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'No Modernism Without Lesbians'

Philosopher and historian Diana Souhami's No Modernism Without Lesbians is a work of impeccable scholarship and a vibrant narrative about the essential and lasting philanthropy and patronage of the Arts by four remarkable lesbians.

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Walk a Comfortable Mile in All Kinds of Shoes

If you can't make it to the Bata Shoe Museum, then pick up this oddly thrilling explanation of things we already suspect about footwear.

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More Than Just a Pretty Picture: 'Cats in Art'

This new book examines both the role cats play in society and how that has been reflected in art but don't limit it to an "art book".

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'The Cross': A History of One of the World's Most Iconic Symbols

The Cross manages to re-tell an old story comfortably and enjoyably, without getting dragged down into pedantry or the dry distractions of academic writing.

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'Red' Is at Once Surprising and Soothing

The story of early red dyes reveals everything about agriculture,the development of international trade, and fashion and class distinctions.

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Nils Büttner's Examination of Hieronymus Bosch Pales in the Light of Its Subject

Hieronymus Bosch was a fantastic painter whose weird conception of the world stirs strong emotions. This new translation of Nils Büttner's analysis of the artist, alas, doesn't.

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'The Long March of Pop' Offers a Fresh Experience of Pop Art

This new and provocative survey of Pop Art widens the scope of its subject while keeping the focus on the artists.

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The Butterfly and the Scorpion: 'Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake'

This biography of James Whistler is full of sharp notes of detail and anecdotes that help one glean various shades of his inscrutable personality

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The Stultifying Speeches of 'The Monuments Men'

Theoretically an adventure film about saving the culture of the Western World from rampaging Nazi philistines, George Clooney's first serious misstep as a director is somehow both painfully serious and trite.

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Les Fantômes d’Empire: 'Vanishing Paradise'

Art historian Elizabeth Childs' new book on Paul Gauguin and John La Farge shows us how the colonial imagination contributed to the exoticism associated with Tahiti and the South Seas.

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Sentimentality, Captured Beautifully: 'Wartime Kiss: Visions of the Moment in the 1940s'

We’re meant to understand something more about our ability to respond to the images around us. We’re shaped emotionally by images, and new, unconventional readings of history can be enriched by mining through them.

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California Wives: Art History

California Wives don't arrived fully formed on their debut album, but they show signs of greatness.

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Art and the American Evolution: The Arts of the Americas Wing at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

In America, art tells the story of an early predominance of classical European ideals, the emergence of a national identity amidst civil war, and the melting-pot existentialism that dominated a media-obsessed 20th century.

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The Life and Death of Images, Diarmuid Costello & Dominic Willsdon (eds.)

In addition to a reasonably strict adherence to the analytic restrictions of philosophical inquiry, the speakers in this book seem to be on a subtextual quest to save art.

Rachel Balik

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