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América Latina, 1960 - 2013: Photographs

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“Presents incredibly diverse perspectives of 70 artists who use the common ground of photography to expose and dissect a tumultuous half-century of modern history.”

— TIME LightBox

“Expansive …highlights photographic responses to political unrest in Latin America during the past half-century…Insightful essays tie together the work by theme and style.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Cameras in Latin America seem to attract words similarly. This book is alive with them…Luis Camnitzer …contributes an illuminating essay.”

— BOOKFORUM

“A powerful collection.”

— L’oeil de la Photographie

“Tries to answer …what it means to be Latin American in today’s globalised world, and what it means to make work that is distinctly Latin American, with a focus on graphics, memory and text.”

— Photo-Eye

“This impeccably orchestrated, beautifully designed exhibition catalogue depicts a vital period of political upheaval and social instability in Latin America…This volume reminds readers of the power of art, which can be both mouthpiece and magnifying glass for profound social justice… . Highly recommended.”

— Choice

“Covers work from an entire embattled region over a half century…Some of the tactics employed by conceptual artists are put to more pointed uses, for example Johanna Calle’s gelatin silver prints, entirely blank but for a typed caption at the bottom… The blurry snapshots mounted on notebook paper with scrawled captions by Marcelo Brodsky look like the evocations of childhood that they are, but with a violent recoil: Their subjects, friends of the photographer, were “disappeared” by the Argentine junta in the late 1970s.”

— The New York Times Book Review

The American Dream: pop to the present

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“A preeminent guide to American printmaking of the last half-century. British Museum curators Stephen Coppel and Catherine Daunt and Art in Print editor in chief Susan Tallman provide vivid context to the rise of post-World War II ateliers and their interaction with artists such as Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Chuck Close, Richard Diebenkorn, Jim Dine, Ed Ruscha, and to lesser-known but brilliant printmakers Richard Bosman, May Stevens and Lee Lozano. [With] text and opulent illustrations covering regional influences, artistic styles such as photorealism, abstraction, and minimalism, essays discuss printmaking, feminism, political dissent, gender issues, and racial identity.”

— Library Journal

The Andy Goldsworthy Project

978-0-500-23871-4

“An excellently researched catalogue. Will serve as a milestone for documentary reasons”

— Choice

“The photography is uniformly outstanding, a hallmark of Goldsworthy literature…A worthy purchase for all libraries with contemporary art collections.”

— Library Journal

Animals on the Edge: Reporting from the Frontline of Extinction

978-0-500-54382-5

“Remarkable evidence of a tremendous amount of patience and endurance. Colorful, close, and sad. The envy of amateur and professional nature photographers everywhere. An ideal addition for reading rooms or coffee tables.”

— Choice

“A very considered and persuasive program to go along with the equally powerful photography.”

— Color Magazine

“A fascinating and beautiful collection of photographs and descriptions of mammals at risk of extinction…. Features over 60 different species, organized by region, and offers written details about each animal habitat, their risk of extinction and their daily habits.”

— Picture Magazine

“Offers a visual survey of rare and endangered mammals across six continents…Along with some 60 photographs are captions detailing each animal’s habits, habitat and conservation status.”

— Outdoor Photographer

“A combination photography and wildlife book discussing these critically endangered creatures…A fine coffee table book and a gift perfect for any concerned about the world’s fading species.”

— Midwest Book Review

Anselm Kiefer

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

— Portland Book Review

An Anthology of Decorated Papers: A Sourcebook for Designers

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“The aphorism "Don't judge a book by its cover" does not apply to this offering from the British Library. The beautifully designed cover and intricately folded dust jacket serve as the opening curtain for the opulent offering within, which is a history of decorated papers…. Invaluable for anyone interested in design, art history, history, material culture, or fine arts.”

— Choice

Appointment with Sigmund Freud

978-0-500-51199-2

“Utterly compelling.”

— The Sunday Telegraph

“There is one writer/photographer at work today who seems to be properly exploiting the possibilities of integrating text and image … Sophie Calle is well worth seeking out.”

— The Independent on Sunday

Arcadia Britannica: A Modern British Folklore Portrait

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“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

“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

“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

“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

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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“Combining his early experiences as an architect with his extensive experience as a jury member selecting the world's most prominent and cutting-edge architects to build icons for cities, Betsky possesses rare insight into the mechanisms, politics, and personalities that play a role in how buildings in our societies and urban centers come to be. In approximately fifty themes, drawing on his inside knowledge of the architectural world, he explores a broad spectrum of topics, from the meaning of domestic space to the spectacle of the urban realm in an accessible and enjoyable way.”

— North Carolina Modernist House

“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

Architecture on the Carpet: The Curious Tale of Construction Toys and the Genesis of Modern Buildings

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“Refreshingly original.”

— Interior Design

“Argues that construction toys such as Lego and Meccano not only reflect the architecture of the real world, but influence the way individual architects design.”

— The Casual Optimist

“Explores everything from gender bias to class distinctions of construction toys.”

— Notable Design Book of 2013, Designers & Books

“Quirky but fun. …Recommended.”

— Choice

“Argues that modern buildings have some roots in construction toys.”

— Modern in Denver

“Chock-full of research.”

— Florida Weekly

“The authors’ intensive review of the commercial creation and specifications of the individual toys is truly unique.”

— ARLIS/NA Reviews

Art & Ecology Now

978-0-500-23916-2

“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

“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

“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 & Religion in the 21st Century

978-0-500-23931-5

“Ranging internationally and bringing les familiar artists together with certified stars, Rosen offers a useful encyclopedia of artworks that address a wide range of spiritual concerns. In a determined effort at interfaith pluralism, he reaches out to all the world religions. Along with the three major monotheistic faiths, the book references Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, African and Australian animism and Native American tribal beliefs… [Offers] support for a growing critical acknowledgment of the role of belief in contemporary art.”

— Art in America

“Rosen’s demonstration of the multiple ways in which modern artists are engaging with religion will be of great benefit to those interested in modern art as well as individuals curious about religion and its impact on present-day culture.”

— Library Journal

“Rosen explores faith in contemporary art, from Kehinde Wiley’s portrayal of Israelis living on the margins to provocative updates on the Last Supper.”

— Time

“Rosen’s tour of contemporary art’s religious experiments is hopeful and informative. The numerous examples found throughout Art and Religion in the 21st Century give the reader a substantive view of contemporary artists’ use of religious ideas. Rosen’s book opens the door to this important and challenging subject.”

— Religion and the Arts

“Crammed with countless color images, this book is a pleasure to look at and touch…a beautiful book and one that engrossed me as I read and looked…Moving away from more explicit religious iconography, Rosen encourages his readers to search out the sacred in art forms which, at first glance, may appear to have little to do with religion. But through his discussions of religious iconography, the sublime, culture, ritual, and indwelling, he demonstrates that the sacred in art is never far from our gaze.”

— Relegere

“The connection between art and religion dates back to the days when our knuckles brushed the dust. If you thought that in our modern culture that relationship was about only blasphemy and shock, this is a book to persuade you otherwise.”

— The Times (UK)

“It's not often one can say of a book for review, 'this is exactly what I have been waiting for.' But Aaron Rosen's is just that…Spending time with the artists in this book is like walking through an ambitious, perceptively curated, global art exhibition on this immensely important subject.”

— Third Way Magazine (UK)

“Full of pithy observations.”

— TimeOut (UK)

“Something of an objet d’art in its own right, Aaron Rosen’s lavishly illustrated book Art & Religion in the 21st Century recognizes and refutes the (supposedly antagonistic) separation of religion and contemporary art…Rosen’s project in this much-needed and all-too-rare book on contemporary art from a religious studies perspective is to demonstrate that the supposed rift between art and religion has been greatly exaggerated…The well-conceived format, content, and general approach of Art & Religion make it eminently amenable to classroom use…Art & Religion, with its enthusiastically interdisciplinary approach, its exploration of a variety of mediums and modes of art-making, and its capacious representation of artists from across various religious and cultural backgrounds, is likewise an occasion for thinking through new possibilities for studying religion and contemporary art…Rosen’s book, brimming with examples, is a wonderful resource, offering numerous ways of entering into and adjusting the frames of debates whose urgency is only increasing”

— Journal of the American Academy of Religion