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New Book | The Architecture of Art History

Posted in books by Editor on December 18, 2018

From Bloomsbury:

Mark Crinson and Richard Williams, The Architecture of Art History: A Historiography (London: Bloomsbury, 2018), 168 pages, ISBN: 9781350020917, $82.

What is the place of architecture in the history of art? Why has it been at times central to the discipline, and at other times seemingly so marginal? What is its place now?

Many disciplines have a stake in the history of architecture—sociology, anthropology, human geography, to name a few. This book deals with perhaps the most influential tradition of all—art history—examining how the relation between the disciplines of art history and architectural history has waxed and waned over the last one hundred and fifty years.

In this highly original study, Mark Crinson and Richard J. Williams point to a decline in the importance attributed to the role of architecture in art history over the last century—which has happened without crisis or self-reflection. The book explores the problem in relation to key art historical approaches, from formalism, to feminism, to the social history of art, and in key institutions from the Museum of Modern Art, to the journal October. Among the key thinkers explored are Banham, Baxandall, Giedion, Panofsky, Pevsner, Pollock, Riegl, Rowe, Steinberg, Wittkower and Wölfflin. The book will provoke debate on the historiography and present state of the discipline of art history, and it makes a powerful case for the reconsideration of architecture.

Mark Crinson is Professor of Art History at the University of Manchester, where he teaches on the history of modern architecture and photography. He won the 2004 Spiro Kostof Prize for his work Modern Architecture and the End of Empire, and the 2012 Historians of British Art Prize for Stirling and Gowan: Architecture from Austerity to Affluence.

Richard Williams is Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures at the University of Edinburgh. He has written and edited several books, including Regenerating Culture and Society (2011) and After Modern Sculpture (2000), and is a frequent contributor to The Times Higher on architecture and urbanism related topics.

C O N T E N T S

Introduction
1  The German Tradition
2  The Architectural Unconscious — Steinberg and Baxandall
3  Modernism- Institutional and Phenomenal
4  From Image to Environment — Reyner Banham’s Architecture
5  The New Art History
October’s Architecture
Conclusion

New Book | Pierre Guérin

Posted in books by Editor on December 14, 2018

Published by Mare et Martin and available from Artbooks.com:

Mehdi Korchane, Pierre Guérin (1774–1833) (Paris: Mare et Martin, 2018), 400 pages, ISBN: 979-1092054705, 65€ / $110.

De tous les peintres qui dominent la scène française au début du XIXe siècle, Pierre Guérin (1774–1833) est le plus méconnu. L’évolution de la peinture d’histoire du Directoire à la monarchie de Juillet ne peut pourtant se comprendre sans cet artiste capital, passeur entre la modernité de David, qu’il a transformée en l’assimilant, et celle des peintres romantiques qu’il a formés. Guerin doit au Retour de Marcus Sextus, mémorial des peines endurées par la famille France au cours de la Révolution, des débuts mythiques au Salon de 1799, et l’extraordinaire succès de Phèdre et Hippolyte en 1802, lui assure un statut équivalent à celui de Chateaubriand dans la sphère publique. Il produit au cours de l’Empire et de la Restauration des oeuvres qui ont marqué la mémoire collective et occupent, de longue date, les cimaises du musée du Louvre (Aurore et Céphale, Didon et Enée…). Membre de l’Académie de beaux-arts, promoteur d’un beau idéal prenant sa source dans l’Antiquité, tout en favorisant par son action pédagogique l’essor de la peinture romantique, il incarne tous les paradoxes de cette époque en rupture.

New Book | Le Voyage pittoresque de la Flandre et du Brabant

Posted in books by Editor on December 13, 2018

From Brepols:

Gaëtane Maës, ed., Le Voyage pittoresque de la Flandre et du Brabant de Jean-Baptiste Descamps (1769) (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018), 492 pages, ISBN: 978-2503577036, 125€.

Cette édition du Voyage pittoresque de la Flandre et du Brabant (1769) de Jean-Baptiste Descamps permet non seulement de comprendre l’importance de l’ouvrage dans l’émergence du tourisme d’art, mais elle est aussi la première à fournir la localisation actuelle des oeuvres commandées par les églises aux anciens maîtres flamands.

En publiant Le Voyage pittoresque de la Flandre et du Brabant à Paris en 1769, Jean-Baptiste Descamps (1715–1791) a fait connaître au public européen les richesses artistiques conservées dans les églises des Pays-Bas du Sud (actuelle Belgique). Alors qu’il était d’usage de se rendre en Italie depuis la Renaissance, son livre était le premier à imposer une autre destination culturelle aux amateurs d’art. A ce titre, il a connu un succès considérable, ne s’éteignant qu’à l’époque napoléonienne en raison du nombre important d’oeuvres disparues ou déplacées.

A cet égard, l’ouvrage de Descamps conserve une importance unique, car il fournit un état des lieux du patrimoine visible dans la Flandre et le Brabant jusqu’au XVIIIe siècle, avant les trois événements qui le bouleversèrent à jamais. Il y eut, d’abord, les édits autrichiens supprimant l’ordre des Jésuites en 1773, puis les couvents en 1783, qui aboutirent tous deux à des ventes massives d’oeuvres d’art ; il y eut, ensuite, les saisies effectuées par les troupes françaises de la République en 1794. Par ces dépouillements successifs, le guide écrit par Descamps pour une banale vocation touristique est devenu un document irremplaçable que l’édition critique vise à actualiser et à enrichir. Celle-ci donne, en effet, les moyens de visualiser cet état originel du patrimoine belge décrit par l’auteur grâce aux nombreuses illustrations et aux notes fournissant les localisations actuelles des oeuvres. Un index complète ces éléments en répertoriant la production personnelle des artistes cités par Descamps afin de contribuer à une meilleure connaissance de chacun d’entre eux.

Gaetane Maes est Maître de conférences habilitée à diriger des recherches, et elle enseigne l’Histoire de l’Art des Temps modernes à l’université de Lille. Spécialiste des échanges artistiques entre la France et les anciens Pays-Bas (Flandre et Hollande), elle a notamment publié De l’expertise à la vulgarisation au siècle des Lumières: Jean-Baptiste Descamps (1715–1791) et la peinture flamande, hollandaise et allemande (Brepols, 2016). Elle est également l’auteur de nombreux articles sur l’historiographie des peintres et les fonctions sociales de l’art aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles.

New Book | Io Sono ‘700: L’anima di Venezia

Posted in books by Editor on December 11, 2018

Published by Cierre and available from Artbooks.com:

Federica Spadotto, Io Sono ‘700: L’anima di Venezia tra pittori, mercanti e bottegheri da quadri (Caselle di Sommacampagna: Cierre, 2018), 232 pages, ISBN: 978-8898768806, $34 (marked down from $68).

Il volume illustra il mercato dei quadri a Venezia nel Settecento. Per la prima volta l’attenzione critica si sposta dai grandi collezionisti alle dinamiche commerciali vere e proprie, che coinvolgevano gli stessi artisti, oltre a intermediari, diplomatici ed i cosiddetti ‘botegheri da quadri’. Questi ultimi, titolari di negozi/ laboratori per la vendita di dipinti al dettaglio, decreteranno, insieme a figure come il Console Smith o John Strange—di cui è resa nota l’inedita corrispondenza con l’intendente veneziano Giovanni Maria Sasso—le sorti di Michele Marieschi, Canaletto e molti protagonisti del paesaggio e della veduta, ovvero i generi che hanno reso celeberrima Venezia nel suo secolo d’oro. Tra aneddoti, riflessioni e documenti, i dipinti sfilano ad illustrare uno scenario dai risvolti inaspettati, dove luci e ombre del mercato lagunare divengono metafora del nostro tempo.

New Book | Great English Interiors

Posted in books by Editor on December 10, 2018

Featuring twenty-two interiors, including five eighteenth-century houses; from Prestel:

David Mlinaric and Derry Moore, Great English Interiors (London: Prestel, 2018), 224 pages, ISBN: 978-3791381985, £40 / $60.

Famed photographer Derry Moore and renowned interior designer David Mlinaric offer a panoramic tour inside some of Britain’s finest manor houses, halls, castles, and public buildings. Bridging five centuries, this lavishly illustrated book looks at houses such as Haddon Hall, Chastleton, and Knole, each with superb examples of Tudor and Stuart interiors. Including Houghton Hall from the 18th century and Waddesdon Manor from the 19th century, the book continues into the 20th century to feature the homes of such influential figures as Nancy Lancaster, Pauline de Rothschild, and David Hicks, guiding readers through the finest examples of English interior design. The work of British masters including Inigo Jones, William Kent, and Robert Adam is beautifully portrayed in striking photographs while complementary essays enlighten readers on the events and personalities that lend each site cultural significance. Anglophiles, armchair tourists, and lovers of grand interiors will enjoy these gorgeous photographs while discovering more about the designers, architects, and trends that have made British style so alluring and enduring over the centuries.

Derry Moore is a British architectural photographer and portraitist. He is the author of An English Room and In the Shadow of the Raj (both by Prestel).

David Mlinaric is a British interior designer whose work ranges from commissions for private clients such as Lord Rothschild and Mick Jagger to public galleries and museums, including the National Gallery, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

New Book | The Rebirth of an English Country House: St Giles House

Posted in books by Editor on December 10, 2018

From Rizzoli:

Tim Knox and The Earl of Shaftesbury, with photographs by Justin Barton and an introduction by Nick Ashley-Cooper and Jenny Chesher, The Rebirth of an English Country House: St Giles House (New York: Rizzoli, 2018), 256 pages, 978-0847863204, $55.

The brilliantly restored St. Giles House, in the idyllic Dorset countryside, offers high-point Georgian architecture and interiors that bridge many historical styles.

The 12th Earl of Shaftesbury, 39-year-old Nicholas Ashley-Cooper, invites the reader into the house that his family has called home since the fifteenth century. In recent years, his award-winning restoration has brought the house back to life, transforming exquisite spaces that honor the past while being suited to twenty-first-century living. English country-house splendor, through the hands of some of the world’s top artisans and craftspeople, returns to the house in the form of re-created wallpapers, customized paints, revived furniture from the Georgian and Victorian periods, reworked antique Brussels tapestries, restored plasterwork and textiles, and a complete overhaul of the landscape, with its sunken garden, woodlands, avenue of beeches, lake, and shell-encrusted grotto.

With stories of noteworthy architecture, beautiful interiors, and centuries of a single family’s involvement in British and world history, this book will appeal to devotees of country living, the aristocratic life, historic houses, and English interior design.

The 12th Earl of Shaftesbury, Nicholas Ashley-Cooper, is an English peer and philanthropist. Tim Knox is a British art historian and director of the Royal Collection Trust. Justin Barton is a London-based photographer.

 

New Book | The Country House Past, Present, Future

Posted in books by Editor on December 9, 2018

From Rizzoli:

Jeremy Musson and David Cannadine with a foreword by Tim Parker and Lynne Rickabaugh, The Country House Past, Present, Future: Great Houses of The British Isles (New York: Rizzoli, 2018), 432 pages, ISBN: 978-0847862726, $85.

From Brideshead to Downton Abbey, the country house is a subject of fantasy and curiosity, as well as a rich resource to explore the history of great architecture and decoration and the lives of landowners and those who made the houses work. With hundreds of photographs from the National Trust, and others from public and private collections, this visually lavish volume draws back the curtain on important historic homes in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. At the same time it reveals the complex stories of these interiors, both grand and hidden, from great halls, libraries and entryways to the kitchens and stables and gardens. Locations featured include Knole, Cragside, Castle Howard, Chatsworth, Polesden Lacey, Petworth, Bodiam Castle, Blenheim, Longleat, and dozens more.

An insightful essay by renowned British author and historian David Cannadine explores how the idea of the country house has changed over the past forty years. Additional essays reflect on how changing twentieth century values have impacted the country house, with contributions by writers and scholars such as Sarah Callander-Beckett on the private house, Dr. Madge Dresser on slavery and the country house, and Dr. Oliver Cox on the ‘Downton Abbey effect.’ The texts are woven around extensive picture essays, introduced and curated by country house specialist Jeremy Musson, which look at the identity and image of British country houses of all kinds and the stories they contain.

David Cannadine is on the board of the Royal Oak Foundation (the American arm of the National Trust in Britain). The author of seventeen books, Cannadine has taught at Oxford, Cambridge, and Princeton. He is the president of the British Academy and editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and has served as chairman of the trustees of the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Jeremy Musson is a leading commentator and author on the British country house. He was architectural editor of Country Life from 1998 to 2007 and remains a regular contributor. Musson is the author of seventeen books including English Country House Interiors, Robert Adam, and The Drawing Room. A trustee of the Country Houses Foundation and the Stowe House Preservation Trust, he is also the co-writer and presenter of the BBC2’s The Curious House.

C O N T E N T S

Tim Park and Lynne Rickabaugh, Foreword

• David Cannadine The British Country House Revisited
• Jeremy Musson, Design and Construction
• Sarah Callander-Beckett, An Inheritance Restored: A Private Owner’s Experience
• David Adshead, Sharing Treasures: The National Trust for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland
• Jeremy Musson, Magnificence and Power
• Jeremy Musson Wealth and Consumption
• Terence Dooley, Stories of the ‘Big House’: New Approaches in Irish Country House Studies
• Jeremy Musson, Pleasure and Recreation
• Jeremy Musson Household and Function
• Madge Dresser, Legacies of British Slave Ownership: Facing a Difficult Past
• James Raven, When the Walls Come Down: After the Destruction of Marks Hall
• Jeremy Musson, Destruction and Survival
• Oliver Cox, Downton Abbey and the Country House: Exploring New Fictions

Notes
About the Royal Oak Foundation
Contributions and Acknowledgments
Photographic and Copyright Credits
Index

New Book | Dudley House

Posted in books by Editor on December 8, 2018

Published by Swan Éditeur and available from Artbooks.com:

James Stourton, with photographs by Marc Walter and a foreword by the Prince of Wales, Dudley House (Paris: Swan Editeur, 2018), 496 pages, ISBN: 979-1097529017, $275.

A faithful and inspired rendition of Dudley House, a rare Park Lane survivor, the only great aristocratic house in the capital from the 18th/19th centuries that is now fully occupied as a family home—an exceptional residence, as lavishly restored in accordance with its owner’s wishes. To give the most comprehensive idea of the beauty, style, and treasures of Dudley House, this book is a room-to-room visit of the place, revealing both the overall harmony of the house and the wealth of detail in its interior layout and furniture. A fresh view of Dudley House by contrasting overall perspectives and close-ups and by varying angles and viewpoints to recreate the essence of the house.

C O N T E N T S

Introduction
Entrance Hall
Waiting Room
Library
Morning Room
Evening Room
Dining Room
Breakfast Room
Grand Staircase
Atrium
Le Boudoir
Conservatory
Yellow Drawing Room
Blue Drawing Room
Ballroom
Picture Gallery

Exhibition | The Art of the Site: Building and Demolishing

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on December 5, 2018

Now on view at the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine:

The Art of the Site: Building and Demolishing from the 16th to the 21th Century
Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Paris, 9 November 2018 — 11 March 2019

Curated by Valérie Nègre and Marie-Hélène Contal

The exhibition juxtaposes different viewpoints, bringing together a collection of works and documents produced by artists, journalists, and amateurs, as well as those who work in situ: engineers, architects, contractors, and—what is rarer—labourers, through votive offerings or masterpieces produced by the Compagnons charpentiers des Devoirs du Tour de France. The exhibition ends with the statements of three contemporary architect-engineers: Patrick Bouchain, Marc Mimram, and Martin Rauch, for whom the building site is ever increasingly the space where architecture meets complexity, inventiveness and the aspirations of the modern-day world.

As the result of close collaboration between specialists of art and specialists of techniques, the exhibition offers a diverse interpretation of the theme: it casts a light on the technical dimension, as well as the social, political, and artistic dimensions. The path begins with what you would expect to find on a site: construction processes, machines, and men at work. It then highlights the political and social issues about the place that is being built. Even though the site is a highly technical area, it is also a theatre for those in charge, who like to show themselves there, and for the labourers, who are sometimes viewed as oppressed masses, sometimes viewed as heroes.

L’Art du chantier: Construire et démolir du 16e au 21e siècle (Paris, Snoeck, 2018), 283 pages, ISBN: 978-9461614728, 42€.

New Book | Classical Art: A Life History

Posted in books by Editor on December 4, 2018

From Princeton UP:

Caroline Vout, Classical Art: A Life History from Antiquity to the Present (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018), 376 pages, ISBN: 978-0691177038, $40.

How did the statues of ancient Greece wind up dictating art history in the West? How did the material culture of the Greeks and Romans come to be seen as ‘classical’ and as ‘art’? What does ‘classical art’ mean across time and place? In this ambitious, richly illustrated book, art historian and classicist Caroline Vout provides an original history of how classical art has been continuously redefined over the millennia as it has found itself in new contexts and cultures. All of this raises the question of classical art’s future.

What we call classical art did not simply appear in ancient Rome, or in the Renaissance, or in the eighteenth-century Academy. Endlessly repackaged and revered or rebuked, Greek and Roman artifacts have gathered an amazing array of values, both positive and negative, in each new historical period, even as these objects themselves have reshaped their surroundings. Vout shows how this process began in antiquity, as Greeks of the Hellenistic period transformed the art of fifth-century Greece, and continued through the Roman empire, Constantinople, European court societies, the neoclassical English country house, and the nineteenth century, up to the modern museum. A unique exploration of how each period of Western culture has transformed Greek and Roman antiquities and in turn been transformed by them, this book revolutionizes our understanding of what classical art has meant and continues to mean.

Caroline Vout is Reader in Classics at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Christ’s College. Her books include Sex on Show: Seeing the Erotic in Greece and Rome, The Hills of Rome: Signature of an Eternal City, and Power and Eroticism in Imperial Rome.

C O N T E N T S

Preface
Acknowledgments

1  Setting the Agenda, or Putting the Art into Heritage
2  Finding the Classical in Hellenistic Greece
3  Making Greek Culture Roman Culture
4  Roman Art, the Building Blocks of Empire
5  Reviving Antiquity in Renaissance Italy
6  European Court Society and the Shaping of the Canon
7  ‘Neoclassicisms’ and the English Country House
8  Seeing Anew in the Nineteenth Century
9  The Death of Classical Art?
10  And the Moral of the Story . . .

Notes
Bibliography
Index