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Jewels of the Romanovs: Family & Court

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

Late Raphael

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“Dense and lavishly illustrated.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Through [Henry and Joannides’s] careful sifting of mountainous data …they provide fascinating new insights into this genteel master and the squadron that most contemporaries call his ‘boys.’”

— The New York Review of Books

“Biographies of [Raphael’s] sitters enrich the book along with beautiful photos, details, and infrared images that show the condition and under painting of key images.”

— The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Le Corbusier and the Power of Photography

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“Analyzes Corb as a scene-setter, from Chandigarh in India to Villa Savoye in France.”

— Surface

“Encompass[es] the way many ways [Le Corbusier] engaged with photography throughout his lifetime. The graphic design is bright and energetic; there is plenty of text, but it is primarily a book of images.”

— Aperture

“Do we really need another book about [Le Corbusier]? It turns out we do, for this one takes a quite unusual view of the master’s work, examining the close relationship between his architecture and another art form that was developing alongside: photography.”

— Interior Design

“[This book] reveals that the architect was an enthusiastic cameraman himself…Includes a sumptuous portfolio of contemporary images of Le Corbusier’s most famous buildings.”

— Elle Decor

“Superb and scholarly.”

— The Wall Street Journal

“[An] impressive collection of images and analysis.”

— Publishers Weekly

Legionary: The Roman Soldier's (Unofficial) Manual

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“…usually checked out for a school project, but students report reading the entire book for pleasure after the fact.”

— School Library Journal

“A very useful introduction to military practice in the late First Century.”

— New York Military Affairs Symposium

“Highly informative and readable volume lays out in detail the high honor and great risk of defending Rome as a foot soldier…. The author knows his subject thoroughly and presents it with flare, a touch of humor, and authority.  The many illustrations, including 16 color plates, add measurably to the enjoyment of the book…. Will more than satisfy.”

— School Library Journal

“A fascinating little handbook of serious scholarship and irrepressible wit, Legionary vividly illuminates military life in ancient Rome.”

— Boston Sunday Globe

LetterScapes: A Global Survey of Typographic Installations

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“Looking at both the sculptures themselves and how they function in a public context, Saccani shows us that ‘Love’ can mean something different in New York City or in Tokyo, depending on the context.”

— The Huffington Post

“Opens our eyes to a category of design that we may never have even considered a category.”

— Interior Design

“Saccani’s book is successful because it covers each of these works in considerable depth, with background information about the artists, locations, and also the typefaces used.”

— Library Journal

“[A] bountiful feast for lovers of fonts and typography.”

— Publishers Weekly

“The design of the book (also Saccani’s work) is clear, elegant, and distinguished…Although more focused in its subject matter, LetterScapes in many ways equals for surpasses Walter Herdeg’s edited Archigraphica.”

— Choice

A Life in Fashion: The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton

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“Many books record Beaton’s sharp-eyed views of what other people wore; this one examines his own wardrobe as another legacy of the prolific photographer, designer, and writer. Using photographs, diaries, archival records from Beaton’s tailors, items donated to museums or given to friends, and conversations with those who knew the man and his wardrobe well, fashion historian Wild analyzes Beaton’s distinctive style alongside changes in 20th-century fashion. For fans of the man and his style.”

— Library Journal