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Merce Cunningham: Fifty Years
Merce Cunningham
0893816248
September 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
Unlike so many biographies of dance maestros, Merce Cunningham: Fifty Years offers no litany of substance or psychological abuse. The volume, assembled by the archivist of Merce Cunningham's world-renowned U.S. company, records and analyzes Cunningham's work process and documents the provenance of his modern dance classics. Heavily spiced with biographical detail, Merce Cunningham packages the choreographer's life story in a lovely design that respects his whole body and conveys a rare sense of movement in its mass of still photos.

From Library Journal
For over 50 years, modern dancer and choreographer Cunningham (b. 1919) has been creating dances that challenge performers and audiences alike. His remarkable journey of discovery has been marked by four events:...


Never Give Up
Ann M. Hershey
0802602002
Jan 1976
Video
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Merce Cunningham: Fifty Years
David Vaughan
0893818631
May 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Unlike so many biographies of dance maestros, Merce Cunningham: Fifty Years offers no litany of substance or psychological abuse. The volume, assembled by the archivist of Merce Cunningham's world-renowned U.S. company, records and analyzes Cunningham's work process and documents the provenance of his modern dance classics. Heavily spiced with biographical detail, Merce Cunningham packages the choreographer's life story in a lovely design that respects his whole body and conveys a rare sense of movement in its mass of still photos. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal
For over 50 years, modern dancer and choreographer Cunningham (b. 1919) has been creating dances that challenge performers and audiences alike. His...


Never Give Up

0802602010


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In Real Life: Six Women Photographers
Leslie Sills
0823417522
November 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Sills's (Inspirations: Stories About Women Artists) eye-opening introduction to a half-dozen strong, often pioneering women photographers focuses on how their lives, experiences and imaginations influenced their work. At the beginning of the century, Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) staged deliberate and stylized compositions that proved photographs could not only record real life but also "be an artist's creation." (O'Keeffe fans can't help but notice the similarity between Cunningham's photograph Magnolia Blossom, 1925 and the painter's close-ups of flowers; the two artists were contemporaries.) Dorothea Lange's (1895-1965) photographs, on the other hand, were deemed "documentary." Her work chronicling Dust Bowl casualties and the plight of sharecroppers during the Depression precipitated government relief in the...


Imogen Cunningham
Imogen Cunningham
4845708353
Dec 1993
Hardcover
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Book Description
Imogen Cunningham created some of the most revered images in the history of art. This collection of photos from the 1920s and 1930s is held together by Cunningham's powerful sense of form and rhythm. Landscapes, still lifes, and portraits of Alfred Stieglitz, Martha Graham, and Frida Kahlo define the era. Essay by Richard Lorenz. English & Japanese Text.


The Blue Four Collection at the Norton Simon Museum
Vivien Endicott Barnett
0300096356
November 2002
Hardcover
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Choice
"[P]rovides history and documentation essential for understanding the influence of Scheyer, Kandinsky, Klee, Jawlensky, and Feininger on American art."

Book Description
A famous art collector, dealer, and indomitable champion of modern art, Emmy (Galka) Scheyer (1889-1945) is best known as the founder of the Blue Four artists' group, whose members were Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee, Alexei Jawlensky, and Vasily Kandinsky. Through her contacts with the art world in Europe and America, Scheyer acquired a remarkable collection of paintings, works on paper, and sculpture. This book presents almost five hundred items from the collection, reproducing most in full color. It features numerous works by the Blue Four, as well as those by eminent European artists and artists Scheyer knew in...


Frida Kahlo: la gran ocultadora
Frida Kahlo
8475065430
January 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This is an entire book of photographic portraits of Kahlo, not paintings by Kahlo. And she is, from page to page, fascinating. The photographs themselves are beautiful. Sometimes sepia-toned and sometimes in grays, they are given full, sumptuous, captionless pages, and are expertly printed. Kahlo, the artist and self-proclaimed "great concealer," stares at the viewer, challenging or smug, flirtatious or sad-and always blazingly smart. Her work features in some of the backgrounds, as does artwork by Picasso or her spouse Diego Rivera. Often she holds an animal (a rabbit, a dog, a bird) like an attribute, appearing like a saint in a medieval icon painting. An array of pioneering photographers from the beginning of the 20th century made her portrait: Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, as did her...


Frida Kahlo: Portraits of an Icon
Frida Kahlo
8475065643
January 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This is an entire book of photographic portraits of Kahlo, not paintings by Kahlo. And she is, from page to page, fascinating. The photographs themselves are beautiful. Sometimes sepia-toned and sometimes in grays, they are given full, sumptuous, captionless pages, and are expertly printed. Kahlo, the artist and self-proclaimed "great concealer," stares at the viewer, challenging or smug, flirtatious or sad-and always blazingly smart. Her work features in some of the backgrounds, as does artwork by Picasso or her spouse Diego Rivera. Often she holds an animal (a rabbit, a dog, a bird) like an attribute, appearing like a saint in a medieval icon painting. An array of pioneering photographers from the beginning of the 20th century made her portrait: Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, as did her...


Georgia O'Keeffe and the Calla Lily in American Art, 1860-1940
Lynes Barbara Buhler
0300097387
September 2002
Hardcover
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(Choice)
The first major examination of the calla lily as a subject in American art…Beautifully illustrated.

Book Description
During the second half of the nineteenth century, the exotic South African calla lily was introduced in the United States, and it began to appear as a subject in American art. The flower became even more popular with artists after Freud provided a sexual interpretation of its form that added new levels of meaning to depictions of it. The calla lily soon became a recurring motif in works by important painters and photographers, particularly Georgia O'Keeffe, who depicted the flower so many times and in such provocative ways that by the early 1930s she became known as "the lady of the lilies." This gorgeous book features 54 paintings, photographs, and drawings of the...


Quizzical Eye: The Photography of Rondal Partridge
Elizabeth Partridge
1890771570
November 2002
Paperback
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Wayne Thiebaud, artist
"I tip my hat to his extraordinary pictures!" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Daniel Dixon, son of Dorothea Lange
"His passion for photography is unique and incandescent." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Seema's Show: A Life on the Left
Sara Halprin
082633847X
August 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
"This telling of an extraordinary old woman's love affair with the American twentieth century--her unheralded vital place in its art, her delight in its diversity, her lifelong Left activism, eyes-wide-open to both blessings and bummers--is a tonic for existential despair. We need this wonderful book."--Ronnie Gilbert, The Weavers

At seventeen Seema Aissen got her first job drying prints in a photo-finishing lab in Boston and joined the newly-founded Young Communist League; at thirty-three she was hired by Ansel Adams to run his darkroom in Yosemite; at thirty-seven she married the writer Jack Weatherwax and devoted herself to supporting his work; widowed at seventy-nine she began a new life; at ninety-five she had her first photographic exhibit. Sara Halprin began recording interviews with Seema in 1986 and took...



Sunrise to Paradise: The Story of Mount Rainer National Park
Ruth Kirk
029597771X
March 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
This compendium makes a useful addition to the existing canon of personal accounts, age-yellowed histories, and helpful guidebooks to Washington State's Mount Rainier National Park. Kirk, who has written on both nature and history, lived in the park for five years, and has both climbed and circled Rainier. The book ranges widely, if not too deeply, into just about everything to do with a remarkable natural landscape capped by the highest mountain--from its base--in the lower 48 states.

Kirk ably considers all sides of the park: the local animals, the history and nature of volcanic activity, the politics of the name "Rainier," and the environmental changes wrought by a boom in the region's population. In the "Voices of the Mountain" sections of the book, first-person written and photographic accounts of Rainier...


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