shelter’s work to find them all forever homes. The best of his photographs are featured in this simple and moving album, along with the story of each dog on its journey from often-shocking circumstances of abandonment and rejection, through rescue and the joy experienced in the new homes these pictures helped them find. This heartwarming New York story will appeal to dog lovers all over the world. Phibbs’s introduction is a passionate appeal for everyone to rescue a dog. The book is perfectly sized and priced for an impulse buy. Royalties from its sale benefit the Humane Society of New York.

  • Brand: Aperture
  • ASIN: 1597113387

CAMP: Notes on Fashion

CAMP: Notes on

Drawing from Susan Sontag’s seminal essay, this striking volume explores the meaning of camp and its expression in fashion from its origins to today Although an elusive concept, “camp” can be found in most forms of artistic expression, revealing itself through an aesthetic of deliberate stylization. Fashion is one of the most overt and enduring conduits of the camp aesthetic. As a site for the playful dynamics between high art and popular culture, fashion both embraces and expresses such camp modes of enactment as irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration.   Drawing from Susan Sontag’s seminal essay “Notes on Camp,” the book explores how fashion designers have used their métier as a vehicle to engage with the camp aesthetic in compelling, humorous, and sometimes incongruous ways. As a sartorial manifestation of the camp sensibility, this thought-provoking publication contributes new theoretical and conceptual insights into the camp canon through texts and images. Stunning new photography by Johnny Dufort highlights works by such fashion designers as Virgil Abloh, Thom Browne, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Alessandro Michele, Franco Moschino, Miuccia Prada, Richard Quinn, ...

  • ASIN: 1588396681

Oasis in the City: The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at The Museum of Modern Art

Oasis in the City: The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller

The story of MoMA's sculpture gardenThe Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at the Museum of Modern Art holds a special place in the hearts of many, whether artists or museumgoers, New Yorkers or visitors from around the world. It is a respite from the crowds and skyscrapers that surround it, as well as a place to commune with major works of modern and contemporary art.Through essays and archival images, this lavishly illustrated volume pays tribute to the Sculpture Garden's beauty and remarkable history over the past 80 years. Oasis in the City: The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at The Museum of Modern Art features the sculptures that have become synonymous with the space, Philip Johnson's elegant and enduring design, and the Garden's diverse array of activities and events. From its inception in 1939, the Sculpture Garden―which launched the very concept of the garden as outdoor gallery for changing installations―has hosted exhibitions of sculpture by Alexander Calder, structures by Buckminster Fuller and Marcel Breuer, performances by Yayoi Kusama, and served as an important venue for music, dance, social gatherings and even protest.Along with offering a behind-the-scenes history, this unique publication debuts a portfolio of images of the Sculpture Garden ...

  • ASIN: 0870709070

The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated

The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic

A comprehensive exploration of the rich visual culture inspired by the exceptional 11th-century literary masterpiece, from early screen paintings through contemporary manga With its vivid descriptions of imperial society, gardens, and architecture in early 11th-century Japan, The Tale of Genji—recognized as the world’s first psychological novel—has captivated audiences around the globe and inspired artistic traditions for 1,000 years. This handsomely designed and illustrated book explores the outstanding art associated with Genji through in-depth essays and discussions of nearly 120 works.   TheTale of Genji has influenced all forms of Japanese artistic expression, from intimately scaled albums and fans to boldly designed hanging scrolls and screen paintings by the most esteemed artists and calligraphers of every school and era. Scenes from the tale adorn decorative objects used in everyday life, including robes, lacquer boxes, containers for grooming tools and writing implements, incense burners, and even palanquins for transporting young brides to their new homes. The authors, both art historians and Genji scholars, discuss the tale’s transmission and reception over the centuries; illuminate its place within the history of Japanese literature and calligraphy; highligh...

  • ASIN: 1588396657

Performance: Richard Avedon (Pace Gallery, New York: Exhibition Catalogues)

Performance: Richard Avedon (Pace Gallery, New York: Exhibition

"We all perform. It's what we do for each other all the time, deliberately or unintentionally. It's a way of telling about ourselves in the hope of being recognized as what we'd like to be."--Richard Avedon, 1974The preeminent stars and artists of the performing arts from the second half of the 20th century offered their greatest gifts―and, sometimes, their inner lives―to Richard Avedon. More than 200 are portrayed in Performance, many in photographs that have been rarely or never seen before. Of course, the great stars light the way: Hepburn and Chaplin, Monroe and Garland, Brando and Sinatra. But here too are the actors and comedians, pop stars and divas, musicians and dancers, artists in all mediums with public lives that were essentially performances, who stand at the pinnacle of our cultural achievement. The celebrated author and critic John Lahr offers an elegant assessment of Avedon’s achievement. Four supremely talented artists from the performing arts―Mike Nichols, André Gregory, Mitsuko Uchida, and Twyla Tharp―contribute lively and moving memoirs about their collaborations with Avedon.

  • Brand: Harry N Abrams
  • ASIN: 0810972883

The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East

The World between Empires: Art and Identity in

A timely and definitive exploration of the art and culture of the ancient civilizations situated between Rome and the Middle East that presents a new way of understanding the region’s influential heritage This publication examines the art and architecture of regions that served as major trade routes between the Roman and Parthian Empires from 100 B.C. to A.D. 250. The book examines the cultural histories of cities including Petra, Baalbek, Palmyra, Dura-Europos, and Hatra together for the first time, capturing the intricate web of influence that emerged in the Ancient Middle East through the exchange of goods and ideas across the region. Works illustrated and discussed include statues, coins, reliefs, architectural elements and friezes, painted tiles and wall fragments, jewelry, textiles, and more. The World Between Empires is the definitive book on this subject, contextualizing the significance of these works on a local and global scale, including a thoughtful discussion of recent cultural heritage destruction and preservation efforts in the region, particularly in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, and the role of museums.

  • ASIN: 1588396835

Armenia: Art, Religion, and Trade in the Middle Ages

Armenia: Art, Religion, and Trade in the Middle

A fascinating exploration of art created by the varied Armenian kingdoms that connected the East and West during the Middle Ages As the first people to officially convert to Christianity, Armenians commissioned and produced astonishing religious objects. This sumptuous volume depicts and contextualizes the compelling works of art that defined the rich and complicated culture of medieval Armenians, including carvings, liturgical furnishings, beautifully illustrated manuscripts, gilded reliquaries, exquisite textiles, printed books, and more. Situated at the center of trade routes that connected the East and West during the Middle Ages, Armenia became a leading international trade partner for Seljuk, Mongol, Ottoman, and Persian overlords, while also serving as a powerful ally to Byzantium and European Crusader states. Written by a team of international scholars, with contributions from Armenian religious leaders, this book will stand as the definitive text on the art and culture of medieval Armenia.

  • ASIN: 1588396606

Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll

Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock &

A brash and dazzling celebration of the instruments that created the sounds of rock and roll from the 1940s to the present dayPlay It Loud celebrates the musical instruments that gave rock and roll its signature sound—from Louis Jordan’s alto saxophone and John Lennon’s Rickenbacker to the drum set owned by Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, Lady Gaga’s keytar, and beyond. Seven engrossing essays by veteran music journalists and scholars discuss the technical developments that fostered rock’s seductive riffs and driving rhythms, the thrilling innovations musicians have devised to achieve unique effects, and the visual impact their instruments have had. Abundant photographs depict rock’s most iconic instruments—including Jerry Lee Lewis’s baby grand piano, Chuck Berry’s Gibson ES-350T guitar, Bootsy Collins’s star-shaped bass, Keith Moon’s drum set, and the white Stratocaster Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock—as works of art in their own right. Produced in collaboration with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, this astounding book goes behind the music to offer a rare and in-depth look at the instruments that inspired the musicians and made possible the songs we know and love.

  • ASIN: 1588396665

Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the American West (Museum of Modern Art, New York: Exhibition Catalogues)

Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the American

Into the Sunset examines how photography has pictured, established and transformed the idea of the American West, from 1850 to the present. The development of photography coincided with the exploration and settlement of the West, and this simultaneous growth resulted in a complex relationship that has shaped the perception of that region's physical and social landscape to this day. Published to accompany a major exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Into the Sunset charts changing myths and cultural attitudes about the West through photographs dating from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. An expansive and dynamic survey, it brings together photographers as diverse as Carleton E. Watkins and Stephen Shore, Darius Kinsey and Dorothea Lange, Robert Frank and Cindy Sherman, an unknown daguerreotypist and Richard Prince. More than 120 works are organized thematically to highlight the artists' differing views of the West's land and people.

  • ASIN: 0870707493

City as Canvas: New York City Graffiti From the Martin Wong Collection

City as Canvas: New York City Graffiti From

A visual account of the birth of graffiti and street art, showcasing as-yet-unseen works collected by preeminent artist Martin Wong. Referred to by the New York Times as an artist "whose meticulous visionary realism is among the lasting legacies of New York’s East Village art scene of the 1980s," Martin Wong (1946–1999) was firmly entrenched in the NYC street art world of the late ’70s and ’80s. City as Canvas chronicles the most important chapter in the street art movement and the artists involved. Showcasing Wong’s enormous graffiti art collection, the book contains artwork, photographs, black books, letters, postcards, posters, and flyers made by Wong and his artist friends. The book contains previously unpublished art by famous street artists such as Futura 2000, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Christopher "Daze" Ellis, LA II, Lady Pink, and Keith Haring, to name only a few. City as Canvas traces the origins of urban self-expression and the era of "outlaw" street art in New York, which primed the floodgates for graffiti art to spread worldwide. Exhibition Schedule: Museum of the City of New York: Opens October 2013

  • ASIN: 0847839869

Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965

Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City,

This enlightening and thought-provoking look at New York City’s postwar art scene focuses on the galleries and the artists that helped transform American art. While the achievements of New York City’s most renowned postwar artists―de Kooning, Pollock, Rothko, Franz Kline― have been studied in depth, a large cadre of lesser-known but influential artists came of age between 1952 and 1965. Also understudied are the early, experimental works by more well- known figures such as Mark di Suvero, Jim Dine, Dan Flavin, and Claes Oldenburg. Focusing on innovative artist-run galleries, this book invites readers to reevaluate the period―uncovering its diversity, creativity, and nuances, and tracing the spaces’ influence during the decades that followed. Inventing Downtown charts the development of artist-run galleries in Lower Manhattan from the early 1950s to the mid-1960s, showing how the area’s multicultural spirit played a major role in shaping the artworks exhibited there. The book explores 14 key spaces in which styles such as Pop, Minimalism, and performance and installation art thrived. Excerpts from 33 revealing interviews with artists, critics, and dealers, conducted by Billy Klüver and Julie Martin, offer unique personal insight into the era’s creative milieu. Ta...

  • Brand: Rachleff Melissa
  • ASIN: 3791355589

New York, Empire City: 1920-1945

New York, Empire City:

A collection of one hundred rare, previously unpublished New York photographs, taken in duotone with a large-format camera, features informative captions and background essays and includes images of such subjects as Trinity Church, Coney Island, and Yankee Stadium. 25,000 first printing.

  • Brand: Brand: Harry N. Abrams
  • ASIN: 0810950111

Andy Warhol―From A to B and Back Again

Andy Warhol―From A to B and Back

A unique 360‐degree view of an incomparable 20th-century American artist One of the most emulated and significant figures in modern art, Andy Warhol (1928–1987) rose to fame in the 1960s with his iconic Pop pieces. Warhol expanded the boundaries by which art is defined and created groundbreaking work in a diverse array of media that includes paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, films, and installations.   This ambitious book is the first to examine Warhol’s work in its entirety. It builds on a wealth of new research and materials that have come to light in recent decades and offers a rare and much-needed comprehensive look at the full scope of Warhol’s production—from his commercial illustrations of the 1950s through his monumental paintings of the 1980s. Donna De Salvo explores how Warhol’s work engages with notions of public and private, the redefinition of media, and the role of abstraction, while a series of incisive and eye-opening essays by eminent scholars and contemporary artists touch on a broad range of topics, such as Warhol’s response to the AIDS epidemic, his international influence, and how his work relates to constructs of self-image seen in social media today.

  • ASIN: 0300236980

Only in New York

Only in New

Curated from hundreds of thousands of photos from The New York Times' archives Only in New York brings together the most memorable, poignant, and historic images of the Big Apple. This beautiful gift book celebrates New York in a way that will be treasured by native New Yorkers and tourists alike.The New York Times is the world's foremost news organization, but it is very much a hometown paper, too. Since the inception of the camera, Times photographers have captured every newsworthy event--and many of the most iconic and intimate moments--that together document the very spirit and essence of New York City.These 500 photos are selected and paired in clever, humorous, and poignant diptychs that bring the city to life as you could only see in NYC--from Broadway to Yankee Stadium, nightlife to street life, skyscrapers to subways. And since the turn of the last century, NY Times photographers have been visually recording the vast, and vastly interesting and entertaining, mix of people, places, and institutions that provide New York with its reputation as the city that occasionally dozes but never closes. This collection of their work spans more than a century, providing a vivid chronicle of metropolitan life at its most vibrant. Most of all, of course, there are the people and the ne...

  • ASIN: 0789336553
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