Art & Architecture

For the Contemplative Artist

“I have always thought that if you can get the artist to talk directly about his or her work, you are likely to find out more, more rapidly and more memorably, than if you try to write about it yourself or read the opinions of other critics and commentators.” So

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‘Tis the season to get crafty!

What is a printer’s proof and what is it good for? A printers proof is a test print, created to offer a sense for what the final printing of a book will look like.  These are good for catching typos, font issues, and to make sure the art is reproducing

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New Jersey as Non-Site: Roundtable Conversation with the Curator and Princeton University Faculty

New Jersey bears the weight of many stereotypes and prejudices, and sits eternally in the shadow of the famous city to its east, New York.  It might be argued, however, that New Jersey became a state before New York did, when on December 18, 1787 – 226 years ago –

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Test Your Knowledge of Weird American Historical Food Culture to Win Art and Appetite

The exhibition and accompanying book Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine by Judith Barter explore depictions of food in American art. From colonial times to the present day, artists have used food as an entry point from which they could both celebrate and critique society, American values, and

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The Art Department Takes Art and Appetite Home With Delicious Results

A first: we have seized the opportunity to celebrate the publication of one of our art & architecture books with a cooking blog post!  Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine, edited by Judith Barter and accompanying a marvelous exhibition of the same name currently on view at the

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Sneak Peek of Whistler: A Life for Art’s Sake

In March of 2014, we will publish the first biography of James McNeill Whistler in 20 years.  Whistler: A Life for Art’s Sake by Daniel E. Sutherland offers a more human portrait of the artist than ever before published, balancing the popular image of Whistler as a boastful and confrontational

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Mike Hearn and The Met Museum on Ink Art

Beginning this month, we have the privilege of distributing for The Metropolitan Museum of Art a magnificent new book entitled Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China by Maxwell (Mike) Hearn.  The book, and the museum’s exhibition that it accompanies (which opens today!), represent a landmark exploration of contemporary

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Wunderkammer: a Cabinet of Curiosities

Our just-released book Wunderkammer by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien is a gem.  It’s a gem that is filled with gems. It is a gorgeously designed documentation of a project initiated by Williams and Tsien: they invited 42 celebrated architects and designers from around the world to create a personal

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Puzzling Art, an interactive crossword Puzzle

The year is drawing to a close, and excitement is building here over our upcoming spring/summer 2014 season of art and architecture books… clues to the subject matter of a good dozen or so of these terrific forthcoming titles can be found in this post: our first, seasonal art &

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From the Designer’s Desk: Leslie Fitch

Book designers play an indispensable, if sometimes underestimated, role in the process of turning an author’s manuscript into a finished, printed book.  Chip Kidd, in his entertaining and enlightening 2012 TED Talk, says that his job as a book designer is to ask the question, “What do the stories look

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