It is the Year of the Arts here at Edgewood College, and do we have some interesting art books for you. Take a look...
Dürer by Norbert Wolf
Albrecht Dürer was der Meister of late medieval German art. “The visuals are simply stunning. This folio-size volume contains about 200 high-quality illustrations ranging from the 15 full-page woodcuts of The Apocalypse (1498) to rare color reproductions of almost every extant painting viably attributed to Dürer. The details are invaluable… Ultimately, this is a generally sound and visually unparalleled book for an introductory overview of Albrecht Dürer.” – A.V. Coonin. Choice
The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951 by Mason Klein and Catherine Evans
The photographs are “well-reproduced, comprehensive, and representative selection of 150 images made by a wide range of members over [the Photo league’s] lifetime… The research and writing are serious and engaging. This informative survey will inspire further research, publications, and exhibitions of this major component of the history of American photography, particularly in terms of what makes a photograph (or series of photographs) effective politically, documentarily, artistically, or in a powerful combination thereof.. -- C. Chiarenza, Choice.
Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures by Alisa LaGamma
Metropolitan Museum of Art curator LaGamma here provides a view into the long tradition of leadership portrait sculpture in Africa. This exhibition catalogue strikes a nice balance between a beautifully photographed coffee-table-type catalogue and a well-synthesized cultural study. Not only is the text a well-referenced survey of the visual works, it also provides a clear summary of the historical, cultural, and political backgrounds of each society represented. - M. Miller. Choice
Eye to eye: European Portraits 1450-1850 by Richard Rand and Kathleen M. Morris
Many of these portraits are relatively unknown, while some have been collected only recently. The catalogue serves the purpose of bringing these portraits to the attention of a wide audience, while the excellent plates, illustrating both the full works and telling details, afford access to the distinctive visual qualities of the originals. - R. Brilliant. Choice
Barbara Kruger by Alexander Alberro
[This book] does justice to the range of Kruger's experimentation and expression as she decodes cultural power relationships… Well-known works are extensively represented, as are little-known gems… Even those who think they know Kruger's work should brace themselves for a wonderful surprise. - J. Natal. Choice
See the library catalog for a full list of new art books.