Art & Architecture

Design from the History of Coffee and Tea

The persistently low temperatures and snow accumulations this winter have had all of us in New Haven, and many of our friends, family, and acquaintances across the US, considering the merits of hibernation. Blazing fireplaces, wool blankets, and warm beverages are the enduring basics in winter weather survival. The Chinese

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National Pie Day Announcement: Art and Appetite Winners

In honor of National Pie Day, we’d like to take a moment to congratulate the five winners of our American culinary history quiz!  Jennifer A., Ilya K,. Kevin J., Claudia D., and Yayoi S. were the first five contestants to answer all of the questions correctly.  We hope you enjoy

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From the Designer’s Desk: Luke Bulman

The talented and witty Luke Bulman is the director of Thumb, a Brooklyn-based graphic design firm with a focus on architecture, art, design, and culture.  He’s also the latest subject in our illuminating series of blog posts featuring book designers. 1. Why did you pursue design, rather than, say, painting

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Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt

Among our March releases this year is an enchanting book entitled Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt, edited by Veronica Roberts and including essays by Lucy R. Lippard, Veronica Roberts, and Kirsten Swenson.  The book celebrates the close friendship that Hesse and LeWitt formed between the late 1950s and

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Dream Lina Bo Bardi Bowl Chair Contest Winners

Back in November, we gave our readers the chance to win a copy of our handsome new publication Lina Bo Bardi by Zeuler Lima by describing their dream Bardi bowl chair and telling us where the chair would be placed, and what they’d be reading while nestled comfortably in its concavity. 

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The Itinerant Languages of Photography: Exhibition Preview

The Itinerant Languages of Photography, an ambitious exhibition in its final week at the Princeton University Art Museum, examines photography’s capacity to circulate across time and space as well as across other media, such as art, literature, and cinema.  In the eloquent Introduction to the captivating accompanying book, Eduardo Cadava

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Movie Murderers wearing Checks and Plaids, From the Author of Dressing Dangerously

Our recently-published book Dressing Dangerously, by Jonathan Faiers, is the first book to examine film costume beyond gender studies, beyond star/designer alliance. By focusing on “dysfunctional” representations of dress (think Marlene Dietrich’s blood-stained Dior dress in Hitchcock’s Stage Fright), Jonathan shows another dimension to the emotional bond between viewer and

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On Creating Facture, the National Gallery of Art’s New Conservation Journal: Privileged Intimacy with Great Works

Daphne Barbour and Melanie Gifford–   Those of us who spend our time closely studying works of art know that shiver of recognition: the moment we realize that we’re looking through the microscope at fingerprints—Jan van Eyck’s?—tapped into wet paint almost 600 years ago. It feels as though we’re looking

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Sneak Peek from Stephen Houston, The Life Within: Classic Maya and the Matter of Permanence

In March, we will publish a groundbreaking new book about Maya animism and how their belief system informed their choices in and uses of artistic materials.  Renowned Mayanist scholar Stephen Houston provides startling insights into a Pre-Columbian worldview that dramatically contrasts with western perspectives.  The following excerpt delves into the

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Antonio Berni’s Fictional Portraits: An Adapted Excerpt from the Exhibition Catalogue

The current Museum of Fine Arts, Houston exhibition, Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona, focuses on the Argentinian artist Antonio Berni (1905–1981) and specifically on the assemblages to which he devoted 15 of the last years of his life and career.  These works tell the life stories of two characters of

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