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The Altering Eye: Photographs from the National Gallery of Art
Sarah Greenough, Sarah Kennel, Diane Waggoner, and Andrea Nelson

Since 1990 the National Gallery of Art has acquired nearly 15,000 American and European photographs dating from 1839 to the present. This richly illustrated book marks the 25th anniversary of the Gallery’s photography collection, celebrating the vitality, breadth, and history of its holdings. It features some of the most significant and compelling photographs in the collection, charting the development of the medium and revealing the beauty and versatility of photography since its invention 175 years ago.

360 pages | 315 illustrations | 11.75 x 11.25 inches

Coming September 2015


Three Centuries of American Art in Prints
Judith Brodie, Amy Johnston, and Michael J. Lewis

Three Centuries of American Art in Prints distinguishes itself as the first major survey of its kind presented by an American museum in more than 20 years. In lively albums and insightful texts it offers a comprehensive view of American art through masterful prints that range from the colonial period to the present, from Paul Revere to Martin Puryear.

Major movements in American print history are highlighted in the selection of approximately 140 works by 95 artists. These movements extend from the colonial period and the Revolution to early landscapes of the New World; from the etching revival inspired by the prints of James McNeill Whistler to gritty urban views of New York by the Ashcan artists; from the lighthearted satire of the American regionalists to government-sponsored art of the Depression era; from the influx of European modernism around the Armory Show to postwar, hard-edge abstraction; from the rise of pop art and the American graphic workshops in the 1960s and 1970s to prints of the 21st century.

Since its founding, the National Gallery of Art has assiduously collected American prints with the help of numerous donors. Its extensive holdings were recently transformed by the acquisition of an extraordinary group of 5,200 American prints brought together by Reba and Dave Williams.

304 pages | 235 illustrations | 9.625 x 11.5 inches

Coming March 2016


Stuart Davis: In Full Swing
Barbara Haskell and Harry Cooper

Stuart Davis was one of the few great artists who brought a distinctively American flavor to international modernism, ranking among artists such as Alexander Calder, Edward Hopper, and Georgia O’Keeffe. In blurring the distinctions between text and image, high and low culture, and abstraction and figuration, his work continues to challenge and influence contemporary art. This exhibition and catalog present an exciting but lesser-known artist to a new generation in order to secure his rightful place in the modern canon.

While previous shows have primarily been retrospectives, Stuart Davis: In Full Swing will focus instead on Davis's brilliant sequence of breakthroughs that began in 1921 and ended only in 1964 with his death. With approximately 100 works, including his paintings of early 1920s tobacco packages, the abstract Eggbeater series, and his WPA mural works of the 1930s, as well as a selection of majestic works from his last two decades, the exhibition and catalog will highlight Davis’s unique ability to assimilate the imagery of popular culture, the aesthetics of advertising, the lessons of cubism, and the sounds and rhythms of jazz—his great musical passion—into works that hum with intelligence and energy.

In addition to essays by cocurators Barbara Haskell and Harry Cooper, this catalog features a detailed chronology of Davis’s life and works. Although Davis wrote a short autobiography and some limited chronologies exist, this chronology draws upon new primary documents, including numerous photographs and excerpts from his writings. As such, it will be in effect the first-ever Davis biography and, in combination with the catalog’s other texts, will advance the scholarship and interpretation of his art.

288 pages | 185 illustrations | 9.5 x 11 inches

Coming May 2016


America’s National Gallery of Art
Philip Kopper

Seventy-five years ago, on the brink of World War II, the National Gallery of Art opened in Washington, DC. Founded by Andrew W. Mellon and accepted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on behalf of the nation, the museum and art collection Mellon gave have since been enhanced by magnificent gifts of art and funds. This volume tells the history of the National Gallery in lively prose and a lush, cinematic sequence of images.

The East Building opened in 1978, followed by the Sculpture Garden in 1999. In 2014, the Gallery’s historic agreement to accept stewardship of the Corcoran Collection presented even more new opportunities and responsibilities. The Gallery’s current director—only the fourth in its history—has overseen the museum’s further dramatic transformation in the past 25 years. The art collection and exhibitions remain a highest priority, along with the Gallery’s incomparable buildings and grounds. Technological advances have also revolutionized conservation, communication, security, the art, and nearly every aspect of the museum’s activities. Updating an earlier history published in 1992, this book will also provide readers with a first look at the East Building’s exciting new rooftop sculpture terrace and tower galleries, opening in 2016.

400 Pages | 500 illustrations | 10 x 11.5 inches

Coming Fall 2016