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Art Bound June 2012

June 2012

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In This Issue:

Landscape in Photographs
Photography and Play
Letters to Miranda and Canova on the Abduction of Antiquities from Rome and Athens

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Landscape in Photographs
Karen Hellman and Brett Abbott
Landscape in Photographs

Like painters and draftsmen before them, photographers turned to the landscape as a source of inspiration after the invention of the medium in 1839. Since then, changing artistic movements and technical advancements have provided opportunities for camera artists to approach the subject in diverse and imaginative ways, as illustrated by the carefully selected works in Landscape in Photographs. This volume accompanies the exhibition In Focus: Picturing Landscape, on view at the Getty Center through October 7, 2012.

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Photography and Play
Erin C. Garcia
Photography and Play

Photography and leisure go hand in hand. Cameras are part of our everyday lives, but we are never more likely to take a picture or to be photographed than when we are at play. As recreation and entertainment flourished in the nineteenth century, so too did the new medium of photography. This volume reveals the various ways that artists throughout photographic history have turned to topics as diverse as Victorian billiard players, Parisian barflies, moviegoers, sightseers, and suburban sunbathers. The book features eighty-three photographs by such noted artists as Diane Arbus, Eugène Atget, Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, André Kertész, Bill Owens, Man Ray, Edward Steichen, Joel Sternfeld, Alfred Stieglitz, Weegee, and Garry Winogrand —all of whom documented people at play.

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Letters to Miranda and Canova on the Abduction of Antiquities from Rome and Athens
Antoine Quatremère de Quincy
Introduction by Dominique Poulot
Translation by Chris Miller and David Gilks

In the 1790s and early 1800s, the art world experienced two big events: First came the military confiscation of masterpieces from Italy and northern Europe in order to build a universal museum in Paris's Louvre. Then famous marble sculptures were prised from the Parthenon and sent to London. These events provoked reactions ranging from enthusiastic applause to enraged condemnation. The French art critic, architectural theoretician, and political conservative Quatremère de Quincy was at the center of the European debates. In his pamphlet Letters to Miranda, he condemns the revolutionary hubris of putting Rome in Paris and urges the return of the works. In the Letters to Canova, however, Quatremère celebrates the British Museum for making the Parthenon sculptures accessible. Quatremère's writing was highly controversial in its time. This book offers the first English translation of the two series of letters, as well as a new critical introduction.

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Letters to Miranda and Canova on the Abduction of Antiquities from Rome and Athens

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