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Giovanni Bellini: Landscapes of Faith in Renaissance Venice
Edited by Davide Gasparotto

Giovanni Bellini is widely considered to be the supreme Venetian painter of the quattrocento. Drawing on a selection of masterpieces that span his long and successful career, this volume focuses on the function of landscape in his oeuvre.

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Golden Kingdoms: Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas
Edited by Joanne Pillsbury, Timothy Potts, and Kim N. Richter

This catalogue features over 300 highly valued works made of jade, gold, delicate shell, and other materials, that traveled great distances across space and time, revealing connections between regions and challenging our sense of bounded traditions.

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Photography in Argentina: Contradiction and Continuity
Edited by Idurre Alonso and Judith Keller

This groundbreaking volume tracks a course through Argentine history using photography as a path to understanding notions of modernity, immigration, and national identity.

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Making Art Concrete: Works from Argentina and Brazil in the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros
Pia Gottschaller and Aleca Le Blanc
Edited by Pia Gottschaller, Aleca Le Blanc, Zanna Gilbert, Tom Learner, and Andrew Perchuk

In the years after World War II, artists in Argentina and Brazil engaged in lively debates about the role of artwork in society and used novel synthetic materials and geometric abstraction, creating objects that they proposed become part of everyday, concrete reality. This collection sheds new light on the social, political, and cultural underpinnings of these artists’ propositions.

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David Lamelas: A Life of Their Own
Edited by María José Herrera and Kristina Newhouse

The renowned Argentine conceptual artist David Lamelas has an expansive oeuvre of sensory, restive, and evocative work. This book, published to coincide with the first monographic exhibition of the artist’s work in the United States, offers an incisive look into Lamelas’s art.

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Revolution and Ritual: The Photographs of Sara Castrejón, Graciela Iturbide, and Tatiana Parcero
Edited by Mary Davis MacNaughton

This richly illustrated catalogue features photographs by three Mexican photographers--Sara Castréjon, Graciela Iturbide, and Tatiana Parcero--each representing a different generation, who have explored and stretched notions of Mexican identity in works that range from the documentary to the poetic.

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Prometheus 2017: Four Artists from Mexico Revisit Orozco
Edited by Rebecca McGrew and Terri Geis

José Clemente Orozco’s 1930 mural Prometheus, created for the Pomona College campus, is a dramatic and gripping examination of heroism. This thoughtful volume examines the multiple ways Orozco’s vision resonates with four artists working in Mexico today: Isa Carrillo, Adela Goldbard, Rita Ponce de León, and Naomi Rincón-Gallardo.

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Sacred Landscapes: Nature in Renaissance Manuscripts
Bryan C. Keene and Alexandra Kaczenski

Distant blue hills, soaring trees, vast cloudless skies—the majesty of nature has always had the power to lift the human spirit and there was no time when this was more true than in the Renaissance, when artists depicted nature in their religious art to intensify spiritual experiences. This lushly illustrated exhibition catalogue compiles the most impressive examples found in devotional manuscripts.

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Promote, Tolerate, Ban: Art and Culture in Cold War Hungary
Edited by Cristina Cuevas-Wolf and Isotta Poggi

In 1956, Hungarians led a successful rebellion against Soviet control, which survived for ten days before being crushed and the Soviet-aligned minister János Kádár assumed power. Focusing on the Kádár era (1956–89), this publication explores the political reforms and artistic experimentations under the regime’s authoritarian cultural policy by drawing on the writings and archives of contemporary artists and critics.

Available February 2018

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Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech
Todd Gannon

This elegant book reassesses one of the most influential voice in twentieth-century architectural history through a detailed examination of Banham’s writing on High Tech architecture and its immediate antecedents.

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Photography and Sculpture: The Art Object in Reproduction
Edited by Sarah Hamill and Megan R. Luke

What is the photograph’s place in writing the history of sculpture? How has it changed according to culture, generation, critical conviction, and changes in media? This erudite volume studies aspects of these questions from the perspectives of sixteen leading art historians, including essays on Conceptual art, Roman sculpture, and contemporary photography in India.

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The Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture: The Birth of the French School, 1648–1793
Christian Michel
Translation by Chris Miller

The Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture (French Academy of Painting and Sculpture)--perhaps the single most influential art institution in history--governed the arts in France for more than 150 years, from its founding in 1648 until its abolition in 1793. Christian Michel's sweeping study presents an authoritative, in-depth analysis of the Académie’s history and legacy.

Available February 2018

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The Conservation and Presentation of Mosaics: At What Cost?: Proceedings of the 12th Conference of the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics, Sardinia, October 27–31, 2014
Edited by Jeanne Marie Teutonico, Leslie Friedman, Aïcha Ben Abed, and Roberto Nardi

This handsome, abundantly illustrated volume provides a comprehensive record of the twelfth triennial meeting of the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics, held in Sardinia in October 2014, focused on the theme of cost, broadly considered, relating specifically to the preservation and presentation of the world’s mosaic heritage.

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Notes toward a Conditional Art
Robert Irwin
Introduced and edited by Matthew Simms

In addition to a being a renowned pioneer of the Light and Space Movement in Los Angeles, Robert Irwin is also an engaging and thoughtful writer. Newly published in paperback, this volume collects texts that span Irwin’s entire career, covering topics as diverse as Irwin's philosophy of teaching and his understanding of art as a form of pure inquiry.

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Keep It Moving?: Conserving Kinetic Art
Edited by Rachel Rivenc and Reinhard Bek

Kinetic art not only includes movement but often depends on it to produce an intended effect and therefore fully realize its nature as art. It can take a multiplicity of forms and include a wide range of motion, from motorized movement to motion as the result of wind or other sources of energy. This volume considers issues of technology, as well as looking at how professional are rethinking concepts like authenticity.

Available February 2018 in paperback, or to read online and download in multiple formats for free

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Artistry in Bronze: The Greeks and Their Legacy
XIXth International Congress on Ancient Bronzes

Edited by Jens M. Daehner, Kenneth Lapatin, and Ambra Spinelli

The papers in this volume derive from the proceedings of the nineteenth International Bronze Congress, held at the Getty Center and Villa in October 2015 in connection with the exhibition Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World. This book presents analyses of materials, processes, and techniques, as well as the restoration history of bronzes has established itself as a distinct area of investigation.

Available November 2017 in paperback, or to read online and download in multiple formats for free

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Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe
Peter Björn Kerber

Canaletto, Bellotto, Carlevarijs, Panini, Guardi—these renowned view painters are perhaps most famous for their expansive canvases depicting the ruins of Rome or the canals of Venice. But these artists also put their paintbrushes to work to capture contemporary events for their most eminent patrons. In this luxuriously illustrated work, Peter Björn Kerber reveals the politics and practices that influenced this often overlooked genre of European art.

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The Lure of Italy: Artists’ Views
Julian Brooks

From the sixteenth to the nineteenth century and beyond, European artists visited Italy as part of their education, and the country’s ineffable allure inspired a wide array of unforgettable works. In this lively book, Julian Brooks offers a grand tour of his own through the drawings and water-colors of Turner, Canaletto, Lusieri, and many others who captured Italy through their art. The result is entertaining and breathtaking: a must-read for any Italophile.

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Illuminating Women in the Medieval World
Christine Sciacca

Saint, sinner, mother, virgin—medieval women have long been cast into a handful of archetypal roles, with little attention paid to their day-to-day existence or inner lives. Complete with gorgeous illustrations and engaging prose, this volume offers a far more nuanced view through close examinations of women not only as they are depicted in illuminated manuscripts but also as readers and patrons of the same works.

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Thomas Annan: Photographer of Glasgow
Amanda Maddox and Sara Stevenson

In the mid-nineteenth century, Thomas Annan was one of the most famous photographers in his native Scotland, and his diverse works ranged from portraits to landscapes. But many of his most well-known photographs originated as municipal projects for the city of Glasgow that depicted the realities of life in Scottish slums. This volume offers an unforgettable look at Annan’s life and art through the prism of these works.

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Adolph Menzel: The Quest for Reality
Werner Busch

The work of Adolph Menzel is widely regarded as the epitome of realist art, and during his lifetime he was one of Germany’s most famous artists. Today he is hailed as a consummate master of atmospheric art, but book-length investigations of his work remain rare. Werner Busch here offers an important corrective to this art historical oversight, bringing Menzel’s unique persona and influential paintings to life in the con-text of the art and politics of nineteenth-century Germany.

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Real Birds in Imagined Gardens: Mughal Painting between Persia and Europe
Kavita Singh

Accounts of paintings produced during the Mughal dynasty tend to trace a linear, evolutionary path and assert that, as European Renaissance prints reached and influenced Mughal artists, these painters abandoned a Persianate style in favor of a European one. In this incisive and vivid book, Kavita Singh counters these accounts by demonstrating that Mughal painting did not follow a single arc of stylistic evolution, but instead adopted and rejected both Persian and European styles in repeated cycles.

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Practical Discourses on the Most Noble Art of Painting
Jusepe Martínez
Edited by Zahira Véliz
Translated by David McGrath and Zahira Véliz

Jusepe Martínez’s Practical Discourses on the Most Noble Art of Painting (ca. 1673–75), though little known today, was highly influential on art, artists, and artistic practice and theory long after its publication. Buttressed by a thoughtful introduction and helpful notes, this volume is the first English translation of the Discourses, which, while circulated in manuscript copies, was not even published until the mid-nineteenth century.

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First Exposures: Writings from the Beginning of Photography
Edited by Steffen Siegel

An exact date for the invention of photography is evasive. Scientists and amateurs alike were working on a variety of photo-graphic processes for much of the early nineteenth century. This new compendium of primary sources brings the various threads of early photography together, examining the lives and works of the various actors trafficking in the medium through a rich combination of correspondence, newspaper articles, journals, and ephemera.

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When Galleries Shake: Earthquake Damage Mitigation for Museum Collections
Jerry Podany

Earthquakes pose a myriad of dangers to heritage collections worldwide. This book provides an accessible introduction to these dangers and to the methodologies developed at the Getty and other museums internationally for mitigating seismic vulnerability.

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Ancient Lamps in the J. Paul Getty Museum
Jean Bussière and Birgitta Lindros Wohl

In the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum are more than six hundred ancient lamps that span from the sixth century BCE to the seventh century CE, most from the Roman Imperial period, and largely created in Asia Minor or North Africa. These lamps have much to reveal about life, religion, pottery, and trade in the ancient Graeco-Roman world.

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