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Islamic Geometric Design

978-0-500-51695-9

“A rich collection.”

— Islamic Horizons

“An exemplary and detailed practitioner account of Islamic pattern design…the lush photographic images are accompanied by visualized formal analysis that gives the patterns conceptual depth…Highly recommended.”

— Choice

“An extremely effective and thorough work on the geometric designs found throughout Islamic art and architecture and the process by which these designs were created…Well written, well-thought-out, and extremely well-illustrated. Enthusiastically recommended.”

— Library Journal

“This visually stunning look conveys the beauty and complexity of Islamic patterns …”

— Saudi Aramco World

“A hybrid of coffee-table, informational, and how-to book.”

— Protoview

“Uniquely comprehensive…Clearly written so that a total understanding of the material is possible for specialist and novice alike.”

— American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

Italian Renaissance Art

978-0-500-28943-3

“Encourages both instructor and student to think about key themes in Renaissance art as they manifest themselves in different places and, to some extent, different times. Given the right pedagogical fit, this approach could be very useful to both students and instructors.”

— caa.reviews (College Art Association)

Jackson Pollock's Mural: Energy Made Visible

978-0-500-23934-6

“Vividly bound in neon green. ”

— Vogue

“This passionately argued text by Anfam delves into the personal, cultural, and artistic forces that helped shape Pollock's largest and, according to the author, most influential painting. Richly analytical, and with 106 illustrations including pages from Pollock's sketchbooks, the text draws compelling connections between Pollock's work and the paintings of J.M.W. Turner, the writings of Charles Olson, and the biological examinations of human form by D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson. This insightful study is a welcome analysis of a single work by Pollock.”

— Publisher's Weekly

“Excellent. ”

— Artinfo

“This handsomely produced book, by one of the most sensitive writers on the New York School of painting, should be on every shelf…Anfam ranges widely throughout Pollock’s career, indicating sources within the critical, artistic, social, and political spheres that were deeply influential to Pollock’s art from his earliest paintings until his death. There are a number of new finds …that significantly expand the Pollock scholarship and provide new insights into the form of the painter’s work and its resonance within its contemporary culture. Compellingly written.”

— Choice

“Although a new tranche of recent and forthcoming scholarship is rewriting the story of Mural, David Anfam's vibrant catalogue will almost certainly remain the most assured and sympathetic guide to the painting from conception to legacy. Few interpreters of Abstract Expressionism have Anfam's breadth of cultural knowledge, even fewer his intellectual independence. He avoids theoretical muddle and dead ends. Anfam's prose is as energetic as the painting it elucidates, but both reward close and calm attention.”

— The Art Newspaper UK

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

Jeweled Splendors of the Art Deco Era: The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection

978-0-500-51947-9

“An elegant offering filled with jeweled works beyond compare… This entire book is a feast for the eyes with images of intricate inlay, bright colors, and inventive design. Photographer Doug Rosa does a magnificent job of presenting some gorgeous vanity cases, cigarette cases, and miscellaneous objects from the 1920s and 1930s…art deco period.”

— Library Journal

“Virtually impossible to put down. A ‘feast for the eyes’…for any art collector or connoisseur of the jeweler’s art. The works pictured are breathtaking in their craftsmanship, their ingenuity, and their astonishing use of color. Each image is clear and crisp, as if you could touch the object. This is a book to return to again and again, a book to treasure. It is a deeply satisfying opportunity to examine, close up, a noteworthy collection.”

— Gems & Gemology

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

A Journey Through Art: A Global History

978-0-500-65101-8

“A world tour featuring select highlights of human culture, from 37,000-year-old rock paintings to modern murals and architecture…broader in scope and less Eurocentric than standard surveys.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Using art as a lens through which to examine history, Rosen gives readers an expansive tour of the history of civilization… Each four-page chapter offers snippets of information about political, religious, or cultural touchstones that affected a region's art, as well as reproductions and collages composed of colored pencil cityscapes and photo elements. The broad scope of the cultures and locations is impressive… There's plenty here to pique the curiosity of young readers and inspire further research elsewhere.”

— Booklist

“This sweeping overview of world cultures, as revealed through art, spans continents and ages, from prehistory to the present. The expansive text is brought to life with maps, illustrations, and photographs. The illustrator's colorful sketches of vistas emblematic of various cultures are interspersed with photographic examples of the art… This title is a refreshing departure from Eurocentric volumes on art history. Reader will come away with a wider grasp on the history of humanity.”

— School Library Journal

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