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Virginia Woolf

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“Will appeal to newcomers and acolytes alike.”

— USATODAY.com

“Handsomely illustrated and beribboned, Harris’s little volume is a miracle of clarity and concision, and an example of the brief life at its best.”

— The Washington Post

“The accessibility of this study is grounded upon authentic research and suffused with a lovely literary sensibility.”

— Historian

“This volume is sure to delight both the newbie and seasoned Woolf scholar. Summing Up: Highly recommended.”

— Choice

“…Harris offers not only summations, but also invaluable nuanced insights about things that Woolf scholars have either missed or neglected—and always with a striking clarity, avoiding the abstruse and abstract.”

— Choice

“Harris has accomplished the most triumphant biography of Woolf yet…. with an eagle-eye toward clarity, readability, and conciseness”

— Virginia Woolf Miscellany

Voyages of Discovery

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“The illustrations are profuse and of great interest … . this volume offers a good overview of the Age of Exploration for first-year history students.”

— Choice

VU: The Story of a Magazine

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“Represents the burgeoning of passion for photographic imagery that would affect human communication well into the future…sensational, graphic, beautiful, and horrifying”

— Rangefinder

The Wallpaper Book

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“In this beautifully produced, lushly illustrated, and energetically composed visual cultural history, French journalist Brunet explores the rich artistic, design, and social value of wallpaper.”

— Publishers Weekly

Warehouse Home: Industrial Inspiration for Twenty-First-Century Living

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“As much a dazzling celebration of global industrial heritage as it is a look-book for anyone planning to outfit a new space with a nod to a simultaneously gritty and sleek aesthetic… Bush showcases the architectural features of warehouses and factories—columns, beams, concrete, doors, windows and more—illustrating how architects and homeowners have incorporated these into modern living spaces the world over.”

— Susannah Felts BookPage

“This well-illustrated volume with its close investigation of an array of warehouse spaces provides a wealth of ideas for those interested in this style. Bush examines 18 residences, explaining how the architects, designers, and residents have converted the spaces to suit their lifestyle.”

— Library Journal

Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes

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“An important contribution to the field…A readable, informative assessment of the Wari and their art.”

— Choice

“Informative essays …put flesh on this long-lost race, accompanied by crisp four-color photography…[A] wonderful reference that will be a valuable resource in any library.”

— Antiques & The Arts Weekly

“Perfect for: art history buffs, Latin American studies majors and lovers of ancient folk art.”

— The Huffington Post

“Stunning…By incorporating a wide variety of Wari arts from the figural to the abstract, and across media, the catalogue presents Wari art as a totality. The lavish illustrations, most of which are in full color, provide a visual database from which trends emerge, an internal logic coalesces, and the Wari become more understandable. Despite the lack of monumental forms, Wari artwork does not lack sophistication, and its influence ran deep.”

— caa.reviews (College Art Association)

Weatherland: Writers & Artists Under English Skies

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“[An] edifying and rigorous tour of English literature and painting in terms of its depiction of weather. [Harris] is a brilliant guide and makes a persuasive case for examining how art looks at the skies. With her keen eye for detail and astonishing ability to trace connections, Harris will change how readers view their relationships to art and the world around them. The sumptuous reproductions of artworks are worth the price of admission all by themselves.”

— Publishers Weekly

“My thinking about people and weather has been inspired from the first by Virginia Woolf,” writes Harris, whose Romantic Moderns won the Guardian First Book Award in 2010. In Weatherland, Harris captures the moods and influence of weather from Roman Britain to today’s climate change in lyrical prose that slides easily from historic moments to 21st Century insights. She gives us Tacitus, writing “the climate is foul, with frequent rains and mists,” and Beowulf’s “wild weather”. She traces the influence and revelations of weather through the work of artists and writers like Daniel Defoe, “cataloguer of the storm-strewn world”, who wrote his first book about a devastating 1703 hurricane, and Charlotte Brontë, who “breathed the lightning of Wuthering Heights with a sense of awe”. Weatherland is swift moving and brilliantly written.”

— BBC.com

“Fascinating… An ambitious, sweeping survey of British art and literature as seen through the lens of clouds, skies, sunshine and drizzle. Carrying her immense knowledge lightly, never emerging as didactic or pedantic, [Alexandra Harris] takes us across sodden fields and frosty meadows, through thick mist—and into the English mind. Harris collects examples everywhere—from plays and architecture, from poems and elegies and paintings, but also from diaries and letters. She’s a nonpareil guide and Weatherland is a great achievement, wide-ranging but not confusing, packed with details yet clearly focused [and] with more than 60 well-integrated illustrations the book is also beautifully produced.”

— The New York Times Book Review

“Fascinating…. Harris traces the way we describe the weather because those descriptions become our metaphors: sunny gloomy, cloudy, cold, bitter—a lexicon that is as much about ourselves as it is the weather we inhabit”

— Art Desk

“[The book] is beautifully produced, with scores of crisp, evocative illustrations.… her commentary… is unfailingly brilliant and revealing….an utterly superb, enchanting work”

— Choice

What's inside?: See-through pages and magic surprises!

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“A high-interest, fun-loving picture book designed to get children to put their thinking caps on.”

— New York Journal of Books

“Curious youngsters will spend many pleasurable hours on these ‘see-through pages and magic surprises.’”

— Woman Around Town

“Questions .  . . cue kids to lift the page to the light, where the answer , drawn on the backing page, shines through.”

— FamilyFun

Why Don't Fish Drown?: And other vital questions about the animal kingdom

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“Children love to ask questions nonstop, so this new and colorful picture book by Anna Clayborne called Why Don’t Fish Drown? should be a welcome addition to the family library. It covers just about every head-scratching, thought-provoking and even somewhat-silly question our child could ever ask about natural history and animals in the animal kingdom.”

— Picture Book Depot

Why Fashion Matters

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“More than an industry primer …offers a thoughtful and learned portrait of fashion and its effect on the world.”

— Publishers Weekly

“A wise and compelling book.”

— Library Journal

Why is Art Full of Naked People?: And other vital questions about art

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“With a playful, casual tone, this informative introduction to art history will encourage plenty of readers to approach museum visits with more confidence…Hodges tackles a broad range of topics. Each chapter includes a few reproduction of pieces, all paired with brief, lighthearted paragraphs offering descriptions and helpful content. The scope and diversity of her selections is pleasantly vast: she includes everything from ancient cave murals to contemporary installations and everything in-between.”

— Booklist

“Lively in design, with reproduced artworks, doodles and variegated text… A chatty discussion of art and its meanings, both commercial and cultural.”

— The Wall Street Journal

“The title alone is enough to hook browsers. Hodge uses high-level questions about famous and lesser-known works of art to provoke critical thinking about a variety of artists and their creations. Comedic cartoon guides help point out some of the concepts mentioned in the text, while the questions allow students to make the reading experience their own. [A] colorful romp through the art world.”

— School Library Journal

William Helburn: Seventh and Madison: Mid-Century Fashion and Advertising Photography

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“Anyone interested in the postwar New York advertising circles portrayed in ‘Mad Men’ will find delight in William Helburn’s upcoming book ‘Seventh and Madison.’ The photographer, whose images appeared in the pages of magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Life, had an obvious sense of humor and adventure.”

— T: The New York Times Style Magazine

“Celebrates [Helburn’s] out of the box approach advertising approach.”

— BLOUIN Lifestyle

“Part of what makes ‘Seventh and Mad’ —which charts the seismic shift from the demure Eisenhower era to the increasingly freewheeling ‘60s—such fun is discovering what’s still in (Coca-Cola, animal prints, eyeliner, lots of eyeliner) and out (smoking, plush thighs). Some of the best pictures, however, aren’t ads or fashion shots but celebrity portraits, like Helburn’s black-and-white study of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in nourish Times Square for a 1960 issue of Town & Country.”

— WAG

“This collection is peerless.”

— The Society Diaries

“He shot Tippi Hedren lying on an ironing board on Seventh Avenue, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward on stools as traffic whizzed by in the middle of Broadway…”

— The New York Post: Page Six

Mad-Men era fashion and advertising photographs.”

— VanityFair.com

“[Helburn] was an accomplished contemporary of the masters Avedon and Penn, specializing in his own sophisticated take on New York fashion. His particular gift was in presenting his models within a larger urban landscape…His fashion work was playful and vivid. Some of the advertising photography is dated, but the best pictures here recall a time when even the most elegant fashion was somehow earthbound, before the overuse of Photoshop began digitally carving models into alien beings. A series of picture with actress Sharon Tate for Esquire in 1967 and 1968 capture a stylish revolution in primary colors before the era went dark.”

— The Los Angeles Times

“A treasure for those who consider themselves fashion-obsessed…Helburn was to photography and fashion what Steve McQueen was to acting and Hollywood.”

— New York Journal of Books

“Helburn is now getting the recognition he deserves…A very compelling book.”

— Rebeat

“With his penchant for shock value, Helburn became a leading photographer for many of New York’s top ad agencies in the 1950s and ’60s…Robert Lilly and Lois Allen Lilly’s ‘Seventh and Madison’ offers an in-depth look at the photographer’s life and work.”

— The Boston Globe

“Helburn’s photographic gift was to juxtapose high sophistication with a stylized urban setting. One look at Dovima under the El and now you know who took the picture. But he didn’t ossify: in the late 1960s and early '70s his work became more natural, direct, and overtly sexual. He moved with the times.”

— Design Observer

“Not only a testament to the man and his talent but helps preserve an important part of fashion and advertising photography. The clothes, the models, the settings recall a time of creativity and fun.”

— Passport

“Introduc[es] this key character of a long gone era, in which the United States lived what was probably the most exciting and innovative time in advertising. Helburn [made] images that were outside the box and popped from the pages of the magazines and billboards, bringing new excitement to the ads he was hired to shoot.”

— The Huffington Post

William Kentridge: Fortuna

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“One of the most tough-minded and poetic artists of our time, Kentridge is well served by this handsome summary of his work to date.”

— The Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Fortuna …takes a determinedly artist-focused approach. Featuring a number of insightful commentaries by Kentridge …the book is organized around his intuitive studio method of 'directed' discovery or 'fortuna'.”

— BOMB

“Kentridge is a bottomless well of philosophical speculation and image creation whose commentaries provide a primer on how one of the most significant artists alive conceives and creates.”

— ARTPHAIRE

“A ‘must’ for any interested in Kentridge’s creations.”

— The Midwest Book Review

“This first major monograph on the widely acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge brings together nearly 200 of his works made between 1989 and 2012.”

— Art New England

“Tone brings together the subtext behind the approximately 200 pieces depicted in the exhibition, describing Kentridge’s artistic process and personal history.”

— Protoview

Window-Shopping through the Iron Curtain

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“Space is taken up with a sad-looking vase of plastic flowers, or an elaborate swoosh of drapery. Everything looks both overly bright and covered in dust. These shop windows are informative, but they are not seductive. And to those of us living in this consumer-driven society, that in itself is fascinating.”

— Star Tribune

“There’s an undeniable wistfulness to the collection of images. It might raise some sense of guilt for us privileged Westerners, but perhaps we might find something quaint in the windows’ minimalism and homely design, their lack of urgency.”

— American Photo

“This is one of those books which affirms the occasional power of images over even the most thoughtful worlds. The 176 photographs …speak out so loudly and clearly here…Without being repetitive, they manage to produce a holistic portrait of a society of privation.”

— The Washington Times

“As the Soviet Union and its satellite states were crumbling, David Hlynsky took a novel approach to documenting the monumental changes…The 176 photographs in the book—of hair salons, toy stores, bookstores, art galleries, restaurants—offer a nostalgic look at a lost world.”

— John McMurtrie San Francisco Chronicle

“David Hlynsky's brief remarks on the opening pages of Window-Shopping Through the Iron Curtain—a beautifully made hardcover book featuring brilliant, sharp photographic prints—are nothing less than brilliant.”

— Boing Boing

“His photos capture a world on the brink of collapse, one in which a strange blend of Communism and consumerism converge.”

— Wired.com

“A heroic endeavor, both historically and artistically…The images are simple and respectful; they are of a piece with the poignant austerity of their subject matter. They are also artful: cleverly framed, and hip to the play of reflections and angles. Hlynsky caught that moment when the tectonic plates of the late twentieth century were shifting and the Cold War was ending. These windows, retrospectively picturesque, are the vestiges of a lost utopian ideology.”

— Design Observer

Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader

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“Readers will be delighted by this opportunity to watch Nochlin’s ideas advance over the decades…Nochlin is far from a one-note theorist; her concerns are varied and her thinking incisive.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Nochlin writes with a dazzling mix of erudition and candor, but what’s most remarkable about her work is that it’s driven by an exhaustive investigation as to why and how certain artworks have been meaningful to her. Meditations on fashion, exclusion, decoration, bodies and touch run throughout Nochlin’s work. Ideas arrived at through scholarship recur in personal correspondence and anecdote. None of these essays seem dated. An inventor of feminist art history, Nochlin took the ’60s precept that ‘the personal is political’ to heart, but it’s her commitment to clarity, investigation and active thought that makes her work so contemporary today.”

— The New York Times Book Review

“Perhaps the best introduction to art historical analysis on the ‘social construction’ of the women artist, Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader is also an outstanding overview of feminist art practice since the 1970s … an essential resource and a pleasure to read.”

— Women's Art Journal

Wonders of World Architecture

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“Knowledgeably compiled and expertly edited by professional architect and experienced city planner Neil Parkyn, Wonders of World Architecture is more than just a beautifully illustrated global survey of architectural constructions, it is also an informed and informative text book that addresses a host of fascinating architecturally themed questions and issues…enthusiastically recommended.”

— Midwest Book Review