Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) is often considered to be a genius in a class of his own, an exceptional self-taught artist who paid little attention to the art world around him. This book explores the workmanship behind his artistry.
Van Gogh at Work
The sensational development of the artist
The Art Institute of Chicago was the first American museum to exhibit works by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) when it hosted the Armory Show in February 1913. This title presents one hundred of Picasso's finest works, including "Mother and Child" (1921), "Head of a Woman (Fernande)" (1909), "Woman Washing Her Feet" (1944), and "The Frugal Meal" (1904).
Picasso and Chicago
100 Works, 100 Years
Hieronymus Cock (1518-1570) was an Antwerp painter and printmaker. Together with his wife, he was one of the first to establish a publishing house for prints. From 1548 their firm "At the Sign of the Four Winds" issued hundreds of important etchings and engravings.
The Renaissance in Print
Six hundred thousand lives were lost between 1861 and 1865, making the conflict between North and South the nation's deadliest war. This title features images that include haunting battlefield landscapes strewn with bodies, studio portraits of armed Confederate and Union soldiers (sometimes in the same family) preparing to meet their destiny.
Photography and the American Civil War
An eye-opening study of battlefield art
Over the past decade, shoe design has become increasingly central to fashion, with fashion companies paying ever more attention to shoes and other accessories. High-heeled shoes, in particular, have become the fashion accessory of the 21st century. This title explores western culture's fascination with extravagant and fashionable shoes.
Extravagent and Fashionable Footwear
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 - Sunday, 18 March 2012
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Featuring many rare international loans, 'The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini' presents an unprecedented survey of the Renaissance period and provides new research and insight into the early history of portraiture. Divided into three sections, the exhibition (accompanied by a stunning exhibibition catalogue) spans a period of eight decades. Beginning in Florence, it moves to the courts of Ferrara, Mantua, Bologna, Milan, Urbino, Naples and papal Rome, and ends in Venice, where a tradition of portraiture asserted itself surprisingly late in the century.
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 - Sunday, 06 May 2012
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
In the early 1800s, furniture from the workshop of New York City cabinetmaker Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854) was in such demand that he was referred to as the "United States Rage." This exhibition—the first retrospective on Phyfe in ninety years—re-introduces this artistic and influential master cabinetmaker to a contemporary audience. Organized chronologically, it presents the cabinetmaker's life and work through drawings, documents, personal possession and furniture. Portraits of his clients and contemporary depictions of New York City street domestic interiors provide a glimpse into Phyfe's milieu.
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 - Sunday, 25 March 2012
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Innovative architect Zaha Hadid, who in 2004 became the first female recipient of the renowned Pritzker Architecture Prize, has advanced the vocabulary of contemporary architecture and design through the exploration of complex fluid geometries and the use of cutting-edge techniques and manufacturing technologies. For this exhibition—the first in the United States to feature her product designs—the Iraqi-born British architect has created a sculptural environment for a selection of furniture, decorative art, jewelry, and footwear that she has designed in recent years.