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The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice: The Stories of Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse and Peggy Guggenheim

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“A breathtaking social portrait, peeling the glitter from privileged lives even as it fleshes out the spectacle they created.”

— The Washington Post

The Unfinished Palazzo tells the stories of notoriously eccentric women: the Marchesa Luisa Casati, from Milan, a champion exhibitionist who considered her life (and especially her person) to be a work of art; Doris, Lady Castlerosse, an Englishwoman whose lovers included both Winston Churchill and his son, Randolph; and finally [Peggy] Guggenheim, the American art patron who bequeathed the mansion to her family's foundation as a museum of modern art. … Their life stories are flashy, a kaleidoscope of bad marriages, bad divorces, Fortuny dresses, outlandish costume parties, fashionable portraits, excessive champagne, famous lovers, pickup lovers, alienated children and overlapping celebrity acquaintances. … In more enlightened times these women might have had solid accomplishments…but Mackrell's documentation of their relentless self-absorption and unfiltered vanity argues against it.”

— The New York Times Book Review

“Skillfully weaves historical details into absorbing biographical profiles while also capturing the charm of Venice… Mackrell explores [the] eventful lives [of] three remarkable women [who] differed in many ways, but points out their similarities in motivation, independence, daring unconventionality, and historic roles in Venice and social culture. Her astute commentary is particularly illuminating, enlarging the reader's understanding of these individuals and the larger framework of their worlds. Well-chosen photographs and comprehensive notes and bibliography enhance the volume.”

— Library Journal

“Thoughtful, gracefully written and engaging… Like Paris, Venice is a subject rife with cliché. Ms. Mackrell sidesteps this pitfall by focusing on one tiny part of the city. By book's end, the complexly fated, much-altered Venier comes to seem a mirror of its occupants. Self-­realization is often bound up with real estate, and rarely more so than at the palazzo non finito.”

— The Wall Street Journal

Unspoken Spaces

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“Informative, richly illustrated… One of the contributions of this book is to show how intensely and creatively the artist and his team worked together. It’s also noteworthy for illuminating his signature achievement: translating challenging and highly abstract ideas about design, architecture, and space into physical manifestations that deeply engage viewers.”

— Library Journal

“Eliasson’s own words as well as in-depth descriptions accompany photographs of each project, while essays by renowned geologists, historians, architects, artists, and philosophers enrich our understanding of his multifaceted practice.”

— Public Art Review

Untamed Encounters: Contemporary Jewelry from Extraordinary Gemstones

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“Antiques dealer Mimi Lipton spent years living every jeweler's dream: traveling the world and collecting gemstones…Will fire your clients' imagination.”

— InStore

“It's easy to get lost in the heart of this book—the lush, full-page photography of Lipton's jewelry…[A] treasure trove of jewelry inspiration.”

— Art Jewelry

Verve: The Sound of America

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“Richard Havers focuses on key acts like Charlie Parker as well as lesser-knowns.”

— Billboard

“One of the more engrossing books on the history of jazz record labels…does admirable work in exploring segregation and racial tension and provides brisk profiles of the generations of artists who recorded for the label.”

— Sunday Denver Post

“A lovely and solid coffee table book…Would make a great gift for anyone who likes jazz.”

— The Nation

“Havers documents and illustrates the history of one of our finest record labels.”

— Broadway World

“Will appeal to anyone interested in mainstream jazz and the graphic art that is spawned.”

— Library Journal

“Well worth acquiring for the priceless photos.”

— LA Jazz Scene

“[A] glorious volume commemorating one of the premier record companies of jazz from its founding by one of the great impresarios of jazz, Norman Granz.”

— Jazzhouse Diaries

“Gives an in-depth overview and has interesting photographs throughout.”

— DurhamRegion.com

“A fitting tribute. Beautifully written and illustrated, it …offers a fascinating glimpse into American musical culture.”

— KCRW FM: Rhythm Planet

“From the label that signed America’s jazz legends in the ‘50s and ‘60s, a look at the music, its stars and its continuing influence.”

— People

“If someone made an important contribution to jazz, they were probably signed by Verve…How there’s a new book by Richard Havers, ‘Verve: The Sound of America’ …which explores its rich heritage in vivid photographs and illustrations.”

— Women's Wear Daily

“A magnificent new release documenting the history of one of America’s greatest record labels…Verve: The Sound of America captures the spirit of jazz, a quintessentially American genre of music…for any fan of jazz music who would undoubtedly spend hours on end poring over this voluminous delight.”

— Hip Hop is Read

“Record covers are only a portion of VERVE: The Sound of America …but the collection hits all the right notes. It’s a fascinating portrait of [founder Norman] Granz, who fought a war against segregation through music, and of Verve artists. The studio and documentary photographs are a draw, but nothing can beat the covers for eye appeal.”

— Steven Heller The New York Times Book Review

“Look[s] at Granz’s—and Verve’s—musical legacy.”

— DownBeat

“Every jazz fan will love having Verve: The Sound of America (Thames & Hudson, 2013), or the newly released Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression (Thames & Hudson/Chronicle Books, 2014)…Celebrating the jazz masterpieces that came wrapped in cellophane, carefully placed in bins, ready to give our lives pleasure and joy, these books are reminders of the greatness of our musical heritage and the wonderful teams of talented people who made our recording industry the best of all time.”

— Jazz Police

Victor Horta: The Architect of Art Nouveau

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“Belgian architect Victor Horta's (1861-1947) dynamic approach to design, form, materials, and sense of movement revolutionized architecture and propelled it into the realm of art nouveau… Visually stunning and exciting. Recommended for architecture and decorative arts collections.”

— Library Journal

Victorian Painting

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“Takes readers into the realm of the Victorian era as reflected by the art it produced.”

— Antique Monthly

“Well-written in a lucid style, richly illustrated.”

— Victorian Studies

Vincent van Gogh: The Letters: The Complete Illustrated and Annotated Edition

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“The most important art publication of 2009, if not of the decade.”

— Financial Times

“This could be the best autobiography of an artist yet to appear anywhere.”

— The Economist

“Has a depth that would not exist were this a collection of only images or only words. This could be the best autobiography of an artist yet to appear anywhere.”

— The Economist

“A massive work of scholarship as well as a visual delight.”

— Sunday Telegraph [UK]

“Twenty years worth of his letters, published in a spectacular illustrated six-volume edition are the longest, warmest, most attentive account of an artist’s life seen from the inside that has ever been.”

— New Yorker

“The greatest cache of writing about art left behind by any artist. Intense, relentless, gossipy, utterly fascinating.”

— The Sunday Times [London]

“With his words and visions united in all their blazing intensity, this momentous edition at last completes the palette of Vincent's double art.”

— The Independent [UK]

“It is certainly one of the best art books I’ve ever read and the only one I would truly say today, at this moment, is truly indispensable”

— Modern Painters

“With the publication of this monumental six-volume edition of his letters, Vincent van Gogh is fully revealed as a supreme writer-painter…. This collection is definitive.”

— ARTnews

“A richly annotated and illustrated six-volume compendium… Each letter is newly transcribed, painstakingly retranslated without adornment or amendment, and in some case redated in accordance with new research.”

— The Wall Street Journal

“A fabulous six-volume hardcover edition of the artist’s complete surviving correspondence…. They are like snapshots of his creative process, and they are all produced in the six volumes, along with family photographs, maps of the artist’s whereabouts from year to year, and reproductions of art, by himself and others, that he refers to in the letters…. Worth every penny and hard-to-lift pound.”

— New York Times

“A compelling chronicle of the artist’s innermost thoughts…. Art enthusiasts can ponder the deep words and complicated constructions of each and every letter, including van Gogh’s final testament, which was found in his pocket the day he shot himself in the chest and consequently dies two days later…. Beyond the aesthetic elegance of each handwritten letter lies the documented expression of one of the world’s most loved artists. In van Gogh’s world penmanship was a virtue, words were elocuted with care and sentences, skillfully structured.  The Letters provide a unique glimpse into another era and another time.”

— Zink

Vincent's Portraits: Paintings and Drawings by van Gogh

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“Skea, an artist and author of a number of books on the man he prefers to call Vincent, follows van Gogh, as he moves from locale to locale, meticulously recording his experiences and emotions in the extensive correspondence with his brother, Theo… Skea uses several quotes from the vast correspondence to create a human connection of the feelings and thoughts that lay behind the massive output… Written with care and affection.”

— Library Journal

Virginia Woolf

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“Will appeal to newcomers and acolytes alike.”

— USATODAY.com

“The accessibility of this study is grounded upon authentic research and suffused with a lovely literary sensibility.”

— Historian

“This volume is sure to delight both the newbie and seasoned Woolf scholar. Summing Up: Highly recommended.”

— Choice

“Handsomely illustrated and beribboned, Harris’s little volume is a miracle of clarity and concision, and an example of the brief life at its best.”

— The Washington Post

“…Harris offers not only summations, but also invaluable nuanced insights about things that Woolf scholars have either missed or neglected—and always with a striking clarity, avoiding the abstruse and abstract.”

— Choice

“Harris has accomplished the most triumphant biography of Woolf yet…. with an eagle-eye toward clarity, readability, and conciseness”

— Virginia Woolf Miscellany

Voyages of Discovery

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“The illustrations are profuse and of great interest … . this volume offers a good overview of the Age of Exploration for first-year history students.”

— Choice

VU: The Story of a Magazine

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“Represents the burgeoning of passion for photographic imagery that would affect human communication well into the future…sensational, graphic, beautiful, and horrifying”

— Rangefinder

The Wallpaper Book

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“In this beautifully produced, lushly illustrated, and energetically composed visual cultural history, French journalist Brunet explores the rich artistic, design, and social value of wallpaper.”

— Publishers Weekly

Warehouse Home: Industrial Inspiration for Twenty-First-Century Living

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“As much a dazzling celebration of global industrial heritage as it is a look-book for anyone planning to outfit a new space with a nod to a simultaneously gritty and sleek aesthetic… Bush showcases the architectural features of warehouses and factories—columns, beams, concrete, doors, windows and more—illustrating how architects and homeowners have incorporated these into modern living spaces the world over.”

— Susannah Felts BookPage

“This well-illustrated volume with its close investigation of an array of warehouse spaces provides a wealth of ideas for those interested in this style. Bush examines 18 residences, explaining how the architects, designers, and residents have converted the spaces to suit their lifestyle.”

— Library Journal

Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes

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“An important contribution to the field…A readable, informative assessment of the Wari and their art.”

— Choice

“Informative essays …put flesh on this long-lost race, accompanied by crisp four-color photography…[A] wonderful reference that will be a valuable resource in any library.”

— Antiques & The Arts Weekly

“Perfect for: art history buffs, Latin American studies majors and lovers of ancient folk art.”

— The Huffington Post

“Stunning…By incorporating a wide variety of Wari arts from the figural to the abstract, and across media, the catalogue presents Wari art as a totality. The lavish illustrations, most of which are in full color, provide a visual database from which trends emerge, an internal logic coalesces, and the Wari become more understandable. Despite the lack of monumental forms, Wari artwork does not lack sophistication, and its influence ran deep.”

— caa.reviews (College Art Association)

Weatherland: Writers & Artists Under English Skies

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“[An] edifying and rigorous tour of English literature and painting in terms of its depiction of weather. [Harris] is a brilliant guide and makes a persuasive case for examining how art looks at the skies. With her keen eye for detail and astonishing ability to trace connections, Harris will change how readers view their relationships to art and the world around them. The sumptuous reproductions of artworks are worth the price of admission all by themselves.”

— Publishers Weekly

“My thinking about people and weather has been inspired from the first by Virginia Woolf,” writes Harris, whose Romantic Moderns won the Guardian First Book Award in 2010. In Weatherland, Harris captures the moods and influence of weather from Roman Britain to today's climate change in lyrical prose that slides easily from historic moments to 21st Century insights. She gives us Tacitus, writing “the climate is foul, with frequent rains and mists,” and Beowulf's “wild weather”. She traces the influence and revelations of weather through the work of artists and writers like Daniel Defoe, “cataloguer of the storm-strewn world”, who wrote his first book about a devastating 1703 hurricane, and Charlotte Brontë, who “breathed the lightning of Wuthering Heights with a sense of awe”. Weatherland is swift moving and brilliantly written.”

— BBC.com

“Fascinating… An ambitious, sweeping survey of British art and literature as seen through the lens of clouds, skies, sunshine and drizzle. Carrying her immense knowledge lightly, never emerging as didactic or pedantic, [Alexandra Harris] takes us across sodden fields and frosty meadows, through thick mist—and into the English mind. Harris collects examples everywhere—from plays and architecture, from poems and elegies and paintings, but also from diaries and letters. She's a nonpareil guide and Weatherland is a great achievement, wide-ranging but not confusing, packed with details yet clearly focused [and] with more than 60 well-integrated illustrations the book is also beautifully produced.”

— The New York Times Book Review

“Fascinating…. Harris traces the way we describe the weather because those descriptions become our metaphors: sunny gloomy, cloudy, cold, bitter—a lexicon that is as much about ourselves as it is the weather we inhabit”

— Art Desk

“[The book] is beautifully produced, with scores of crisp, evocative illustrations.… her commentary… is unfailingly brilliant and revealing….an utterly superb, enchanting work”

— Choice

What's inside?: See-through pages and magic surprises!

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“A high-interest, fun-loving picture book designed to get children to put their thinking caps on.”

— New York Journal of Books

“Curious youngsters will spend many pleasurable hours on these ‘see-through pages and magic surprises.’”

— Woman Around Town

“Questions .  . . cue kids to lift the page to the light, where the answer , drawn on the backing page, shines through.”

— FamilyFun