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Anselm Kiefer

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“Lovely…Leads the reader through the dense symbolism and repeated imagery of Kiefer's work.”

— Portland Book Review

Arcadia Britannica: A Modern British Folklore Portrait

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“Bourne crisscrossed Great Britain to capture folk-fest attendees at their most outlandish: “Jack-in-the-Greens” wearing head-to-toe spring foliage for May Day; Bonfire Night revelers in full medieval garb; and partyers arrayed in patchwork at the Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival. Bourne photographs each of them against a stark white background, capturing their full peacock finery in vivid detail.”

— Elle Decor

“A compendium of British folklore enthusiasts whose quirky costumes often look to the land.”

— Vogue

“Outside of the context of the greater spectacle the strange details of the costumes that mix the old and the new come clearly into focus.”

— Hyperallergic

“Featuring 125 portraits, the book is an endearing album of extravagantly costumed individuals inventively disguised as shrubs or haystacks, shimmering with mother-of-pearl buttons, and posturing as witchy high priestesses.”

— Architectural Digest

“Folkloric festivals and traditions remain vital throughout the UK, evidenced here by the colorful yet serious portraits captured by Bourne. These traditions, visually exciting in their use of costumes, face painting, and props, have helped strong community identity persisting over time. Lovers of fashion and personal style will appreciate this visual survey of British folk costume.”

— Library Journal

“You won't glean many beauty tips from British photographer Henry Bourne's wonderful and wacky portraits of folklore enthusiasts, but you may find some gardening ones!”

— W

“The British love of dressing up takes a weird and wondrous turn…When captured by Bourne's lens, one thing is abundantly clear: Much like fancy dress at Halloween, modern folk is fun.”

— The New York Times

Architecture and Surrealism

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“A well-developed and thought-provoking discussion that is a delightful balance of historical criticism and interpretation of the Surrealist movement and its influence on architectural design, thought, and practice. Enthusiasts of architecture and art history will find intrigue and satisfaction in this book. Both cohorts stand to gain a better understanding of the other, with the subtle reminder that design and design influence do not occur in a vacuum.”

— ARLIS/NA Reviews

The Architecture Concept Book

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“An insightful primer for students and young professionals looking to formulate and develop enduring architectural design strategies… Tait offers clear guidance on how to assess, analyze, augment and assemble meaningful architectural experiences… [His] greatest strength is his ability to unpack and demystify the discussion surrounding the architectural design process. Written in a straightforward style, his book is a refreshing break from the scholarly jargon and esoteric hyperbole so common in architectural publications.”

— Canadian Architect

Architecture in Wood: A World History

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“Impressive in its coverage and organized geographically, [Architecture in Wood] documents—with stunning, often double-page color photographs—examples from Newport, RI, to Victoria, Australia. The prose is polished and informative, and the glossary contains clear illustrations of construction techniques. Offers a unique perspective on the history of buildings.”

— Library Journal

Architecture Matters

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“A dazzling assemblage of writings… Aaron Betsky, renowned art and architecture critic, asks how and why our built environment should be democratized and humanized. This volume speaks not only to those immersed in architectural study or practice but serves as a spectacular collection of how-to's, a travelogue, the influence of art on architecture, and architectural theory.”

— OffCite

“A pleasurable, intriguing read… Part memoir and part manifesto, Architecture Matters draws from Aaron Betsky's diverse experiences within and engaging with the profession. Written to appeal both to the architecture community and to a general audience, the book seeks to define not just the importance of architecture in the world today but its future trajectory as well. Written in an accessible, conversational tone, this series of concise essays covers a wide range of topics, with some essays sequentially building on one another, while others meander down side paths.”

— Architecture Boston

Art & Ecology Now

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“Art students and others curious about creative possibilities in the important, contemporary field of eco-art will obtain a broad overview…Recommended.”

— Choice

“Some 300 color illustrations pack a feature of some 90 artists and collectives, recommended for any collection strong in modern arts representations.”

— Protoview

“Contemporary art specialist [Andrew] Brown's book challenges our vision of the connectivity and blurring of the lines between art and life. Wonderful for all types of libraries, as well as researchers and individuals with a strong interest in art and ecology and the changing environment.”

— Library Journal

“Through thoughtful prose and placement of more than 300 powerful color illustrations, Art & Ecology Now describes the expanding trend of artists to explore nature and climate change.”

— Public Art Review

Art and Architecture in Mexico

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“A winning survey for any Mexican art collection.”

— The Midwest Book Review

“Oles proposes new readings of prints, photographs and more.”

— Museum Store Magazine

“James Oles's welcome contribution to the estimable Thames & Hudson World of Art series presents in a single volume a substantial survey of art and architecture in Mexico.”

— Art Libraries Society of North America

“One of the most important contemporary contributions to understanding Mexican art and architecture from the Spanish conquest to the present. Through key examples—some well know and canonical, others that are overlooked in traditional scholarship—it provides expression for …complexities…Essential.”

— Choice

Art Deco Postcards

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“…Will be an item of choice for any artist with a passion for art deco style.”

— The Midwest Book Review

Art Deco Postcards is a fun-to-peruse exploration of this elegant style.”

— Su Casa

“This book proves that great things do come in small packages …original posters from this era can cost upwards of $1,000 but these postcard sized artworks contained herein are equally joyful to behold.”

— Antiques & The Arts Weekly

“If your heart is lost to folk art and indigenous crafts, this is the volume for you.”

— American Style

“[It] is a treasure for anyone intrigued by twentieth century art.”

— The Midwest Book Review

Art in Detail: 100 Masterpieces

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“A richly detailed, pleasingly designed tour of art masterpieces throughout history.”

— The Oregonian

Art in Detail: 100 Masterpieces sets out to illuminate the obscure details that the average passerby is likely to miss as they flit between the galleries at the world's most prestigious art institutions… underlying messages, back stories, specialized techniques, subtle symbolism, or - in some cases - a touch of humor.”

— CNN.com

Art in Hungary 1956-1980: Doublespeak and Beyond

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“A fresh, richly informative, and multifaceted picture …The book provides an impressively rich and prismatically presented body of information that could serve equally well as an accessible introduction for a novice reader and as a scholarly resource for a reader already initiated into the key problematics and possibilities of art under state socialism.”

— Tyrus Miller ARTMargins Online

The Art Museum in Modern Times

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“Charles Saumarez Smith has written a deeply important and original book, drawing on a lifetime of experience in the worlds of art, museums, and culture. It combines humane and thoughtful generalizations about the place and purpose of galleries today with vivid evocations of particular art museums from around the world. Beautifully written and deftly constructed, it is a landmark work.”

— Professor Sir David Cannadine, Dodge Professor of History, Princ

“I love the style, tone and perspective, the personal experience present along the way, and the open mode of thinking and reflecting on what is seen. That is rare in museum literature and gives a special authority and also a thrill to the text.”

— Professor Mari Lending, Professor of Architectural History and T

“A wise and insightful tour of our most successful art museums. One couldn't ask for a better informed or more congenial guide. Highly recommended.”

— Professor Andrew McClellan, Professor of History of Art and Muse

“Former National Portrait Gallery director Smith examines how museums' architecture and design has elevated the experience of art in this perceptive and generously illustrated volume… Insightful and thought provoking, this work is required reading for cultural historians, art connoisseurs, and museumgoers.

— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Lively, informative… The author has insider knowledge of the needs of present-day institutions dedicated to showing art… A good read.”

— The New Criterion

“A brisk tour through around forty art museums around the world… The diversity of museums in the book is rich and rewarding.”

— A Daily Dose of Architecture Books

The Art of Participation

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The Art of Participation excels as an exhibition catalogue and as a concise overview of recent participatory art…The catalogue's layout and design thoughtfully and playfully reinforces the intent of the exhibition.”

— Choice

“Participatory art embraces us. If you're ready to reciprocate, this collection is for you…an exceptional coffee-table book.”

— Public Art Review

The Art of Sound: A Visual History for Audiophiles

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“Designers and pop culture aficionados will appreciate this rich tale of how recorded music was marketed… The Art of Sound is a singular and comprehensive history that makes visual the capturing and playback of sound, a fitting tribute to those earliest recordings made by marks warbling through soot.”

— Print Magazine

“A beautifully illustrated history of sound recording, reproduction devices, and processes from the 1857 phonautograph to the present day's streaming audio. This predominately visual book is eye candy for the audiophile, but will be of interest to scholars of the material culture of sound, audio historians, collectors, and any individual interested in the history and technology of recording. Recommended.”

— Choice