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  • Order Chaos and the Space Between
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    Order Chaos and the Space Between

    $ 19.99

    This stunning catalogue accompanies the eponymous exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum, complete with full-color images and essays by the curators. This catalogue includes essays that approach Latin American art from diverse perspectives, such as the art historical significance of a selection of collected works; the fundamentally pluralistic nature of art from Latin America, both historical and contemporary; the role of curatorial endeavors in the development of Latin American art history; and the history of the Halle collection. It also includes an interview with collector Diane Halle that illuminates the Halles'approach to collecting and their commitment to Latin American Art.

    • Hardcover
    • 223 pages
    • Phoenix Art Museum, 2013
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  • Frida by Sebastien Perez & Benjamin Lacombe
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    Frida by Sebastien Perez & Benjamin Lacombe

    $ 35.00

    A sumptuous feast of a book, Frida allows the reader to enter this revered artist’s world, both literally and metaphorically. Through a series of consecutive die-cut pages, one is drawn in — passing through aspects of her life, art and creative process while exploring the themes that inspired her most.
     Excerpts from Frida Kahlo’s personal diaries alternate with Sébastian Perez’s poetic musings to give fresh insight and emotional depth, while Benjamin Lacombe’s stunning artwork masterfully conveys the symbolism and surrealism of her art.
    • Hard Cover
    • 76 pages
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  • Phoenix Art Museum Collection Highlights Book
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    Phoenix Art Museum Collection Highlights Book

    $ 40.00 $ 14.99

    This gloriously illustrated volume is the first in-depth presentation of some 300 treasures from Phoenix Art Museum boasting splendid American and Western American, European, Modern and Contemporary, Latin American, Asian and Fashion Design collections. Monet's Flowering Arches, Giverny (an intimate view of the artist's favorite spot in his gardens for sitting and reflecting); Frida Kahlo's Suicide of Dorothy Hale; Shen Quan's Album of Birds and Animals; and Louise Nevelson's Royal Tide V are among the works featured. All are illuminated by new scholarship, and most have been specially photographed for this volume. 

    • Softcover 352 pages
    • Harry N. Abrams, Inc., in association with Phoenix Art Museum, 2002.
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  • PAST/FUTURE/PRESENT: Contemporary Brazilian Art
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    PAST/FUTURE/PRESENT: Contemporary Brazilian Art

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    Exhibition Catalogue for: PAST/FUTURE/PRESENT: Contemporary Brazilian Art From the Museum of Modern Art, Sᾶo Paulo

    PAST/FUTURE/PRESENT presents a rare panorama of the most innovative art produced in Brazil from the 1990s to the 2010s.  The exhibition is the first major presentation of artworks from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Sᾶo Paulo (MAM-SP) in the United States.  The Exhibition features 70 artworks created by 59 artists in diverse media, including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video, and performance. 

    The exhibition is organized around five disparate but interconnected themes: The Body/The Social Body; Shifting Identities; The Reinvention of the Monochrome; Landscape, Reimagined; and Impossible Objects.   

    The title Past/Future/Present alludes to the creative dialogues they maintain with past Brazilian artistic traditions while also looking toward the future with a wider, global perspective.  This exhibition is a singular opportunity for American audiences to experience an in-depth look at the practice of Brazilian artists now recognized as the pioneers of their generation. The diversity of their proposal’s illustrate that contemporary Brazilian art cannot be defined by a single “ism” or contained within any one category. These artists enter into dialogues with the traditions of the past at the same time that they participate in current global artistic discussions. Their simultaneous engagement with the past and the future speaks to a singular creative present, and has made Brazil a serious contender on the international stage of contemporary art.

    Because the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art houses one of the most important collections of Brazilian art in the world, this exhibition represents only one constellation of artworks among many others that could be imagined. It is not intended as a definitive survey of contemporary artistic production in Brazil, but rather to contribute to the ongoing conversation about what Brazilian art is and can be.

    • Paperback
    • 207 pages
    • Phoenix Art Museum|Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, 2017
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  • Horacia Zabala: Purity is in the Mix
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    Horacia Zabala: Purity is in the Mix

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    Exhibition catalogue for: Horacia Zabala: Mapping the Monocrome.

    Horacio Zabala (Argentina, b.1943) is recognized as one of the most important conceptual artists to emerge in Argentina during the latter part of the 20th century. Educated as an architect but active as an artist since the late 1960s, he has long been fascinated by the means by which space is defined, be it architectural, cartographic, or narrative.

    In the early 1970s, Zabala produced a series of maps of Latin America that he graphically modified to reflect Argentina’s socio-political turmoil under repressive military dictatorships. He began this experimentation by obscuring maps of the region with monochromatic rectangles of black, blue, or red paint. He also made maps invisible by the proliferation of the word “CENSORED” rubber-stamped across their surfaces; maps with absences created by burning gaping holes through the paper; and hand-drawn maps of Latin American land masses crumbling into the sea from inside out.

    To escape persecution, Zabala moved his family to Europe in 1976. He returned to Argentina in 1998 and took up where he left off, with the idea of mapping space, but now through a different idiom: monochromatic paintings arranged in sequences accompanied by mathematical signs or punctuation marks. The monochrome seen in his early maps has now become untethered from geography. Zabala titles these punctuated monochromesHypotheses, suggesting that they constitute only one possible solution among many others: these works present viewers with an invitation to visualize painting as inextricably linked to other systems of logic and reason, even beyond math and language.

    Featuring maps, monochromes, and sculptures, the exhibition Horacio Zabala: Mapping the Monochrome presents a cross-section of Zabala’s work, both historical and contemporary. It illustrates his continuous exploration of innovative ways to engage viewers with art objects that are immediately accessible because they are familiar to us, but altered to reflect deeper socio-political undercurrents or references to art historical traditions on an international scale.

    • Paperback
    • 205 pages
    • Phoenix Art Museum, 2016
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  • Sacred Word and Image
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    Sacred Word and Image

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    Throughout history, religious cultures have used sacred objects as part of rituals, devotions and celebrations. Sacred Word & Image: Five World Religions features over 50 examples of the sacred written word and pictorial image as expressed in the cultures of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity throughout the past 1500 years.  Drawn from several prominent private collections in Arizona as well as the Museum’s collection, this exhibition includes manuscripts, textiles, prayer rugs, gilded shrines, crosses and icons, jeweled reliquaries and painted altarpieces that bring the history and interconnections between major world faiths together.

    “The variety of materials used to document mankind’s significant thoughts and beliefs during this long span of time is astonishing: paper, palm leaf, wood, lacquer, metal and ivory,” commented Dr. Janet Baker, curator of Asian art at Phoenix Art Museum. “In an age when the printed word and image have been transformed into electronic form, it is revelatory to see how past civilizations used the means available to them at the time and in the place where they were created to become lasting documents of thoughts, visions, beliefs and hopes for a better world, both in the present and future realms.”

    The works in this exhibition transcend time and place, as their small scale and portability have allowed them to pass through many hands of both believers and collectors alike.  They allow us a better understanding of the quest of the human heart and mind to seek answers to profound questions:  Who are we?  Why are we here?  What lies beyond this life?  How should we conduct our lives on this earth?  Most important, for the 21st century, is the question of how we can live together as a global society. 

     A digital catalogue of this exhibition is available digitally for free here:

    http://www.phxart.org/exhibition/sacredwordebook5746228.php

     

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  • Quiet Rage, Gentle Wail: Prints and Masks of Japanese Noh Theater
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    A digital catalogue of this exhibition is available digitally for free here:

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/227679431/Quiet-Rage-Gentle-Wail-Prints-and-Masks-of-Japanese-Noh-Theater

    Bringing together recent gifts to Phoenix Art Museum and different media that relate to Noh Theater, Quiet Rage, Gentle Wail takes a multi-dimensional approach to appreciate Noh and its aesthetics: simplicity, nuance, and the distaste for realism.

    Included in the exhibition are 22 Noh masks, a pair of two-panel screens and approximately 24 prints that depict Noh actors on stage.

    The exhibition is part of the three-year project, Japan in Global Context, organized by ASU and funded by the Japan Foundation. Phoenix Art Museum is one of the proud participants in this grant project.

     

     

     

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  • Phoenix Art Museum 50th Anniversary History Book
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    Phoenix Art Museum 50th Anniversary History Book

    $ 19.99 $ 5.00

    The publication of Fabulous at 50: Phoenix Art Museum commemorates and celebrates fifty years of art, education, and the strength of its people who make it all possible - volunteers, trustees, donors, and staff. The debut of this collectible book took place at the Golden Anniversary Gala, the pARTy on November 7, 2009.

    • Hardcover
    • 348 pages
    • Phoenix Art Museum, 2009
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  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
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    Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

    $ 35.00

    "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls" is a children's book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world. Each woman's story is written in the style of a fairy tale. Each story has a full page, full color portrait that captures the spirit of the portrayed hero. Hardcover, with an extra smooth matte scuff-free lamination, 100lbs beautiful paper, a double satin bookmark and an extraordinary print quality.

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  • Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism
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    Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism

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    Catalogue to accompany the exhibition, Shelia Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism on view at Phoenix Art Museum October 14, 2017 - January 28, 2018.

    Shoelaces, nautical ropes, bits of string. For two decades Sheila Pepe has been transforming these items into transcendent works that can fit on a lap or fill a room. Her versatility, humor, and feminist perspective are on brilliant display in this book that traces her development over the past twenty years. Essays look at how the artist plays with feminist and craft traditions to counter patriarchal notions, and the site-specific nature of her work. Arranged both chronologically and thematically, this lushly illustrated book focuses on an artist doing important work in the fields of queer theory, craft making, and personal geography.

    Authored by Phoenix Art Museum's own Gilbert Vicario, The Selig Family Cheif Curator, this mid-career retrospective showcases Sheila Pepe's range as an artist comfortable with both the everyday and also the extraordinary.

    • Please note you are pre-ordering this item for estimated delivery in early November 2017. 
    • Hardcover
    • 128 pages; 110 color illustrations
    • Phoenix Art Museum & DelMonico Books•Prestel, 2017.
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  • Seeing is Believing: Rebecca Campbell + Angela Ellsworth
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    Catalogue accompanying the exhibition: Seeing is Believing: Rebecca Campbell and Angela Ellsworth Phoenix Art Museum September 3, 2011 - January 22, 2012.

    Rebecca Campbell and Angela Ellsworth both spent their childhoods in Utah and within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Their different experiences and individual reactions to this specific context have inspired much of their mature work as artists. Multilayered and complex, their works touch on memory and nostalgia but are grounded in the present and the reinterpretation of their experiences as well as Mormon traditions and practices. This exhibition will include painting, sculpture and installations.

    Rebecca Campbell (b. 1970) is known for her startling figurative paintings of children and individuals but her 2009 solo show Poltergeist included a number of large scale installations that directly drew on her childhood. She received her BFA in 1994 from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, and her MFA in painting from UCLA in 2001. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

    Angela Ellsworth (b. 1964) is an interdisciplinary artist who created compelling objects and performances. The 2010 Biennale of Sydney included the installation - Seer Bonnets: A Continuing Offense, nine bonnets pierced through with pearl-tipped corsage pins and representing the nine wives of her great-great-grandfather, who was the fifth prophet of the Mormon Church. She lives and works in Phoenix. - Softcover - Phoenix Art Museum, 2011.

    • 80 pages
    • Catalogue reverses to reveal two different front covers (pictured) in which both artists are jointly represented.
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  • Kehinde Wiley Memling Exhibition Catalogue
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    Kehinde Wiley Memling Exhibition Catalogue

    $ 21.99

    Published in conjunction with the presentation of "Kehinde Wiley: Memling" at Phoenix Art Museum from February 20 - June 23, 2013, this richly illustrated essay by Sara Cochran, Phoenix Art Museum's former Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, illuminates the artwork in detail. The catalogue and exhibition focuses on the charged issue of individual identity and its social ramifications while referencing the work of legendary 15th century Flemish master, Hans Memling.

    • Hardcover
    • 60 pages
    • Phoenix Art Museum, 2013
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  • Hollywood Costume
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    Hollywood Costume

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    Exhibition catalogue for "Hollywood Costume" shown at Phoenix Art Museum, March 2014 - July 2014. Featuring the most beloved costume designs from the past 100 years of Hollywood films, "Hollywood Costume" celebrates, for the very first time, the costume designer’s contribution to the telling of the cinematic story. Published in conjunction with an exhibition launched at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the book showcases the talents of renowned designers such as Adrian, Edith Head, and Sandy Powell, among many others, whose work spans the silent era to the Golden Age of Hollywood to the present day. Essays by a wide variety of leading scholars, archivists, and private collectors, as well as contributions by contemporary costume designers, actors, and directors, take a close look at the conventions of what is considered "costume" and the role of the designer in creating a film’s characters and helping to shape its narrative. With memorable wardrobe classics from The Tramp, Ben-Hur, Cleopatra, The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Pirates of the Caribbean, Ocean’s Eleven, Sherlock Holmes, Avatar, and many more, Hollywood Costume is the ultimate volume for fashionistas and film lovers alike.

    • 320 Pages
    • V&A Publishing, 2012
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  • Xul Solar & Jorge Luis Borges The Art of Friendship
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    Xul Solar & Jorge Luis Borges The Art of Friendship

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    Exhibition catalog for Xul Solar and Jorge Luis Borges: The Art of Friendship on view at Phoenix Art Museum October 2, 2013 - December 31, 2013. Xul Solar and Jorge Luis Borges:The Art of Friendship explores the multiple facets of Solar's friendship and dynamic intellectual exchange with acclaimed writer and fellow Argentine, Jorge Luis Borges. Through paintings, publications, objects and artistic interventions, the exhibition touches on their influence on one another's individual and collaborative work. 

    • Hardcover
    • 152 pages
    • Americas Society, 2013
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  • Reconstructing the View: The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe
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    Autographed by both photographers (Mark Klett/Byron Wolfe) and both essayists (Rebecca A. Senf/Stephen J. Pyne)! Using landscape photography to reflect on broader notions of culture, the passage of time, and the construction of perception, photographers Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe spent five years exploring the Grand Canyon for their most recent project, Reconstructing the View. The team’s landscape photographs are based on the practice of rephotography, in which they identify sites of historic photographs and make new photographs of those precise locations. Klett and Wolfe referenced a wealth of images of the canyon, ranging from historical photographs and drawings by William Bell and William Henry Holmes, to well-known artworks by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, and from souvenir postcards to contemporary digital images drawn from Flickr. The pair then employed digital postproduction methods to bring the original images into dialogue with their own. The result is this stunning volume, illustrated with a wealth of full-color illustrations that attest to the role photographers-both anonymous and great-have played in picturing American places. Rebecca Senf’s compelling essay traces the photographers’ process and methodology, conveying the complexity of their collaboration. Stephen J. Pyne provides a conceptual framework for understanding the history of the canyon, offering an overview of its discovery by Europeans and its subsequent treatment in writing, photography, and graphic arts.

    • Hardcover
    • 208 pages
    • Phoenix Art Museum, 2012
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  • Artists and Their Cats
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    Artists and Their Cats

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    Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo...so many great artists have shared one very special love: the companionship of cats. Gathered here for the first time are behind-the-scenes stories of more than 50 famous artists and their feline friends. From Salvador Dali's pet ocelot Babou to John Lennon and Yoko Ono's menagerie of cats, including Salt (who was black) and Pepper (who was white), Artists and Their Cats captures these endearing friendships in charming photographs and engaging text, and reveals what creative souls and the animals best known for their independent spirits have in common. In this clever compilation, art aficionados will discover a softer side of their favorite artists, and cat lovers will enjoy a whole new way to celebrate their favorite furry friends. 

    • Hardcover
    • 112 pages
    • Chronicle Books, 2015
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  • 13 Artists Children Should Know
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    13 Artists Children Should Know

    $ 14.95

    This heavily illustrated book featuring the world's greatest painters is an excellent introduction for young readers to artists and their works.


    Whether it's Leonardo da Vinci's mysterious Mona Lisa, Vermeer's vibrant depictions of light, Van Gogh's mesmerizing brush strokes, or Matisse's playful cutouts, the art featured here is introduced in a format and style that will appeal to children. The book proceeds chronologically, accompanied by a timeline to offer helpful historical context. Each artist's entry includes a concise biography, beautiful reproductions of major works, and lively texts that speak directly to young readers. Games, quizzes and other activities help readers learn about the significant contributions of each artist in a way that is both fun and inspiring. Additional information about museums, suggestions for further reading, and online resources will satisfy the most curious minds

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  • Curves of Steel Streamlined Automobile Design at Phoenix Art Museum
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    In April 2007, Phoenix Art Museum presented 22 streamlined American and European automobiles that demonstrated the intersection of style and aerodynamics in 20th century automobile design. The updated, second edition of that landmark exhibition tracks the evolution of the streamlined shape from the 1930s through the 1990s. Edited and co-written by historian Jonathan A. Stein, it includes essays from many of the world's great automotive writers including Beverly Rae Kimes, Ken Gross, Phil Patton, Richard Adatto and Diana Meredith. Each car is presented with historical images and elegant, modern photographs by Michael Furman.

    • Hardcover
    • 192 Pages
    • Coachbuilt Press, 2009
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  • Uninked Paintings, Sculpture and Graphic Work by Five Contemporary Cartoonists
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    Exhibition catalog for "Uninked: Paintings, Sculpture and Graphic Work by Five Cartoonists."

    Guest curator, cartoonist Chris Ware, assembled works of art by five of the finest cartoonists working today: Kim Deitch, Jerry Moriarty, Gary Panter, Ron Reg, Jr. and Seth. While their comic strips and graphic novels have been widely published from Raw magazine to The New Yorker this exhibition explored their works of art that extend beyond the page.

    • Hardcover
    • 118 pages
    • Phoenix Art Museum, 2007
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  • Fashion Independent The Original Style of Ann Bonfoey Taylor
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    Ann Bonfoey Taylor (1910-2007) was a pioneering female flight instructor during World War II, was a member of the US Olympic Ski Squad in 1939, competed in tennis at Wimbledon and was accomplished at riding and shooting. Recognized among an international jet-setting social circle as a wonderful hostess at her magnificent homes in Colorado and Montana, Taylor also played a leading role as a style icon. She was captured in photographs by artists such as Edward Steichen, Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Toni Frissell, and was regularly featured in publications such as Vogue, Town and Country and Harper's Bazaar from the 1930s through the 1970s.

      In 2008, her extraordinary wardrobe of couture and custom-designed sporting ensembles was donated to Phoenix Art Museum. Selected by Art and Antiques as one of the top 100 art museum gifts of 2008, Taylor's impressive collection features works by some of the most masterful fashion designers of the 1950s and 60s, including Charles James, Balenciaga, Givenchy and Madame Grès. The collection is significant for both the quality of the designers and for its depth, as the numerous examples allow for a comprehensive look at each designer's artistic process. Fashion Independent: The Original Style of Ann Bonfoey Taylor features more than 60 full ensembles and accessories that provide a comprehensive look at the wardrobe of a dynamic and sophisticated woman.

    • Hardcover
    • 140 pages
    • Phoenix Art Museum, 2011
    • Edited by Dennita Sewell, photography by Ken Howie
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