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    Women Artists of America, 1707-1964 by Gerdts, William H

    Newark, NJ: The Newark Museum, 1965. Softbound. VG-, slight age-toning to front cover edge. White stapled wraps. 32 pp. 30 bw repros. Issued in conjunction with a 1965 exhibition. With acknowledgments by Katherine Coffey and lengthy illustrated essay by William H. Gerdts. Lists 135 works by 130 women artists. One page bibliography at end. A good starting point for research on American women artists.


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    Sweet Dreams: Contemporary Art and Complicity by Drucker, Johanna

    Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2005. Hardcover. VG. Slate gray cloth, gold & color illus. dust jacket, 291 pp., 16 color plates, 31 BW illus. "A testament to the creative processes and self-conscious heterogeneity of art today as well as a revolutionary effort to celebrate imaginative, creative thought and the value of art in contemporary life."


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    Pop Art and the Contest Over American Culture by Doris, Sara

    Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Hardcover. VG/VG (Used) : Dust jacket has no damage other than an ex-library label on spine and is taped to inner boards. Book is clean and tight with library stamps on publication page, all page blocks, and inside back cover, along with two stickers inside back cover. Some light pencil marks throughout text, but are easily erasable.. Smooth red boards with gold text embossed on spine, color illust. dj (mustard yellow and dark burgundy) wrapped in mylar cover and taped inside boards. xii + 304 pages of text with 49b/w illustrations throughout. "... examines the socially and aesthetically subversive character of the movement that transformed American art and culture in the 1960s. Providing a historically contextualized reading of American pop art, Sara Doris locates the movement within the larger framework of the social, cultural, and political transformations of that decade." (-From inside front flap of dj.) Contains a Table of contents which identifies the following sections: 1) The Contest Over Culture, 1939-1966; 2) The Perils of Affluence; 3) Pop Art, Pop Culture, and the Transformation of Taste; 4) Pop Art, Pop Fashion, and the "Youthquake;" 5) Pop Art, Obsolescence, and Camp. Also contains a list of illustrations, and Introduction, a section of Notes, and a Bibliography and Index.


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    Modern American Painting, 1907-1936: The Maria and Barry King Collection by Cable, Patrick Shaw

    El Paso, Tex: El Paso Museum of Art, 2013. Hardcover. As New. Maroon & color illus. boards, 265 pp., many color illus. Issued in conjunction with a 2013-2014 exhibition of paintings from the collection of Maria and Barry King. Several essays and many vibrant illustrations.


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    Modern Art in the Washington University Collection by Janson, H. W

    St. Louis, Missouri: City Art Museum of St. Louis, 1947. Softcover. VG- (Covers lightly soiled; may have library markings on front cover, inside front cover, and on title page). White & illus. stapled wraps; 44 pp.; 28 bw plates. Represented a new direction for this collection at the time. The historical and descriptive essay is followed by the exhibition checklist by artist and the BW plates. Consists of 28 paintings, drawings, collages, and other works by William Baziotes, Max Beckmann, Eugene Berman, Georges Braque, Stuart Davis, Julio De Diego, Theo Doesburg, Max Ernst, Juan Gris, Philip Guston, Jean Helion, Paul Klee, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Fernand Leger, Matta, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Joseph Stella, Edward John Stevens, Jr., Rufino Tamayo, Yves Tanguy, Karl Zerbe, Alexander Calder, Edgar Degas, Henry Moore, and Antoine Pevsner, with a ceremonial mask from Central Africa and a 19th-century figure sculpture from New Guinea. All are pictured here.


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    William Gropper: Retrospective by Freundlich, August L

    Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie, 1968. First edition. Hardcover. Orig. illustrated black cloth. Fine in fine dust wrapper.. Gropper, William. 128 pp. Eight color plates and 104 black and white illustrations. Bibliography. With a critique by the author.


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    Maurice Prendergast Art of Impulse and Color by Green, Eleanor

    College Park: Univ. of Maryland, 1976. First edition. Hardcover. Orig. crimson cloth. Fine in fine dust wrapper.. Prendergast, Maurice. 173 pp. More than 100 illustrations in color and black and white cover the 108 entries. Exhibitions 17 October 1976 - 15 April 1977.Catalogue of the Exhibition.


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    Modern Dreams: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Pop by Leffingwell, Edward and Karen Marta (Editors)

    New York: The Institute for Contemporary Art, 1988. Hardcover. Good, clean and tight but art school ex-lib. with usual marks, a few spots to front cover, and upper outer back corner bumped.. Black buckram/gilt lettering. Missing dj. 191 pp. with color and bw images throughout. Catalogue from the series of exhibitions held between October 1987 and June 1988 at various venues. With works by Lawrence Alloway, Reyner Banham, Judith Barry, Leo Castelli, John Coplans, Tom Finkelpearl, Kenneth Frampton, Howard Halle, Richard Hamilton, Dick Hebdige, Alanna Heiss, Betsey Johnson, Thomas Lawson, Edward Leffingwell, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Patricia Phillips, Alison and Peter Smithson, Eugenie Tsai, Brian Wallis, Glenn Weiss, and Graham Whitham. Modern Dreams explores the distinction between the theoretical and sociological production of London in the fifties and conceptually related work of New York in the eighties. The art objects and theoretical strategies presented by the artists, architects, and writers included in this book engage in a continuing, questioning struggle with the means and ends of presentation and representation, focusing in particular on the effects of media images in photographs and on television. Modern Dreams pursues the transformation of images of popular culture into meaningful icons of contemporary society on four fronts. It begins by investigating the Independent Group's landmark exhibition This is Tomorrow Today held at the Whitechapel Gallery in London in 1956 as proto-Pop; examines the utilization of art related technology and imagery as a kind of agit-Pop of the streets; explores the theoretical ramifications, qualified accomplishments, and possibilities of archi-Pop; and discusses the self referential, picture oriented production of post-Pop. A conversation among the Americans who were instrumental in defining Pop interprets the impact, of the British proto-Pop group on emerging American Pop artists, and provides a revealing look at some of the issues at stake, in the mass media environment that informs the work of artists of the 1980s. Distributed for the P.S. 1 Museum, The Institute for Art and Urban Resources.


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    American Dreamers: Reality and Imagination in Contemporary American Art = Realta e Immaginazione nell'Arte Contemporanea Americana by Bradburne, James et al

    Milano: Silvana Editoriale Spa, 2012. Softcover. VG (Page edges are beginning to tan lightly, otherwise nice.). Color illus. flexible wraps, 144 pp., color & BW illus. Text is in English and Italian. Considers the imagery in the artwork of 11 contemporary American artists: Laura Ball, Adrien Broom, Nick Cave, Will Cotton, Adam Cvijanovic, Richard Deon, Thomas Doyle, Mandy Greer, Kirsten Hassenfeld, Patrick Jacobs, and Christy Rupp. With five thematic essays, and sections for each artist. Uncommon.


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    Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue - Architect and Master of Many Arts by Whitaker, Charles Harris (Editor)

    NY: Press of the American Institute of Architects, 1925. First edition. Hardcover. Orig. cream and navy cloth. Very good. Folio, 50 pages in text. 273 plates, with a host of color reproductions in text. Text by Hartley Burr Alexander, Ralph Cram Adams, George Ellery Hale, Lee Lawrie, C. Howard Walker and Charles Harris Whitaker. KARPEL B1186. "A monumental work ......The extensive series of plates depicts executed work." Spine slightly darkened, chipped at extremities.


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    A Life in Photography by STEICHEN, Edward

    Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1963. Fine/Near Fine. First edition. Fine with light bumping to the spinal extremities in near fine, lightly worn dustwrapper. Published in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art.


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    Claes Oldenburg by Rose, Barbara

    NY: MOMA, 1969. First edition. Original Wraps. Orig. vinyl wrappers lettered in blue. Fine.. Oldenburg, Claes. 221 pages. Landscape 4to, 21 1/2 x 36 cm. Copiously illustrated in black and white and with forty color plates, and original exhibition checklist laid-in. MOMA exhibition 1969. Index. FREITAG 9216.


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    American Realism Abroad : an exhibition of nine American realist artists from Florence, Italy, and Paris, France

    Waterville, Maine: Colby College Museum of Art, 1989. Paperback. VG- (clean/tight; light shelf wear). Color-pictorial wraps with white lettering. 32 pp. with color and bw images. Catalogue from the traveling exhibition of 1989 to 1990. With sections on each artist and a checklist of the exhibition.


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    A Southern Collection by Pennington, Estill Curtis

    Augusta, GA: Morris Communications Corporation, 1992. Softcover. VG+. Color illustrated wraps. 246 pp. 116 color plates. Select works from a permanent collection of paintings in the South prepared for the opening of the Morris Museum of Art, Sept. 24, 1992. Each full-page color plate is faced by a page of explanatory text including provenance, literature, exhibition history, and archival sources. Arranged by topic: Antebellum Portraiture, Art of the Civil War, Black Presence in Southern Painting, Southern Impressionism, Works on Paper, Twentieth-Century Art, the Self-Taught Southern Artist, and Contemporary Southern Painting. Also includes a checklist of the Permanent Southern Collection and an index.


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    Unstretched Surfaces, Los Angeles-Paris by Bordeaux, Jean-Luc et al

    Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, 1977. Softcover. VG- (Clean and tight but for art museum ex-lib. stamp to back canvas cover; two threads beginning to fray on canvas). Heavy speckled canvas cloth with raw selvedge and brown lettering. Parchment end papers. 48 pp. with 29 bw illus. Catalogue from the exhibition of November - December 1977. Initiated and sponsored by the Fellows of Contemporary Art, in cooperation with the Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Musee National d'Art Moderne (Paris). Artists include Bernadette Bour, Jerrold Burchman, Thierry Delaroyere, Daniel Dezeuze, Charles Christopher Hill, Chrisian Jaccard, Allan McCollum, Jean-Michel Meurice, Jean-Pierre Pincemin, Peter Plagens, Tom Wudi, and Richard Yokomi. Main essays, Unstretched Surfaces in Southern California, by Jean-Luc Bordeaux, and New Aspects of Painting in France, by Alfred Pacquerment, in parallel text, English/French.


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    The Artist Sees Differently: Essays Based upon the Philosophy of a Collection in the Making (2-volume set) by Phillips, Duncan

    New York City: E. Weyhe, 1931. Hardcover. G+ (May have gallery bookplate; a few scuffs to covers; perhaps minor dings or tears to head and heel of spines; otherwise only lightly aged overall.). 2 vols. Gray paper boards, maroon cloth spines with black title blocks. Volume 1 = 146 pages, 3 color and 4 bw plates. Volume 2 = unpaginated and contains 245 bw plates on pp. The complete two-volume set of essays and supporting illustrations as assembled by American art critic and collector Duncan Phillips (1886-1966). Volume 1 consists of 11 essays, exhibition notes, and colums on specific artists.. Many of these are on European art-related topics, but those of direct American interest would include writings on Karl Knaths, John Marin, Augustus Vincent Tack, Harold Weston, and American Old Masters. Volume 2 contains 245 bw plates, with an artist index at the front that reflects the strong American representation in this collection. The set constitutes No. 6 in the Phillips Publications series.


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    Modern Art in America by Adams, Robert Henry

    Chicago: Robert Henry Adams Fine Art, 1992. Softcover. Good+ with only minor general wear to covers. Grey wraps with color illustration and white lettering; 43 pp. with 19 color plates. Includes biographic material of each artist opposite each plate and a short essay by Adams; with a separate list of prices.


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    Edith Halpert and The Downtown Gallery by CT: University of Connecticut Museum of Art, 1968

    1968. Softbound. VG. Wraps. appx. 96 pp. 58 bw plates. Introductory essay by Marvin S. Sadik. The Downtown Gallery was an important fixture in 20th Century American aret, offering up shows on newly discovered and uncovered artists, such as Harnett and Pippin, and greatly aiding in the development of such collections as The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Collection at Williamsburg. Terrific stories in the introduction. Artists listed in no particular order and given biographies. Plates follow. 1000 copies printed.


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    Forty Artists Under Forty by NY: Whitney, July 23 to Sept. 16, 1962, seven other locations

    1962. Softcover. VG. Glossy wraps. [48] pp. 5 color, 35 bw plates. Each artist has an illustration, a biographical essay, and a statement. Uncommon, and includes many well-known names, including David Aronson, Robert Barnes, Robert Birmelin, Gandy Brodie, Carmen Cicero, Seymour Drumievitch, Luis Eades, Edward Giobbi, Joseph Giasco, Sidney Goodman, Janet Compere Harwood, Richard Hunt, Angelo Ioppolito, Wolf Kahn, Ben Kamihira, Herbert Katzman, David Lund, Marcia Marcus, Richard Mayhew, Sam Middleton, Joan Mitchell, Henry Niese, Arthur Okamura, Robert Andrew Parker, James Phillips, Walter Piate, Robert Rauschenberg, Dean Richardson, Raymond Rocklin, Sarai Sherman, Jack Squier, Theodore Stamos, Richard Stankiewidz, James Strombotne, Hugh Townley, Elbert Weinberg, William Wiley, James Wines, Jack Wolfe & Thomas Yerxa.


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    Allied Artists of America, Inc.: Annual Exhibition 69

    New York, NY: Allied Artists of America, Inc, 1982. Softcover. VG. Purple stapled wraps, 64 pp., BW illus. On cover: 69 AAA 1982. Issued in conjunction with the annual exhibition of this storied art organization, founded in 1914. 238 pieces were displayed, and some of the award winners are pictured here. Includes organization administration information, alphabetical lists of members with their addresses, and some ads.


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    Sculpture: Walk On, Sit Down, Go Through: Socrates Sculpture Park by Lopez, Lulu (Editor)

    Long Island City, New York: The Athena Foundation, 1987. Softcover. VG-. Oblong, color-illus. wraps with black lettering. [16] with 17 bw illus. Catalogue of the sculptural works by 13 artists in the Socrates Sculpture Park. The works were created in 1987 and funded to remain until 1990. Includes notes on the exhibit by Janice Parente and Phyllis Stigliano, curators, and brief bios of each sculptor.


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    American Academy of Fine Arts and American Art-Union: Introduction and Exhibition Record by Cowdrey, Mary Bartlett and Theodore Sizer

    NY: New York Historical Society, 1953. Hardcover. VG, ex library with bookplate, small spine label, text block stamp and pocket in rear. Appears never used, tight and clean`. Red cloth. 18 bw plates. Two volumes. Volume 1 (xiv, 311 p.): Introduction. Contains a History of The American Academy by Theodore Sizer and a Foreword by James Thomas Flexner. Essay on the American Art Union by Charles E. Baker; Publications of The Art-Union by Mary Bartlett Cowdrey; Sale of Art-Union Holdings by Malcolm Steams Jr. Includes Table of Art Works purchased, with buyers and prices (alphabetically by artist) and list of buyers, with artists whose work they purchased. Vol. 2 (v, 504 p.) lists the Exhibition Records. Extremely rare.


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    Art of the Gold Rush by Janice T. Driesbach and Harvey L. Jones

    Oakland, CA: Oakland Museum of California, 1998. Softcover. VG. Color wraps. xv, 148 pp. 13 bw, 77 color plates. This book commemorates the 150th anniversary of the California Gold Rush. Chapters by Janice T. Driesbach and Harvey L. Jones cover the topics of first in the field, scenes of mining life, portrait painter to the elite (Jewett), the Hessian party, souvenirs of the mother lode, mining the picturesque, in the wake of the Gold Rush, and sentiment and nostalgia. Also includes a list of illustrations, biographies of the 26 artists by Katherine Church Holland, notes, bibliography, a list of the artists and their works in the exhibition, and an index. Lavishly illustrated with wonderful color plates, many seldom seen before. Published to accompany the exhibition held in Oakland, CA: Oakland Museum of California, Jan. 24 to May 31, 1998, two other locations.


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    Ten American Painters [Catalogue of the Pictures; The First Exhibition]

    New York: The Durand-Ruel Galleries, 1898. Original Edition, Not a Reprint. Paperback. VG clean, tight contents; covers wrinkled and with green glossy layer peeled from top of back cover and spine edge of front cover; faint ink writing (title) on spine. Ink stamp on title page, "J.D. Smillie Collection." - Smillie was an American painter, and this book was from his own collection. Minor archival repairs professionally performed to missing cover extremities. 3 x 5.5 glossy, pale green wraps with red insignia and black lettering. 53, [2] with 10 occasional red line drawings. Very small; in protective mylar clear jacket. Catalogue from the exhibition held March - April 1898 at Durand-Ruel Galleries in New York featuring the works of Frank Benson, Joseph Decamp, T.W. Dewing, Childe Hassam, Willard Metcalf, Robert Reid, Edward Simmons, Edmund Tarbell, J.H. Twachtman, and J. Alden Weir. 39 works listed in all. A paragraph states, "This little volume, modelled after Les Collections Guillaume, was made for The American Painters at 139 Fifth Avenue, New York." Exceedingly rare, one other copy seen in 25 years.


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    Aspects of Abstract: Recent West Coast Abstract Painting and Sculpture by Clisby, Roger D

    Sacramento: Crocker Art Museum, 1979. Softbound. VG. White wraps. 24 pp. 45 bw plates. Introduction by Roger Clisby; artists include Billy Al Bengston, Elmer Bischoff, DiSuvero, Jud Fine, Sam Francis, Ed Moses, Hassel Smith, many others. Exhibited Oct. to Nov. 1979.


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