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Splat!: The Most Exciting Artists of All Time

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“wonderful for budding artists of any age”

— Picture Book Depot

“an exceptionally informative art book”

— San Francisco Book Review

“Arranged chronologically, each chapter features a single artist who bucked convention… Plentiful reproductions make each chapter visually appealing, and a few activities sprinkled throughout help drive home the importance of the artists' stylistic innovations…The approachable tone, dossier-style pages, and plentiful visual aids will make this an easy pick for students hoping to become better acquainted with famous artists.”

— Booklist

“In the fourth book in a series that includes Eureka! and Genius!, Richards profiles 20 well-known visual artists, moving chronologically from Michelangelo to Warhol. After a brief overview of ancient art, Richards devotes four pages to each artist, providing sketches of their backgrounds and artistic goals, full-page reproductions of some of their best-known works, a few paragraphs on their upbringings and careers, and supplemental images, timelines, sidebars, and tidbits. Succinct writing provides clear snapshots of the artists' struggles, beliefs, and influence.”

— Publishers Weekly

“in format and editorial approach, [it] is an engaging art history discussion with a contemporary feel that may well capture a young reader's interest….Even the title Splat! has a seductive buzz.”

— New York Journal of Books

“The book is a success for many reasons: it distills the most important life information about the artists, and present their work conditions, techniques, and details worth note….terrific journey through the ages”

— Examiner.com

Standing with Stones: A Photographic Journey through Megalithic Britain and Ireland

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“Reading the accompanying text for each site is like being led by a trustworthy tour guide, which the author has indeed often been. He does not try to drown you in facts but tells you how to get to each site, what to look for while there, and what to keep in mind about it.”

— New Age Retailer

“Wonderful photographs… A magnificent feast for anyone with the slightest interest in prehistoric monuments…”

— Journal of Scientific Exploration

Stay, Benson!

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““Rowe's retro-style art features high-contrast shapes and bright colors, and die-cuts and flaps add dimension to the scenes.””

— Publishers Weekly

Stencil Type

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“If Stencil Type makes any kind of case it's that a simple approach is best for stencils, yielding a more pleasing and stylish result than attempts at overly elaborate letterforms.”

— AIGA

Stonehenge Complete

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“Splendidly illustrated …a standard reference work.”

— The Times Literary Supplement

“It would not be easy to name a better guide …than Chippindale's very welcome study of Stonehenge through the ages.”

— The Guardian

The Story of The Face: The Magazine that Changed Culture

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The Face captured the imaginations of young people for two decades. Gorman recounts the history and influence of the monthly British publication [that] set the standard for its style-conscious readership interested in discovering new looks, music, and trends. Fans of 1980s and 1990s alternative music and fashion will appreciate this retrospective, as will students of journalism and graphic design.”

— Library Journal

“THE STORY OF THE FACE has the size and heft of a coffee-table book, with plenty of striking reproductions of famous covers and spreads. Gorman is a steadfast admirer, and much of the text is given over to meticulous, moment-by-moment accounts of the magazine’s inner workings.”

— The New Yorker

Street Craft: Yarnbombing, Guerilla Gardening, Light Tagging, Lace Graffiti and More

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“In the landscape of street art, graffiti paved the way for guerrilla gardening and yarnbombing. Kuittinen thoughtfully explores this evolution, offering a catalog of highly ephemeral art that has popped up worldwide in potholes, on lampposts and, yes, on the sides of abandoned buildings.”

— Chicago Tribune

“A beautiful book.”

— Portland Book Review

“Through illustrations of their colorful, sculptural work, accompanied by artist statements and descriptions of their practice, Kuittinen suggests that these artists are expanding the definition of street art.”

— Public Art Review

“From yarn bombing to appliqué, gardening to stenciled light projections, origami to cross-stitch, miniatures, and book sculpting, Kuittinen takes us far beyond street art in its most widely understood form (graffiti tags)…A solid primer on the subject for both burgeoning artists and fans.”

— Library Journal

“A gorgeous new hardcover. Twenty-eight artists in all are engagingly represented here. A solid, informative overview of the global scene. Lets each artist tell his or her own story among the stunning, often inspirational images of what they've wrought. Street Craft gets our highest recommendation.”

— The Austin Chronicle

“These artists …represent a worthy phenomenon, and Kuittinen smartly gives most of the collection's space over to images and artist statements, providing a number of insights into their practices.”

— Publishers Weekly

“In many jurisdictions, street craft is considered vandalism. Kuittinen's gallery of volunteer art might inspire a more generous appraisal.”

— The Boston Globe

“With detailed photos and personal statements from artists around the globe, even familiar projects …are seen anew in this refreshing, comprehensive look at radical craft practice.”

— American Craft

The Street Photographer's Manual

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“Designed to inspire action rather than merely serve as a how-to guide to urban photography, this manual makes you want to get outside, observe the world differently, and take photos.”

— Virtuoso Life

“Will undoubtedly be helpful to the novice or experienced photographer.”

— Portland Book Review

Street Photography Now

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“Somehow the most compelling street photography remains the kind that allows us to imagine ourselves wandering into the frame.”

— Wall Street Journal

StyleCity New York

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“Super-smart city guides.”

— Esquire

StyleCity guides are indispensable.”

— Town & Country

StyleCity: the destination of choice for the style-conscious traveler.”

— Wallpaper

“Embracing old and new, venturing to Williamsburg, Long Island City and other borough 'hoods: an excellent guide for discovering Gotham.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Gorgeous, ultra visual.”

— Elle Decoration

“For travelers with twenty-first century tastes.”

— Condé Nast Traveler

Subway Art

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“In 1984, Subway Art presented stunning photos of the burgeoning street art movement and the artists who created it. More than 30 years later, this reissue includes over 70 photographs not featured in the original edition and new introductions by both photographers.”

— Library Journal

“Time has not diminished the book's beauty. The chance to view so many classic pieces at an increased size is almost as exciting as the inclusion of more than 70 previously unpublished photographs. The bible of the New York graffiti movement.”

— The Washington Post

The Summer Palaces of the Romanovs: Treasures from Tsarskoye Selo

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“A lustrous album of photographs by Marc Walter… With wise and rapturous commentary…”

— New York Times

“A breathtaking work perfectly balancing informative prose with photos that dazzle the eye”

— The Gilmore Guide to Books

“Even in our age of conspicuous consumption, it’s hard to imagine the grandeur of The Summer Palaces of the Romanovs.”

— Woman Around Town

Surrealism

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“Waldberg sensibly gives the bulk of his space to the actual documents of the movement—the manifestos, the editorials, the outcries. Breton, Desnos, Eluard, Aragon, Ernst—these and others are represented. The pictorial documentation is even more lavish—here are all the major figures connected with the movement, 'taken from the life,' often by the perceptive camera of Man Ray.”

— The Listener

A Sweeper-Up After Artists: A Memoir

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“With candor, elegance, and humor, Sandler beautifully relives in this book what the art world has meant to him over the five decades that he has spent as an on-the-scene scribe.”

— ARTnews

“Sandler gives the reader a real feel for a milieu where art was talked about incessantly, where existential angst and tragic aspirations were almost givens…A tale told with humor, passion and grace.”

— Art in America

“The most informed observer. Our Boswell of the New York scene.”

— Al Held

Television: A Biography

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“The eminent film writer offers a personal celebration of his particular fascinations and a provocative consideration of the ways in which the very mechanics of the medium affect the audience, both as individuals and as a mass culture. Thomson's insights are typically unsparing and acute, and while many of the implications of his argument are troubling, his love and admiration for the best of TV are palpable. A bracing, essential engagement with the ramifications of our lives before the small screen.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“The greatest writer about the big screen has now written a defining book about the small screen.”

— Geoff Dyer

“The eminent film writer offers a personal celebration of his particular fascinations and a provocative consideration of the ways in which the very mechanics of the medium affect the audience, both as individuals and as a mass culture. Thomson's insights are typically unsparing and acute, and while many of the implications of his argument are troubling, his love and admiration for the best of TV are palpable. A bracing, essential engagement with the ramifications of our lives before the small screen.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“The greatest writer about the big screen has now written a defining book about the small screen.”

— Geoff Dyer

“Funny, sarcastic and illuminating.”

— Boston Herald

“One of the great books about television extant. [Thomson] is able to think about the medium provocatively, profoundly and originally. Whether you think of it as a David Thomson book or a book about television is of no matter. Either way, it is a book worth waiting decades for.”

— Buffalo News

“A large, lavishly illustrated, erudite, and richly analytical look at television and its influence. Thomson closely examines the medium's cultural impact by taking a largely thematic approach to revealing just how pervasive it has become in our lives.”

— Booklist

“Thomson has written an enthralling and very necessary book about the complex medium of television [which he] considers almost as a life form. [He] loosely divides his book into McLuhan-esque halves, 'The Medium' and 'The Message,' [but] isn't doctrinaire about his construct, and we're the better for it as he chats away, making thought-provoking and always entertaining observations about television's explosive growth. Thomson has trained his singular vision on the dominant medium of our lives, our constant — if not always welcome — companion, tightening its hold on our culture and our minds with a proliferation of portable screens. What readers will take away [is that] you cannot love television and understand its preeminent role in contemporary life without contrary feelings of resentment, disappointment and even outright hatred.”

— San Francisco Chronicle

“The film critic brings his idiosyncratic, essayistic approach to this volume about the small screen. Don't expect a formal history; Thomson instead bobs and weaves his way through shows and themes, from “The Donna Reed Show” and “I Love Lucy” to “Friends” (“as flimsy and essential as tissue paper”) and “Breaking Bad” (“like a novel by a master storyteller”).”

— Newsday

“A splendid, panoramic, multi-faceted examination of the medium and its messages, spread out from its humble beginnings to its contemporary spot in the 21st century's busy crossroads of high-tech pop culture.”

— Parade.com

“Film critic Thomson turns away from his usual medium of choice, the big screen, and tackles the history of the 'elephant' in our living rooms. This is not an appraisal of hit TV shows and their players, but rather a sharp analysis of its impact on collective consciousness. Thomson provides valuable insight in [this] readable examination of this pervasive medium over the past 60 years.”

— Library Journal

“Absorbing and authoritative… Television: A Biography is a definitive read on the subject of television. It's a majestic book, in its physical shape and the content found inside…a warm, readable account of television's enveloping history. [Thomson] gives us an exquisite account of television's cultural impact, pieced together through cherry-picked shows, stars and genres of the medium. His compact, fluid writing style is at odds with the amount of ideas and concepts he pushes into the reader's view, allowing them to think a little deeper about the cultural implications television often comes with, but always ties together the loose ends into a satisfying conclusion.”

— PopMatters

“Always insightful but never condescending… [A] magisterial survey of English-language television and its impact on both sides of the Atlantic. Whether Thomson is considering black-and-white or multi-colored programs, from today and past decades, embarrassments as well as the best and the brightest, he brings everything he writes about to life with an immediacy and quite outstanding vividness.”

— Washington Times

“Deeply insightful, gracefully written, totally compelling… Plow through this 416-page anthropological monster and you will know all you need to know about the evolution of TV over the last 70 years and—more important—how and why it has assumed such a central position in our lives. Thomson's pricy book is worth it because he thinks differently and has written the real thing when it comes to understanding the 500-pound gator in the room.”

— LA Weekly

“Critic David Thomson offers an intelligent and lively survey of the history of television. The subject of this ambitious study is vast. As of 2015, by Thomson's estimate, some 5,000 years worth of television, from the sublime to the execrable, have unfolded before our eyes. Thomson commands this surfeit of material impressively, and his taste is eclectic. Television: A Biography captures the 'ordinary, casual pleasure to be felt with television,' though it's 'tinged with unease at what the medium has done to us.' Anyone who's been alive in the era of TV would have to concede, as David Thomson eloquently demonstrates here, that its transformational influence on every aspect of life in the United States has been nothing less than profound.”

— Shelf Awareness

“Unlike almost all critics, David Thomson is unafraid to see, to read, to experience or re-experience the story television tells as true history—not a reflection, but a version of what really happened in the world at large, and what may.”

— Greil Marcus

“A panoramic history of television that's full of thoughtfulness, gusto and intelligence. It's also extremely entertaining. At the moment when screens are finally everywhere, David Thomson is out to decide how we salvage excellence from ubiquity.”

— David Hare

“Only a mind as resourceful and clever as David Thomson's would have the courage to try to put his arms around the whole “vast wasteland” of our beloved, hated television and make some idiosyncratic sense of it.”

— Ken Burns

Textiles of the Banjara: Cloth and Culture of a Wandering Tribe

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“the first full volume dedicated to the traditional clothing of the Banjara…. This book presents beautiful, full-color photographs of these exquisite designs, alongside photograph descriptions, cultural and technological research, and historical information.”

— ProtoView

“without doubt one of the best books on the history and techniques of the Banjara designs….must-have for all designers”

— The Washington Bookreview