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Matisse in the Barnes Foundation: 3 Vol. Set

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Matisse in the Barnes Foundation is an 181-pound, 3-volume set with more than 600 sumptuous color reproductions [and] may be one of the most gorgeous coffee-table books you will ever own. As it happens, Matisse in the Barnes Foundation is much more than a pretty face. Once you’ve read the 90,000-word essay by Yve-Alain Bois, as well as the insightful commentaries on all the paintings by independent art historians Claudine Grammont and Karen K. Butler, you may never see the former Fauve’s art the same way again. If you can’t make it to Philadelphia, you couldn’t ask for a better guide to Matisse’s work than this three-volume set devoted to one of the modern period’s greats.”

— Artnews

May Morris: Arts & Crafts Designer

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“Destined to find an audience that will delight in its well-rounded examination of this talented woman whose work – which comes vividly to life in these pages – may very well provide new inspiration for design lovers everywhere.”

— WAG

Maya Art and Architecture

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“Excellent…Miller (Yale) and O'Neill (Barnard College) manage the broad and deep topic of Maya art in a concise, beautifully illustrated, updates volume…Highly recommended.”

— Choice

Medieval Modern: Art out of Time

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“Alexander Nagel, one of the luminaries of Renaissance art history …set[s] out to provide a theoretical framework …to link the old and the new.”

— Artforum

“Both erudite and imaginative, Nagel's study challenges conventional wisdom and erects new frames of reference for understanding critical developments in art history.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Nagel presents a readable, compelling, original thesis and a creative methodological model for future art historical scholarship…Highly recommended.”

— Choice

“Nagel argues the fascinating thesis that medieval and modern art should be considered in concert to better understand the latter. This lengthy scholarly work discusses structural analogies between medieval and modern art, for example, discussing both eras' emphasis on the placement of art in specific real-world sites, as well as on surfaces and the art object itself…Provides a readable argument and offers wide-ranging examples.”

— Library Journal

“Nagel boldly forges and uncovers intellectual and formal relationships between …art objects and practices from the medieval and modern eras.”

— The Marginalia Review of Books

Medieval People: Vivid Lives in a Distant Landscape

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“A welcome contribution to the field with this encyclopedic volume…A tidy summary of this enthralling era and a great jumping-off point for additional research. A real strength of this work lies in the mix of beautiful art and photos throughout that help reinforce the content by presenting the book almost as an illuminated manuscript itself. Recommended for the general reader as well as collectors of works of essential medieval thinkers.”

— Library Journal Xpress Reviews

“Richly and colorfully illustrated.”

— Protoview

“Collections of brief biographical sketches of medieval and Renaissance persons exist. Few, however, come anywhere near this one in quality of both content and illustrations…The entire project offers intriguing insights into medieval lives at all levels of Western society…Highly recommended.”

— Choice

“Plenty of history books have covered Medieval times; few assume the intimacy and insights of Medieval People, which is a tribute to its unique approach and presentation.”

— Midwest Book Review

The Medieval World at War

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“Outstanding are the book’s lavish illustrations, which are both numerous and well presented. A useful reference book”

— Choice

“Military developments from the Dark Ages to the Reformation are covered with insight in a richly illustrated book.”

— MHQ Magazine

Megalopolis: And the Visitor from Outer Space

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“An irreverent and matter-of-factly told story that’s perhaps just as satisfying to mount on the wall, tapestry-style, as it is to ‘read’ in a traditional sense.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Don’t even attempt to read this book in a chair. Set it on the floor and watch as the story reveals itself in a vertical fashion. The matte art is fabulous, with each detailed, colorful scene unfolding along with the text. Kids will want to pore over the pictures, which feature layers of staircases and bridges, winding roads and rivers, and city streets and ocean depths… The story and the art are guaranteed to charm them.”

— School Library Journal

“Sumptuously illustrated… To get the full effect of this spectacular picture book, you’ll need at least 10 feet of floor or table space. Tiny search-and-find details and a pervading sense of good humor make this a rewarding (if logistically awkward) experience.”

— The Wall Street Journal

“Enjoy finding the little green man among the crowds as he descends through this vertical ten-foot-long foldout from cupolas in the sky […] into the depths of the sewers and beyond.”

— Metropolis

“Kids are going to LOVE this fantastic picture book…delightfully complex”

— San Francisco Book Review

Memento Mori: The Dead Among Us

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“Show[s], in stunning visual terms, mankind’s universal desire to cross the threshold of death and continue a meaningful relationship with those who have departed.”

— Heavy Metal

Memento Mori is led by the visuals: spellbinding images of decorated skulls, elaborate burials, and other death-related customs from around the world.”

— Vice.com

“10 Best New Photography Books of Spring 2015”

— American Photo

“Visually stunning …documents how different cultures around the world from Ethiopia to Rwanda to Nepal honor their dead.”

— OnMilwaukee.com

“Skull after painted or bejeweled skull relays a story that’s as much about life as it is about death…There’s something intangible here — how ‘memento mori,’ literally meaning ‘remember that you will die,’ isn't always a looming threat, and tangible human remains can evoke love and respect for life.”

— Hyperallergic

“Some of the most jaw-dropping imagery you’ll ever encounter.”

— Rue Morgue

“Part history lesson, and part documentary…This is a fascinating book that points out the evolution of the perception of death and the dead in various cultures.”

— Portland Book Review

“Paul Koudounaris aims his lens at cultures where the dead play key roles in the lives of the living—as in a Bolivian festival where skulls are strewn with flower petals, or on Indonesian islands where the mummies of deceased family members are kept at home and given a place at the table, both literally and figuratively.”

— Smithsonian.com

“Koudounaris is a skilled photographer, as the 500+ pictures in this oversized book attest, but even more so, he's a skilled and sensitive historian, who brings an anthropologist's empathy to the task of documenting and framing the varied practices depicted in the book…Oversized with an embossed cover and spine, Memento Mori sports outstanding color prints and beautiful design.”

— Boing Boing

“Compelling essays explain how life is celebrated by honoring the physical remnants of the body. Some may find the topic morbid, but the images are undeniably beautiful, haunting, and visually striking. The book’s cross-cultural approach portrays death as a transition, rather than an ‘irreversible and impenetrable’ border. Recommended for readers who are both fascinated with the macabre and comfortable with their own mortality.”

— Library Journal

“A stunning portrait of how human remains are used in devotional and decorative ceremonies throughout the world.”

— The Lineup

“Phenomenal photographs and a fascinating survey of death across cultures and history… Wrapped in a blue satin cover, with more than 500 illustrations, Memento Mori offers a striking tribute to many ways of remembering and honoring death and the dead.”

— Shelf Awareness

The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art

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“Investigates the complex relationship between photographic images and time—specifically how the medium both informs and preserves memories—in the work of contemporary artists such as Sophie Calle, Christian Marclay and Carrie Mae Weems.”

— Art in America

“The works, created between 1990 and today, collectively demonstrate the way the medium has pivoted to adjust to, and comment on, the digital age, when editing images is quite literally as easy as the push of a button.”

— Huffington Post

“Documents an important collection of elaborate technical and creative achievements.”

— Rangefinder

“Contemporary art enthusiasts will enjoy and be intrigued by this exploration of the history of photography and how artists find new strategies to produce exquisite images, […] intellectually challenging and quite stunning work touching on vexing issues of identity, place, history, and the public and private uses of the past as they intersect with the present.”

— Library Journal, starred review

“Curator Sarah Greenough and her colleagues have made a survey of contemporary photographers’ engagement with time and memory in which the images cohere to create an illuminating ensemble.”

— Bookforum

Menswear Illustration

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“The drawings range from beautifully photorealistic (Kilroy’s own style) to considerably more eccentric offerings, such as the attenuated drawings of creative director, designer and stylist Aitor Throup.”

— WWD

“Features a portfolio of 290 drawings by various talents…The works of each vary greatly in aesthetic.”

— Surface

Mexico: A Culinary Quest

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Mexico is a history of Mexico, Mexican cuisine, its culture and way of life in more than 100 informative profiles and thousands of tantalizing photographs… You will learn about not only the culinary culture but also about the arts and people, especially great chefs… It is simply a delight to hold it in your hands or scan through its pages.”

— The Washington Book Reivew

Miró's Magic Animals

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“Lively… [Antony] Penrose invites children ages 4-8 to look closely at the work of painter Joan Miró, and recounts a trip with the famed Catalan to the London Zoo.”

— The Wall Street Journal

“This unique book is a must-have for art lovers and the budding artist or art aficionado.”

— New York Journal of Books

“Lively… [Antony] Penrose invites children ages 4-8 to look closely at the work of painter Joan Miró, and recounts a trip with the famed Catalan to the London Zoo.”

— The Wall Street Journal

“This unique book is a must-have for art lovers and the budding artist or art aficionado.”

— New York Journal of Books

“Charming… This title makes Miró’s work feel as though it were created just to delight the imagination of children. Readers gain an understanding of what the artist looked like, how he worked, and the animals he looked at to make his work. Throughout, a peppering of children’s illustrations support the idea of embracing the unusual and wondrous.”

— School Library Journal

“This is a wonderful and very personal account of the great Spanish artist, Joan Miró.”

— Imagination Soup

Mirror of the World: A New History of Art

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“A wonderful guide. Bell has a passion for art, a good eye, and a writing style full of grace and energy…A great leap beyond the conventional survey.”

— Art & Auction

“A valuable and entertaining adventure in art history.”

— Bloomsbury Review

“Bell applies his painter’s eye and sensibility to unusual juxtapositions of world cultures.”

— Minneapolis Star Tribune

“An extraordinary book for any reader.”

— Choice

Modern Architecture: A Critical History

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“A useful and wide-ranging work of superior architectural scholarship, this ambitious publication contains many chapters that stand on their own as perceptive essays; it is marked throughout by a consistently mature critical intelligence.”

— New York Review of Books

The Modern Explorers

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“Numerous black-and-white archival photos and dramatic color images illustrate these remarkable contemporary journeys in search of river sources, remote populations, and an experience of a lifetime.”

— School Library Journal

“The 39 essays include a gem by Karen Darke, who at 21 was paralyzed from the chest down in a climbing accident on a Scottish sea cliff, and who realized a lifelong dream in adaptive-climbing El Cap.”

— Rock and Ice

“A great book on modern adventures in extreme environments.”

— The San Francisco Chronicle

“Perfect for the armchair daredevil in all of us.”

— Woman Around Town

“provide[s] a tantalizing taste of adventure…to sow the seeds of interest in like-minded individuals.”

— The Underground Movement

Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George

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“Seventy color plates of [O’Keeffe’s] works from that period—flowers, fruits, landscapes, trees, and leaves—are featured.”

— Boston Sunday Globe

“O’Keeffe’s distillation of forms from that time …created a visual language both extremely sensual and intensely private, even though her work was meant for public display.”

— THE Magazine

“This luscious book is a revelation.”

— The Boston Sunday Globe