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América Latina, 1960 - 2013: Photographs

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“Presents incredibly diverse perspectives of 70 artists who use the common ground of photography to expose and dissect a tumultuous half-century of modern history.”

— TIME LightBox

“Expansive …highlights photographic responses to political unrest in Latin America during the past half-century…Insightful essays tie together the work by theme and style.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Cameras in Latin America seem to attract words similarly. This book is alive with them…Luis Camnitzer …contributes an illuminating essay.”

— BOOKFORUM

“A powerful collection.”

— L’oeil de la Photographie

“Tries to answer …what it means to be Latin American in today’s globalised world, and what it means to make work that is distinctly Latin American, with a focus on graphics, memory and text.”

— Photo-Eye

“This impeccably orchestrated, beautifully designed exhibition catalogue depicts a vital period of political upheaval and social instability in Latin America…This volume reminds readers of the power of art, which can be both mouthpiece and magnifying glass for profound social justice… . Highly recommended.”

— Choice

“Covers work from an entire embattled region over a half century…Some of the tactics employed by conceptual artists are put to more pointed uses, for example Johanna Calle’s gelatin silver prints, entirely blank but for a typed caption at the bottom… The blurry snapshots mounted on notebook paper with scrawled captions by Marcelo Brodsky look like the evocations of childhood that they are, but with a violent recoil: Their subjects, friends of the photographer, were “disappeared” by the Argentine junta in the late 1970s.”

— The New York Times Book Review

Ancient Rome: A New History

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“David Potter has written what will be the definitive new overview of Roman history from very early times to the end of antiquity. In a narrative that is clear and concise, while also scholarly and informed, Potter affords his readers a panoramic view of the political history and cultural development of the Roman Empire over a period of nearly fourteen centuries. Meanwhile, he explains the strengths and shortcomings of the extant ancient sources, from literary and legal texts to inscriptions and coins. Ample illustrations and maps give valuable insight into ancient life and culture. This introduction goes far beyond the basics to show the kinds of issues and debates that have made Roman history a perennial topic of study across the ages.”

— Harriet Flower, Princeton University

The Andean Science of Weaving: Structures and Techniques for Warp-Faced Weaves

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“Will inspire weavers…The intricacy and artistry of the items, most of which are woven on simple equipment, is astonishing. The vocabulary of weaving is illustrated in the weavers’ native languages (Aymara and Quechua) as well as English and Spanish, and photographs of contemporary weavers illuminate the methods in action. The result is a volume that helps keep a vibrant and ancient culture alive.”

— Library Journal

The Andy Goldsworthy Project

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“The photography is uniformly outstanding, a hallmark of Goldsworthy literature…A worthy purchase for all libraries with contemporary art collections.”

— Library Journal

“An excellently researched catalogue. Will serve as a milestone for documentary reasons”

— Choice

Animal Earth: The Amazing Diversity of Living Creatures

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“Dr. Piper sets out the astounding panoply of the world’s fauna.”

— The Wall Street Journal

“The book’s main draw is its striking images, capturing the iridescent eyes of mantis shrimps …a brilliantly multicolored Persian carpet flatworm, sea slugs …that look more like sculptures than living organisms, and sinister wasp close-ups that will both haunt readers and draw them back for more.”

— Publishers Weekly

“With vivid, prismatic photos, zoologist Piper offers encounters with dozens of improbable-looking but beautiful organisms you’ve never heard of—many of them microscopic or marine.”

— Entertainment Weekly

“Even among the species known to science, there are many that remain undiscovered by the public. Some of these species are very strange, some are truly incredible and lots of them are very small…Animal Earth brings a few of these hidden lives to life.”

— Wired.com

“Can we all agree to show the ribbon worm some more love? It’s just one of the hundreds of amazing, bizarre, and often-overlooked animals in Ross Piper’s new book.”

— Slate

“We get a glimpse of those most hidden [species].”

— Woman Around Town

“Colorful, frilly, or grotesque forms abound.”

— Natural History

“Nothing short of fabulous.”

— Rangefinder

“The photographs here provide a fount of inspiration for both the creatively and scientifically inclined.”

— Fast Co. Design

“Of the 540 color illustrations in this biospecific tome, most could be confused for selections of modern art photography or graphic design, so visually arresting are the creatures here.”

— Art Desk

“An ode to those critters without backbones that make up the bulk of animal life on our planet…Animal Earth should be in every school and public library.”

— Portland Book Review

“Stunning photos of the animals who are the building blocks of our world.”

— Flavorwire

Animals on the Edge: Reporting from the Frontline of Extinction

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“Remarkable evidence of a tremendous amount of patience and endurance. Colorful, close, and sad. The envy of amateur and professional nature photographers everywhere. An ideal addition for reading rooms or coffee tables.”

— Choice

“A very considered and persuasive program to go along with the equally powerful photography.”

— Color Magazine

“A fascinating and beautiful collection of photographs and descriptions of mammals at risk of extinction…. Features over 60 different species, organized by region, and offers written details about each animal habitat, their risk of extinction and their daily habits.”

— Picture Magazine

“Offers a visual survey of rare and endangered mammals across six continents…Along with some 60 photographs are captions detailing each animal’s habits, habitat and conservation status.”

— Outdoor Photographer

“A combination photography and wildlife book discussing these critically endangered creatures…A fine coffee table book and a gift perfect for any concerned about the world’s fading species.”

— Midwest Book Review

Anselm Kiefer

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“Lovely…Leads the reader through the dense symbolism and repeated imagery of Kiefer’s work.”

— Portland Book Review

An Anthology of Decorated Papers: A Sourcebook for Designers

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“The aphorism "Don't judge a book by its cover" does not apply to this offering from the British Library. The beautifully designed cover and intricately folded dust jacket serve as the opening curtain for the opulent offering within, which is a history of decorated papers…. Invaluable for anyone interested in design, art history, history, material culture, or fine arts.”

— Choice

“The aphorism "Don't judge a book by its cover" does not apply to this offering from the British Library. The beautifully designed cover and intricately folded dust jacket serve as the opening curtain for the opulent offering within, which is a history of decorated papers…. Invaluable for anyone interested in design, art history, history, material culture, or fine arts.”

— Choice

Appointment with Sigmund Freud

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“Utterly compelling.”

— The Sunday Telegraph

“There is one writer/photographer at work today who seems to be properly exploiting the possibilities of integrating text and image … Sophie Calle is well worth seeking out.”

— The Independent on Sunday

Arcadia Britannica: A Modern British Folklore Portrait

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“You won’t glean many beauty tips from British photographer Henry Bourne’s wonderful and wacky portraits of folklore enthusiasts, but you may find some gardening ones!”

— W

“Bourne crisscrossed Great Britain to capture folk-fest attendees at their most outlandish: “Jack-in-the-Greens” wearing head-to-toe spring foliage for May Day; Bonfire Night revelers in full medieval garb; and partyers arrayed in patchwork at the Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival. Bourne photographs each of them against a stark white background, capturing their full peacock finery in vivid detail.”

— Elle Decor

“A compendium of British folklore enthusiasts whose quirky costumes often look to the land.”

— Vogue

“Outside of the context of the greater spectacle the strange details of the costumes that mix the old and the new come clearly into focus.”

— Hyperallergic

“Featuring 125 portraits, the book is an endearing album of extravagantly costumed individuals inventively disguised as shrubs or haystacks, shimmering with mother-of-pearl buttons, and posturing as witchy high priestesses.”

— Architectural Digest

“The British love of dressing up takes a weird and wondrous turn…When captured by Bourne’s lens, one thing is abundantly clear: Much like fancy dress at Halloween, modern folk is fun.”

— The New York Times

“Folkloric festivals and traditions remain vital throughout the UK, evidenced here by the colorful yet serious portraits captured by Bourne. These traditions, visually exciting in their use of costumes, face painting, and props, have helped strong community identity persisting over time. Lovers of fashion and personal style will appreciate this visual survey of British folk costume.”

— Library Journal

Archaeology Essentials: Theories, Methods, and Practice

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“If I had to recommend the best introductory textbook in general archaeology for undergraduate students who read English, this would be it…but if one wants aspects relating the ancient Near East and Biblical cultures—one will have to supplement it with additional reading.”

— Aren M. Maeir Biblical Archaeology Review

Architecture and Surrealism

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“A well-developed and thought-provoking discussion that is a delightful balance of historical criticism and interpretation of the Surrealist movement and its influence on architectural design, thought, and practice. Enthusiasts of architecture and art history will find intrigue and satisfaction in this book. Both cohorts stand to gain a better understanding of the other, with the subtle reminder that design and design influence do not occur in a vacuum.”

— ARLIS/NA Reviews

Architecture in Wood: A World History

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“Impressive in its coverage and organized geographically, [Architecture in Wood] documents—with stunning, often double-page color photographs—examples from Newport, RI, to Victoria, Australia. The prose is polished and informative, and the glossary contains clear illustrations of construction techniques. Offers a unique perspective on the history of buildings.”

— Library Journal

Architecture Matters

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“Combining his early experiences as an architect with his extensive experience as a jury member selecting the world’s most prominent and cutting-edge architects to build icons for cities, Betsky possesses rare insight into the mechanisms, politics, and personalities that play a role in how buildings in our societies and urban centers come to be. In approximately fifty themes, drawing on his inside knowledge of the architectural world, he explores a broad spectrum of topics, from the meaning of domestic space to the spectacle of the urban realm in an accessible and enjoyable way.”

— North Carolina Modernist House

Architecture on the Carpet: The Curious Tale of Construction Toys and the Genesis of Modern Buildings

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“Refreshingly original.”

— Interior Design

“Argues that construction toys such as Lego and Meccano not only reflect the architecture of the real world, but influence the way individual architects design.”

— The Casual Optimist

“Explores everything from gender bias to class distinctions of construction toys.”

— Notable Design Book of 2013, Designers & Books

“Quirky but fun. …Recommended.”

— Choice

“Argues that modern buildings have some roots in construction toys.”

— Modern in Denver

“The authors’ intensive review of the commercial creation and specifications of the individual toys is truly unique.”

— ARLIS/NA Reviews

“Chock-full of research.”

— Florida Weekly