May 14, 2015

Explaining Polish Art to American Audiences-- May 26 at Central

SLPL is pleased to present Chris Smentkowski, Director of Arts for Saint Louis Polonia, who will discuss the significance of contemporary Polish art -- including Polish poster art-- and the growing Polish arts scene in Saint Louis.   For more details, see the SLPL Facebook page:

Prior to the discussion, please join us for a tour of the Fine Arts Department of Central Library, between 6:30-7:00 p.m.  The talk will be in Central's Carnegie Room, starting at 7:00 pm.

May 13, 2015

Best of the best -- newly published books on the arts now available

Here are some of our wonderful new acquisitions:

AntiqueWeek Guide to Antique Shops & Malls, 2015
The Fashion Encyclopedia; A Visual Resource for Terms, Techniques, and Styles
The Official Museum Directory 2015

Art History / Art Theory / Art World
Artists’ Homes and Studios  by E. Ashley Rooney

Architecture / Landscape Design
Breathing and Living Wall  by Danzhi Weng
Building Berlin; The Latest Architecture In and Out of the Capital
Frank Gehry, exhibit catalog of the Centre Pompidou
Landscape as Spirit; Creating a Contemplative Garden  by M. H. Mosko
Moscow: Architecture & Design  by Irina Shipova
Munich + Bavaria: The Architecture Guide   by Chris van Uffelen
Thomas Jefferson Architect; The Built Legacy of Our Third President  by Hugh Howard
Vienna: Art & Architecture
Writings of Josep Lluís Sert  edited by Eric Mumford

Aaron Siskind: Another Photographic Reality
Canon EOS 7D Mark II For Dummies  by Doug Sahlin
Canon Rebel T5/EOS 120i0D; The Expanded Guide  by David Taylor
David Busch’s Sony alpha A5000/ILCE-5000 Guide to Digital Photography
The Smart Phone Photography Guide  by Peter Cope
Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals

Design / Fashion / Interior Decoration / Graphics
Beautiful Users; Designing for People  by Ellen Lupton
Fashion Design for Living
Hubert de Givenchy, exhibit catalog of the Museo Thyssen-Bornemizsa
Liberty Style  by Martin Wood
Jean-Louis Denoit Interiors  by Diane Dorrans Saeks
Navajo Silversmith Fred Peshlakai; His Life & Art  by Steven Curtis

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
Creative Paper Quilling  by Ann Martin
Drawing for Everyone; Classic and Creative Fundamentals  by Bruce Waldman
Illustrating Children’s Books  by Martin Ursell
Feltlicious; Needle-felted Treats to Make & Give  by Kari Chapin
Gramma Nancy’s Animal Hats (and Booties, Too!)  by Nancy Nielsen
Paint Like the Masters
Printmaking; 20 Projects for Friends to Make  by Claire Culley

Antiques / Collectibles
Warman’s U. S. Stamps Field Guide, 3rd Edition

May 5, 2015

May book display on Islamic arts

In support of the library's suite of May/June programs and exhibits under the umbrella title, "Poetic Voices of the Muslim World", the Fine Arts Room is pleased to display some of our beautiful books on Islamic arts.  

Read more about the events at: 

We encourage everyone to drop by to look at, and especially to check out, these lovely books.

April 28, 2015

Say a fond farewell to April by enjoying these fine new art books!

Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles, 2016
Graphis Design Annual 2015
Graphis Poster Annual 2014
Staffordshire Figures, 1780 to 1840: Volume 3
Staffordshire Figures, 1780 to 1840: Volume 4

Art History / Art Theory / Art World
David Lynch: The Unified Field, exhibit catalog of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
George Ohr: Sophisticate and Rube  by Ellen J. Lippert
Gerhard Richter: Pictures/Series
J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free, exhibit catalog of the J. Paul Getty Museum
James Ensor: The Temptation of Saint Anthony
A Sisterhood of Sculptors: American Artists in Nineteenth-Century Rome
XXL Art: When Artists Think Big  by Elea Baucheron

Architecture / Landscape Design
Architecture; The Whole Story
Arthur A. Shurcliff: Design, Preservation, and the Creation of the Colonial Williamsburg
Havana Modern: 20th Century Architecture and Interiors
High-Rise City Frankfurt; Buildings and Visions Since 1945
Hotels: Architecture & Design  by Xavier Broto
Landscape  by Elizabeth Hope Cushing
Robert A. M. Stern Architects; Buildings and Projects, 2010-2014

Design / Fashion / Interior Decoration / Graphics
African Fashion Global Style  by Victoria L. Rovine
Cool Beer Labels  by Daniel Bellon
Design in the Hamptons  by Anthony Iannaci
Emerging Fashion Designers 4  by Sally Congdon-Martin
History of International Fashion  by Didier Grumbach

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
Celtic Calligraphy  by Kerry Richardson
Crafter’s Guide to Patterns  by Jessica Swift
500 Traditional Quilts
Paper Quilling Chinese Style
Papier-Mache Monsters  by Dan Reeder
Sci-Fi & Fantasy Oil Painting Techniques  by Patrick J. Jones
Simple Flower Arranging  by Mark Welford
Winter Knits Made Easy
Wooly Woofers: Over 20 Knitwear Designs for Dogs of all Shapes and Sizes  by Debbie Bliss

April 13, 2015

Latest batch of new books

Cover image for The secret history of Wonder Woman / Jill Lepore.  

For your viewing and learning pleasure, take a look at these great books that have come in recently:

Society of Illustrators 56th Annual of Illustration

Art History / Art Theory / Art World
American Masters of the Mississippi Gulf Coast  by Paul Carr Black
aka Marcel Duchamp: Meditations on the Identities of an Artist
J. M. W. Turner  by Sam Smiles
The Long March of Pop: Art, Music, and Design 1930-1995  by Thomas Crow
The Religious Art of Pablo Picasso  by Jane Daggett Dillenberger
Why the Romantics Matter  by Peter Gay

Architecture / Landscape Design
Ando: Complete Works, 1975 – 2014  by Philip Jodidio
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House  by Steven M. Reiss
Picturing Wright: An Album from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Photographer  by Pedro E. Guerrero

Candida Höfer: Düsseldorf
Chuck Close Photographer  by Colin Westerbeck
Robert Herman: The New Yorkers
The World’s Top Wedding Photographers  by Bill Hurter

Design / Fashion / Interior Decoration / Graphics
Designing Here/Now: A Global Selection of Objects, Concepts, and Spaces for the Future
In Fashion: From Runway to Retail  by Annemarie Iverson
The Secret History of Wonder Woman  by Jill Lepore

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
Creating Textures in Colored Pencil  by Gary Green
Hot Knots: Fresh Macrame Ideas  by Kat Hartmann
Pretty Papercrafts  by Mareike Grun
Unconventional & Unexpected; American Quilts Below the Radar  by Roderick Kiracofe

Antiques / Collectibles
100 Greatest U. S. Modern Coins, 3rd Ed.  by Scott Schechter
Warman’s Coins and Paper Money; Identification and Price Guide, 6th Ed.