London: George Virtue, 1853. Hardcover. Includes 36 full page plates reproducing paintings and sculptures from artists of the day. Articles address art, fashion, architecture, museums, photography, exhibitions, reviews, and more. Ex-library with stamps to fore-edge of textblock and copyright page and sticker to spine. Red cloth library binding with gilt title to spine. Minor sunning to spine, rubbing to hinges and edges of boards, and minor wear to corners. Minor soiling to boards. Closed tears and chipping to some pages. Clean and bright overall with occasional foxing. Some tissue guards creased or removed. A folio sized heavy volume. Unpaginated. May require an extra shipping fee. ART/032119. Very Good.
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Paris: Musee de l'Homme, 1967. Paperback. Grey paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Clean and bright with many black and white photographic illustrations. Text in French. Mostly african art with some art from the Americas. 158 pages. ART/021419. Very Good.
Portland, OR: Anne Greenwood, 2009. Softcover. This book was published in connection with an exhibition called Lost Harmonies in 2009. The exhibit featured art work from several projects conducted in 2008-2009 in collaboration with Anne Greenwood, Rebecca Wild, and students at the Trillium Charter School from the school's intermediate group.With photographs of the students working, the work produced as well as calligraphy and text about the projects. In glossy multicolored pictorial paper covers.In fine condition. 7 x 9 inches. Unpaginated. [27 pages] ART/031919. Fine.
New York: B.W. Huebsch, 1907. Hardcover. Yellow cloth boards with green title to spine and front cover. Browning to spine, minor soiling including a few spots of black paint to rear cover, and minor wear to spine ends and edges. Minor pencil underlining and previous owner signature, else clean interior. 64 pages. ART/032119. Very Good.
Paris: Goupil & Cie, 1912. Hardcover. Number 8 of 75 copies on Japanese paper. This sumptuous book recounts the life and work of Eugene Lami, the famed French painter, illustrator, and designer. It is extensively illustrated throughout with double plates of each of the works. Each is protected by a tissue guard. In full brown leather with ornate gilt ornaments decorating the covers. There are four raised bands on the spine with gilt decorations, author, and title. Scuffing, bumping, and tear to top of spine along joint along with missing leather where label was removed. Unfortunately this heavy ex-library book's binding is detached from the text block. The free front endpaper is torn as is the half title. Library markings are relatively unobtrusive, with an ownership stamp on the verso of the original cover bound in, small ink numbers on verso of title page and scraping to the rear free endpaper where signout card removed. The interior of the book is otherwise in very good condition. Price reflects flaws. In French. Folio volume with 206 pages plus plates. Heavy volume may require extra postage. ART/031419. Very Good -.
New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1997. Hardcover. First Edition. "Joan Mitchell (1926 - 1992) was one of the most distinguished artists to be associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement. Winning a place for herself in the heavily male-dominated New York art world of the 1950s, she soon achieved recognition as a leading exponent of a gestural style. Yet her work is not as widely appreciated in the United States as it deserves to be, in part because she chose to live in France during the later decades of her life" (jacket). Includes 127 illustrations with 120 in full color. Yellow cloth boards with black title to spine. Light wear to edges of boards, but clean and bright overall. In white illustrated dust jacket with black spine panel titled in white. Minor wear to the edges of the jacket including minor soiling along edges. An attractive production honoring this little known, but important female abstract expressionist artist. Oblong quarto. 204 pages. ART/021519. Fine / Very Good.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. Hardcover. "Joan Mitchell is the first full-scale biography of the abstract expressionist painter who came of age in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s; a portrait of an outrageous artist and her struggling artist world, painters making their way in the second part of America's twentieth century" (jacket). Fine in blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. In near fine illustrated yellow dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Jacket is price-clipped, else fine. 514 pages. ART/021519. Fine / Near Fine.
New York: Arno Press, 1972. Hardcover. Scarce facsimile of the even scarcer original magazine. "291" was an arts and literary magazine that was published from 1915 to 1916 in New York City. It was created and published by a group of four individuals: photographer/modern art promoter Alfred Stieglitz, artist Marius de Zayas, art collector/journalist/poet Agnes E. Meyer and photographer/critic/arts patron Paul Haviland. Initially intended as a way to bring attention to Stieglitz's gallery of the same name, it soon became a work of art in itself. The magazine published original art work, essays, poems and commentaries by Francis Picabia, John Marin, Max Jacob, Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, de Zayas, Stieglitz and other avant-garde artists and writers of the time, and it is credited with being the publication that introduced visual poetry to the United States. Alfred Stieglitz was one of the most active arts promoters in the world in the early 1910s. He was already famous for his own photography and he ran the progressive art gallery 291 in New York. In 1913 de Zayas, Meyer and Haviland supported Stieglitz at his gallery, encouraged by his recent interest in promoting other art forms in addition to photography. In January 1915 they proposed the idea of starting a new magazine that would showcase the most avant-garde art of Europe and the U.S., and at the same time bring attention to Stieglitz's gallery. They named the new magazine after the gallery, and with Stieglitz's blessing the four of them began working on the first issue. Each issue contained just four to six pages, sometimes hinged together to provide a fold-out spread, and there were no advertisements. Due to its size and cutting edge presentation, it had the look and feel of a work of art itself, not a magazine about art. It has been called a "proto-Dadaist statement." Only twelve numbers of 291 were published, but three of them were double numbers so just nine actual issues were printed. It never attracted a wide audience, and the high costs of production became too much to sustain. Stieglitz had hundreds of unsold copies at his gallery when he closed it in 1917; he sold all of them at a loss [Wikipedia]. Ex-Library copy with cloth tape along spine, pocket for signout card, unobtrusive stamps on copyright page. Interior pages are unmarked and in near fine condition. Folio volume bound in maroon cloth with titling to spine and front cover. Unpaginated. ART/031219. Very Good.