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Confessions Of an Art Addict

by Peggy Guggenheim

A patron of art since the 1930s, Peggy Guggenheim, in a candid self-portrait, provides an insider's view of the early days of modern art, with revealing accounts of her eccentric wealthy family, her personal...


Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics, and the Building of Modern Philadelphia

by Gregory L. Heller & Alexander Garvin

Ed Bacon is the first biography of the innovative and controversial urban planner who transformed Philadelphia in the mid-twentieth century.


Conrad Wise Chapman: Artist and Soldier of the Confederacy

by Ben Bassham

duty as a Confederate soldier who served in three theaters of the war. Chapman's firsthand knowledge is evident in his work. Ben Bassham has written both a critical study of Chapman's art and biography, incorporating...


Rubens: A Portrait

by Marie-Anne LESCOURRET

A vivid portrait of Rubens's enormous life against a background of the turbulent history of his times. Without neglecting his paintings, Ms. Lescourret also gives the reader a fascinating picture of Rubens's...


The Perfect House: A Journey with Renaissance Master Andrea Palladio

by Witold Rybczynski

"Palladio is the Bible," Thomas Jefferson once said. "You should get it and stick to it." With his simple, gracious, perfectly proportioned villas, Andrea Palladio elevated the architecture of the private house...


Fanny Kemble: A Performed Life

by Deirdre David

"Fanny Kemble played a highly significant cultural role on both sides of the Atlantic. As David so convincingly shows, the life of this actress-turned-writer-turned-polemicist not only offers a fascinating subject...


Hubert's Freaks: The Rare-Book Dealer, the Times Square Talker, and the Lost Photos ofDiane Arbus

by Gregory Gibson

From the moment Bob Langmuir, a down-and-out rare book dealer, spies some intriguing photographs in the archive of a midcentury Times Square freak show, he knows he's on to something. It turns out he's made...


Beirut, I Love You: A Memoir

by Zena el Khalil

Zena el Khalil, a young Beirut-based female artist, writer, and activist who had an unconventional but worldly upbringing growing up in Lagos, Nigeria and attending art school in New York, returns after 9/11...


Banksy

by Will Ellsworth-Jones

While hiding from the limelight, Banksy has made himself into one of the world’s best-known living artists. His pieces have fetched millions of dollars at prestigious auction houses. He was nominated for...


Living the Artist's Life, Updated and Revised: A Guide to Growing, Persevering, and Succeeding in the Art World

by Robert Paul Dorrell

Dorrell opened his gallery in 1991, and has been advancing artists careers on a national level ever since. This is an updated edition of his original book, covering critical subjects that he didn't before and...


Saul Steinberg: A Biography

by Deirdre Bair

From National Book Award winner Deirdre Bair, the definitive biography of Saul Steinberg, one of The New Yorker's most iconic artists.

 

The issue date was March 29, 1976. The New Yorker cost 75 cents. And on...


The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures

by Edward Ball

From the National Book Award-winning author of Slaves in the Family, a riveting true life/true crime narrative of the partnership between the murderer who invented the movies and the robber baron who built the...


A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

by James Joyce

Set in Joyce's native Ireland, the story follows life of a young man Stephen and his transformation from child to artist. In five chapters, we are taken through Stephen's early childhood in Ireland and confinement...


Coco Chanel

by Justine Picardie

Sleek. Chic. Notoriously guarded. Welcome to the secret world of Gabrielle Chanel.

The story of Chanel begins with an abandoned child, as lost as a girl in a dark fairy tale. Unveiling remarkable new details...


Chuck Amuck

by Chuck Jones

The illustrated classic, complete with a new preface by Matt Groening.

Winner of three Academy Awards and numerous other prizes for his animated films, Chuck Jones is the director of scores of famous Warner Bros....


The Architect of Desire: Beauty and Danger in the Stanford White Family

by Suzannah Lessard

The story of Stanford White--his scandalous affair with the 16-year-old actress Evelyn Nesbit, his murder in 1906 by her husband, the millionaire Harry K. Thaw, and the hailstorm of publicity that surrounded...


Drawn to New York: An Illustrated Chronicle of Three Decades in New York City

by Peter Kuper & Eric Drooker

A declaration of love to Peter Kuper’s adoptive city in which he has lived since 1977, this diary is a vibrant survey of New York City’s history. Through Kuper’s illustrations, this book depicts a climb...


Sons and Lovers

by D.H. Lawrence

Sons and Lovers tells the story of Paul Morel, a young man and budding artist. A semi-autobiographical narrative, which Lawrence rewrote four times until he was finally happy with it. Now considered a masterpiece...


Life of William Blake

by , Alexander Gilchrist

Despite the flow of books on William Blake, this first full-length life biography published in 1863 remains essential to those who would understand one of the greatest of Englishmen, for the author, Alexander...


Bringing Aztlan to Mexican Chicago: My Life, My Work, My Art

by Jose Gamaliel Gonzalez

Bringing Aztlan to Mexican Chicago is the autobiography of Jose Gamaliel Gonzalez, an impassioned artist willing to risk all for the empowerment of his marginalized and oppressed community. Through recollections...