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Japanese Art

978-0-500-20425-2

“Covers the prehistoric period through Japan today and seeks to capture the essence of Japanese culture, which embraces balance, harmony, humor, and human imperfection. [Stanley-Baker] aims to communicate the sense of union between the art and the artist, as well as the ability of Japanese art and culture to absorb the ideas and influences of other cultures into its own.”

— Protoview

Japonisme and the Rise of the Modern Art Movement: The Arts of the Meiji Period

978-0-500-23913-1

“Lavish.”

— The Minneapolis Star Tribune

“These beautiful objects certainly reflect the process by which Western artists derived inspiration from the material culture of Japan.”

— Art Eyewitness

“Accessible to general readers who will be drawn by the attractive book design and abundant photographs of the best examples of Meiji craft arts.”

— ProtoView

“An extremely thorough study of the influences of Japanese art from the Meiji period…Highly recommended.”

— Choice

Jasper Johns: Pictures within Pictures, 1980-2015

978-0-500-23971-1

“One of “The Best Art Books of 2017”

— The New York Times

“The richness of the subject is demonstrated by lavish color photographs, and a text that provides new access to Mr. Johns’s often hermetic themes.”

— The New York Times

“A comprehensive study of Johns's art since 1980… Donovan draws on a review of his works and conversations with the artist to explore the broad complexity of his art. Full-color images are featured throughout. [Recommended] for anyone interested in modern art.”

— Library Journal

Jean Despres: Jeweler, Maker, and Designer of the Machine Age

978-0-500-51478-8

“The 234 high-quality color illustrations are interspersed with another 100 black-and-white images of Després in his studio and some of the original images from catalogs and exhibitions… This will be appealing to artists and collectors equally for the visual material, while the text will be valuable for historians of art and design.”

— Library Journal

“Lavishly illustrated…. Boasts a number of original photographs”

— France

“Anyone with an interest in jewelry history will appreciate this book.”

— The Jewelry Appraise

Jeff Koons: Conversations with Norman Rosenthal

978-0-500-09382-5

“Provides a revealing portrait of Koons’ singular personality and artistic vision as he discusses works across his 35-year career.”

— Antiques and the Arts Weekly

“Here is a chance to learn what the artist himself thinks he is up to. More casual readers will enjoy browsing through both the conversations and the images, getting to know the thoughts of a favorite contemporary artist in his own words that are easy to dip into or to consider more seriously.”

— Library Journal

“Much has been and will be written about Koons, but there's nothing like the artist's own words…to inform our perspective on his work…Clever, slick, and mesmerizing.”

— Booklist

“The most revealing portrait yet of Koons's singular personality and artistic vision.”

— Examiner.com

Jerry Dantzic: Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: With a reflection by Zadie Smith

978-0-500-54465-5

“This coffee table book features 100 photos and beautifully captures Holiday on a cigarette-hazed bandstand, wearing a bare-shouldered, sequined dress, performing songs such as ‘Fine and Mellow,’ ‘Don’t Explain,’ and ‘Strange Fruit.’ Taken one year after the publication of her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues, and two years before her untimely death at age 44, the photos reveal a deeply personal and vibrant side of Holiday. Also included are…extensive technical photography notes by Jerry Dantzic’s son, Grayson, who is a photo archivist [and] a moving essay by novelist Smith.”

— Publishers Weekly

Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill adds a quiet new dimension to the story we thought we knew about Holiday. With Jerry Dantzic, she revealed homier sides of her life which needed no explanations and invited no judgments: at home with her husband or her dog, or visiting her co-author and her godchild. In these images and in Mr. Dantzic's performance shots, she is not the tragic torch singer of myth but a middle-aged woman finding simple comforts from the maelstrom, no longer as sharp in her voice but undiminished in her ability to command a stage.”

— New York Times' Lens

“Dantzic’s high-contrast, black-and-white images of the singer on stage are powerful and iconic and reveal an artist truly in her element. Zadie Smith opens this collection with a reflection inspired by the photographs, an evocative stream-of-consciousness prose poem that suggests the mindset of Lady Day.”

— Booklist

“A sleek coffee table book of photographs, many never seen before, [that] is a reminder that between the fame and the infamy, normal life happens. It’s the everyday nature of these black-and-white photographs that makes them so unusual. [Billie] Holiday is pictured walking into the club before a performance; putting on her makeup in front of a dressing room mirror; being licked on the cheek by her Chihuahua; holding her blond-haired godson in her arms; or leaning over a pan in her friend’s kitchen. British novelist Zadie Smith, who sang jazz before she began publishing fiction, provides a curious introduction to the book: a short story written from Holiday’s point of view.”

— The Washington Post

“Recommended for photography enthusiasts, fans of Holiday, and jazz history buffs. Dantzic's intimate portraits honor this period in Holiday' life, just two years before her untimely death at age 44. Often shooting indoors and with a slow shutter, he captures a good deal of motion blur that give the images a gritty look and feel. When Holiday is performing, Dantzic frequently shoots from a low vantage point to emphasize her larger-than-life stature. Dantzic also provides a rare view into the everyday life of this mythic performer, which includes playing with her Chihuahua Pepi, walking in New York City, interacting with friends, and cooking in her West 68th Street apartment.”

— Library Journal

“[A] remarkable set of images of one of America's greatest artists. If you're a Holiday fan, it will be hard to resist seeking out this book that so candidly captures her late in her life and career. The images are intimate but not prurient. Too often fans want to see the flaws, the scars and wear-and-tear of a well-documented difficult life, as if those struggles alone defined Holiday. The book shows us much more. Likely influenced by Dantzic's relationship with William Dufty (her friend and the co-author of her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues), Holiday gave the photographer nearly unprecedented access.”

— Jazz Times

Jewels of the Romanovs: Family & Court

978-0-500-51706-2

“Stefano Papi has been wise enough to lard his text with photographs of the individual pieces as well as portraits of the Romanovs and their relatives…We can see the effects that such objects d’art had on the mere mortals who wore them.”

— The Wall Street Journal

“A suitably lavish book showcasing the remarkable jewels owned by members of the last Russian czarist dynasty.”

— Women's Wear Daily

Joan Miro: The Ladder of Escape

978-0-500-09367-2

“A new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art…makes a spirited attempt to find and explore the politics.”

— Los Angeles Times

“Through the critical writing…[Miró] emerges as a consistently moral force…what speaks loudest is the portrait of Miró as an artist as committed to liberty and social transformation as to art itself.”

— Publishers Weekly

“The National Gallery’s Miro exhibit is an artist’s astonishing chronological journey through the major movements of modern art.”

— The Washington Times

“Sometimes an art exhibit comes along that is so stunning it becomes a travel destination. Such is Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape at the National Gallery of Art.”

— Chicago Examiner

Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape is a beautiful book, and its essays are both informative and thought-provoking….”

— International Sculpture Center Book Reviews

“To say that the show is grand in scale—with pieces dating from 1918 to 1974—is an understatement…”

— The Washingtonian

“The exhibition’s layout, together with the accompanying scholarly catalog, enables one to begin to understand Miró’s progression from an art of detailed realism…through a later phase of expressionistic and Fauve-like paintings, and then into a burst of surrealistic excess…”

— The InTowner

“An illustrated retrospective survey focuses on Miró’s politically engaged art.”

— Publishers Weekly

Kengo Kuma: Complete Works

978-0-500-34283-1

“This important opus brings convincing evidence that embracing the ambivalence inherent in a negotiation between tradition and contemporary technology, and between normative regulation and creativity, is key to architecture’s pertinence to culture.”

— The Architect's Newspaper

Kurt Cobain: The Last Session

978-0-500-51764-2

“Some of the most enduring images ever taken of the rock star. All the hallmarks of grunge and Kurt’s particular sensibility are there: his Jackie O sunglasses, the chipped paint on his fingernails, the patched jeans, and, most of all, Cobain’s iconoclastic vulnerability.”

— Vogue.com

“These 100-plus images reflect Cobain’s complexity: defiance, charisma, playfulness, and sullen anger all bound up in a shaggy persona lurking behind those goofy oval sunglasses.”

— American Photo

“A moving testament to Kurt Cobain’s life.”

— Library Journal

“It's a rare thing to see almost all of the photos taken from a photo shoot and a performance…Seeing a young and already charismatic Dave Grohl is an added plus.”

— USA Today

“Frohman's insightful portraiture transcends the nature of celebrity photography. The pictures are as humanizing as they are glorifying.”

— L'Oeil de la Photographie

“Has an interesting text by Jon Savage, whose interview wit Cobain that day is transcribed.”

— The Seattle Times

“Iconic images of Kurt make me want to cheer and cry both at the same time. This glimpse into his world is one I don’t want to miss.”

— Chloë Sevigny Porter

Landmark: The Fields of Landscape Photography

978-0-500-54433-4

“Nothing in the universe is alien to landscape photography, the book argues, from Philippe Chancel's view of the construction of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai…to Elger Esser's hazy scene on the Sacramento River. The subject, however, is the present, and the present is mostly alarming…The book delivers a pair of oddly coupled messages: The planet is in deep trouble, and its trauma makes for eye candy.”

— The New York Times Book Review

“Presents a collection of images that departs from the work of the Ansel Adamses of the world…Flipping through the pages of Landmark instantly reveals beautiful places intertwined with humanity’s achievements—and global toll.”

— Architectural Digest

“A curatorial discussion of the contemporary practice of landscape photography and perhaps why the practice of landscape photography matters today…Clear and articulate writing and an interesting selection of supporting photographs.”

— The Photobook

“Even if you’re familiar with the more prominent names like Hiroshi Sugimoto and his grey, liminal water views, or Edward Burtynsky’s shocking industrial captures, it’s really Ewing’s curation that is most on view.”

— Hyperallergic

“An intriguing and much-needed survey of current work in landscape photography. Art photographers and painters alike will admire the compositions and interpretations of subject matter.”

— Library Journal

“Important…a compelling and at times provocative meditation on the physical world around us.”

— Art Desk Magazine

“Works to explore the relationship between people and place—and that relationship, at times, is unsettling…Transports the reader from the sublime Ilulissat Icefjord in Greenland, photographed by Olaf Otto Becker—noting that Edmund Burke, in the 18th century, imbued the word 'sublime' with a sense of terror—to a hallucinatory image by Amy Stein of a coyote howling at a streetlight in Matamoras, PA.”

— Chicago Tribune

“Ewing’s latest book, Landmark, takes on the increasingly fraught field of landscape photography (he as tempted to call it Landslide) with his usual shrewd thoroughness…Ewing can’t avoid hitting the inevitable high notes here (Gursky, Sugimoto, Struth, Vitali), but his interests take him well beyond the obvious.”

— Vince Aletti Photograph

“Ewing's selections show art's power not only to observe and document nature, but also to imagine its future.”

— Book Page

“Every shade of optimism, awe, surprise and dread is represented in this colossal survey of contemporary landscape photography.”

— San Francisco Chronicle

“Expertly culled by photography writer and curator William A. Ewing, the variety of work encompassed in this volume sparkles…And, while it effectively demonstrates humankind's negative effects on the planet at a time when it is imperative to change our behavior, it does so without making it a rallying cry. With the recent defacement of some of the USA's national parks, it also shows us luminous visions of what it might have looked like before we went and messed it all up.”

— Feature Shoot

“It's these unsettling photographs that hold the most power—they're not just reminders of the Earth's beauty, but of its fragility, too, and serve as a call to action instead of simply decoration.”

— Fast Co.Design

“The pleasure and conceit of this beautifully designed and illustrated book reside in the unorthodox categories curator Ewing uses to reimagine and invigorate discourse swirling around contemporary landscape photography…Ewing’s lucid, accessible, and thought-provoking essays introduce each chapter and are essential for contextualizing his unusual motifs for the reader…A valuable book for every photography library. Highly recommended.”

— Choice

Landscape and Garden Design Sketchbooks

978-0-500-51804-5

“While computer programs are used by nearly all landscape architecture offices, this survey showcases the continuing value of sketching and drawing. Hundreds of illustrations range from doodles to elaborate colored renderings in mixed media. The talent on display is obvious, and many of the images qualify as art.”

— Library Journal