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!

Latest acquisitions for your summer enjoyment!

Art History / Art Theory / Art World
African Masters; Art from the Ivory Coast  by Eberhard Fischer
Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo in Detroit  by Mark Rosenthal
Elaine de Kooning: Portraits, exhibit catalog of the National Portrait Gallery
In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art  by Sue Roe
Leonardo, Michelangelo, and the Art of the Figure  by Michael W. Cole
Nick Cave: Epitome
Posters: A Global History  by Elizabeth E. Guffey

Architecture / Landscape Design
The Fondation Louis Vuitton by Frank Gehry; A Building for the Twenty-First Century
Look Up London; World Class Architectural Heritage that’s Hidden in Plain Sight  by Adrian Searle
Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks

Canon Rebel SL1/EOS 100D; The Expanded Guide  by David Taylor
The Light in Cuban Eyes; Lake Forest College’s Madeleine P. Plonsker Collection of Contemporary Cuban Photography

Design / Fashion / Interior Decoration / Graphics
British Posters of the Second World War  by Richard Slocombe
Carpets of the Art Deco Era  by Susan Day
Exploring Calvin and Hobbes; An Exhibition Catalogue, exhibit catalog of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum
Ian Schrager: Works
Making Design: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
Complete Calligraphy Skills  by Vivien Lunniss
Designer Crochet; 32 Patterns to Elevate your Style  by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby
Finger Knitting: Fast, Easy & Fun Scarves and Accessories to Make  by Mary Beth Temple
Human Figure Drawing  by Daniela Brambilla

June 9, 2015

The Grand Tour... has begun

The St. Louis Public Library and the Campbell House Museum are proud to set sail on a nineteenth-century adventure as they partner to present "The Grand Tour" Exhibition, in Central Library's Great Hall, 1301 Olive Street, June 11 through August 22. Visitors to the Library can explore Europe and exotic locales via an exhibit drawn from the Library's rich collection of postcards, maps, travel guides, and photographs. The exhibit incorporates the story of the Campbells, a prominent St. Louis family who embarked on their own Grand Tour in 1867. Mementos from the Campbell House collection, including items from the family's frequent travels, will complement the exhibit. The Library's exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

May 27, 2015

Last days to see the Steedman Exhibit!

This is "last call" for viewing the beautiful exhibit of Steedman Architectural Library materials, enhanced by a spectacular wall mural, in Central's Great Hall.  Its final day is Saturday, May 30.  See the Steedman's own blog for pictures and more details:  http://steedmanarchitecturallibrary.blogspot.com/

May 26, 2015

Knit your own Zombie! ... and other wonderful new titles!

Art History / Art Theory / Art World
Art Deco Mailboxes  by Karen Greene
Art Nouveau / Jugendstil  by Angela Sanna
Common Wealth; Art by African Americans in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Business of Being an Artist, 5th ed.  by Daniel Grant
Faces of Impressionism; Portraits from the Musée d’Orsay
Fiber Sculpture, 1960-Present, exhibit catalog of the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
Indigenous Beauty; Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection
Training Days; The Subway Artists Then and Now  by Henry Chalfant
William Blake; Apprentice & Master  by Michael Phillips

Architecture / Landscape Design
David Adjaye; Form, Heft, Material, exhibit catalog of the Art Institute of Chicago
The Golden Lands: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam  by Vikram Lall
Great Houses of England and Wales  by Hugh Montgomery—Massingberd

GoPro; Professional Guide to Filmmaking  by Bradford Schmidt
John Shaw’s Guide to Digital Nature Photography
Power Composition or Photography; Develop Your Artistic Eye  by Tom Gallovich
Understanding Your Digital Camera; Art and Techniques  by Tim Savage
Walker Evans: The Magazine Work  by David Campany

Design / Fashion / Interior Decoration / Graphics
Alec: The Years Have Pants (A Life-Sized Omnibus)  by Eddie Campbell

Crafts / Applied Arts / How-to
Floral Elegance: 18 Beautiful Cross Stitch and Needlepoint Designs  by Susan Bates
Knit your own Zombie  by Fiona Goble
Loom Knitting: Scarves, Hats, Bags & More  by Isela Phelps
The Needlepoint Book, 3rd ed.  by Jo Ippolito Christensen
Washi Style! Make it with Paper Tape  by Marisa Edhill

Antiques / Collectibles
Guide Book of Hard Times Tokens  by Q. David Bowers