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Why Drawing Naked Women Is Good For The Soul

by John Bird

What makes a man move from wrongdoing to do-gooding? From thieving to philosophizing? In the case of Bird it was the pursuit of art. It was the drawing of women in bedrooms and art rooms, on beaches and in bed...


Pretty Good for a Girl: Women in Bluegrass

by Murphy Henry

Untold and unsung stories of women in bluegrass


Life in Bronze: Lawrence M. Ludtke, Sculptor

by Amy L. Bacon, H. Ross Perot & James R. Reynolds

A disciple of Classical sculpture in a time of pervasive abstract modernism, Lawrence M. Ludtke (1929–2007) of Houston imbued his creations with a sense of movement and realism through his attention to detail,...


Shouting in the Dark: My Journey Back to the Light

by John Bramblitt, Lindsey Tate & Katherine Latshaw

An extraordinary and inspiring story of how a young man lost his sight and found his calling as an artist. This beautiful memoir also features a selection of the artist's work.


How Georgia Became O'Keeffe: Lessons on the Art of Living

by Karen Karbo

A fresh, revealing look at the artist who continues to inspire new generations of women.


All Told: My Art and Life Among Athletes, Playboys, Bunnies, and Provocateurs

by LeRoy Neiman

The memoir of one of the most recognizable contemporary artists in the world, a book filled with the biggest celebrities in twentieth-century sport, art, sexy dames, music, film, and more, by LeRoy Neiman, who...


Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas

by Eric Fischl & Michael Stone

In Bad Boy, renowned American artist Eric Fischl has written a penetrating, often searing exploration of his coming of age as an artist, and his search for a fresh narrative style in the highly charged and competitive...


Robert Duncan in San Francisco

by Michael Rumaker

A revealing portrait of a major poet of the SF Renaissance and a gripping account of late ’50s gay life.


The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes

by Steven Nadler

In the Louvre museum hangs a portrait of a middle-aged man with long dark hair, a mustache, and heavy-lidded eyes, and he is dressed in the starched white collar and black coat of the typical Dutch burgher....


A Key to the Louvre: Memoirs of a Curator

by Michel Laclotte & Mark Polizzotti

An art world insider provides a witty and penetrating account of fifty years at the center of international culture.

Art historian, curator, and museum director Michel Laclotte has been at the forefront of French...


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...