October 13, 2016

Architecture of Scotland, Part 2 -- Oct. 25

Please join us Tuesday evening, October 25 for a continuation of last year's most popular event in our series of architecture talks.  Architectural historian Esley Hamilton will be speaking on "The Architecture of Scotland, Part 2."

The lecture will take place in the Carnegie Room, on Central Library's third floor, at 6:30 pm.

Beforehand, drop in and view the Steedman Room, part of the Fine Arts department on the second floor, at 6:00 pm.

September 26, 2016

Welcome autumn with new art books!

Finally the heat of summer has abated... a perfect time to visit the Fine Arts Room in beautiful Central Library.  Here are some of our most recent acquisitions.  Enjoy!

Frank Stella Prints; A Catalogue Raisonné
Roland Paris: The Art Deco Jester King  by Alberto Shayo
Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money, Vol. 7, South Atlantic

Art History / Art Theory / Art World
Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color  by Marietta Cambareri
Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei
Exhibition Art; Graphics and Space Design
Graffiti Planet
Peacock & Vine: On William Morris and Mariano Fortuny  by A. S. Byatt
The Spirit of Indian Painting  by B. N. Goswamy
Street Art

Architecture / Landscape Design / Urban Planning
The English Castles Story  by Marc Alexander
Karl Friedrich Schinkel  by Martin Steffens

Design / Fashion / Interior Decoration / Graphics
Coffee Culture: Hot Coffee + Cool Spaces  by Robert Schneider
Eat and Stay: Restaurant Graphics & Interiors

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
Award-Winning Basket Designs  by Pati English
Encaustic Art: Painting with Wax  by Michael Bossom
Lessons in Classical Painting  by Juliette Aristides

Antiques / Collectibles
The Della Robbia Pottery; from Renaissance to Regent Street
Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America  by JoAnn Moser

September 10, 2016

Latest visual art book acquisitions

Even though our book ordering year has ended (it will resume again in October, never fear), the wonderful titles we ordered recently are still coming in. They run the gamut from serious art  and architecture history tomes to fun craft books and collectibles guides.

C'mon by and take a look, or request that they be sent to your home branch!  

Art History / Art Theory / Art World
Anselm Kiefer: The Woodcuts, exhibit catalog of The Albertina, Vienna
Art Cologne 1967-2016; The First Art Fair
The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art  by Sebastian Smee
The Artist and his Critic Stripped Bare; The Correspondence of Marcel Duchamp and Robert Level
Botticelli Reimagined, exhibit catalog of the Victoria & Albert Museum
The Brothers Le Nain; Painters of 17th Century France, exhibit of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Three Centuries of American Prints from the National Gallery of Art
Tinguely, exhibit catalog of the Museum Kunstpalast, et al.

Architecture / Landscape Design / Urban Planning
Architecture at the End of the Earth; Photographing the Russian North  by Wm. Craft Brumfield
Architecture in Wood: A World History  by Will Pryce
Bedfordshire, Huntingdonshire and Peterborough [The Buildings of England]  by Charles O’Brien/Nikolaus Pevsner
Buildings of Savannah  by Robin B. Williams, et al.
Garden Design Solutions  by Stephen Woodhams
Living Roofs  by Ashley Penn

Design / Fashion / Interior Decoration / Graphics
Inside Rio  by Lenny Niemeyer
Light Meal Restaurant: Dine-in Cultural Space  ed. by Brenda Heath
Show Posters: The Art and Practice of Making Gig Posters  by Pat Jones

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
Pyrography: 18 Step-by-Step Projects to Make  by Bob Neill
Tapestry Crochet and More  by Maria Gullberg
Tie Dip Dye  by Pepa Martin

Antiques / Collectibles
Homestead Glass Works: Bryce, Higbee & Co.  by Paul Kirk
Warman’s Depression Glass: Identification and Price Guide, 6th ed

August 30, 2016

Close out August with these new books

Now that vacations are over and school has started again, we hope you have time to enjoy these great new additions to our collection.  We continue to receive beautiful, informative, and fun new publications in all of the visual arts.  Take a look!

Graphis Photography Annual 2016
Standard Catalogue of World Coins, 2001—date, 11th ed., 2017

Art History / Art Theory / Art World
C.F.A. Voysey: Arts & Crafts Designer  by Karen Livingstone
Ed Ruscha and the Great American West, exhibit catalog of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Karel Appel; A Gesture of Color, exhibit catalog of the Phillips Collection
Please Touch: Sculpture for a City [about City Garden here in STL!]

Architecture / Landscape Design / Urban Planning
Backyard Blueprints; Design, Furniture and Plants for a Small Garden  by David Stevens
Churches; An Architectural Guide  by Simon Bradley
Contemporary Designers’ Own Gardens  by Barbara Baker
Heaven is a Garden; Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces  by Jan Johnsen
Northamptonshire [The Buildings of England]  by Bruce Bailey/Nikolaus Pevsner
Suffolk West [The Buildings of England]  by James Bettley/Nikolaus Pevsner
Somerset: South and West [The Buildings of England]  by Julian Orbach/Nikolaus Pevsner

Dream of Venice Architecture
How to take Great Photographs  by Robert Hull

Design / Fashion / Interior Decoration / Graphics
House Rules; An Architect’s Guide to Modern Life  by Deborah Berke
World War I in 40 Posters  by Ann P. Linder

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
Arne & Carlos: 30 Slippers to Knit and Felt
Beginner’s Guide to Knitting in the Round  by Kristin Omdahl
Cross-stitch to Calm; Stitch and De-stress with 40 Simple Patterns  by Leah Lintz
Drawing Perspective  by Matthew Brehm
Learn Drawing Quickly  by Sharon Finmark

August 3, 2016

Source for Central's entrance gates discovered

Original Chapel Gates in Prato
Central Library's Front Gates

This bureau has recently discovered the original on which Central Library’s beautiful front entrance gates are modeled.  Maso di Bartolomeo, one of the most respected bronze artists in Renaissance Italy, designed the grilles that form the entrance gate to the “Cappella della Cintola” (Chapel of the Virgin’s Girdle, or Belt) in the Cathedral of Prato, Italy.  Master artisans created and installed this grille between 1438 and 1443.  If you look closely, you can see a buckle holding together the belt-like strands that encircle the graceful quatrefoil design. 

When Central Library was renovated (2010-2012), this motif was used on the glass wall of the Carnegie Room and signs on the building's third floor.

July 28, 2016

As July turns into August... great new arts books are available

Yep, we're still receiving beautiful and interesting new books, on a variety of visual art topics.  As always, all but the Reference titles are available to check out.  And as you can see, we run the gamut from fun to scholarly.

Art History / Art Theory / Art World
British Art and the First World War, 1914-1924  by James Fox
Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Inspiration and Transformation  by John B. Ravenal
John Baldessari: The Städel Paintings
Russian Lacquer: The Collection of the Museum für Lackkunst  by Monika Kopplin
William Merritt Chase; A Modern Master, exhibit catalog of the Phillips Collection

Architecture / Landscape Design / Urban Planning
Art Deco Airports: Dream Designs of the 1920s and 1930s  by Terry Moyle
The Castles of Scotland  by Martin Coventry
Cheshire [The Buildings of England]  by Clare Hartwell/Nikolas Pevsner
The Complete Zaha Hadid, expanded and updated edition
The Creative Architect: Inside the Great Midcentury Personality Study  by Pierluigi Serraino
The Pantheon; From Antiquity to the Present
The Philip Johnson Glass House: An Architect in the Garden  by Maureen Cassidy-Geiger

Diane Arbus: In the Beginning  by Jeff Rosenheim

Design / Fashion / Interior Decoration / Graphics
Alexander Girard; A Designer’s Universe
French Cottage

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
Arm Knitting  by Amanda Bassetti
Banners, Buntings, Garlands & Pennants  by Kathy Sheldon
Crochet Geometry  by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby
Embroidered Landscapes  by Judy Wilford
Manga Origami  by Marcio Hideshi Noguchi
Noro Silk Garden; The 20th Anniversary Collection
Stitches from the Garden; Hand Embroidery Inspired by Nature  by Katy Schmitz
Ultimate Quilting Bible  by Marie Clayton

July 16, 2016

Newest arrivals for your reading and viewing pleasure

John Singer Sargent; Complete Paintings, Vol. II: Portraits of the 1890s  by Richard Ormond
The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Photography  ed. by Nathalie Hershdorfer

Art History / Art Theory / Art World
Beauty and Identity: Islamic Art from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Craft for a Modern World: The Renwick Gallery Collection
Indian Art of the Americas at the Art Institute of Chicago
Women of Abstract Expressionism, exhibit catalog of the Denver Art Museum

Architecture / Landscape Design / Urban Planning
The Architecture of Jacques Ferrier
Authentic Japanese Gardens  by Yoko Kawaguchi
Snøhetta: People, Process, Projects

Complete Guide to Macro and Close-Up Photography  by Cyrill Harnischmacher
Digital Photographer’s Handbook, 6th ed  by Tom Ang
Digital Photography for Dummies, 8th ed.  by Julie Adair King
GoPro Cameras  by Chad Fahs
Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem  by Gordon Parks
101 Mistakes Photographers Should Never Make; Lessons from Professionals Who Know  by Karen Dórame

Design / Fashion / Interior Decoration / Graphics
New Thai Style  by Kim Inglis

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
Beginner’s Guide to Mosaic  by Peter Massey
Beginning Illumination; Learning the Ancient Art, Step by Step  by Claire Travers
Block Print  by Andrea Lauren
Crochet One-Skein Wonders for Babies
The Flower Chef: A Modern Guide to Do-It-Yourself Floral Arrangements  by Carly Cylinder
Hand Printing Studio  by Betsy Olmsted
Make your own Idea Book with Arne & Carlos
Manga Drawing Class  by Christopher Hart
Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner’s Guide to Elegant Lettering  by Judy Detrick
Slow Stitch; Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art  by Claire Wellesley-Smith