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Maurice BergerRevolution Of The Eye – Modern Art & The Birth Of American Television (hardcover) ... Book
Yale University Press, 2014. New Copy ... $6.99 45.00
A beautiful book for a really fantastic exhibition – one that looks at the interplay between modern art and early television in the US – with fantastic parallels that include both work on TV, and around the format itself! The volume is done like the best gallery books – lots of color images throughout, used as examples – with well-penned text in chapters that include "Twilight Zone – Surrealism For The Masses", "CBS – The Modernist Television Network", "Modernism On Television", and "Ernie Kovacs' Post-Modernist Performances". There's also a look at the great television project at MOMA, a cool index with a timeline and images, and lots lots more. 155 pages, hardcover, full color. Book

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Robin Jaffee FrankConey Island – Visions Of An American Dreamland 1861 to 2008 (hardcover) ... Book
Yale University Press, 2015. New Copy ... $16.99 35.00
Coney Island is a hell of a place – a refuge for New Yorkers for over 100 years, and still pretty amazing today – with a surprisingly strong legacy that also includes the park's influence on more serious artists over the decades, a legacy that's presented beautifully in this oversize book! The volume's not a glossy presentation of the tourist mecca – but instead a very well-done, well-researched art book – featuring paintings, photographs, film stills, and other images that show the way that Coney Island figured in the larger high art community in and around New York – representations by folks as diverse as Weegee, Woody Allen, Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Davidson, Reginald Marsh, and dozens of others. The large book is a monograph for a museum exhibit, but clearly goes far beyond the event – and also features text by Charles Musser, Robin Jaffee Frank, Josh Glick, and others. 286 heavy hardcover pages – with color and black and white images throughout! Book

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Lee FriedlanderJFK – A Photographic Memoir (hardcover) ... Book
Yale University Press, 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 45.00
A fascinating book, and one that's way deeper than you might guess from the simple JFK reference on the cover – but that's what we'd expect, coming from the genius of Lee Friedlander! JFK is definitely the subject of these photographs from the early 60s – but the man himself is never shot directly – as instead, Friedlander takes all these amazing images of people responding to the president, or marking his place in their life in special ways – often urban shots with a strongly multi-cultural backdrop, which really gets past any simple icons of the man. But even without JFK at the center, the book is a beautiful illustration of that special eye that Lee had in the 60s – set out here over 48 beautiful black and white images. Book

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Ralph J GleasonMusic In The Air (hardcover) ... Book
Yale University Press, 2016. New Copy ... $6.99 30.00
Ralph J Gleason might just be one of the coolest cats to ever write about music – a key part of the San Francisco scene during the postwar years – where his talents helped illuminate both the worlds of art and music during the beat generation – then really helped shine a spotlight on all the cultural changes in the city during the 60s – which even led to Gleason's role in the founding of Rolling Stone magazine! Gleason always had a great eye (and ear) for things that were new and special, but never in a way that was slavish to the moment – or to its creator – and the book features an initial section on his writings on jazz and blues – with essays on John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Carmen McRae, BB King, John Handy, Vince Guaraldi & Bola Sete, Cal Tjader, Ben Webster, the San Francisco Jazz scene, and other diverse topics. The second section features Gleason on folk and rock – with bits on Jefferson Airplane, Hank Williams, Lenny Bruce, Odetta, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and others – and the final section features articles on politics and culture – covering topics that include Richard Nixon, radio payola, Law & Order, flower children, and other slices of society, seen from the Gleason viewpoint. Book is hardcover, and 309 pages. Book

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Greil MarcusReal Life Rock – The Complete Top Ten Columns 1986 to 2014 ... Book
Yale University Press, 2015. New Copy ... $5.99 20.00
Nearly 30 years of work from one of the best writers on rock and roll – served up here in a nearly-endless succession of columns all based around a single format – one that many other publications have copped over the years, but which Greil Marcus virtually invented at the Village Voice! That format is a "top ten", but one of seemingly unrelated genres and styles – music, of course, but also films, photographs, literature, and lots more – all used as platforms for a short expression of an idea by Marcus. Greil kept up the column for decades – and this hefty book features the complete contents of every one of its appearances – first in The Village Voice, then in Artforum, Salon, City Pages, Interview, and The Believer. Marcus has influenced countless folks over the years, and this column may well be some of his most widely-circulated writing – served up in a large softcover edition, 586 pages in all. Book

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✨✧ Thomas CrowLong March Of Pop – Art, Music, & Design 1930 to 1995 (hardcover) ... Book
Yale University Press, 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most compelling books we've ever read on Pop Art – and one of the most visually stunning, too – given that the heavy, hardcover volume is filled with images that go way past the familiar tropes of the movement! Author Thomas Crow takes a very longform look at Pop Art – the movement that flourished mostly in the early 60s, but which is presented here in the wider date brackets of the title – with an especially strong eye for the pre-60s forces that created it – both the role of some of its key artists in advertising and design in the 50s, but also the shifting scape of the gallery world in general, and even surprising contributions from forces like folk music and surf culture. The book is huge – oversize, and over 400 pages – with images not just of artworks, but also of the scenes and events as well – all to accompany the very thorough text by author Thomas Crow. Key figures include Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, and Claes Oldenberg – but there's lots more stops along the way. Book
 
 
 



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