33 Artists in 3 Acts

33 Artists in 3 Acts

33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sarah Thornton

N 8351 .T49 2014

“The best-selling author of Seven Days in the Art World now tells the story of the artists themselves – how they move through the world, command credibility, and create iconic works.

33 Artists in 3 Acts offers unprecedented access to a dazzling range of artists, from international superstars to unheralded art teachers. Sarah Thornton’s beautifully paced, fly-on-the-wall narratives include visits with Ai Weiwei before and after his imprisonment and Jeff Koons as he woos new customers in London, Frankfurt, and Abu Dhabi. Thornton meets Yayoi Kusama in her studio around the corner from the Tokyo asylum that she calls home. She snoops in Cindy Sherman’s closet, hears about Andrea Fraser’s psychotherapist, and spends quality time with Laurie Simmons, Carroll Dunham, and their daughters Lena and Grace.

Through these intimate scenes, 33 Artists in 3 Acts explores what it means to be a real artist in the real world. Divided into three cinematic “acts” – politics, kinship, and craft – it investigates artists’ psyches, personas, politics, and social networks. Witnessing their crises and triumphs, Thornton turns a wry, analytical eye on their different answers – and non-answers – to the question “What is an artist?”

33 Artists in 3 Acts reveals the habits and attributes of successful artists, offering insight into the way these driven and inventive people play their game. In a time when more and more artists oversee the production of their work, rather than make it themselves, Thornton shows how an artist’s radical vision and personal confidence can create audiences for their work, and examines the elevated role that artists occupy as essential figures in our culture.”
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Lobbying America: The Politics of Business from Nixon to NAFTA

Lobbying America

Lobbying America: The Politics of Business from Nixon to NAFTA by Benjamin C. Waterhouse

JK 1118 .W36 2014

Lobbying America tells the story of the political mobilization of American businesses in the 1970s and 1980s. Benjamin Waterhouse traces the rise and ultimate fragmentation of a broad-based effort to unify the business community and promote a fiscally conservative, antiregulatory, and market-oriented policy agenda to Congress and the country at large. Arguing that business’s political involvement was historically distinctive during this period, Waterhouse illustrates the changing power and goals of America’s top corporate leaders.

Examining the rise of the Business Roundtable and the revitalization of older business associations such as the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Waterhouse takes readers inside the mind-set of the powerful CEOs who responded to the crises of inflation, recession, and declining industrial productivity by organizing an effective and disciplined lobbying force. By the mid-1970s, that coalition transformed the economic power of the capitalist class into a broad-reaching political movement with real policy consequences. Ironically, the cohesion that characterized organized business failed to survive the ascent of conservative politics during the 1980s, and many of the coalition’s top goals on regulatory and fiscal policies remained unfulfilled. The industrial CEOs who fancied themselves the “voice of business” found themselves one voice among many vying for influence in an increasingly turbulent and unsettled economic landscape.

Complicating assumptions that wealthy business leaders naturally get their way in Washington, Lobbying America shows how economic and political powers interact in the American democratic system.”
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Group f.64

Group f64

Group f.64: Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham and the Community of Artists Who Revolutionized American Photography by Mary Street Alinder

TR 139 .A395 2014

“Group f.64 is perhaps the most famous movement in the history of photography, counting among its members Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, Willard Van Dyke, and Edward Weston. Revolutionary in its day, Group f.64 was one of the first modern art movements defined by women and men working as equals. From the San Francisco Bay Area, its influence extended internationally, contributing significantly to the recognition of photography as a fine art.

The group – first identified as such in a 1932 exhibition – was comprised of strongly individualistic artists brought together by a common philosophy and held together in a tangle of dynamic relationships. They shared a conviction that photography must emphasize its unique capabilities – those that distinguished it from other arts – in order to establish the medium’s identity. Their name, f.64, they took from a very small lens aperture used with their large-format cameras, a pinprick that allowed them to capture the greatest possible depth of field in their lustrous, sharply detailed prints. In today’s digital world, these “straight” photography champions are increasingly revered. Mary Street Alinder is especially well positioned to write this first group biography. A former assistant to Ansel Adams, she personally knew most of the artists featured. But just as important, she understands the art.

Featuring close to one hundred photographs by and of its members, including a special sixteen-page insert – Group f.64 details a transformative period in art history with narrative brilliance.”
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Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart

Angry Optimist

Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart by Lisa Rogak

PN 2287 .S683 R66 2014

“Since his arrival at The Daily Show in 1999, Jon Stewart has become one of the major players in comedy as well as one of the most significant liberal voices in the media. In Angry Optimist, biographer Lisa Rogak charts his unlikely rise to stardom. She follows him from his early days growing up in New Jersey, through his years as a struggling stand-up comic in New York, and on to the short-lived but acclaimed The Jon Stewart Show. And she charts his humbling string of near-misses – passed over as a replacement for shows hosted by Conan O’Brien, Tom Snyder, and even the fictional Larry Sanders – before landing on a half-hour comedy show that at the time was still finding its footing amidst roiling internal drama.

Once there, Stewart transformed The Daily Show into one of the most influential news programs on television today. Drawing on interviews with his current and former colleagues, Rogak reveals how things work – and sometimes don’t work – behind the scenes at The Daily Show, led by Jon Stewart, a comedian who has come to wield incredible power in American politics.”
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The Brilliant History of Color in Art

The Brilliant History of Color in Art

The Brilliant History of Color in Art by Victoria Finlay

N 7432 .F56 2014

“Journey from the Ice Age to the Digital Age with a surprising cast of characters on this worldwide tour of color in art. You’ll discover the strange, intriguing, and humorous stories of your favorite colors, the science behind them, and how they forever changed the courses of art and history. Big questions will pique your curiosity: Why is the sky blue? Why are there seven colors in the rainbow? What is art, anyway?

The Brilliant History of Color in Art is also a treasure trove of world art, from cave paintings to Roman treasures and Chinese dragon scrolls; to works by Titian and Michelangelo, Monet and Kandinsky, Rothko and Hockney; to contemporary sculpture and graffiti art. Many of the book’s 166 spectacular images are from the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum.”
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The Blues: A Visual History

The Blues

The Blues: A Visual History: 100 Years of Music That Changed the World by Mike Evans

ML 3521 .E94 2014

“Charting the history of the blues from its rural roots in the American South, and focusing on the key musicians and singers who brought it recognition worldwide, The Blues: A Visual History is a unique and fully illustrated account of the development of the blues. This deceptively simple, twelve-bar musical form has become the common denominator that has driven the popular music of the last hundred years. As John Lee Hooker put it: ‘The music we play. . . that music is the roots. Rock music, everything else, is like a branch on the same tree. It all comes from the blues.'”
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Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life

Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd

PN 2287 .C5 A48 2014

“He was the very first icon of the silver screen and remains one of the most recognizable of Hollywood faces, even a hundred years after his first film. But who was the man behind the mustache? What drove the artist who not only directed the films but held the camera and acted in front of it?

Peter Ackgroyd turns the spotlight on Chaplin’s often controversial life as well as on his classic films, from his humble theatrical beginnings in music halls to his winning an honorary Academy Award. Everything is here: the glamour of his golden age, the murky scandals of the 1940s, and his eventual exile in Switzerland. This masterly brief biography offers fresh revelations about one of the most familiar faces of the last century and brings the Little Tramp vividly to life.”
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