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Art Bound April 2017


  Adolph Menzel: The Quest for Reality

Adolph Menzel
The Quest for Reality

Werner Busch

The work of Adolph Menzel (1815-1905) 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 context of the art and politics of nineteenth-century Germany.

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  Japanese Zen Buddhism and the Impossible Painting

Japanese Zen Buddhism and the Impossible Painting

Yukio Lippit

In this brief yet illuminating volume, Yukio Lippit explores the magnificent painting, The Gourd and the Catfish, which was created around 1413 and is widely considered one of the most iconic works of Japanese Zen art today. The painting itself shows a man who stands awkwardly on a bank striving to achieve the impossible task of catching a catfish in a gourd, and it's this impossibility, Lippit shows, that's precisely the point.

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  The Restoration of Paintings in Paris, 1750-1815

The Restoration of Paintings in Paris, 1750-1815
Practice, Discourse, Materiality

Noémie Étienne

Drawing on previously unpublished primary material from archives in Paris, Berlin, Rome, and Venice, this book combines art history with anthropology and sociology to survey the diversity of restoration practices during the waning decade of the Ancien Régime and early post-revolution France, all while illuminating the influence of restoration and exhibitions on the aesthetic understanding of paintings as material objects.

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  Refashioning and Redress: Conserving and Displaying Dress

Refashioning and Redress
Conserving and Displaying Dress

Edited by Mary M. Brooks and Dinah D. Eastop

Through seventeen wide-ranging essays, this volume explores the conservation and presentation of dress in museums and beyond as a complex, collaborative process. Case studies include fashion as spectacle in the museum, dress as political and personal memorialization, and theatrical dress, as well as dress from living indigenous cultures, dress in fragments, and dress online.

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