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The Muralist

The Muralist Author B. A. Shapiro
ISBN-10 9781616206437
Release 2016-10-11
Pages 368
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When a young Abstract Expressionist painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) vanishes in pre-WWII New York City in 1940, neither her Jewish family living in German-occupied France nor her close-knit group of friends and fellow painters, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner, knows what happened to her.

The Muralist

The Muralist Author B. A. Shapiro
ISBN-10 9781616205409
Release 2015-11-03
Pages 352
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“Vibrant and suspenseful . . . Like The Art Forger, this new story takes us into the heart of what it means to be an artist.” —The Washington Post “B. A. Shapiro captivated us in 2012 with her ‘addictive’ novel The Art Forger. Now, she’s back with another thrilling tale from the art world.” —Entertainment Weekly When Alizée Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940, no one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who while working at Christie’s auction house uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind works by those now-famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt?

The Muralist

The Muralist Author B. A. Shapiro
ISBN-10 9781443446631
Release 2015-11-03
Pages 352
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From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Art Forger comes a thrilling new novel of art, history, love and politics that traces the life and mysterious disappearance of a brilliant young artist on the eve of World War II—perfect for readers of The Paris Wife, The White Russian and All the Light We Cannot See In 1940, American painter Alizee Benoit vanishes in New York City amid personal and political turmoil. No one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who while working at Christie’s auction house uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind recently found works by those now-famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt? Entwining the lives of both historical and fictional characters, and moving between the past and the present, The Muralist plunges readers into the divisiveness of prewar politics and the largely forgotten plight of European refugees refused entrance to the United States. It captures both the inner workings of today’s art world and the beginnings of the vibrant school of Abstract Expressionism, bringing to life two unforgettable women and forcing us to ask timeless, provocative questions: What happens when luminous talent collides with inexorable historical forces? Does great art have the power to change the world? And to what lengths should a person go to thwart evil? “B.A. Shapiro once again pens the art world into vivid, sensual life. . . . An intriguing story masterfully imagined about art, war, family, truth, and freedom.” —Lisa Genova, New York Times–bestselling author of Love, Anthony

Edwin Howland Blashfield

Edwin Howland Blashfield Author Mina Rieur Weiner
ISBN-10 0393732819
Release 2009
Pages 160
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Evaluates the career of the esteemed muralist and his advocacy of the classic tradition, drawing on new scholarship to pay tribute to his contributions in numerous civic spaces and lasting influence on American public art.

Maybe Something Beautiful

Maybe Something Beautiful Author F. Isabel Campoy
ISBN-10 9780544866638
Release 2016-04-12
Pages 40
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What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray? As Mira and her neighbors discover, more than you might ever imagine! Based on the true story of the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California, Maybe Something Beautiful reveals how art can inspire transformation—and how even the smallest artists can accomplish something big. Pick up a paintbrush and join the celebration!

The Art Forger

The Art Forger Author Barbara Shapiro
Release 2012-10-23
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On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art today worth over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’ s more to this crime than meets the eye. Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting— a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum— in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire’ s studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late nineteenth century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.


Isadora Author Amelia Gray
ISBN-10 9780374712587
Release 2017-05-23
Pages 400
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Using the scaffolding of Isadora Duncan’s life and the stuff of her spirit, Amelia Gray delivers an incredibly imaginative portrait of the artist In 1913, the restless world sat on the brink of unimaginable suffering. But for one woman, the darkness of a new era had already made itself at home. Isadora Duncan would come to be known as the mother of modern dance, but in the spring of 1913 she was a grieving mother, after a freak accident in Paris resulted in the drowning death of her two young children. The accident cracked Isadora’s life in two: on one side, the brilliant young talent who captivated audiences the world over; on the other, a heartbroken mother spinning dangerously on the edge of sanity. Isadora is a shocking and visceral portrait of an artist and woman drawn to the brink of destruction by the cruelty of life. In her breakout novel, Amelia Gray offers a relentless portrayal of a legendary artist churning through prewar Europe. Isadora seeks to obliterate the mannered portrait of a dancer and to introduce the reader to a woman who lived and loved without limits, even in the darkest days of her life.

Mexican Muralists

Mexican Muralists Author Desmond Rochfort
ISBN-10 9780811819282
Release 1998-03-01
Pages 240
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Los tres grandes: Jose Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Now legendary, these men have emerged as the most prominent figures of the famed Mexican mural movement, which lasted from the '20s through the early '70s and was hailed as the most significant achievement in public art of the 20th century. The dramatic story of the movement is told here in a fascinating history of the artists, accompanied by over 100 spectacular color reproductions of the murals. Showcasing popular as well as lesser-known works from around the US and Mexico, this is the first high-quality paperback to do justice to a subject that will captivate every lover of Mexican art and culture, Rivera fan, and art historian, as well as anyone who appreciates a beautiful, intelligent art book.

The Safe Room

The Safe Room Author B. A. Shapiro
ISBN-10 9781504011556
Release 2015-02-01
Pages 256
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From the bestselling author of The Art Forger How long can murder haunt a family? Until the wrong is put right and the victim is able to rest in peace. Set in Lexington, Massachusetts, The Safe Room is a story of such a murder and such a haunting. A psychological thriller, the tale toggles between the eve of the Civil War and present day. It follows the doomed love affair of Silas Person, a runaway slave riding the Underground Railroad, and Sarah Harden, the daughter of a famous abolitionist. Sarah and Silas’s story is intertwined with that of Lee Seymour, a modern-day descendant of the Harden family who must suddenly grapple with a world in which murder and ghosts are all too real. The Safe Room is a suspenseful tale that employs love and the paranormal to explore the ugliness of injustice and the beauty of human hope.

Walls of Empowerment

Walls of Empowerment Author Guisela Latorre
ISBN-10 9780292793934
Release 2008-12-01
Pages 325
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Exploring three major hubs of muralist activity in California, where indigenist imagery is prevalent, Walls of Empowerment celebrates an aesthetic that seeks to firmly establish Chicana/o sociopolitical identity in U.S. territory. Providing readers with a history and genealogy of key muralists' productions, Guisela Latorre also showcases new material and original research on works and artists never before examined in print. An art form often associated with male creative endeavors, muralism in fact reflects significant contributions by Chicana artists. Encompassing these and other aspects of contemporary dialogues, including the often tense relationship between graffiti and muralism, Walls of Empowerment is a comprehensive study that, unlike many previous endeavors, does not privilege non-public Latina/o art. In addition, Latorre introduces readers to the role of new media, including performance, sculpture, and digital technology, in shaping the muralist's "canvas." Drawing on nearly a decade of fieldwork, this timely endeavor highlights the ways in which California's Mexican American communities have used images of indigenous peoples to raise awareness of the region's original citizens. Latorre also casts murals as a radical force for decolonization and liberation, and she provides a stirring description of the decades, particularly the late 1960s through 1980s, that saw California's rise as the epicenter of mural production. Blending the perspectives of art history and sociology with firsthand accounts drawn from artists' interviews, Walls of Empowerment represents a crucial turning point in the study of these iconographic artifacts.

The Lacuna

The Lacuna Author Barbara Kingsolver
ISBN-10 9780571252657
Release 2009-11-05
Pages 688
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From Pulitzer Prize nominee and award winning author of Homeland, The Poisonwood Bible and Flight Behaviour, The Lacuna is the heartbreaking story of a man torn between the warm heart of Mexico and the cold embrace of 1950s America in the shadow of Senator McCarthy. Born in America and raised in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd is a liability to his social-climbing flapper mother, Salome. When he starts work in the household of Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo - where the Bolshevik leader, Lev Trotsky, is also being harboured as a political exile - he inadvertently casts his lot with art, communism and revolution. A compulsive diarist, he records and relates his colourful experiences of life with Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Trotsky in the midst of the Mexican revolution. A violent upheaval sends him back to America; but political winds continue to throw him between north and south, in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach - the lacuna - between truth and public presumption.

Walls of Heritage Walls of Pride

Walls of Heritage  Walls of Pride Author James Prigoff
ISBN-10 9780764913396
Release 2000
Pages 272
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African American murals express a powerful aesthetic grounded in social and spiritual consciousness. This book focuses on thirty years of mural art- from the making of Chicago's landmark 'Wall of Respect' i 1967 to the hip-hop renderings of the nineties- and includes several historically significant murals from previous decades. With over two hundred paintings, this volume explores the rich tableau of African American murals from all across the country, and includes images of some important murals that have since been destroyed. Recognizing the profound importance of the African American artist's perspective, this work brings the voice of the muralists to the fore through descriptive narratives and interview quotes. These insightful, colorful descriptions provide a valuable context for understanding the meaning and role of the murals in their respective communities. Also, the historical significance and key contributions of African American murals to the visual arts and the Black community are examined.

God ll Cut You Down

God ll Cut You Down Author John Safran
ISBN-10 9780698170537
Release 2014-11-28
Pages 368
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An unlikely journalist, a murder case in Mississippi, and a fascinating literary true crime story in the style of Jon Ronson, for fans of "Serial." A notorious white supremacist named Richard Barrett was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 2010 by a young black man named Vincent McGee. At first the murder seemed a twist on old Deep South race crimes. But then new revelations and complications came to light. Maybe it was a dispute over money rather than race—or, maybe and intriguingly, over sex. John Safran, a young white Jewish Australian documentarian, had been in Mississippi and interviewed Barrett for a film on race. When he learned of Barrett’s murder, he returned to find out what happened and became caught up in the twists and turns of the case. During his time in Mississippi, Safran got deeper and deeper into this gothic southern world, becoming entwined in the lives of those connected with the murder—white separatist frenemies, black lawyers, police investigators, oddball neighbors, the stunned families, even the killer himself. And the more he talked with them, the less simple the crime—and the people involved—seemed to be. In the end, he discovered how profoundly and indelibly complex the truth about someone’s life—and death—can be. This is a brilliant, haunting, hilarious, unsettling story about race, money, sex, and power in the modern American South from an outsider’s point of view.

Paint the Revolution

Paint the Revolution Author Renato Gonz Mello
ISBN-10 0300215223
Release 2016-11-01
Pages 432
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A comprehensive look at four transformative decades that put Mexico's modern art on the map In the wake of the 1910-20 Revolution, Mexico emerged as a center of modern art, closely watched around the world. Highlighted are the achievements of the tres grandes (three greats)--Jos� Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros--and other renowned figures such as Rufino Tamayo and Frida Kahlo, but the book goes beyond these well-known names to present a fuller picture of the period from 1910 to 1950. Fourteen essays by authors from both the United States and Mexico offer a thorough reassessment of Mexican modernism from multiple perspectives. Some of the texts delve into thematic topics--developments in mural painting, the role of the government in the arts, intersections between modern art and cinema, and the impact of Mexican art in the United States--while others explore specific modernist genres--such as printmaking, photography, and architecture. This beautifully illustrated book offers a comprehensive look at the period that brought Mexico onto the world stage during a period of political upheaval and dramatic social change.

The Good Lieutenant

The Good Lieutenant Author Whitney Terrell
ISBN-10 9781509837458
Release 2017-02-09
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Whitney Terrell's remarkable novel of the Iraq War, The Good Lieutenant, literally starts with a bang, as an operation led by Lieutenant Emma Fowler goes spectacularly wrong. Men are dead - one, a young Iraqi, by her hand. Others of the casualties were soldiers in her platoon. And the signals officer, Dixon Pulowski. Pulowski is another story entirely - Fowler and Pulowski have been lovers since they first met at Fort Riley in Kansas . . . From this conflagration, The Good Lieutenant unspools backward in time as Fowler and her platoon are guided into disaster by suspect informants and questionable intelligence, their very mission the consequence of a previous snafu in which an American soldier had been kidnapped by insurgents. We hear the voice of Lieutenant Fowler but also those of jaded career soldiers and Iraqis both innocent and not so innocent. Ultimately, as all these stories unravel, Terrell reveals what can happen when good intentions destroy, experience distorts, and survival becomes everything.

The Muralist s Ghost

The Muralist s Ghost Author Karen Mocker Dabson
ISBN-10 9781483542249
Release 2014-10-31
Pages 196
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In 1941, Maxo Vanka is commissioned to paint murals in a tiny church near Pittsburgh. The job is perfect until a ghost that only he can see returns to terrify him in the deep midnight hours as he works. It is the second time that the artist has been invited to create murals by the local priest who has become a good friend. Father Žagar, a progressive clergyman, gives the artist free rein. Despite his fears, Maxo pours out his passions on the walls, especially his hatred of war as the Nazis encroach across Europe and into his beloved Yugoslavia. Soon, frightening scenes in vivid strokes and ominous colors reel from the church’s surfaces, but they cannot rival the chill, silent oppression wrought by the tall, faceless spirit when it appears without warning. Maxo vows to solve the mystery of the specter alone and does not tell the priest that the ghost from four years ago is back. Instead, he explores his own past for clues about why the spirit descends upon him and only him. However, when one of his paintings is ravaged, and the church sustains damage, Maxo realizes that he may face a much graver danger than he first imagined.

The White House Pop Up Book

The White House Pop Up Book Author Chuck Fischer
ISBN-10 1938700244
Release 2015-02-03
Pages 4
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The White House Pop-Up Book is the latest creation from Chuck Fischer, best-selling author of pop-up books. The White House Pop-Up Book unfolds in three dimensions to the front of the most famous residence in the world, featuring the distinctive portico on the building s north side. Turn the pop-up around, and you can peer into eight separate rooms on two floors (the Ground Floor and the State Floor), with accurate hand-painted depictions of the legendary rooms, complete with their historic treasures. The White House Pop-Up Book also contains an envelope of extras: an illustrated booklet with a concise history of the White House, and die-cut pieces to assemble bonus elements, including a Christmas tree for the Blue Room, the famous eagle piano for the East Room, and even a model of the president's helicopter Marine One!"