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Between the Lives: Partners in Art

by Deborah Shepard

This fascinating look at artists and their intimate partners takes nine well-known New Zealand couples and explores the many aspects of their lives—particularly how the presence of an artistic companion or...


Something for the Birds

by Jacqueline Fahey

Fizzing with wit and style and featuring original illustrations by the author, this lively, humorous, and tragic memoir traces the roots of a distinguished painter and her crucial role in New Zealand's feminist...


Self-Portrait

by Marti Friedlander

From a childhood spent in London’s rough East End to a half-century in New Zealand photographing winemakers and artists, children and kuia, Marti Friedlander has lived a life marked by adventure, travel, and...


Heaphy: Explorer, Artist, Settler

by Iain Sharp

Richly illustrated with Charles Heaphy's remarkable paintings and drawings as well as photographs and maps from the period, this engaging work tells the story of Heaphy's life and his art. A draughtsman, explorer,...


Dark Night: Walking with McCahon

by Martin Edmond

In 1984, on his way to a major exhibition opening, celebrated New Zealand painter Colin McCahon went missing for 24 hours in Sydney, Australia. He was discovered by police the next day on a bench in Centennial...


Before I Forget

by Jacqueline Fahey

The second volume of memoir by New Zealand artist, feminist, and writer Jacqueline Fahey, this book kicks off after her marriage to celebrated psychiatrist Fraser McDonald. As it recounts Fahey’s battles against...


The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

by Vincent Van Gogh & Ronald de Leeuw

Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all’ Few artists’ letters are as self-revelatory as Vincent Van Gogh’s, and the selection included here, spanning...


Disney's World

by Leonard Mosley

Documents the stunning accomplishments of Disney's imaginative genius. It is not a flattering portrait. Library Journal


Egil's Saga

by Anonymous & Bernard Scudder

Egil's Saga tells the story of the long and brutal life of tenth-century warrior-poet and farmer Egil Skallagrimsson: a psychologically ambiguous character who was at once the composer of intricately beautiful...


Anthony Van Dyck

by Robin Blake

Blake, an author living in London, explains that the impetus for this biography of the great Dutch painter came from his own connection in childhood to a painting purchased by his grandmother


Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

by Elizabeth Partridge & Dorothea Lange

This beautiful volume celebrates one of the twentieth century's most important photographers, Dorothea Lange. Led off by an authoritative biographical essay by Elizabeth Partridge (Lange's goddaughter), the...


American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell

by Deborah Solomon

“Welcome to Rockwell Land,” writes Deborah Solomon in the introduction to this spirited and authoritative biography of the painter who provided twentieth-century America with a defining image of itself....


The Calder Family and Other Critters: Portraits and Reflections

by Sandra Calder Davidson & Jed Perl

Alexander Calder was one of the most original artists of the twentieth century and a major figure in American art. Renowned for his mobiles and stabiles, he also created the beloved Calder Circus, an early performance...


Daybook, Turn, Prospect: The Journey of an Artist

by Anne Truitt & Audrey Niffenegger

All three of Anne Truitt’s artist’s journals in one e-volume, the illuminating, inspiring record of a woman’s reconciliation of the call of creative work with the demands of daily life—with a new introduction...


Daybook: The Journal of an Artist

by Anne Truitt & Audrey Niffenegger

Renowned American artist Anne Truitt kept this illuminating and inspiring journal over a period of seven years, determined to come to terms with the forces that shaped her art and life. Her range of sensitivity—moral,...


The Interior Castle: The Art and Life of Jean Stafford

by Ann Hulbert

An important moment in American literary history takes life in this stunning biography of Jean Stafford, one of the most successful, admired--and troubled--of the brilliant and influential midcentury circle...


Breakfast with Lucian

by Geordie Greig

An insider’s account—the first of its kind—of the thoroughly unconventional life of one of the twentieth century’s most shockingly original painters

Lucian Freud’s paintings are instantly recognizable:...


Balthus: A Biography

by Nicholas Fox Weber

The first full-scale biography of one of the most elusive and enigmatic painters of our time -- the self-proclaimed Count Balthus Klossowski de Rola -- whose brilliantly rendered, markedly sexualized portraits,...


Army of Lovers: A Community History of Will Munro

by Sarah Liss

Portrait of queer civic hero Will Munro, who changed his community more in years than most do in a lifetime.


Frank Lloyd Wright: A Life

by Ada Louise Huxtable

Pulitzer Prize?winning critic Ada Louise Huxtable?s biography of America?s greatest architect

Renowned architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable?s biography Frank Lloyd Wright looks at the architect and the man,...