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Urban Landscape Strategies

by Giuseppe Marinoni

The projects illustrated here exemplify the way contemporary urban planning is moving in practice, and how it is precisely in the effective transformation of cities and landscapes that it is finding the theoretical...


Seven Years with Banksy

by Robert Clarke

A personal and in-depth account of the enigmatic man behind the murals, written by a friend and fan An illuminating memoir of the world's most celebrated graffiti artist, this book offers insight into Banksy's...


Picasso: A Biography

by Patrick O'brian

"The best biography of Picasso."—Kenneth Clark Patrick O'Brian's outstanding biography of Picasso is here available in paperback for the first time. It is the most comprehensive yet written, and the only biography...


Don't Quit Your Day Job: Acclaimed Authors and the Day Jobs They Quit

by Howard Bahr, Michelle Richmond & Sonny Brewer

P. J. O'Rourke said, "Creative writing teachers should be purged until every last instructor who has uttered the words 'Write what you know' is confined to a labor camp... The blind guy with the funny little...


Emily Carr and Her Dogs: Flirt, Punk, and Loo

by Emily Carr

This delightful book combines 25 stories about dogs with 16 playful drawings by famous Canadian writer, artist, and animal lover Emily Carr. She tells of her joys and tribulations raising Old English sheepdogs,...


The Evolving European City - Introduction

by Giuseppe Marinoni, Giovanni Chiaramonte

In The Evolving European City, renowned urban planner and architect Giuseppe Marinoni and eminent photographer Giovanni Chiaramonte assemble a breathtaking presentation of cities that have undergone profound...


David Hockney: The Biography, 1975-2012

by Christopher Simon Sykes

In this fascinating and entertaining second volume, Christopher Simon Sykes explores the life and work of Britain's most popular living artist.

 

David Hockney is one of the most influential and best-loved artists...


Love Made Visible: Scenes from a Mostly Happy Marriage

by Jean Gibran, Katherine French & Charles Giuliano

Jean Gibran’s Love Made Visible is the moving story of a marriage, of Boston’s South End, and the Boston Expressionist art scene that first flourished there in the 1930s and ‘40s. A teacher in the Boston...


The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again

by Andy Warhol

A loosely formed autobiography by Andy Warhol, told with his trademark blend of irony and detachment

In The Philosophy of Andy Warhol—which, with the subtitle "(From A to B and Back Again)," is less a memoir...


Big Eyes: The Screenplay

by Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski & Tyler Stallings

WITH AN INTERVIEW WITH MARGARET KEANE

The full screenplay by award-winning Ed Wood writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for acclaimed director Tim Burton's film Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams and Christoph...


Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter

by Patricia Albers

“Gee, Joan, if only you were French and male and dead.” —New York art dealer to Joan Mitchell, the 1950s

She was a steel heiress from the Midwest—Chicago and Lake Forest (her grandfather built Chicago’s...


A Mirror Garden

by Monir Farmanfarmaian & Zara Houshmand

In Persia in 1924, when a child still had to worry about hostile camels in the bazaar and a nanny might spin stories at her pillow until her eyes fell shut, the extraordinary and irresistible Monir Shahroudy...


Artists Under Hitler: Collaboration and Survival in Nazi Germany

by Jonathan Petropoulos

"What are we to make of those cultural figures, many with significant international reputations, who tried to find accommodation with the Nazi regime?" Jonathan Petropoulos asks in this exploration of some of...


Nick Drake

by Patrick Humphries

Nick Drake was barely 26 years old when he died in 1974. The British singer-songwriter made only three albums during his short life time: "Five Leaves Left", "Bryter Layer" and "Pink Moon". All are now recognized...


Hutch

by Charlotte Breese

Born in Grenada in 1900, Leslie Hutchinson went to America in 1916 to study medicine, but soon escaped to Harlem where he witnessed the birth of "stride" jazz piano. Moving to France in 1923, he became the protege...


Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe: A Biography

by Philip Gefter

This "admiring and absorbing biography" (Deborah Solomon, The New York Times Book Review) charts Sam Wagstaff's incalculable influence on contemporary art, photography, and gay identity.  A legendary curator,...


L'Americain: A Photojournalist's Life

by John Launois & Chris Pan Launois

Before television, the great picture magazines captured world events for millions of readers. They sent correspondents and photojournalists to the ends of the earth to record history in the making. Among this...


Lorado Taft: The Chicago Years

by Allen Stuart Weller, Robert G La France & Henry Adams

The story of the great sculptor's artistic zenith


Rolland Golden: Life, Love, and Art in the French Quarter

by Rolland Golden

An extraordinary recollection of how an artist lived and worked in the French Quarter before its gentrification


Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography

by Meryle Secrest

The first biography of the grand couturier, surrealist, and embattled figure (her medium was apparel), whose extraordinary work has stood the test of time.

Her style was a social revolution through clothing-luxurious,...