Sneak Peeks

Exploring the Visual Culture of Mortality in Renaissance Europe

Happy Halloween!  Here’s an illustrated excerpt from the new book, The Ivory Mirror by Stephen Perkinson, which accompanies an outstanding exhibition at the Bowdoin College Art Museum. Memento Mori… …literally translated as “remember [that you are] to die,” a set of words, a picture, or an object that functioned as a

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The Modern Experience of Surfaces (sneak peek)

This summer, Yale University Press is delighted to publish a smart book about the transformation of photography and the visual arts around the year 1968.  The book is The Recording Machine: Art and Fact During the Cold War; in it, author Joshua Shannon explains what he calls “factualism,” the tendency

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Going on Holiday? (Lee Friedlander Has Some Suggestions)

Forthcoming in October is a monumental and magnificent book of photography published by the Yale University Art Gallery: Western Landscapes by legendary American photographer Lee Friedlander (b. 1934). Friedlander is arguably most famous for his images of people, but this compilation features more than 175 images of the landscape of the western

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Michael Fried: Toward a Post-Caravaggio Pictorial Poetics

This summer, we’re delighted to publish a new book by the esteemed art critic and historian Michael Fried.  The beautifully illustrated new book, After Caravaggio, combines an accessible account of works by Bartolomeo Manfredi, Valentin de Boulogne, Nicolas Tournier, Nicolas Régnier, and a young Jusepe de Ribera with a detailed case study

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Black Mountain College: A Progressive Education

The “landmark,” “deeply researched,” “curatorial triumph” of an  exhibition Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College, 1933-1957 opens today, February 21st, at UCLA’s Hammer Museum, having finished its successful run at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.  It “is a show not only every art-school student in this region

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Sneak peek: Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America

The recent coverage of artist Ai Weiwei’s planned use of Legos in an artwork about free speech to be included in the exhbition “Andy Warhol / Ai Weiwei” at the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia (book forthcoming early next year) has sensitized us to other examples of the play blocks’

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Sneak peek: On becoming an art collector, from an interview with Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner

For more than 30 years, Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner have devoted themselves to contemporary art, and through their passion and acumen have assembled an extraordinary collection. This fall, the Whitney Museum of American Art is publishing a handsome, illustrated volume that is the first to document the collection

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Sneak peek: Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957

For your reading pleasure (and it is a pleasure): a sneak preview of an exciting, forthcoming book by Helen Molesworth, chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.  The book, Leap Before You Look, is a dynamic new look at the legendary Black Mountain College, a major incubator

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Sneak Peek: David Getsy’s Abstract Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender

David Getsy’s new book, Abstract Bodies, is eye-opening; by applying the field of transgender studies to the discipline of art history, he offers a new and revelatory approach to long-standing debates around abstraction and figuration in 1960s art. The book focuses on works by four major artists: Dan Flavin, Nancy Grossman,

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Sneak Peek: Mark Rothko: From the Inside Out by Christopher Rothko

We’re delighted to share a sneak peek at a moving, enlightening, and important book we’re publishing this November: Christopher Rothko’s Mark Rothko: From the Inside Out. Below is an excerpt from one of the book’s 18 essays, a piece entitled “Ceci n’est pas un frigo.” “Refrigerators! Big, squashy refrigerators,” my

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