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Who's the Biggest?

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“Bold pictures and simple language help beginning readers (or wannabe readers) discover the answer to the title question… Chedru tucks an additional lesson into her simple concept with the use of various evocative verbs… Perfectly targeted to preschoolers.”

— Kirkus Reviews

Why Don't Fish Drown?: And other vital questions about the animal kingdom

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“Children love to ask questions nonstop, so this new and colorful picture book by Anna Clayborne called Why Don’t Fish Drown? should be a welcome addition to the family library. It covers just about every head-scratching, thought-provoking and even somewhat-silly question our child could ever ask about natural history and animals in the animal kingdom.”

— Picture Book Depot

Why Fashion Matters

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“More than an industry primer …offers a thoughtful and learned portrait of fashion and its effect on the world.”

— Publishers Weekly

“A wise and compelling book.”

— Library Journal

Why is Art Full of Naked People: And other vital questions about art

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“The title alone is enough to hook browsers. Hodge uses high-level questions about famous and lesser-known works of art to provoke critical thinking about a variety of artists and their creations. Comedic cartoon guides help point out some of the concepts mentioned in the text, while the questions allow students to make the reading experience their own. [A] colorful romp through the art world.”

— School Library Journal

“With a playful, casual tone, this informative introduction to art history will encourage plenty of readers to approach museum visits with more confidence…Hodges tackles a broad range of topics. Each chapter includes a few reproduction of pieces, all paired with brief, lighthearted paragraphs offering descriptions and helpful content. The scope and diversity of her selections is pleasantly vast: she includes everything from ancient cave murals to contemporary installations and everything in-between.”

— Booklist

“Lively in design, with reproduced artworks, doodles and variegated text… A chatty discussion of art and its meanings, both commercial and cultural.”

— The Wall Street Journal

Wild Land

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“A whopper of a book, beginning with a stunning frontispiece of countless penguins associating in the Antarctic… This book…gives me the most hope. The authors had to travel to the farthest corners of the earth to find the bounty, vitality and ferocity of a natural world still struggling with each day's merciful rising and setting.”

— The New York Times Book Review

William Helburn: Seventh and Madison: Mid-Century Fashion and Advertising Photography

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“Anyone interested in the postwar New York advertising circles portrayed in ‘Mad Men’ will find delight in William Helburn’s upcoming book ‘Seventh and Madison.’ The photographer, whose images appeared in the pages of magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Life, had an obvious sense of humor and adventure.”

— T: The New York Times Style Magazine

“Celebrates [Helburn’s] out of the box approach advertising approach.”

— BLOUIN Lifestyle

“Part of what makes ‘Seventh and Mad’ —which charts the seismic shift from the demure Eisenhower era to the increasingly freewheeling ‘60s—such fun is discovering what’s still in (Coca-Cola, animal prints, eyeliner, lots of eyeliner) and out (smoking, plush thighs). Some of the best pictures, however, aren’t ads or fashion shots but celebrity portraits, like Helburn’s black-and-white study of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in nourish Times Square for a 1960 issue of Town & Country.”

— WAG

“This collection is peerless.”

— The Society Diaries

“He shot Tippi Hedren lying on an ironing board on Seventh Avenue, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward on stools as traffic whizzed by in the middle of Broadway…”

— The New York Post: Page Six

Mad-Men era fashion and advertising photographs.”

— VanityFair.com

“[Helburn] was an accomplished contemporary of the masters Avedon and Penn, specializing in his own sophisticated take on New York fashion. His particular gift was in presenting his models within a larger urban landscape…His fashion work was playful and vivid. Some of the advertising photography is dated, but the best pictures here recall a time when even the most elegant fashion was somehow earthbound, before the overuse of Photoshop began digitally carving models into alien beings. A series of picture with actress Sharon Tate for Esquire in 1967 and 1968 capture a stylish revolution in primary colors before the era went dark.”

— The Los Angeles Times

“A treasure for those who consider themselves fashion-obsessed…Helburn was to photography and fashion what Steve McQueen was to acting and Hollywood.”

— New York Journal of Books

“Helburn is now getting the recognition he deserves…A very compelling book.”

— Rebeat

“With his penchant for shock value, Helburn became a leading photographer for many of New York’s top ad agencies in the 1950s and ’60s…Robert Lilly and Lois Allen Lilly’s ‘Seventh and Madison’ offers an in-depth look at the photographer’s life and work.”

— The Boston Globe

“Helburn’s photographic gift was to juxtapose high sophistication with a stylized urban setting. One look at Dovima under the El and now you know who took the picture. But he didn’t ossify: in the late 1960s and early '70s his work became more natural, direct, and overtly sexual. He moved with the times.”

— Design Observer

“Not only a testament to the man and his talent but helps preserve an important part of fashion and advertising photography. The clothes, the models, the settings recall a time of creativity and fun.”

— Passport

“Introduc[es] this key character of a long gone era, in which the United States lived what was probably the most exciting and innovative time in advertising. Helburn [made] images that were outside the box and popped from the pages of the magazines and billboards, bringing new excitement to the ads he was hired to shoot.”

— The Huffington Post

William Kentridge: Fortuna

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“One of the most tough-minded and poetic artists of our time, Kentridge is well served by this handsome summary of his work to date.”

— The Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Fortuna …takes a determinedly artist-focused approach. Featuring a number of insightful commentaries by Kentridge …the book is organized around his intuitive studio method of 'directed' discovery or 'fortuna'.”

— BOMB

“Kentridge is a bottomless well of philosophical speculation and image creation whose commentaries provide a primer on how one of the most significant artists alive conceives and creates.”

— ARTPHAIRE

“This first major monograph on the widely acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge brings together nearly 200 of his works made between 1989 and 2012.”

— Art New England

“A ‘must’ for any interested in Kentridge’s creations.”

— The Midwest Book Review

“Tone brings together the subtext behind the approximately 200 pieces depicted in the exhibition, describing Kentridge’s artistic process and personal history.”

— Protoview

Window-Shopping through the Iron Curtain

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“Space is taken up with a sad-looking vase of plastic flowers, or an elaborate swoosh of drapery. Everything looks both overly bright and covered in dust. These shop windows are informative, but they are not seductive. And to those of us living in this consumer-driven society, that in itself is fascinating.”

— Star Tribune

“This is one of those books which affirms the occasional power of images over even the most thoughtful worlds. The 176 photographs …speak out so loudly and clearly here…Without being repetitive, they manage to produce a holistic portrait of a society of privation.”

— The Washington Times

“His photos capture a world on the brink of collapse, one in which a strange blend of Communism and consumerism converge.”

— Wired.com

“There's an undeniable wistfulness to the collection of images. It might raise some sense of guilt for us privileged Westerners, but perhaps we might find something quaint in the windows' minimalism and homely design, their lack of urgency.”

— American Photo

“As the Soviet Union and its satellite states were crumbling, David Hlynsky took a novel approach to documenting the monumental changes…The 176 photographs in the book—of hair salons, toy stores, bookstores, art galleries, restaurants—offer a nostalgic look at a lost world.”

— John McMurtrie San Francisco Chronicle

“David Hlynsky's brief remarks on the opening pages of Window-Shopping Through the Iron Curtain—a beautifully made hardcover book featuring brilliant, sharp photographic prints—are nothing less than brilliant.”

— Boing Boing

“A heroic endeavor, both historically and artistically…The images are simple and respectful; they are of a piece with the poignant austerity of their subject matter. They are also artful: cleverly framed, and hip to the play of reflections and angles. Hlynsky caught that moment when the tectonic plates of the late twentieth century were shifting and the Cold War was ending. These windows, retrospectively picturesque, are the vestiges of a lost utopian ideology.”

— Design Observer

Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader

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“Readers will be delighted by this opportunity to watch Nochlin’s ideas advance over the decades…Nochlin is far from a one-note theorist; her concerns are varied and her thinking incisive.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Nochlin writes with a dazzling mix of erudition and candor, but what’s most remarkable about her work is that it’s driven by an exhaustive investigation as to why and how certain artworks have been meaningful to her. Meditations on fashion, exclusion, decoration, bodies and touch run throughout Nochlin’s work. Ideas arrived at through scholarship recur in personal correspondence and anecdote. None of these essays seem dated. An inventor of feminist art history, Nochlin took the ’60s precept that ‘the personal is political’ to heart, but it’s her commitment to clarity, investigation and active thought that makes her work so contemporary today.”

— The New York Times Book Review

“Perhaps the best introduction to art historical analysis on the ‘social construction’ of the women artist, Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader is also an outstanding overview of feminist art practice since the 1970s … an essential resource and a pleasure to read.”

— Women's Art Journal

Wonders of World Architecture

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“Knowledgeably compiled and expertly edited by professional architect and experienced city planner Neil Parkyn, Wonders of World Architecture is more than just a beautifully illustrated global survey of architectural constructions, it is also an informed and informative text book that addresses a host of fascinating architecturally themed questions and issues…enthusiastically recommended.”

— Midwest Book Review

The World New Made: Figurative Painting in the Twentieth Century

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“Artist and writer Timothy Hyman reappraises 20th-century figurative painting in relation to the hegemony of abstraction and new idioms for human-centered works. Original in its presentation, this publication may be of considerable interest to students, scholars, and others who possess a basic to intermediate knowledge of the subject and the period’s artistic movements and intellectual history.”

— Library Journal

The World of King Arthur

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“The quality of the illustrations is uniformly first rate, and their generous use, along with Professor Snyder’s clear prose, makes this an important addition to the libraries of specialists and generalists alike…We are all in Professor Snyder’s debt for his contribution of such an important and useful study of the Arthuriad.”

— Arthuriana

World Press Photo 14

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“Sweeping images range over the destruction wrought by disasters such as a typhoon in the Philippines and the collapse of an eight-story garment factory in Bangladesh. Elsewhere in the book …Egyptian bodybuilders pose with their mothers and a synchronized swimmer creates a sparkling swirl of water droplets.”

— The Boston Globe

World Press Photo 16

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“a collection of the most powerful and poignant images from photojournalists and documentary photographers from around the world that have garnered attention and praise”

— NY Journal of Books