Art Monographs

HILDEGARD VON BINGEN: A JOURNEY INTO THE IMAGES

Before Hilma af Klint and Emma Kunz, there was Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179)―the German abbess, composer, writer, artist and mystic, who until now was probably best known, in the English-speaking world, for her music and her writings. Von Bingen completed her first visionary work of art around 1152: Scivias, taken from the Latin phrase Sci vias Domini, or “Know the Ways of the Lord.” Describing 26 of Hildegard’s religious visions in text and a series of 35 miniature illustrations, this series narrates the journey of the humanity in Eve’s womb, represented as bright stars, as it joins with the stars in the sky: a possibility offered to each soul, to return back to the Light. In obedience to the voice of God, von Bingen wrote down her visions in a precious manuscript, with images added to make the story come alive. This volume brings Hildegard's visionary text, in all its dense symbolism and prophetic sweep, alive to contemporary readers. At the core of the book are the manuscript’s 35 miniatures, reproduced at their original size alongside an accompanying key. Each element of the images―colors, frames, forms, numbers―was precisely chosen and leads deeper into the meaning of the work; the key decodes these symbols in each image and concisely describes each vision. A text by musician and scholar Sara Salvadori crosses the entire work, highlighting these interlinking details and revealing Hildegard’s dense, unified design. This volume presents Hildegard von Bingen’s endlessly compelling prophetic text in all its inspired beauty.
August 20, 2019 | Hardcover | Skira Editore |
$55.00
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MATTA & THE FOURTH DIMENSION

Written by Ozerkov, Dmitry
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October 22, 2019 | Hardcover | Skira Editore | 224 Pages |
$55.00

GIORGIO DE CHIRICO: THE CHANGING FACE OF METAPHYSICAL ART

Giorgio de Chirico began to develop his Pittura Metafisica, or Metaphysical Painting, around 1911, painting brooding, dreamy scenes of depopulated landscapes filled with incongruous objects. But though this is the work de Chirico is best known for, his Metaphysical Painting period lasted only until 1919, and he remained prolific and experimental throughout his entire long life (trying out, for example, a Return to Order and a Rubens-inspired neobaroque style). In Giorgio de Chirico: The Changing Face of Metaphysical Art, the first de Chirico overview in more than 20 years, scholar Victoria Noel-Johnson explores the artist’s entire, complex career and proposes a cohesive logic within its diversity. Organizing the artist’s works thematically and reading them through the Nietzschean philosophy to which the artist was famously devoted, Noel-Johnson argues that despite de Chirico’s many changes in style, technique, subject, composition and tone over the course of six decades, all of his works offer tangible visions of intangible philosophical concepts. Richly illustrated, this volume features works drawn from the artist’s foundation and some of the most prestigious museums and collections in Italy, presented alongside a rich core of archival documents including letters and period photographs.
August 20, 2019 | Hardcover | Skira Editore |
$40.00

FELIX VALLOTTON

By the end of the 19th century, Paris was the unrivaled capital of the Western art world. Impressionism had transformed the visual arts and post-impressionism was flourishing in its wake; new boulevards and parks had modernized the city; theaters and department stores provided endless opportunities for entertainment and consumption. Artists were seen by many as the avant-garde of a new society.Into this dynamic world arrived the 16-year-old Félix Vallotton, who became closely involved with a group of artists known as the Nabis, which included Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard. Vallotton adopted their decorative painterly language, also sharing their interest in journalistic illustration and Japanese ukiyo-e prints. His paintings and woodcuts offered witty and often unsettling observations of domestic and political life, and he is now considered one of the greatest printmakers of his age. As his work evolved, the sharp realism and cool linearity of his later style made him one of the most distinctive artists of the early 20th century.Generously illustrated throughout with the finest of his paintings and prints, this book accompanies a new presentation of Vallotton’s oeuvre in New York and London that includes works never before seen in public and aims to reevaluate his output and legacy. Texts by leading authorities on the artist look at his life, work and reception.
August 20, 2019 | Hardcover | Royal Academy of Arts |
$45.00
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HOKUSAI'S LANDSCAPES: THE COMPLETE SERIES

Written by Thompson, Sarah
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November 19, 2019 | Hardcover | MFA Publications | 224 Pages |
$45.00
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JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: XEROX

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October 22, 2019 | Hardcover | Hatje Cantz | 200 Pages |
$60.00
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LUCIAN FREUD: THE SELF-PORTRAITS

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December 17, 2019 | Hardcover | Royal Academy of Arts | 160 Pages |
$45.00
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MEMBER: POPE.L, 1978-2001

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October 22, 2019 | Hardcover | Museum of Modern Art | 144 Pages |
$40.00
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FERNAND KHNOPFF

Written by Draguet, Michel
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January 14, 2020 | Hardcover | Mercatorfonds | 304 Pages |
$60.00
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RACHEL HARRISON LIFE HACK

Written by Sussman, Elisabeth
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November 12, 2019 | Hardcover | Whitney Museum of American Art | 272 Pages |
$65.00

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