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May 2011

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In This Issue:

Paris: Life and Luxury in the Eighteenth Century
Man Ray in Paris
Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity
Flowers of the Renaissance
Walker Evans: Cuba

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Paris
Life and Luxury in the Eighteenth Century
Edited by Charissa Bremer-David

Luxury items from centuries past are most often seen within museum settings, devoid of their original contexts and connotations. This groundbreaking book seeks to reimagine objects from eighteenth-century Paris within their original context, showing how they were used in the daily routines of elite members of society. By connecting the purposes, function, and beauty of these works of art, the volume makes a fascinating and important contribution to the study and enjoyment of a great period in French culture. The publication coincides with the exhibition Paris: Life & Luxury on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum April 26 through August 7, 2011 and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from September 18 through December 10, 2011.

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Man Ray in Paris
Erin C. Garcia
Man Ray in Paris

The American Modernist Man Ray (1890—1976) spent the 1920s and 1930s in Paris, where experimental expression was flourishing. While he considered himself to be primarily a painter and also worked in film, sculpture, and collage, his best-known and most innovative medium was photography. Through its fascinating text and numerous photographs, this volume vividly demonstrates why Man Ray is still considered to be one of the most inventive and exciting artists of the twentieth century.

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Molten Color
Glassmaking in Antiquity
Karol B. Wight

Some of the most astounding antiquities in museums today are pieces made of glass. Not only are they beautiful, with marvelous colors and fanciful shapes, but the fact that these fragile items have survived the millennia is amazing. This volume describes the uses of glass and glassmaking in the ancient world, from their origins in Mesopotamia and Egypt to developments in the late Roman Empire. Molten Color accompanies a permanent exhibition of the same name on view at the Getty Villa.

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Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity
Flowers of the Renaissance
Celia Fisher

From the sunflower in Van Dyck's self-portrait to roses scattered around Botticelli's Venus to columbines in the borders of fifteenth-century manuscripts, flowers grace many Renaissance artworks. But their symbolism may not be understood by the modern viewer. This is the first book to untangle the richly layered botanical messages in many of the world's great masterpieces. This delightful and beautifully illustrated volume uncovers hidden treasures in the grass at a saint's feet, on the sleeve of an Elizabethan lady, and inside the lid of a Florentine wedding chest, allowing the reader to appreciate another aspect of many of the most splendid works of art of the Renaissance.

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Flowers of the Renaissance

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Walker Evans
Cuba
Essay by Andrei Codrescu
Introduction by Judith Keller
Walker Evans: Cuba

Praise for the hardcover edition:

"Evans's pictures are lyrical observations of Havana's streets and people."
New York Times Book Review

"A beautiful and essential publication for those interested in Walker Evans, and an alluring and fascinating book for anyone interested in Cuba."
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