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Norman Rockwell's Faith of America

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This classic volume celebrates Norman Rockwell’s unique understanding of the American spirit.

This tribute to America’s best-known, best-loved illustrator takes the reader on an inspiring journey through Norman Rockwell’s vision of America, one that is still relevant today.

The author Fred Bauer visited Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and Arlington, Vermont, talking to the people who lived with Rockwell and posed for his pictures, about whom the artist said, “If you are interested in the characters you draw and understand them and love them, why, the people who see your pictures are bound to feel the same.”

Represented here are more than one hundred Rockwell works, including iconic Saturday Evening Post covers, such as Saying Grace, Breaking Home Ties, and The Golden Rule; World War II images, such as the Willie Gillis series; portraits of Eisenhower, Kennedy, and the Statue of Liberty; and depictions of American holidays, family traditions, and worship.

With Bauer’s sympathetic text and Rockwell’s unforgettable images, the book o ers a picture of American hope and humanity, and of Rockwell’s optimistic faith in the nation and its people.

Fred Bauer wrote more than a dozen books and worked widely in communications.

 

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Color Style

How to Identify the Colors That Are Right for Your Home

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Discover the "Living with Color" concept, a way to create your unique, personal color scheme, developed by Carolyn Warrender, a celebrated interior designer.

Learn how to identify and use shades of color that are tailored for you. Share the author's secrets and shortcuts to designing stylish and comfortable rooms. Decorate your traditional or modern home successfully with skill and confidence.

Decorating a home is a major investment and we all want to be sure that our choice of paints, wallpapers, and fabrics is the right one. This practical, informative illustrated guide to understanding and using color enables you to create a stylish home that reflects your individual taste and is a pleasure to live in. Based on a pioneering color system called "Living with Color," this approach will both simplify and refine all of your decorating and furnishing decisions. The "Living with Color" system divides the color spectrum into six clearly defined palettes — Air, Wind, Water, Fire, Earth, and Mineral — in addition to a range of Naturals. Each palette is then subdivided into warm and cool shades. Inspiring color photographs show how these palettes can be combined beautifully in interior decoration.

The book then addresses the entire home, room by room, offering practical, straightforward, and economical advice on using different color palettes to achieve particular styles and effects. A superb selection of color photographs illustrates color schemes for both contemporary and traditional kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, halls, bedrooms, bathrooms, children's rooms, and home offices. Carolyn Warrender demonstrates the practical use of color with step-by-step advice on how to make your own sample board, and with easy-to-follow decorating projects, each showing the use of special paint effects or other color-based techniques. These projects are brought to life by specially commissioned artworks and by the author's own tips for personal finishing touches.

Finally, a questionnaire and a series of checklists enable you to create a personalized portfolio of colors. Once you've identified the colors that you most enjoy, you will be able to create a home that is a true reflection of your personal taste and lifestyle.

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The Art of Light and Space

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A fascinating investigation of Light and Space art by Robert Irwin, Maria Nordman, James Turrell, Doug Wheeler, and others.

Ethereal and evocative, the art of Light and Space pushes the viewer beyond the everyday limits of perception. It takes many different forms and uses many different materials, ranging from natural daylight and scrim to glass, plywood, neon, and fire. It taps into far-ranging ideas and systems of knowledge, including alchemy, Buddhism, aerospace technology, witchcraft, astronomy, physiology, and phenomenology.

Written by the foremost authority on the subject and based on more than two decades of research, The Art of Light and Space is the first book to provide an overview of this powerful and increasingly public art form. With rare photographs, extensive artist interviews, and her own insightful observations, Jan Butterfield vividly documents the history of this diverse and sometimes elusive work.

Following a useful introduction that succinctly places the art of Light and Space in the larger context of modern art, the book is divided into ten chapters, each focused on one artist: Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Maria Nordman, Douglas Wheeler, Bruce Nauman, Eric Orr, Larry Bell, DeWain Valentine, Susan Kaiser Vogel, and Hap Tivey. Insightful portrait photographs by Jim McHugh open each chapter and capture the quirky individuality of these inexhaustibly creative men and women. The innovative graphic design emphasizes the artists' own words, both in sidebars and in the text, making their voices unusually accessible.

No two artists have followed the same path, but in many cases the work has become increasingly approachable in recent years. Architects and urban planners have begun to incorporate Light and Space installations into public spaces ranging from the Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C., to the new building in Pasadena, California. Corporate, nonprofit, and private collectors have commissioned numerous major works, including a solar fountain in Denver, a tea house in Paris, and a fire-and-steam sculpture on a busy Los Angeles street corner.

The processes of creating the works seen here are as intriguing as the final results, and all are illuminated by the text, the illustrations, and the design of this provocative, invaluable volume.

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In Times of War and Peace

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As photojournalists since the early 1980s, the Turnleys have covered most of the great conflicts of the past fifteen years, and have been published in the best-known newspapers and magazines. Very often, one of their photographs becomes the iconic representation of the event. This is a result of their spending extended periods in the regions they cover, getting to know the people and the way of life.

During the three years David lived in South Africa, he showed apartheid as the prevailing system, its subsequent destruction, and the first elections of the new democratic state. Peter has pursued his interest in documenting the world's fourteen million refugees, and also photographed the fall of Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe. Together they photographed student dissidents in the months leading up to the Tiananmen Square massacre; their photographs of the massacre itself are among their most recognizable. Shining through all the photographs is the strength of individual character and hope against powerful social and political conflict.

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William Glackens

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The life and work of one of the most admired American Impressionists are fully detailed in the first major monograph on the artist.

William Glackens was one of the most influential American painters in the first decades of the twentieth century. From his beginnings as a witty magazine artist-illustrator in Philadelphia and New York to his participation in the forward-thinking group of artists dubbed The Eight, Glackens was a perceptive interpreter of his surroundings.

Glackens, one of the most versatile and popular artists of his time, assimilated the lighthearted modern French themes of spirited cafés and bustling parks and resorts in such canvases as Chez Mouquin (1905) and Sledding, Central Park (1912). An admirer of the more traditional figure painting of the Impressionist Renoir, his name also became closely linked to the modern artists who exhibited their works at the famous Armory Show of 1913, which Glackens helped organize.

This important study, the first major monograph on Glackens, includes an insightful essay by Dr. William Gerdts and a complete catalog, introduced by curator Jorge Santis, describing the incomparable holdings of the Glackens Collection of the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. With a chronology, bibliography, and index, this profusely illustrated volume is sure to become the standard reference on Glackens for historians and collectors of twentieth-century art.

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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Published to accompany a major international retrospective, this authoritative, lavishly illustrated volume will be the definitive book on Mackintosh for years to come.

Architect, interior designer, furniture designer, painter, and graphic artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) was a modern Renaissance man. This far-ranging book by the leading scholars in the field offers new information and ideas about many aspects of Mackintosh's work: his famous tea rooms, his distinctive furniture, and his evocative paintings.

In addition, individual chapters are devoted to his two most remarkable surviving buildings—the Glasgow School of Art and The Hill House—and are each illustrated with specially commissioned color photographs.

The authors also provide a fresh and thoughtful look at Mackintosh's context in turn-of-the-century Glasgow and London while revising many of the myths that have long obscured his life and career. His extensive collaboration with his wife, Margaret Macdonald, and his working relationships with his mentors and patrons receive enlightening scrutiny as well.

This authoritative volume—which accompanies a major retrospective with an international tour, organized by the Glasgow Museums—also contains an extensive chronology, a cast of characters, a selected bibliography, and an appendix of the Mackintosh buildings and interiors that are still in existence. Informative, eloquent, lavishly illustrated, and elegantly designed, this will be the definitive book on Mackintosh for years to come.

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Heroines

Great Women through the Ages

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The lives and contributions of twelve women from many cultures and throughout history are portrayed in this inspiring book. Women who changed the world are depicted in the fascinating historical period in which each one lived.

Heroines: Great Women Through the Ages highlights the lives and unique contributions of remarkable women throughout history. Among them are doctors, artists, poets, scientists, aviators, and others. Illustrated in the artistic style popular in each woman's era, Heroines portrays the periods in which these women lived, worked, and created.

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Max Beckmann

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Max Beckmann's powerful paintings and prints have had a profound impact on 20th-century art.

Even now, some forty-five years after his death, the works created by Max Beckmann exert an intense influence on contemporary art. His piercing self-portraits, his enigmatic yet compelling triptychs, his incisive prints all have earned him a well-deserved reputation as a creator of provocative work that is both emotionally and intellectually stimulating.

Born in Leipzig, Germany, in 1884, Beckmann lived an international life, studying and working in Weimar, Frankfurt, Paris, and Berlin. Successful almost from his earliest days as a professional artist, he exhibited work to acclaim throughout Europe and America. With the Nazis' rise to power, his style and his subjects became dangerously out of fashion, and he was forced into exile-first to Amsterdam, where he spent World War II, and eventually to the United States, where he died, in New York, in 1950.

Although some scholars have categorized Beckmann as a German Expressionist, he always resisted belonging to any group, asserting that "the greatest danger which threatens mankind is collectivization." He also resisted abstraction, remaining passionately committed to the figure throughout his long career. His paintings have much to say about sex, politics, and religion-which is no doubt why they so outraged the Nazis and no doubt why they have remained so absorbing to new generations of admirers.

About the Modern Masters series

With informative, enjoyable texts and over 100 illustrations--approximately 48 in full color--this innovative series offers a fresh look at the most creative and influential artists of the postwar era. The authors are highly respected art historians and critics chosen for their ability to think clearly and write well. Each handsomely designed volume presents a thorough survey of the artist's life and work, as well as statements by the artist, an illustrated chapter on technique, a chronology, lists of exhibitions and public collections, an annotated bibliography, and an index. Every art lover, from the casual museumgoer to the serious student, teacher, critic, or curator, will be eager to collect these Modern Masters. And with such a low price, they can afford to collect them all.

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Circus

A Funny Fingers Book

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Children and adults alike will delight in reading and playing with this interactive book.

Imagine being able to join the circus without leaving home! In this colorful book, children stick one, two, or even three fingers through the die-cut holes in each page, and they create the action. Their fingers become a clown's hands as he does cartwheels, a seal's flippers as it balances a ball, a monkey's feet as it swings on a trapeze, the front legs of a horse as it gallops in a circle, or a part of many other performers in the circus. There's plenty of room for silliness and inventiveness as children play each role.

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Contemporary American Folk Art

A Collector's Guide

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For the new or seasoned collector, this groundbreaking guide reveals how to evaluate contemporary American folk art as well as where to see, buy it, and what to spend on it.

With the rising popularity of contemporary folk art, collectors have been asking, Who are the artists? Where are they located? Where can I see their art? How can I buy their work? And how much does it cost?This wonderfully illustrated guidebook offers answers to these questions and much more. The authors, passionate collectors of contemporary American folk art for more than two decades, have traveled widely throughout rural and urban America, searching out artists, collecting extraordinary pictures, sculptures, and objects, and gathering information. Their highly informative text, organized by region, features 181 biographies of both new and established artists and includes tips about how to evaluate the art. The book is illustrated with color photos of more than 155 works as well as forty-four black-and-white pictures of the artists. Of special value are the extensive listings of galleries and museums where the best folk art being created today may be viewed.

Supplementing the text are essays by Lee Kogan of the Museum of American Folk Art and by Nancy Druckman of Sotheby's. Regional maps, a bibliography, and a price guide round out this indispensable reference book.

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Norman Rockwell Postcard Book

These thirty heart-warming and whimsical postcards celebrate Norman Rockwell's unique vision of the American dream.

Norman Rockwell is often associated with the series of witty covers he executed for The Saturday Evening Post. But, in fact, he had a much wider impact as an artist and illustrator: story illustrations for the Ladies' Home Journal, covers for popular magazines such as Boy's Life, Literary Digest, and Life; journalistic interpretations of social themes and portraits of political figures for Look magazine; and advertisements for corporate giants like AT&T and Kellogg cereal.

The 30 images presented here highlight Norman Rockwell's entire artistic vision, capturing the spirit of America's most beloved pictorial storyteller.

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The Heart's Journey

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An inspiring tale of the resilience and triumph of the human heart.

The Heart’s Journey is a universal story of love, loss, and the growing process that leads to greater self-knowledge. The tale of a heart that encounters pain and suffering only to be healed by the power and security of love, this story transcends language and speaks directly to our emotions. Artist Judy Pelikan’s heartfelt and lovingly rendered illustrations depict the human heart’s strength and capacity for love so eloquently and persuasively that words are hardly needed.

An inspiration and a joy to anyone who has encountered emotional hardship and who knows, or will know, that the heart is a resilient muscle, The Heart’s Journey is the perfect gift for somebody who needs to remember that the heart always emerges triumphant.

 

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Thomas Kinkade

Paintings of Radiant Light

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This inspiring volume celebrates the charming and radiant works of Thomas Kinkade, a foremost contemporary painter of light.

Thomas Kinkade's delightful paintings of cottages, countrysides, tranquil small-town America, and bustling cities seem infused with a special vision. Perhaps no American artist since Norman Rockwell has been so admired and collected for such warm, engaging scenes of American life. This inspiring volume features beautiful fold-out color plates and celebrates the radiant works of the foremost contemporary painter of light.

This book, which includes Kinkade's newest paintings, recounts the uplifting story of his life and adventures. In his own words, Kinkade recalls the inspiration behind his works and describes the fascinating personal references-to loved ones and to his faith-found in his paintings.

The most comprehensive portfolio of Kinkade's art ever printed, this volume includes detailed descriptions of his works and lavish full-color reproductions that illustrate the luminous "Kinkade glow" so collected and treasured today.

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Bernhard Gutmann

An American Impressionist

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Surprising and long overdue, this is the first monograph on a major American Impressionist and Post-Impressionist, one who recorded his travels, his family, and the joys of life with luscious color and exuberant sensibility.

The founder of the Silvermine Guild, a successful teacher, illustrator, and master of ceramic and graphic art, Bernhard Gutmann received serious critical acclaim during his lifetime, and his work was shown in major exhibitions and museums. But since his death in 1936 his work has gone unnoticed, largely because he did not need to sell his art. His works remained in the family rather than going to the collectors, museums, and galleries that would have introduced him to a general audience.

Born in 1869 and educated in Germany, Gutmann arrived in the United Stated at the age of 23. From modest immigrant beginnings—he moved to Virginia to work as an electrician—he rose to be the first superintendent of drawing in the Lynchburg public schools. After his marriage to Bertha Goldman, granddaughter of the founder of the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs, he was free to concentrate on his art alone.

Described during his "rediscovery" in 1988 as "an American Gauguin," Gutmann had a great influence on American regional art: he organized the still functioning Lynchburg Art Club in Virginia and later assisted in the foundation of the thriving Silvermine Guild of Artists in New Canaan, Connecticut.

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Love Letters

Post Impressions

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Now available in paperback, this romantic little book presents memorable words from the world's most famous lovers — both the great and the not so great — alongside beautifully illustrated postage stamp portraits.

Post ImpressionsTM Love Letters is a witty compilation of brilliant comments on the world's most romantic subject by such renowned authorities as William Shakespeare, Marcel Proust, and Emily Dickinson. A color portrait in the form of a cleverly rendered postal commemorative stamp by artist JoAnna Poehlmann accompanies each quotation.

Originally a handmade book, Love Letters was a popular success when it was first published in 1991. Now Love Letters is being reissued as a paperback. This charming book is the perfect gift for Valentine's Day or any other special occasion that calls for an amusing little treat.

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Tough Times For Father Bear

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Father Bear becomes Mr. Mom.

When Mother Bear leaves for a week-long visit with her sister, Father Bear is left to take care of the children. All he has to do is buy groceries, cook dinner, do some yard work, keep the house clean, and get the children to bed early. What could possibly go wrong in a week?

Nearly everything goes wrong, and Father Bear discovers that the tasks that are so simple when Mother Bear is home are quite difficult without her. Taking a bath, cleaning clothes, and even fun activities like going to a fair and playing Cowboys and Indians all lead to trouble. It's all Father Bear can do to have the household back in order in time for Mother's return, by which time he's fallen asleep on the couch, dreaming of all he learned during her trip.

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American Bar

The Artistry of Mixing Drinks

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This "bar bible" provides recipes for mixing the perfect drink, classical or exotic, and offers tips on serving it correctly.

-- WINNER of the New York Book Show Award

Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just relaxing with a cocktail, let world-renowned bartender Charles Schumann be your guide to mixing masterful libations. American Bar—the most authoritative cocktail book ever published—provides all the information the cocktail lover or professional bartender needs to serve up the perfect drink.

Inside American Bar you'll find

  • Recipes for more than 500 drinks, listed alphabetically
  • An easy-to-use drink index arranged by drink categories
  • The fascinating history and names of leading brands of all the major cocktail components
  • A handy guide to bartending equipment
  • A glossary of international bar terms and measurements

Illustrated with hundreds of delightful 1930s-style line drawings by Günter Mattei, this exceptionally handsome book is an indispensable companion to home or professional entertaining.

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