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50 Greatest Love Letters of All Time
David H. Lowenherz
0517223333
January 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
"The act of writing," proposes Lowenherz, "gives us a chance to reflect in private before exposing our heart." Hence the value of the love letter as an abiding expression of the writer's feelings in all their depth and complexity. A prominent collector and dealer in letters and historical memorabilia, Lowenherz presents letters (or fragments thereof) that collectively express the full range of amorous passion, from blind adoration to angst-ridden vituperation. Included are the romantic outpourings of celebrated writers George Sand, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald whose literary talents make their correspondence a model for any aspiring lover. Perhaps less gifted in their command of language, but certainly no less heartfelt, are selections from such notables as Harry Truman, Abigail...


Frank Stella 1958
Harry Cooper
0300109172
Feb 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
For Frank Stella, 1958 was a crucial year. After graduating from Princeton University, he moved to Manhattan and painted a series of monumental, colorful canvases that culminated in the first of his famous “black paintings.” This fascinating book focuses on the thirty works he painted that year. The paintings reflect his transformation from a student experimenting with abstract expressionism to a highly original artist whose works changed the course of postwar art.
Presenting the entire series of paintings in color for the first time (except lost works known only through black-and-white photographs), this handsome book details the course of Stella’s career in 1958. The authors situate his work in relation to that of Carl Andre, with whom Stella shared studio space that year, and Jasper Johns. Their...


Key West
Stella Cameron
0821765957
May 2000
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Setting: Contemporary Key West, Florida
Sensuality: 7

Sonnie Giacano returns to Key West, Florida, eight months after her tennis-star husband was kidnapped and a devastating car crash stole Sonnie's unborn child and threatened her life. Scarred but determined, Sonnie feels compelled to regain her lost memory of that fateful night. Former police detective Chris Talon, now a private investigator, takes one look at the vulnerable Sonnie and knows he should refuse to help her. But fate has plans for Chris and Sonnie if they can only manage to unravel the complicated skein of secrets that conceal the truth about that horrendous night. Too many people, however, have a vested interest in keeping Sonnie uninformed and they'll stop at nothing, including murder, to ensure that she never learns the truth.

The heat and...



Working Space
Frank D. Stella
0674959612
Oct 1986
Paperback
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From Library Journal
In these Charles Eliot Norton Lectures delivered at Harvard, Stella has produced a critique of abstract painting that starts in the Renaissance and ends with Abstract Expressionism. Caravaggio's brooding chiaroscuro works locate for Stella the beginnings of modern painting. Stella posits these beginnings in Caravaggio's creation of a "working space," an enveloping pictorial space. Stella, an abstract painter himself, takes abstraction to task, but this is lucid, impassioned prodding from the loyal opposition. This is art history and art criticism of a high order, detailed and refreshingly idiosyncratic. Both scholarly and hip, Stella has written a book that reveals the painter's mind and studio, allowing us to see the play of history and vision that goes on within. Highly recommended for specialists and informed...


Marconi
Giancarlo Masini
1568860579
Jan 1999
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A precocious farm boy with a passion for electronics, 21-year-old Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937) carried out the first wireless telegraph transmission in 1895, assuring the birth of radio. The Italian inventor and entrepreneur founded the world's first wireless telegraphy company in London two years later, with a network of stations extending from China to Morocco. First published in Italy in 1976, this admiring biography ably traces Marconi's experiments, his triumphant public demonstrations of radio and the science underlying his inventions. Italian science journalist Masini, who lives in California, is less successful in probing the contradictions of the possessive, absent husband who had numerous affairs, the Italian senator who avowedly hated politics, the tender father who financially cut off the three...


Color Your Own Abstract Art Masterpieces
Muncie Hendler
0486408000
September 1999
Coloring Book
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Book Description
These captivating reproductions of 29 great abstract art masterpieces of the 20th century are irresistible fun for colorists of all ages. The meticulously recreated black-and-white renderings include Frank Stella’s Lac Laronge III, Ad Reinhardt’s Number 30, Helen Frankenthaler’s Indian Summer, and many more. Try your hand at choosing your own palette, or follow the artists’ original schemes (all are shown in full color on the covers). Captions identify each work of art.


Elizabeth Murray
Elizabeth Murray
0870704931
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Elizabeth Murray has radically altered the structure of modernist painting. Her shaped and constructed canvases, often topologically modeled in three dimensions or fitted together out of multiple jigsaw-like parts, treat figure and ground in unprecedented ways, giving the elastic shapes of classic Surrealism a space in their own image. The alternatively comfortable and cataclysmic world that her images depict would crack irrevocably if it followed Euclidean logic; instead; it constantly metamorphoses under stress. With a chaptered essay by Robert Storr, plate section, and in-depth interview, the book will explore Murray's relation to artists such as Joan Miró, Stuart Davis, Claes Oldenburg, and Frank Stella, as well as to the mainstream and opened up options for rising generations. This book accompanies the most...


Off the Wall: A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg
Calvin Tomkins
0312425856
November 2005
Paperback
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Review
"I commend Calvin Tomkins, as Bernard Berenson did Vasari, for 'being a singularly warm, generous, and appreciative critic.'"--The New York Times Book Review

"As chronicler of the avant-garde for The New Yorker, Calvin Tomkins has specialized in rendering the esoteric doings of artists comprehensible."--The Washington Post Book World


Hans Hofmann
James Yohe (Editor)
0847823806
February 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Nature's purpose in relation to the visual arts is to provide stimulus-not imitation....From its ceaseless urge to create springs all Life-all movement and rhythm-time and light, color and mood-in short, all reality in Form and Thought." -Hans Hofmann

This book is the only comprehensive treatment of one of Abstract Expressionism's most important forefathers: Hans Hofmann. Hans Hofmann attends to every stage of his prolific career. Nearly 300 gorgeous color plates reveal this modern master's extraordinary sense of color: beautifully vibrant greens, rich blues and brilliant reds organized in strikingly powerful patterns. Sam Hunter, Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, writes a substantive essay on every aspect of Hofmann's distinguished body of work. Five important essays by the artist himself are...


Machine in the Studio: Constructing the Postwar American Artist
Caroline A. Jones
0226406490
December 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
Taking a fresh look at the art world of the 1960s, Caroline Jones argues that far from the countercultural stance associated with the decade, the artists she examines--including Stella, Warhol, and Smithson--identified their work with postwar industry and corporate culture. Drawing on extensive interviews with artists and their assistants as well as close readings of artworks, Jones explains that much of the major work of the 1960s was compelling precisely because it was central to the visual and economic culture of its time.

"Jones manages to analyze art works in their historical, political, and conceptual context, giving them a thickness of description rarely possible in standard art history. . . . This is one of the best books on the period I have read so far. To paraphrase Clement Greenberg, it gives...


Key West
Stella Cameron
1575664542
August 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Setting: Contemporary Key West, Florida
Sensuality: 7

Sonnie Giacano returns to Key West, Florida, eight months after her tennis-star husband was kidnapped and a devastating car crash stole Sonnie's unborn child and threatened her life. Scarred but determined, Sonnie feels compelled to regain her lost memory of that fateful night. Former police detective Chris Talon, now a private investigator, takes one look at the vulnerable Sonnie and knows he should refuse to help her. But fate has plans for Chris and Sonnie if they can only manage to unravel the complicated skein of secrets that conceal the truth about that horrendous night. Too many people, however, have a vested interest in keeping Sonnie uninformed and they'll stop at nothing, including murder, to ensure that she never learns the truth.

The heat and...


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