Recent Art Picks for March

A showcase of some of the recent art books to our collection.

Syndetics book coverVan Gogh: a power seething
Van Gogh is a vivid portrait of the great Impressionist painter that traces his life from the Netherlands, where he was born into a family of art dealers, through his years in England, the Hague, and Paris, to his final home in Arles, where he discovered the luminous style of his late paintings before his suicide at the age of thirty-seven. Julian Bell conveys Van Gogh’s tragic story with great compassion, depicting van Gogh in all his anguished vigor.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverAndy Warhol diaries
“Spanning the mid 1970s until just a few days before his death in 1987, The Andy Warhol Diaries is a compendium of the more than twenty thousand pages of the artists diary that he dictated daily to Pat Hackett. In it Warhool gives us the ultimate backstage pass to practically everything that went on in his world both high and low.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverWhy the romantics matter
“With his usual wit and elan, esteemed historian Peter Gay enters the contentious, long-standing debates over the romantic period and provides a fresh account of the immense achievements of romantic writers and artists in all media.Guiding readers through the history of the romantic movement across Britain, France, Germany, and Switzerland, Gay argues that the best way to conceptualize romanticism is to accept its complicated nature.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverWassily Kandinsky : masterpieces of art / Michael Kerrigan.
“Wassily Kandinsky, was a renowned Russian-born painter who is often regarded as one of the earliest pioneers of abstract art. Beginning with a fresh and thoughtful introduction to Kandinsky’s life and art, spanning his early paintings inspired by Russian folk art and fairy tales to his later works characterised by contrasting colours and striking geometric shapes.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe contemporaries : travels in the 21st-century art world / Roger White.
“It’s been nearly a century since Marcel Duchamp exhibited a urinal and called it art. Since then contemporary art has now expanded to include just about any object, action, or event.  In The Contemporaries , Roger White, himself a young painter, serves as our guide through this diffuse creative world, offering a glimpse of the inner workings of the American art world at a moment of unparalleled ambition, uncertainty, and creative exuberance.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Basilica of St Francis in Assisi / edited by Gianfranco Malafarina ; introduction by Chiara Frugoni ; photographs by Elio Ciol, Stefan Ciol and Ghigo Roli.
“The Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi is famed for its sequence of frescoes that celebrate the life and teachings of St. Francis. Aided by a wealth of beautiful photographs this is a guided tour of this magnificent complex. Rarely seen details allow the personal imprints of the artists to shine through, united by a desire to mirror reality while maintaining a sense of the spiritual and the sublime.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverSargent: portraits of artists and friends
“John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was one of the leading painters of his generation, whose captivating portraits are universally admired for their insight into character, radiance of light and color, and painterly fluency and immediacy. This book gives us a picture of the artist as an intellectual and connoisseur of the music, art, and literature of his day.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGo figure! new perspectives on Guston
“Go Figure!, considers the late work of Guston illustrating the enduring power of his work, particularly the fireworks generated by expressive contradictions embodied in his last paintings. Among the lessons Guston still has to teach is the necessity of constantly messing up the tidy models of artistic “progress” that aesthetic ideologues and tastemakers keep handing down from on high.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)