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The Life of Animals in Japanese Art
Robert Singer et al.

Drawing upon Japan’s unique spiritual heritage, rich literary traditions, and currents in popular culture, its artists have long expressed admiration for animals in sculpture, painting, lacquerwork, metalwork, ceramics, textiles, and woodblock prints. Spanning 16 centuries, the nearly three hundred works in this volume present animals in a variety of guises, from messengers of the divine and symbols of power or good fortune, to comical or satirical actors, and manifestations of the beauty of the natural world. Real and fantastic creatures are meticulously rendered, often with humor and whimsy, by artists ranging from Itō Jakuchū and Utagawa Kuniyoshi to Kusama Yayoi and Nara Yoshitomo.

Contributions by an international team of Japanese art experts show how these artists employed creatures to teach virtuous behavior, mock customs, exemplify bravery, and celebrate life. Also featured are essays by leading scholars of Japanese literature, religion, and scientific inquiry. Richly illustrated, this volume reveals the connections between the natural world and visual and creative expression.

344 pages | 475 illustrations | 9 × 12 inches

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The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists
Linda S. Ferber, Nancy K. Anderson, et al.

Early in the 1840s, the influential English critic John Ruskin urged artists to follow nature with exact discipline, painting landscape subjects out of doors in precise detail. An inspirational figure for the artists who became known as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in Great Britain, Ruskin also exerted enormous influence in America. Though less well known than their counterparts across the Atlantic, Ruskin’s American followers produced a substantial body of work in oil and watercolor, including detailed figural compositions, stunning landscapes, and innovative still lifes.

More than three decades have passed since the Brooklyn Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition introduced this group of artists to scholars and the public. Since that time, a substantial number of works by the founding members of the group have come to light. Scholarship on the Pre-Raphaelite movement and American art during the second half of the 19th century has expanded to consider the social and cultural history that is critical to an understanding of the mission and works of these artists. This catalog looks afresh at this innovative but under-explored chapter in American art history.

312 pages | 210 illustrations | 9.5 × 10.5 inches

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Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice
Robert Echols, Frederick Ilchman, et al.

Jacopo Tintoretto (1518 /1519–1594) was described by his contemporary Giorgio Vasari as “the most extraordinary brain that painting has ever produced.” Considered to be one of the three great painters of 16th-century Venice, along with Titian and Paolo Veronese, Tintoretto is particularly admired for his bold and expressive brushwork, his dramatic treatments of sacred narrative subjects, and his insightful portraits of the Venetian aristocracy.

Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice features more than 65 of the artist’s paintings, including many large-scale works that convey the breadth and power of his narrative paintings, along with a sample of his finest drawings. Edited by guest curators Robert Echols and Frederick Ilchman, it comprises contributions from an international group of leading Tintoretto scholars, based upon the most recent research. This lavishly illustrated volume provides a fundamental point of reference for modern scholarship and an ideal introduction to the artist’s career and oeuvre for the general reader.

312 pages | 238 color illustrations | 9.75 × 11.75 inches

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Corot: Women
Mary Morton et al.

Camille Corot (1796–1875) is best known as the great master of landscape painting who bridged the French neoclassical tradition with the impressionist movement of the 1870s. His figure paintings constitute a smaller, less well-known portion of his work but are arguably of equal importance to the history of art, in particular for founders of modernist painting such as Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, and Georges Braque.

Mary Morton, curator and head of the department of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art, leads this new appraisal of Corot’s images of women, which were rarely exhibited during his lifetime. Dressed in rustic Italian costume or reclining nude on a grassy plain, Corot’s women read, dream, and gaze directly at the viewer, conveying an independent spirit and a sense of their inner lives. Corot’s sophisticated use of color and his deft, delicate touch applied to the female form resulted in pictures of quiet majesty.

179 pages | 99 illustrations | 9 × 11 inches

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Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints into Maiolica and Bronze
Jamie Gabbarelli et al.

Inspired by the acquisition of the important William A. Clark maiolica (glazed Italian ceramics) collection from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and drawing largely on the Gallery’s newly expanded holdings, Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints into Maiolica and Bronze highlights the impact of Renaissance prints on maiolica and bronze plaquettes, the two media most dramatically influenced by the new technology of image replication. Focusing on designs by major artists such as Andrea Mantegna, Antonio del Pollaiuolo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Parmigianino, and Albrecht Dürer, Sharing Images tells the story of how printed images were transmitted, transformed, and translated onto ceramics and small bronze reliefs, creating a shared visual canon across artistic media and geographical boundaries. The catalog provides a comprehensive introduction to different aspects of the phenomenon, from the role of 15th-century prints and the rediscovery of ancient art to the importance of illustrated books and the artistic exchanges between Italy and northern Europe.

156 pages | 98 illustrations | 9.5 × 10.75 inches

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Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings
Sarah Greenough et al.

For more than forty years, Sally Mann (American, born 1951) has made experimental, elegiac, and hauntingly beautiful photographs that explore the overarching themes of existence: memory, desire, death, the bonds of family, and nature’s magisterial indifference to human endeavor. What unites this broad body of work is that it is all bred of a place, the American South. A native of Lexington, Virginia, Mann has long written about what it means to live in the South and be identified as a southerner. Using her deep love of her native land and her knowledge of its fraught history, she asks provocative questions—about history, identity, race, and religion—that reverberate across geographic and national boundaries. Featuring more than 100 photographs, the exhibition and its accompanying catalog consider how Mann’s relationship with this land has shaped her work and how the legacy of the South—as both homeland and graveyard, refuge and battleground—continues to inform American identity.    

332 pages | 230 illustrations | 10.75 × 11.375 inches

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Outliers and American Vanguard Art
Lynne Cooke et al.

While self-taught artists contributed to the history of modernism in significant ways, they have been largely overlooked in official narratives. Over the past century, American vanguard artists found affinities and inspiration in the work of these marginalized creators and became staunch advocates of their work. But museums that showed their work failed to contest the divide between those at the center and those on its periphery.

Outliers and American Vanguard Art focuses on three periods when the intersection of trained and untrained artists was at its most fertile. It is the first to explore how those key moments—coinciding with times of American social, political, and cultural upheaval—challenged traditional hierarchies and assumptions about creativity, artistic practice, and the role of the artist. With some 250 works by more than 80 schooled and unschooled artists, this exhibition argues for a more diverse and inclusive representation in the cultural arena.

416 pages | 480 illustrations | 10 × 12 inches

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Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe
John Oliver Hand, Greta Koppel et al.

Undoubtedly the greatest Renaissance artist from Estonia, Michel Sittow (c. 1469–1525) was born in Reval (present-day Tallinn). After relocating to Bruges, where he likely studied with Hans Memling, Sittow went to Spain to work at the court of King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile. He later worked at Danish and Netherlandish courts before returning to Reval during his final years. Sittow painted religious subjects, but was especially renowned as a portraitist.

Through some twenty rare and exquisite works, Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe represents most of Sittow’s relatively small output. The exhibition offers an opportunity to consider works attributed to Sittow and to examine his oeuvre in the broader context of his artistic milieu. International art experts, including John Oliver Hand, Greta Koppel, and others, have contributed to the beautifully designed, fully illustrated catalog.  

176 pages | 130 illustrations | 9.625 × 11.5 inches

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Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures
Yuriko Jackall

Situated at the intersection of social history, fashion history, and new scientific technologies, this catalog explores the fantasy figures of Jean Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806). Rapidly executed and brightly colored, these paintings of lavishly costumed individuals are among his most mysterious: produced for unknown reasons, perhaps representing real individuals, perhaps not.

The recent emergence of a drawing covered with 18 thumbnail-sized sketches and apparently annotated in the artist's own hand has upended several long-held assumptions about this series—not only populating his professional networks with hitherto unknown clients and models, but also extending as far as the National Gallery of Art's own Young Girl Reading.

Carefully presenting and examining new findings, this catalog takes an important step toward a more complete understanding of the series as a whole. 

176 pages | 140 illustrations | 9.75 × 12.25 inches

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Facture: Conservation, Science, Art History
Volume 3: Degas

Edited by Daphne Barbour and Suzanne Quillen Lomax

Facture, a biennial journal presenting peer-reviewed scholarly articles, addresses issues from conservation treatment and technical art history to scientific research, fostering a dialogue among art historians, scientists, and conservators in the international community. Volume 3 is devoted to the corpus of Edgar Degas. Articles focus on finish in his paintings; analysis of his posthumous bronze casts; and his unconventional use of materials, including tracing paper for a late pastel, wax for his sculpture, and the degree to which he pushed traditional techniques beyond conventional boundaries. Two shorter pieces explore Degas’s soft ground etchings and his sonnet on the contribution to interdisciplinary scholarship on art.

200 pages | 150 illustrations | 8 × 11 inches

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America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting
Yuriko Jackall et al.

In 1815, Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon, arrived in America, bringing his vast and exquisite collection of 18th-century French paintings. These works caused a sensation when they were placed on public view, and a new American taste for 18th-century French painting was born. America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting tells the stories of 68 French paintings that represent some of the best and most unusual examples of this type of art that American museums have to offer. Highlighting smaller museum collections across the country and less well-known paintings, the catalog considers America’s very real fascination with France in the 18th century — a staunch ally in the revolutionary wars, a cultural and intellectual model for Franklin, Jefferson, and other Americans abroad — but also the way in which the cultural ideal of 18th-century France has continued to endure in the American imagination.

304 pages | 160 illustrations | 10 × 12.5 inches

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America’s National Gallery of Art
Philip Kopper et al.

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 housed Mellon’s stunning art collection in the beautiful neoclassical structure designed by John Russell Pope. Since that time, the Gallery’s singular status as the nation’s art museum has continued to attract generous donors who have added tens of thousands of magnificent works of art and whose generosity has made possible such expansions as I. M. Pei’s East Building in 1978, the Sculpture Garden in 1999, and, most recently, new tower galleries and a rooftop sculpture terrace in the East Building. In celebration of the momentous anniversary of a beloved cultural institution, this volume tells its history in lively prose and a lush, cinematic sequence of images. 

408 pages with gatefold | 730 illustrations | 10.25 × 11.75 inches

Awards: AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal (2017)

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Dwan Gallery: Los Angeles to New York, 1959–1971
James Meyer et al.

Virginia Dwan, founder of leading avant-garde galleries in Los Angeles and New York, was a force in a nation made mobile by commercial airlines and the interstate highway system. While the Los Angeles gallery featured abstract expressionism, neo-Dada, and pop, the New York gallery broke ground with brilliant presentations of minimalism, conceptual art, and land art. She supported vanguards from Yves Klein and Edward Kienholz to Carl Andre and Robert Morris, who challenged the limits of art’s role as object and commodity, and later Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria, and Michael Heizer, whose earthworks were sited completely outside the gallery in remote locations of the American West. Told through the perspectives of an astute scholar of modern art, the gallerist herself, and a meticulous researcher, this volume reveals the storied history of the Dwan Gallery.

408 pages | 418 illustrations | 9.5 × 11 inches

Awards: AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal (2017)

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Highlights from the National Gallery of Art, Washington
Curators of the National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art is home to the nation’s art collection and a preeminent showcase for the development of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present. This completely new handbook includes beautiful reproductions and insightful commentaries on more than 400 masterworks selected by the Gallery’s curatorial staff from some 145,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, decorative arts, and new media that make up the present collection. Various mediums appear side by side in chronological groupings, a schema that emphasizes the diversity and wealth of the Gallery’s holdings and provides readers with a well-rounded picture of the Western world’s artistic production over time. This handsome, compact guide is available in English, French, Japanese, Chinese, and Spanish editions.

368 pages | 435 illustrations | 6 × 9 inches

Awards: AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal (2017)

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Stuart Davis: In Full Swing
Harry Cooper and Barbara Haskell

Stuart Davis brought a distinctively American flavor to international modernism. 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 catalog presents an exciting but lesser-known artist to a new generation in order to secure his rightful place in the modern canon. Stuart Davis: In Full Swing focuses on Davis's brilliant sequence of breakthroughs that began in 1921 and ended only in 1964 with his death. With approximately 100 works, the catalog highlights 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, drawing upon new primary documents, including numerous photographs and excerpts from his writings.

288 pages | 185 illustrations | 9.5 × 11 inches

Awards: AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal (2017)

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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 × 11.25 inches

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National Gallery of Art: Architecture + Design
Maygene Daniels and Susan Wertheim

This souvenir book presents a brief history of the National Gallery of Art campus with an emphasis on the beauty and rationale of its design. Developed over the course of almost 75 years, the Gallery offers visitors from the United States and around the world an opportunity to see art in an architectural and landscape setting of striking beauty. The West Building (1941) and East Building (1978), joined by a subterranean concourse and a street-level plaza, as well as the Sculpture Garden (1999), all embody the institution’s rich cultural contribution to public life today.

64 pages | 61 illustrations | 6 × 5.5 inches

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