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    Opening Transformations (Museum of Contemporary Arts) by Paroissien, Leon; Dysart, Dinah

    Sydney: Fine Arts Press Pty Ltd. 1991. Small Quarto Size [approx 23cm x 25cm]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. Illustrated with Colour and Black & White Photographs. Letter from Rothmans on front free endpaper, issued on the opening of the Museum of Contemporary Arts, november, 1991. 31 pages A record of the discussions, ideas and personalities that have shaped the museum and the development of its collection. . 1st Edition. Hardback.


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    Nakian by O'Hara, Frank

    New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1966. First printing. Paper wrappers. A very good+ or better copy, wrappers soiled and small bump to heel of spine else clean and tight.. 56 pp. + addenda. Illus. Sq. 8vo. The sculpture of Robert Nakian from an exhibit at the MOMA.


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    Celebrating Freedom: The Art of Willie Birch by Rubin, David; Borders, J. B

    New Orleans: Hudson Hills Press in Association with the Brooklyn Museum, 2006. 134 pages, illustrated. Essays, an interview by J.B. Borders, and sections for the following: Plates, Exhibition Checklist, Chronology, Selected Exhibitions and Collections, Bibliography Index, and Photography Credits. Published in conjunction with the traveling exhibition of the New Orleans artist's work, from large-scale drawings to polychrome ethnic sculptures. This monograph is the first publication to examine the career of this influential artist, examining his work from 1968-2004.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine.


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    Ecstatic Incisions. by Freddie Baer

    Oakland, CA AK Press Distribution, 1992. Paperback First Ed; First Printing stated. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, with pasted-in collage at front free endpaper. First Ed; First Printing stated. Near Fine (backstrip very lightly sunned, though titles etc. still quite bright; mildest wear to extremities); binding square and secure; text clean. Very nearly 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 4to. 74pp. The Collages of Freddie Baer. Preface by Peter Lamborn Wilson. Trade Paperback: The collected Baer up to 1992. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.


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    Von Delacroix bis Maillol: Handzeichnungen französischer Meister des 19. Jahrhunderts - Ausstellung Kunsthalle Bremen 9. Marz Bis 13. April 1969

    Bremen, Germany: Kunsthalle Bremen , 1969. Stiff, illustrated covers with a bit of foxing and rubbing. Clean interior. Kunsthalle Bremen exhibit catalog of hand drawings by French masters, from Delacroix to Maillol, in the 19th century, at the Kunsthalle Bremen in Germany, 1969. 214 pages with color plates and black & white reproductions. German language text. Dedicated to the memory of Alfred Walter Heymel.. First Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good.


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    Jean Dubuffet by Dubuffet Jean

    Stedelijk Museum , Amsterdam, 1964. paperback. fine.


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    John Wesley: Paintings 1961-2000 by Heiss, Alanna

    Long Island City: P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, 2001. First Edition, First Printing. Large quarto. Black cloth. 199pp. Color illustrations throughout. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket Oversize book, extra shipping may be required


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    Jean Dubuffet: Works, Writings, Interviews (Essentials Poligrafa) by Jean Dubuffet

    2007-06-06. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!


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    Finding Balance: Reconciling the Masculine/Feminine in Contemporary Art and Culture by Shlain, Leonard; Surls, James

    Houston, Texas: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 2006. This book accompanies the exhibition Finding Balance: Reconciling the Masculine/Feminine in Contemporary Art and Culture, curated by James Surls at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. October 13, 2006 to January 14, 2007. Essays by Leonard Shlain and James Surls; Introduction by Charmaine Locke. 99 pages, illustrated with black & white and color plates of works in the exhibition. The book includes the sections Catalogue of the Exhibition and Artists' Biographies.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket (as issued). 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.


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    Wall Works: Site Specific Wall Installations by Schellmann, Jàrg (editor)

    München - New York : Edition Schellmann, 1999. First Edition. Essays by Uwe Schneede and David Rimanelli. French-fold wraps. 234pp. Illustrated. Softcover. Text in German and English. Near Fine Features 38 wall installations


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    Dick Wray, Texas Artist of the Year Catalogue: Paintings 1960-2000 by Wilson, Wade and Jim Edwards

    Houston: Art League Houston, 2000. Light edge wear and slight rubbing. Forty-eight pages with many full-page color plates of Dick Wray's work. Catalogue of Wray's work prepared for Art League Houston's Texas Artist of the Year Gala in 2000. Essays about Wray and his work by Wade Wilson, Executive Director of the Art League of Houston, and Jim Edwards. Artist information at the back of the catalogue, including a list of Wray's exhibitions.. First Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good.


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    Ian Hamilton Finlay: A visual primer by Abrioux, Yves

    Reaktion Books, 2005. First Thus. Quarto. Pictorial wraps. 318pp. His approach, which bypasses the traditional genre distinctions between painting, sculpture and architecture, is remarkably original, and he is also known as the developer of one of Britain's most celebrated modern gardens. Extensively illustrated, this revised and expanded edition, now available in paperback, includes a generous selection from Finlay's published and environmental work and a biographical sketch of the artist.


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    R.C. Gorman: The Posters by Hurst, Tricia

    Flagstaff, Arizona: Northland Press. First Edition. paperback. Good+.. Signed by R.C. Gorman on the half-title page. Softcover. Large format. Four page introductory essay by Hurst. About 70 pgs. Color reproductions of posters. Wear at the corners, edges. Scuff marks on back cover.


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    Lenore Malen: The New Society For Universal Harmony by Ames, Jonathan

    New York: Granary Books / Slought Foundation, 2004. First Edition. Quarto. Pictorial french-fold wraps. 143pp. Fine Malen uses pseudo-documentary photos, video and audio transcriptions, "testimonials," case histories, and arcane imagery to archive the functioning of her own reinvention of the utopian society established in Paris in 1793 by the followers of Franz Anton Mesmer known as La société de l'harmonie universelle


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    The End of the World: Contemporary Visions of the Apocalypse by Gumpert, Lynn

    New York: New Museum of Contemporary Art , 1983. First Edition. Octavo. Orange wraps. 81pp. Very Good+, light rubbing 57 works by twenty-four contemporary American artists


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    Rebecca Horn: Diving through Buster's Bedroom by Gianelli, Ida (editor)

    Los Angeles, CA and Milan: Published by The Museum of Contemporary Art / Fabbri Editori, 1990. First Edition. Essays by Germano Celant, Bruce W. Ferguson, Heiner Muller, Elizabeth A.T. Smith, with texts by Horn. Quarto. Pictorial wraps. 111pp. Near Fine. Laid in is a TLS from then director of MOCA to a donor


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    Patricia Piccinini Once upon a time... by Messenger, Jane

    Adelaide: Art Gallery of South Australia. 2011. Folio Size [38x28cm approx]. Near fine condition in pictorial laminated boards. Contained in a very good+ clear plastic case. Silver gilt to edges. Illustrated with colour reproductions. 148 pages The comprehensive and spectacular catalogue of the art exhibition of the same name by this highly regarded, contemporary Australian artist. . 1st Edition. Hardback.


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    In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida: Angus Fairhurst, Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas by Muir, Gregor and Clarie Wallis

    London: Tate Publishing, 2004. First Edition. Quart. French-fold wraps. 111pp. Illustrated throughout including large fold-out. Near Fine. Three leading figures in British contemporary art brought together for an exhibit at the Tate. Oversize book may require additional charges for expedited or international shipping  "The name In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is taken from the title track of an LP released in 1968 by the West Coast rock band, Iron Butterfly. The song was originally going to be called 'In the Garden of Eden'. Legend has it that the lead singer was so drunk when he first announced the song's title that one of the band members wrote down phonetically the slurred words 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida'. The title suggests an overt theme: broadly, the contemporary consequences of the original myth of falling from grace. But the exhibition also reveals the differing formal and material approaches of three artists and how they use metaphor in diverse ways. Lucas uses earthy subject matter and commonplace, throwaway items such as pizza-delivery flyers and cigarettes; Hirst constructs complex installations inside vitrines and makes paintings using butterflies and flies; and Fairhurst's material ranges from newspapers and billboards to bronze and resin."


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    Michael Lucero, Italo Scanga, James Surls [Art Exibit Catalog] by Zimmer, William

    Houston, 1982. A trace of rubbing along the upper portion of the spine. Small orange sticker near tail of the spine. 750 copies of this art exhibit catalog were printed on the occasion of simultaneous exhibitions at Texas Gallery, Houston and Delahunty Gallery, Dallas in September 1982. 18 pages, stiff covers, stapled.. Soft Cover. Near Fine.


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    A Graphic Muse: Prints by Contemporary American Women by Field, Richard S. and Ruth E Fine

    New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1987. First Edition. Quarto. Pictorial wraps. 163pp. Near Fine Includes work by Jennifer Bartlett, Helen Frankenthaler, Nancy Graves, Elaine De Kooning, Joyce Kozloff, Joan Mitchell, and Joan Snyder among others


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    Arnulf Rainer at the Abbazia Di San Gregorio, Venice 1986 by Fuchs, R. H. (Curated by)

    Vienna: Ulysses, 1986. Slight wear, wrinkling along edges of printed wrapper. Interior clean and bright. Selected works of the Austrian artist Arnulf Rainer. Includes essays in either Italian, English, or both by Rainer and Fuchs; a listing of selected one-man exhibitions by the artist; a brief bio of the artist; and 26 color plates of mixed media, including mixed media on photos, oil on photos, and oil on wood.. Soft Cover. Very Good.


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    Windows and Mirrors: Interaction Design, Digital Art, and the Myth of Transparency by Bolter, J. David and Diane Gromala

    Cambridge: MIT, 2003. First Edition. Octavo. Cloth. 182pp. Fine in Fine dust jacket


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    Lee Waisler, Human-Landscape: Exhibition Catalog for Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, California, January 17 - March 22, 1976

    1976. Preface by Carl Schlosberg. Includes autobiographical statements and views of the artist by others--Norman Rosten and Betje Howell. The Magnes Museum was the first Jewish Museum of the West. Includes 27 plates from the exhibit.. Soft Cover. Near Fine.


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    Nick Cave: Until by Essays by Denise Markonish, David Byrne, Lori E Lightfoot, Claudia Rankine

    MASS MoCA, DelMonico Books, Prestel, 2017. First Edition. Quarto. Hardback, front board and spine die-cut. 197pp. Well illustrated. Fine


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    Bulletin of the Cincinnati Art Museum, Volume IX, Number 2, April 1938 by Hall, Virginius C.; Richard B. Freeman; et al

    Cincinnati, Ohio: Cincinnati Art Museum, 1938. Stapled booklet, 71 pages. Staples are rusted otherwise a fine copy. Two articles on museum exhibits: Prints for Disillusioned People (nostalgia in the prints of Currier & Ives), by Virginius C. Hall and Duveneck's Marble Bust of Charles William Eliot (Harvard president), by Richard B. Freeman. There is also one more credited article: Making the Most of Your Membership, by Etta McGrew. Following those articles: Museum Notes (no author named), membership and donor listings, classes and activities offered, and continuing exhibitions.. Soft Cover. Near Fine. 7 X 9 Inches.


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