The Quality Instinct

Author: Maxwell L. Anderson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442276827
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Part personal memoir, part thinking person's guide to the museum, The Quality Instinct is filled with wit and humor, anecdotes, and insights from the author's 30 years in the highly competitive, often contentious art world. Maxwell Anderson takes us on a grand tour of ancient and contemporary art, sharing five simple metrics of quality that help us to increase our "visual literacy" as we learn to see, not simply look-and yes, to judge.

Magician of the Modern

Author: Eugene R. Gaddis
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 030776124X
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The story of Chick Austin is the story, in Virgil Thomson's words, of "a whole cultural movement in one man." Becoming director of Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum at the age of twenty-six, Austin immediately set about to introduce modern art to America and to transform this conservative insurance capital into a cultural mecca that would become the talk of the art world during the yeasty years between the two world wars. The first in the United States to mount a major Picasso retrospective, Austin was soon acquiring works by Dalí, Mondrian, Miró, Balthus, Max Ernst, and Alexander Calder. In the museum's new theater (which he designed), he staged the premiere of the revolutionary Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson opera Four Saints in Three Acts (with an all-black cast). At Lincoln Kirstein's instigation, he brought Balanchine to America. And he embraced all the new art forms, making film, photography, architecture, and contemporary music part of the life of his museum. For his own family he built a Palladian villa (now a recently restored national historic landmark), filling it with the baroque and the Bauhaus and inviting all the locals in to see how it felt to be modern. Austin's instinct for quality proved infallible. Whether acquiring a matchless Caravaggio or a startling Dalí, he balanced the old masters with the modern. Mounting provocative shows that linked the past to the present, he created dramatic installations--and he threw himself into everything, hanging fabrics, creating backdrops, stitching up costumes. He loved to teach, to paint, to act, to give lavish costume balls, and to dazzle audiences of all ages with his performances as a magician, the Great Osram. Brilliant at using his magician's sleight of hand, he could manipulate his conservative trustees to get what he wanted--but only up to a point. One more purchase of an incomprehensible abstract canvas, one outrageous party too many, one more shocking theatrical role, eventually led to a crisis. Never one to be idle for long, Austin left Hartford and took on a new challenge--to make an artistic triumph of the pink-and-white palace in Sarasota, Florida, known as the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which housed the circus king's moldering but magnificent collection. Here is the colorful life of Chick Austin, and as we relish his audacious career--the risks he took, the successes he enjoyed along with the inevitable setbacks--we understand what a far-reaching influence he had on the way Americans look at and think about art. Not only a brilliant portrait of an extraordinary man, this wonderfully American story gives us a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into the art world as it was then--and in many ways still is today. From the Hardcover edition.

Exhibitions

Author: Tom Klobe
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442276789
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Tom Klobe, founding director of the University of Hawai'i Art Gallery and emeritus professor, draws upon three decades of award-winning design work to produce a definitive text on what makes for compelling and unforgettable museum exhibitions. Exhibitions: Concept, Planning and Design presents the basics—the elements and principles of design, use of space, budgets and resources, lighting and wall labels, and more—as well as the inspiring.

Antiquities

Author: Maxwell L. Anderson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190614935
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The destruction of ancient monuments and artworks by the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has shocked observers worldwide. Yet iconoclastic erasures of the past date back at least to the mid-1300s BCE, during the Amarna Period of ancient Egypt's 18th dynasty. Far more damage to the past has been inflicted by natural disasters, looters, and public works. Art historian Maxwell Anderson's Antiquities: What Everyone Needs to Know(r) analyzes continuing threats to our heritage, and offers a balanced account of treaties and laws governing the circulation of objects; the history of collecting antiquities; how forgeries are made and detected; how authentic works are documented, stored, dispersed, and displayed; the politics of sending antiquities back to their countries of origin; and the outlook for an expanded legal market. Anderson provides a summary of challenges ahead, including the future of underwater archaeology, the use of drones, remote sensing, and how invisible markings on antiquities will allow them to be traced. Written in question-and-answer format, the book equips readers with a nuanced understanding of the legal, practical, and moral choices that face us all when confronting antiquities in a museum gallery, shop window, or for sale on the Internet.

Surrealism

Author: Cathrin Klingsöhr-Leroy
Publisher: Taschen
ISBN: 9783822822159
Format: PDF
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Introduction with 30 photographs plus a timeline of the most important political, cultural, scientific and sporting events that took place during the movement; 35 most important works and artists included.

The Anatomy of a Museum

Author: Steven Miller
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119237041
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What is a museum -- Museum governance -- Museum directing -- Curating = connoisseurship = collecting -- Managing in museums -- Audience: a matter of definition -- Fundraising -- Collection management -- Museum education -- Numbers -- Conservation: the preservation imperative -- Exhibitions: show and tell -- Maintenance and security -- Museums and the media -- Architecture -- Volunteers -- Behavior -- Museum ethics -- What's next for museums.

Visual Literacy Writing about Art

Author: Amy Tucker
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
ISBN: 9780072302226
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Visual Literacy acquaints students with the critical issues that shape the discipline of art and teaches them to write about art from a variety of scholarly and rhetorical perspectives.

Antiquities

Author: Maxwell L. Anderson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190614935
Format: PDF, Docs
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The destruction of ancient monuments and artworks by the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has shocked observers worldwide. Yet iconoclastic erasures of the past date back at least to the mid-1300s BCE, during the Amarna Period of ancient Egypt's 18th dynasty. Far more damage to the past has been inflicted by natural disasters, looters, and public works. Art historian Maxwell Anderson's Antiquities: What Everyone Needs to Know(r) analyzes continuing threats to our heritage, and offers a balanced account of treaties and laws governing the circulation of objects; the history of collecting antiquities; how forgeries are made and detected; how authentic works are documented, stored, dispersed, and displayed; the politics of sending antiquities back to their countries of origin; and the outlook for an expanded legal market. Anderson provides a summary of challenges ahead, including the future of underwater archaeology, the use of drones, remote sensing, and how invisible markings on antiquities will allow them to be traced. Written in question-and-answer format, the book equips readers with a nuanced understanding of the legal, practical, and moral choices that face us all when confronting antiquities in a museum gallery, shop window, or for sale on the Internet.

Murder in the Museum

Author: Karen Shughart
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781946063502
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Early one gray November morning, retired Lighthouse Cove, NY police chief, Edmund DeCleryk, finds Emily Bradford¿s body on the beach at the base of the bluff where the local museum and historical society stands. At the same time, a break-in has been reported at the museum, and Emily¿s coat and purse are found hanging on a peg in the museum¿s gift shop where she worked. Was her death the result of a burglary gone bad or something more sinister? When the police chief is called out of town for a family emergency, he hires Ed, now working as a criminal consultant, to assist deputy police chief, Carrie Ramos, with the murder investigation. After several leads don¿t pan out, the chief, now back in Lighthouse Cove, decides to close the case. Confident that with more time the murder can be solved, Ed is determined to continue investigating on his own, with encouragement from his wife, Annie, the museum¿s executive director. One morning while in the basement of the museum, the couple discovers a copy of a map dated 1785, and Ed¿s instincts tell him it may be connected to Emily¿s death. On a hunch he and Annie travel to Toronto, Canada, where he learns of the original map and a manuscript written in 1847 that were unearthed during an architectural dig. The manuscript contains information about a ship that capsized during a fierce storm on Lake Ontario -- in 1785. Now Ed has clues as to why the murder occurred, but he still doesn¿t know who committed the crime. Or does he?

Manuel Neri

Author: Bruce Nixon
Publisher: Hudson Hills
ISBN: 9781883124250
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In this striking publication, relief sculptures and related drawings by Manuel Neri are beautifully presented. The extensive body of work shows a grounding in a long sculptural tradition that underscores Neri's significance as a sculptor of international