August 14, 2014

Latest acquisitions in the arts and crafts

Take a look!  Lots of fabulous new books to enjoy...
Cincinnati Silver, 1788 – 1940, catalog of the Cincinnati Art Museum
Christo and Jeanne-Claude:  Prints and Objects, Catalogue RaisonnĂ© edited by Jorg Schellmann
Lotus International, No. 154
Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-date, 2015 edition
Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 2015 edition

Art  History / Art Theory
Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration  by Terrie Sultan
City as Canvas; New York City Graffiti; The Martin Wong Collection
Cy Twombly’s Things  by Kate Nesin
Henri Matisse; The Cut-Outs, exhibit catalog of the Museum of Modern Art, NY
Jean-Michel Basquiat Drawing: Work from the Schorr Family Collection
The Oldest Enigma of Humanity; The Key to the Mystery of the Paleolithic Cave Paintings  by Bertrand David
Reading Basquiat: Exploring Ambivalence  byJordana Moore Saggese

Architecture / Landscape Design
Best-Selling 1-Story Home Plans
Drawing the Future: Chicago Architecture on the International Stage, 1900-1925  by David Van Zanten
Japanese Zen Gardens  by Yoko Kawaguchi
Origins of Classical Architecture  by Mark Wilson Jones
Richard Meier Architect: 2009--2013
Rural Studio at Twenty; Designing and Building in Hale County, Alabama  by Andrew Freear
Scottish Castles Story  by Marc Alexander
Design / Fashion / Interior Decoration / Graphics
Color Scheme Bible; Inspirational Palettes for Designing Home Interiors  by Anna Starmer
Materials for Design 2  by Victoria Ballard Bell
Playful Home; Creative Style Ideas for Living with Kids  by Andrew Weaving

 Gordon Parks
Larry Fink on Composition and Improvisation
Mastering Digital SLR Photography, 4th ed.  by David Busch
The Photograph as Contemporary Art, 3rd ed  by Charlotte Cotton
Photograph the Face  by Jeff Smith
The Photographer’s Playbook; 307 Assignments and Ideas
Reading Magnum; A Visual Archive of the Modern World
Werner Bischof

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
Baby Quilts with Sweet Appeal  by Darlene Zimmerman
Celebrate the Day with Quilts  by Shannon Shirley
Encaustic Revelation  by Patricia Seggebruch
New Tatting; Modern Lace Motifs and Projects  by Tomoko Morimoto
Spark the Creative Flame; Making the Journey from Craft to Art  by Paul J. Stankard
This Lustr’ed Cloth; A Fibre Artists’ Workbook of Metals  by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop  by Serena Barton

July 25, 2014

Central's Renovation continues to receive awards

In the year and a half that Central has been open since its spectacular renovation, it has garnered many architectural awards.  If you haven't made it in to see it for yourself, do come by!

2013 AIA/ALA National Library Building Award: American Institute of Architects and American Library Association -– Encouraging excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries, this award was created to distinguish accomplishments in library architecture. Biennially, representatives from the AIA and ALA celebrate the finest examples of library design by architects licensed in the United States. (“Meticulously renovated historic spaces combine with a sensitive combination of new construction within the existing historic shell to create a marvelous set of experiences for visitors.” "The blend of old and new is simply masterful. Truly grand and fantastic—there is so much to like here." AIA/ALA Library Building Award Jury)

2013 AIA St. Louis Design Award – Merit Award, Architecture - AIA St. Louis Chapter is the voice of the architectural profession, dedicated to improving the quality of the built environment by recognizing design and construction excellence.

America’s Best Buildings of the Year (ABBY) Awards, Citation - Buildings Magazine
Architizer – International Popular Choice A+ Award for Architecture – The A+ Awards is the definitive global architectural award program with 60+ categories, submissions from more than 100 countries, 200 esteemed judges, and public voting of 150,000 from every corner of the world. St. Louis Central Library was the “Favorite” in the Library Category.
Best Renovation/Restoration Project: St. Louis Central Library - Engineering News Record (ENR)
Illumination Award of Merit, Interior Lighting - Illuminating Engineering Society
Interior Architecture, Merit Award - AIA Central States Region
Keystone Award – Associated General Contractors (AGC) of St. Louis “Craftsmanship, excellence, attention to detail and professionalism were among the characteristics judges cited in deciding the AGC’s Keystone Awards for 2013.”

Most Enhanced Award - Landmarks Association of St. Louis. “This building is both an architectural and civic treasure and it stands as a shining example of how an institution can accommodate the current and future needs of its mission while respecting and honoring its architectural legacy.” – Landmarks Association

National Preservation Honor Award - National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Preservation Awards are bestowed on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and corporations whose skill and determination give new meaning to their communities through preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage. "While each is unique, this year's outstanding Honor Award winners all reflect the importance of protecting what is special and irreplaceable," said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. "Whether it's the spectacular restoration of an iconic public library in St. Louis or the transformation of a warehouse into housing for previously homeless residents in Detroit, this year's Honor Award winners demonstrate how saving places bolsters local economies and creates jobs in communities across the country."

Public Sector Award – FX International Interior Design – The prestigious FX Awards invite United Kingdom and international design talent from all over the world to enter the very best of interior projects and products for these coveted awards, known as the highlights of the design industry.

Reconstruction Award - Building Design & Construction. The Reconstruction Awards seek to recognize the best reconstructed, renovated or remodeled projects, based on overall design, engineering and construction project quality.

More wonderful books for you to enjoy!

These great books have come in recently and are ready for checking out/requesting:

Art History / Art Theory
Andy Warhol:  The Complete Commissioned Posters  by Paul Marechal
The Afterlife of Piet Mondrian  by Nancy J. Troy
A Brush with the Real; Figurative Painting Today  by Marc Valli
Kurt Schwitters:  Space, Image, Exile  by Megan R. Luke
Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still-Life Tradition  by Michael Petry
Rene Lalique; Enchanted by Glass  by Kelley Elliott
Rome, The Golden Centuries

Architecture / Landscape Design
150 Best Sustainable House Ideas  by Francesc Zamora Mola
Allied Works Architecture:  Clyfford Still Museum
The Arts and Crafts Garden  by Sarah Rutherford
Glasshouses  by Fiona Grant
Louise Blanchard Bethune; America’s First Female Professional Architect  by Johanna Hays
New Brazilian House  by Dominic Bradbury

Design / Interior Decoration / Graphics / Fashion
Art/Fashion in the 21st Century  by Mitchell Oakley Smith
Cutting-Edge Fashion Illustration  by Erica Sharp

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
How to Make 100 Ribbon Embellishments  by Elaine Schmidt
Japanese Paper Crafting  by Michael G. Lafosse
1000 Beads, Kristina Logan, Juror
Ultimate Book of Decorative Knots  by Lindsey Philpott

Antiques / Collectibles
Estate Jewelry, 1760 to 1960  by Diana Sanders Cinamon
Mantiques; A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff  by Eric Bradley
Mother-of-Pearl Antiques and Collectibles  by Michael Meyer
Official Blackbook Price Guide to United States Postage Stamps, 2015 ed.

Picker’s Bible: How to Pick Antiques Like the Pros  by Joe Willard