March 23, 2017

Now they're really coming in!

At last our new books are doing more than just trickling in.  There should be something to interest almost anyone in this list -- just place a hold on them if you can't make it downtown to Central.

 Art History / Art Theory / Art World
Degas; A Strange New Beauty, exhibit catalog of the Museum of Modern Art, NY
Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium, exhibit catalog of the Carnegie Museum of Art
Hubert Robert, exhibit catalog of the National Gallery of Art, Washington
South Africa; The Art of a Nation  by John Giblin
Studio of the South: Van Gogh in Provence  by Martin Bailey
Vigée Le Brun, exhibit catalog of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Vincent Van Gogh Atlas  by Nienke Denekamp
Yves Klein: in/out studio

Architecture / Landscape Design / Urban Planning
Begin with the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture  by Mabel Wilson
Capability Brown: Designing the English Landscape  by John Phibbs
Castle Builders: Approaches to Castle Design and Construction in the Middle Ages  by Malcolm Hislop
MAD Works Mad Architects  by Ma Yansong
100 Years of Architecture  by Alan Powers
Pavilions and Gardens of Venice Biennale

Design / Fashion / Interior Decoration / Graphics
American Style and Spirit: Fashions and Lives of the Roddis Family, 1850-195  by Jane Bradbury
The Fashion Set: The Art of the Fashion Show  by Federico Poletti

Beginner’s Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
Color: A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors  by Betty Edwards
Rubber Stamping; Get Creative….   By Stephen Fowler

March 16, 2017

More new books...

... are arriving, and more are on the way!

Pevsner's Architectural Glossary, 2nd ed.

Standard Catalog of World Paper Money; General Issues, 1368--1960, 16th ed.

Greek Art, 5th edition  by John Boardman

David Adjaye Constructed Narratives  edited by Peter Allison
Tate Modern; Building a Museum for the 21st Century

Bitten by Witch Fever: Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Victorian Home  by Lucinda Hawksley
Pen & Ink: A Creative Exploration of a Time-Treasured Drawing Technique 
Pen and Ink; Contemporary Artists, Timeless Techniques  by James Hobbs
Spectrum 23; The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art

The Art of Crayon; Draw, Color, Resist, Sculpt, Carve!  by Lorraine Bell
Colour Mixing Guide - Oils  by Julie Collins
The Mandala Guidebook; How to Draw, Paint and Color Expressive Mandalas  by Kathryn Costa
Painting and Drawing the Head  by Daniel Shadbolt
Studio Craft as Career; A Guide to Achieving Excellence in Art-Making  by Paul J. Stankard


Filmmaking Essentials for Photographers  by Eduardo Angel
GoPro Cameras for dummies  by John Carucci
How to Start a Photography Business  by Tracy Dorr
Pet Photography; The Secrets to Creating Authentic Pet Portraits  by Norah Levine
The Radical Eye; Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection

March 7, 2017

New books at last!

You may have heard about the "ransomware" hack that we suffered in January.  This attack has hampered many of the library's functions, including the ordering, cataloging, and processing of new books. Finally, some are trickling in, and here they are for your reading enjoyment.  We hope for many more soon.

Art History
John Derian Picture Book

Starchitecture: Scenes, Actors, and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities  by Davide Ponzini

Graphic Design
The Animator's Survival Kit  by Richard Williams
Becoming a Successful Graphic Designer  by Neil Leonard

Cuba; Photographs by Jeffrey Milstein
The Photographer's Guide to Marketing and Self-Promotion  by Maria Piscopo
Starting Your Career as a Freelance Photographer  by Tad Crawford

January 10, 2017

Happy 2017 !

We intend to continue providing you with a wide range of quality books on all aspects of the visual arts this year, and for a long time to come.  Here is the latest batch!

Art History / Art Theory / Art World
Francis Picabia: Our Heads are Round so our Thoughts can Change Direction, exhibit catalog of the Kunsthaus Zurich
A History of Pictures: From the Cave to the Computer Screen  by David Hockney
Monet, The Early Years, exhibit catalog of the Kimbell Museum
World War I and American Art, exhibit catalog of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Architecture / Landscape Design / Urban Planning
Art Nouveau Architecture, ed. by R. Beauclair  M. I. Gradl (Dover reprint of a 1902 portfolio)
Frank Lloyd Wright and Mason City  by Roy R. Behrens
Six Canonical Projects by Rem Koolhaas  by Ingrid Bock
Design / Fashion / Interior Decoration / Graphics
Draw Fashion Now  by Danielle Meder
Fashion 150: 150 Years /150 Designers
The Lamps of Tiffany Studios: Nature Illuminated  by Margaret K. Hofer
Scandinavia Dreaming: Nordic Homes, Interiors and Design
Yves Saint Laurent; The Perfection of Style by Florence Muller
Follow the Sun: A Field Guide to Architectural Photography in the Digital Age  by James Ewing
Antiques / Collectibles
Art Deco: Living with the Art Deco Style  by Judith Miller
Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars  by Q. David Bowers
Guide Book of The United States Mint  by Q. David Bowers

December 20, 2016

Greetings of the Season -- enjoy our new books

Please accept this list of latest acquisitions as our "gift" to you -- the gift of free libraries, where everyone is welcome.  And cardholders can check out almost unlimited books and recordings. Here in the Fine Arts Room, we specialize in beautiful art books.

Graphis Design Annual 2017
Magnum Photobook: The Catalogue Raisonné  by Fred Ritchin
Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., 2016

Art History / Art Theory / Art World
Rural Modern: American Art Beyond the City  by Amanda C. Burdan

Architecture / Landscape Design / Urban Planning
100 Years 100 Buildings  by John Hill
Centre Pompidou  by Francesco Dal Co
Frank Lloyd Wright and San Francisco  by Paul Venable Turner
Road Trip: Roadside America from Custard’s Last Stand to the Wigwam Restaurant  by Richard Longstreth
The Splendor of Cuba; 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors  by Michael Connors
The Vision of Frank Lloyd Wright  by Thomas A. Heinz

Design / Fashion / Interior Decoration / Graphics
How to Draw Sci-Fi Utopias and Dystopias  by Prentis Rollins
Mr. Ken Fulk’s Magical World
Season’s Greetings: Holiday Cards by Celebrated Artists

Digital Photography Essentials, 2nd ed.  by Tom Ang
Fearless Photographer: Nature  by David M. Wyman
Norman Parkinson: Portraits in Fashion
The Photographer’s Guide to Drones  by Colin Smith
Photographs from the Edge  by Art Wolfe

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
Christmas Ornaments to Crochet  by Megan Kreiner
Digital Painting Techniques
Embroidery for the Absolute Beginner  by Susie Johns
The Handmade Life; A Companion to Modern Crafting  by Ramona Barry
20-Minute Whittling Projects  by Tom Hindes
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party  by Brandy Shay
Ultimate Mittens  by Robin Hansen

December 5, 2016

New books for Early December

Hope you're able to come in or request these lovely new books during this busy season!

Plains Indian Art of the Early Reservation Era; The Donald Danforth, Jr. Collection at the Saint Louis Art Museum

 Art History / Art Theory / Art World
The Carpet and the Connoisseur; The James F. Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs, exhibit catalog of the Saint Louis Art Museum
Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan, exhibit catalog of the Saint Louis Art Museum
David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life, exhibit catalog of the Royal Academy of Arts
Fairfield Porter  by John Wilmerding
Klee & Kandinsky: Neighbors, Friends, Rivals, catalog by the Zentrum Paul Klee
Paul Klee: Irony at Work, exhibit catalog of the Centre Pompidou
Tara Donovan, exhibit catalog of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Architecture / Landscape Design / Urban Planning
Art in Architecture: Building Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Essex [The Buildings of England]  by James Bettley and Nikolaus Pevsner
Perth and Kinross [The Buildings of Scotland]  by John Gifford
Worcestershire [The Buildings of England]  by Alan Brooks and Nikolaus Pevsner

Exposure Made Easy  by Curley Marshall
Photographing Headshots  by Gary Hughes

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
Mandala for the Inspired Artist  by Marisa Edghill

November 30, 2016

The Arts of Cuba

Big changes have already happened in Cuba, and more are no doubt coming.  Perhaps we'll all be traveling there regularly in the future! To help prepare, the Fine Arts Room has a good collection of books on Cuban art and architecture -- here are some on display this week.  For a list of some of these, and others, check out