Art & Architecture

Movie Murderers wearing Checks and Plaids, From the Author of Dressing Dangerously

Our recently-published book Dressing Dangerously, by Jonathan Faiers, is the first book to examine film costume beyond gender studies, beyond star/designer alliance. By focusing on “dysfunctional” representations of dress (think Marlene Dietrich’s blood-stained Dior dress in Hitchcock’s Stage Fright), Jonathan shows another dimension to the emotional bond between viewer and

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On Creating Facture, the National Gallery of Art’s New Conservation Journal: Privileged Intimacy with Great Works

Daphne Barbour and Melanie Gifford–   Those of us who spend our time closely studying works of art know that shiver of recognition: the moment we realize that we’re looking through the microscope at fingerprints—Jan van Eyck’s?—tapped into wet paint almost 600 years ago. It feels as though we’re looking

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Sneak Peek from Stephen Houston, The Life Within: Classic Maya and the Matter of Permanence

In March, we will publish a groundbreaking new book about Maya animism and how their belief system informed their choices in and uses of artistic materials.  Renowned Mayanist scholar Stephen Houston provides startling insights into a Pre-Columbian worldview that dramatically contrasts with western perspectives.  The following excerpt delves into the

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Antonio Berni’s Fictional Portraits: An Adapted Excerpt from the Exhibition Catalogue

The current Museum of Fine Arts, Houston exhibition, Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona, focuses on the Argentinian artist Antonio Berni (1905–1981) and specifically on the assemblages to which he devoted 15 of the last years of his life and career.  These works tell the life stories of two characters of

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From the Designer’s Desk: Susan Marsh on Designing Art Books

The second installment in our From the Designer’s Desk series brings you some delightful remembrances from the immensely talented Susan Marsh, a designer specializing in scholarly art books and exhibition catalogues. Why did you pursue design, rather than, say, painting or architecture or sculpture? I think I was born to be

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Nostalgia for the Art of the American Frontier

Jack O’Malley— Art of the American Frontier: From the Buffalo Bill Center of the West by Stephanie Mayer Heydt collects nearly 250 full color illustrations of the art of the frontier. Everything from portraits of cowboys from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the art of native tribes, and

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Notes from the Field: Jewels by JAR at the Met

Paris-based artist JAR creates works of sheer amazement and beauty. His jewelry is vibrantly colored, exotic and yet eminently fashionable in its use of both traditional and non-traditional metals and materials: gems, aluminum, titanium, steel, even beetle wings. Despite being born in New York City and the recipient of international

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For the Contemplative Artist

“I have always thought that if you can get the artist to talk directly about his or her work, you are likely to find out more, more rapidly and more memorably, than if you try to write about it yourself or read the opinions of other critics and commentators.” So

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‘Tis the season to get crafty!

What is a printer’s proof and what is it good for? A printers proof is a test print, created to offer a sense for what the final printing of a book will look like.  These are good for catching typos, font issues, and to make sure the art is reproducing

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New Jersey as Non-Site: Roundtable Conversation with the Curator and Princeton University Faculty

New Jersey bears the weight of many stereotypes and prejudices, and sits eternally in the shadow of the famous city to its east, New York.  It might be argued, however, that New Jersey became a state before New York did, when on December 18, 1787 – 226 years ago –

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