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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...


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...


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...


The Unfinished Song of Francisco Urondo: When Poetry is Not Enough

by Hernan Fontanet

The Unfinished Song of Francisco Urondo is a comprehensive, well-written, documented, and carefully developed study of the literary work and life of Francisco Urondo, an Argentine poet, intellectual, activist,...


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...


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,...


Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History

by Rhonda K. Garelick

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Certain lives are at once so exceptional, and yet so in step with their historical moments, that they illuminate cultural forces far beyond the scope of a single person. Such is the case with...


Where To?: A Hack Memoir

by Dmitry Samarov

Stories, sketches, and paintings crafted from a vantage point few people have access to: behind the wheel of a cab.


Behind the Black: A Fearless Venture Into the Darkest Corners of the Creative Mind In Search of Light

by Colleen Black & Ana Weber

C. Behind the Black

is a fearless venture into the darkest corners of a creative mind in search of light.


Modigliani: A Life

by Jeffrey Meyers

In 1920, at the age of thirty-five, Amedeo Modigliani died in poverty and neglect in Paris, much like a figure out of La Bohéme. His life had been as dramatic as his death. An Italian Jew from a bourgeois family,...


Jose Clemente Orozco: An Autobiography

by Jose Clemente Orozco, Robert C. Stephenson & John Palmer Leeper

The artistic eminence of José Clemente Orozco (1883-1949) is such that he has been called "the greatest painter the Americas have produced." In his Autobiography he also attains literary distinction. He is...