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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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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.

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.

Walls of Empowerment

Walls of Empowerment Author Guisela Latorre
ISBN-10 9780292777996
Release 2009-09-17
Pages 324
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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 Art Forger

The Art Forger Author B. A. Shapiro
ISBN-10 9781616203184
Release 2013-05-21
Pages 368
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Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—still the largest unsolved art theft in history—one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece—the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years—may itself be a forgery. The Art Forger is a thrilling novel about seeing—and not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.

The Muralist

The Muralist Author Dana Pearson
ISBN-10 1520508476
Release 2017-02-05
Pages 318
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The people of the coastal Maine village of Albemarle know two things about Sully: 1. He's the only local artist qualified to paint a mural in the new town hall, and 2. He's a bit unhinged. So when Sully announces that he's working on a regatta, the results of which will be on public display for years to come, every boat owner in Albemarle - particularly the ones who've ever annoyed the temperamental artist - do two things: 1. Question the wisdom of the hiring committee, and 2. Sweat. The Muralist is told by Ted Abbott, a travel writer brought home in the spring of 2001 by a family emergency. Once there, he finds it hard to leave. Yes, there's the family, which has been whittled down to just his mother. There's Dru, his old high school flame, whose marriage may or may not be an impediment to a fling. There's the town itself, which risks losing an iconic landmark to development. And Ted would like to stick around and see if the authorities can figure out how a man he used to know died.But mostly, it's Sully, a childhood buddy Ted hasn't seen in years. When they reconnect, their decades-old bond - revisited in flashbacks - is rekindled and strengthened, leading Ted to reconsider what's important in his life.

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.

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!

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.

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.

What She Left Behind

What She Left Behind Author Ellen Marie Wiseman
ISBN-10 9780758278463
Release 2013-12-31
Pages 336
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In this stunning new novel, the acclaimed author of The Plum Tree merges the past and present into a haunting story about the nature of love and loyalty--and the lengths we will go to protect those who need us most. Ten years ago, Izzy Stone's mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother's apparent insanity, Izzy, now seventeen, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy's help in cataloging items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past. Clara Cartwright, eighteen years old in 1929, is caught between her overbearing parents and her love for an Italian immigrant. Furious when she rejects an arranged marriage, Clara's father sends her to a genteel home for nervous invalids. But when his fortune is lost in the stock market crash, he can no longer afford her care--and Clara is committed to the public asylum. Even as Izzy deals with the challenges of yet another new beginning, Clara's story keeps drawing her into the past. If Clara was never really mentally ill, could something else explain her own mother's violent act? Piecing together Clara's fate compels Izzy to re-examine her own choices--with shocking and unexpected results. Illuminating and provocative, What She Left Behind is a masterful novel about the yearning to belong--and the mysteries that can belie even the most ordinary life. Praise For Ellen Marie Wiseman's The Plum Tree "Ellen Marie Wiseman's provocative and realistic images of a small German village are exquisite. The Plum Tree will find good company on the shelves of those who appreciated Skeletons at the Feast, by Chris Bohjalian, Sarah's Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay, and Night, by Elie Wiesel." --NY Journal of Books "The meticulous hand-crafted detail and emotional intensity of The Plum Tree immersed me in Germany during its darkest hours and the ordeals its citizens had to face. A must-read for WWII Fiction aficionados--and any reader who loves a transporting story." --Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us "Wiseman eschews the genre's usual military conflicts of daily life during wartime, lending an intimate and compelling poignancy to this intriguing debut." --Publishers Weekly "Ellen Marie Wiseman weaves a story of intrigue, terror, and love from a perspective not often seen in Holocaust novels." --Jewish Book World "A haunting and beautiful debut novel." --Anna Jean Mayhew, author of The Dry Grass of August

Apple Picking Tobacco Harvesting and General Lee

Apple Picking  Tobacco Harvesting and General Lee Author Toby McIntosh
ISBN-10 1483573273
Release 2016-07-22
Pages 44
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My favorite mural in the Arlington, Virginia, Central Post Office shows seven young men and women picking apples on an outing in the country The apple-pickers mural is one of seven that decorate the post office near my house, commissioned by the federal government during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Installed in 1940, the seven colorful murals depict diverse scenes from local history with verve, and a few inaccuracies. Picnickers frolic at Great Falls. Army polo players compete at Fort Myer. American Indians roast deer on Roosevelt Island. John Smith meets the Massowomeck. Enslaved persons harvest tobacco. Robert E. Lee receives his commission to lead Virginia’s armies. The muralist, Auriel Bessemer, was an intense, energetic and spiritual man who earned his living by teaching art lessons, running a small art gallery on Dupont Circle and doing commissioned portraits and murals. A stylized romanticism characterizes his art. His portraits won praise for their sensitivity, but the imagined figures in his murals seem repetitively similar, a bit stiff, with chiseled bodies and classic noses. His bold, carefully organized mural layouts are based on his fascination with classical proportions. Bessemer painted dozens of murals, for railroad cars, restaurants, churches, union halls and corporate offices. Most have disappeared, but two murals survive in post offices in South Carolina and Mississippi. Doing commissioned secular murals, Bessemer lamented, was an unfortunate necessity. He much preferred to be inspired by his strongly held political and spiritual beliefs. Passionately antifascist, Bessemer obsessed for years on a never-realized design for a large mural filled with several hundred figures and dramatically titled The Destruction, Regeneration, and Redemption of Man. He published a polemical poem called "The Slaughter-House of Man” condemning the rise of fascism in Europe. When World War II came Bessemer worked for the Army using his design skills. An unusual family background helps explain his spiritual beliefs. He was raised in an eccentric religious commune in Florida, taught that we live on the inside surface of a gold-wrapped hollow globe. His eclectic spiritual education continued during heady early years as an apprentice muralist and art student in New York City in the 1920s. Late in his life, Bessemer moved to Colorado to join a New Age religious group. He illustrated the books of its charismatic leaders, who preached wisdom transmitted through them from "past masters” and believed in reincarnation. Surprisingly, I was fortunate to locate and interview a few people who had known Bessemer, who was born in 1909 and died in 1986. One of his old friends asked me, "Do you know about Bessemer’s past lives?” I still don’t. But here’s the story of the artist and the first public art in Arlington.


Siqueiros Author Philip Stein
ISBN-10 0717807061
Release 1994
Pages 402
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An insightful biography of the committed and exciting life of the famed Mexican muralist, by an American artist who spent 10 years as his assistant.

Toward a People s Art

Toward a People s Art Author Eva Sperling Cockcroft
ISBN-10 UCSD:31822026395152
Release 1998
Pages 325
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First published in 1977, this book remains a classic study of the community-based mural movement that produced hundreds of large-scale wall paintings in the U.S. and Canada. The authors provide a comprehensive discussion of the muralists, the murals' effects on the community, and the funding these works received.

The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Mei re

The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Mei  re Author Catherine Coleman Brawer
ISBN-10 0991026306
Release 2014-05-01
Pages 240
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Deluxe presentation of the murals (in glass and marble mosaic, ceramic tile, terracotta, metal, and oil on canvas) of Art Deco artist, Hildreth Meière (1892-1961).