July 28, 2015

See the Campbell House this Saturday -- for free!

Don't miss this opportunity to hear about the Campbell House from its Director, followed by a FREE tour! 

at 11:30 in the Carnegie Room at Central Library, Andy Hahn, Executive Director of The Campbell House, with take you on the Grand Tour along with the Campbell family, who took trips to Europe and beyond starting in 1867 and lasting through the 1890s. Find out more about this family whose house still stands as a remarkable reminder of historic St. Louis. Following the program, attendees can take a short walk (or ride) to the Campbell House for a free tour. Persons must attend the program in order to participate in the free tour. Registration recommended, at http://slpl.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=18533

July 23, 2015

40 Years of Fabulous, and other new beautiful and fun books

It may be the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, but wonderful new books continue to arrive here at SLPL's Fine Arts Room.
Take a look!

Currier and Ives Dinnerware  by Debbie Coe

Art History / Art Theory / Art World
Celtic Art  by Venceslas Kruta
Frank Auerbach: Speaking and Painting  by Catherine Lampert
This is Not a Photo Opportunity: The Street Art of Banksy  by Martin Bull

Architecture / Landscape Design
The Buildings that Revolutionized Architecture  by Florian Heine
Hermitage XXI: The New Art Museum in the General Staff Building  by Oleg Yawein
L. A. [Ten]: Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture, 1970s – 1990s
Palm Springs Modern Living  by James Schnepf

Florence Henri: Mirror of the Avant-Garde, 1927-40
Nikon D5500: From Snapshots to Great Shots  Rob Sylvan
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide  by Brian Matsumoto

Design / Fashion / Interior Decoration / Graphics
40 Years of Fabulous: The Kips Bay Decorator Show House  by Steven Stolman
Cover Art of Blue Note Records  by Graham Marsh
Creative Fashion Illustration  by Stuart McKenzie
Designed for the Future; 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World  by Jared Green
Emerging Fashion Designers 5  by Sally Congdon-Martin
Fifty Years of Illustration  by Lawrence Zeegen
French Art Deco Fashions in Pochoir Prints from the 1920s
One Show Design, vol. 6
Patricia Underwood: The Way Your Wear Your Hat  by Jeffrey Banks

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt  by Laurie Aaron Hird
How to Make Candles  by Lesley Spa

Comic Con at SLPL!


The St. Louis Public Library is proud to host its first-ever Comic Con on Saturday, July 25, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The event takes place at Central Library, 1301 Olive St., and is FREE and open to the public.
The day-long, all-ages event boasts four workshops, two keynote addresses, and LIVE music. In addition, more than twenty vendors with comics and collectibles available for purchase will be on-hand.

For more details:  http://cio.slpl.org/2015/06/30/librarys-first-ever-comic-con/

July 6, 2015

Egyptology talk this Thursday!

Really, who isn't interested in ancient Egypt?!  Please join us for this event to learn more about the early days-- 

Historian/writer Jason Thompson will discuss travel to Egypt during the European Grand Tour era and talk about his new book, Wonderful Things: A History of Egyptology: From Antiquity to 1881.

The program takes place in Central’s Carnegie Room on July 9 at 7 p.m.
Wonderful Things is a story of the people—famous and obscure—who constructed the picture of ancient Egypt that we have today, recovered the Egyptian past while inventing it anew, and made a lost civilization comprehensible to generations of readers and viewers thousands of years later.
For more details or to register, contact Brenda McDonald at 314.539.0348 or bmcdonald@slpl.org.

July 2, 2015

Happy Fourth!

Old Glory as seen from the Fine Arts Reference Desk.  We'll be closed this Saturday in honor of our Declaration of Independence.  If you haven't seen the first two episodes of the HBO series John Adams, they are wonderful depictions of the events leading up to that momentous decision.

July 1, 2015

Knit your own Cat, and other fine new titles

Yes, we have just about everything about the visual arts and crafts, from serious art historical tomes to books about comics to almost every kind of craft.  Here are our latest acquisitions; if you can't come by and browse, just place a "hold" on them!

Art Sales Index, 2015 ed.
Handbook of United States Coins, 2016 ed.
Printworld Directory, 15th ed.
Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, 1961 – present, 20th ed.

Art History / Art Theory / Art World
Global Street Art  by Lee Bofkin
James Welling: The Mind on Fire
Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi  by Hayden Herrera
Painting Now  by Suzanne Hudson
Sculpture in the Age of Donatello  by Timothy Verdon
The Twenty First Century Art Book  by Jonathan Griffin
Vitamin 3-D: New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation
Yin Xiuzhen  by Hanru Hou

Architecture / Landscape Design
The Groundbreakers: Architects in American History—Their Places and Times  by Charles E. Dagit, Jr.
Hypernatural: Architecture’s New Relationship with Nature  by Blaine Brownell
The Landscape Architecture of Richard Haag  by Thaisa Way
Look Up Edinburgh; World Class Architectural Heritage that’s Hidden in Plain Sight  by Adrian Searle
Look Up Glasgow; World Class Architectural Heritage that’s Hidden in Plain Sight  by Adrian Searle
Louis I. Kahn in Conversation: Interviews with John W. Cook and Heinrich Klotz
New Japan Architecture: Recent Works by the World’s Leading Architects  by Geeta K. Mehta
Sacred Spaces; Contemporary Religious Architecture  by James Pallister
Scotland’s Best Castles and Stately Homes  by Martin Coventry
Vanishing French Heritage: A Complete Study of the Vertical Log Homes of the Illinois Country  by Jack Richard Luer

The Photo Book, 2nd ed.  by Ian Jeffrey

Design / Fashion / Interior Decoration / Graphics
Geoffrey Bennison, Master Decorator
Out of Line: The Art of Jules Feiffer
A Touch of Style  by Carlos Mota

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
The Big Book of Mod Podge; Decoupage Made Easy
Geek Knits  by Joan of Dark (Toni Carr)
Knit Your Own Cat  by Sally Muir
Stencil Craft  by Margaret Peot

June 12, 2015

The Grand Tour in Fine Arts

Many Central departments are displaying books relating to The Grand Tour.  Ours is especially apt, as we feature books on the museums, architecture, and other great sights of a European tour.  Do come by and browse!