Book Reviews

Review by Peter Trippi

Jasper Francis Cropsey: Catalogue Raisonné, Works in Oil, Volume One: 1842–1863. Edited by Anthony M. Speiser; catalogue entries and documentation by Kenneth Maddox. Hastings on Hudson, New York: Newington-Cropsey Foundation, 2013. 465 pages.Had it not actually happened, the life of the American artist and architect Jasper Francis... More »

Review by Gail Leggio

This beautiful little book is a portrait of the artist as magus, and Alain Vircondelet is supremely comfort-able in the role of willing acolyte. Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski, 1908–2001) was one of the best figurative painters of the twentieth century, a modernist in his formal inventiveness and his exploration of ambiguity and anxiety,... More »

Review by Gail Leggio

Impressionists on the Water by Phillip Dennis Cate, Daniel Charles and Christopher Lloyd. New York: Skira Rizzoli, in association with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2013. 224 pages, illustrated. Hardcover, $50In art books and exhibitions, Impressionism has an immediate appeal. The paintings have art historical credibility but... More »

Review by Cristina La Porta

Caribbean: Art at the Crossroads of the World, edited by Deborah Cullen and Elvis Fuentes. New York: El Museo del Barrio, in association with Yale University Press, 2012. 491 pages. Illustrated.Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World” (June 12, 2012–January 6, 2013), organized by El Museo del... More »

Review by Nicholas Mancusi

Glittering Images: A Journey through Art from Egypt to “Star Wars” by Camille Paglia. New York: Pantheon Books. Illustrated, 202 pages. $30One would hope that the introduction to a book that offers the reader a “journey through art” would first provide some roadmap of what route the author aims to take, some methodology for her... More »

Review by Nicholas Mancusi

Muses: Women Who Inspire by Farid Abdelouahab. Translated from the French by David Radzinowicz. Paris: Flammarion, S.A., 2012. 236 pages, $49.95"Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story," the narrator famously exhorts in Robert Fitzgerald’s translation of The Odyssey, and the muse must have sung indeed, at length and in detail, in... More »

Review by Flora Armetta

The Last Pre-Raphaelite: Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian Imagination by Fiona MacCarthy. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2012. 656 pages, $35.00. ISBN-10: 0674065794.Fiona MacCarthy’s massive new biography of Edward Burne-Jones, first published by Faber & Faber in 2011, is a fascinating look at a painter... More »

Review by Gail Leggio

The Cultured Canvas: New Perspectives on American Landscape Painting, edited by Nancy Siegel. Essays by Tim Barringer, Kenneth John Meyers, Rebecca Bedell, Alan Wallach, Nancy Siegel, David Shuyler, Kathie Manthorne and Adrienne Baxter Bell. Durham, New Hampshire: University of New Hampshire Press, 2011. 305 pp. Illustrated. Paperback $... More »

Review by Gail Leggio

Elegance and Refinement: The Still-Life Painting of William van Aelst. Essays by Tanya Paul, James Clifton, Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr. and Julie Berger Hochstrasser, with Melanie Gifford, Anikó Bezur, Andrea Guidi di Bagno and Lisha Deming Glinsman. New York: Skira Rizzoli, in association with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the... More »

Review by Gail Leggio

Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, Picabia by Christopher Green and Jens M. Daehner, with contributions by Silvia Loreti and Sara Cochran. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011. 164 pp.Daehner’s essay “Antiquities Made Modern: Double Takes at Ancient Art” points out that modern viewing habits changed how Greek and Roman art... More »

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