Rothko: The Color Field Paintings - Janet Bishop

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Rothko: The Color Field Paintings (Chronicle, $40) is a tribute to one of the greatest periods by a single painter in art history. Mark Rothko (1903-1970), one of the leading Abstract Expressionists, pioneered the large, flat fields of solid color that Clement Greenberg dubbed “color field painting.” He worked his way toward them throughout the 1940s, and by 1949 had “arrived,” as his son, Christopher Rothko, says in the Foreword. The artist pursued color fields for the rest of his life, arranging two, three, and four color rectangles in dramatic and shimmering patterns that establish kinetic relationships between the viewer and the canvas. Presenting fifty of Rothko’s iconic paintings in chronological order, this book allows you to watch the artist develop his style and discover what the colors and rectangles could do; you can see the shades deepen, and darken. The volume also allows you to savor the full, luminous power of each composition, giving you the images one by one, with plenty of white space for the colors to breathe. Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, provides a commentary on Rothko’s legacy.

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By Christopher Rothko (Foreword by), Janet Bishop (Contributions by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781452156590
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 5th, 2017

Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies - Andrew Degraff, A. D. Jameson

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Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies (Quirk, $29.99) is a unique and illuminating document of some of film history’s greatest movies, from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis to George Miller’s Fury Road. Andrew DeGraff has painted maps of thirty-five iconic films, including the routes taken by major characters, so one can now follow the path taken by Cary Grant’s Roger Thornhill in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest or visualize the hallways of the Overlook Hotel that Jack Torrance navigates in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. One of the most important aspects in a movie is its sense of place and geography which is why Cinemaps is a compelling and fun read: it makes the reader aware of the intricate mapping that goes into the main characters’ journeys within the films. The book also includes essays from film critic A.D. Jameson that examine the cultural importance of each film and explores why all of the thirty-five featured movies here, in their own ways, have solidly imprinted themselves in the collective imagination of everyone who has seen them.

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ISBN: 9781594749896
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Published: Quirk Books - October 24th, 2017

In A Lonely Place - Dorothy B Hughes

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Dorothy B. Hughes isn't interested in your run-of-the-mill noir gumshoe who goes around LA or San Francisco solving murders and attracting "dames". No, Hughes is more interested in the psychology of her characters and the motivations that force people to do what they do. In A Lonely Place is not a novel about a Marlowe-like detective on the tails of a killer. What it is instead is a novel about the killer, his motives, and his history that led him to commit violence against his victims, most of whom are women. Beyond being a noir novel, In A Lonely Place is an exploration of postwar anxiety in 1940s LA and of the misogyny that deems women as fodder for the egos of men.

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By Dorothy B. Hughes, Megan Abbott (Afterword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781681371474
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Published: NYRB Classics - August 15th, 2017

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