April 1, 2012 |
The best stories write themselves. That's what authors often say. And the disaster of the RMS Titanic in April 1912 is one of these, so rich in perspectives and human interest — the social classes aboard, the elegance and technology of the ship, the disaster and missed chances to avert it — that the story seems to unfold with all the doom and precision of a Greek tragedy. Michael Davie explores all the angles in his "Titanic: The Death and Life of a Legend" (Vintage), a 1986 book reissued for the centennial of the ship's sinking on its maiden voyage.
December 4, 2011
Art Nouveau Norbert Wolf Prestel, $75 The Art Nouveau movement covered it all - decorative arts, architecture, fashion, dance, advertising and more - and this book seeks to restore the movement's prominence in the discussion of modern art. The Art of the Adventures of Tintin Chris Guise Harper Design, $39.99 An exploration of how - using early concept drawings, models and final stills...
August 2, 2011 |
"I want to be gay, I want to be free," the stunning young woman says, vivacious, casually amoral, all but blistering the screen. "Life is short and I want to live it while I'm alive. " The actress is Jean Harlow, and the bitter irony is that she lived only eight years past that moment of dialogue in Howard Hughes' legendary "Hell's Angels," dying of kidney failure at age 26 in 1937. Yet in that short span of time Hollywood's original platinum blond created an impressive body of work that is shockingly little seen today.
December 31, 2010 |
Bill Gold was just 21 and a recent graduate in illustration and design from the Pratt Institute in New York when he was hired in the advertising department of Warner Bros. in New York City. His first poster was for the 1942 classic " Casablanca. " Over the next 60 years, Gold was responsible for either designing or working with illustrators on about 2,000 motion pictures, including Elia Kazan's 1951 "A Streetcar Named Desire" and 1955's "East of Eden," Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 "Dial M for Murder," Stanley Kubrick's 1971 "A Clockwork Orange" and 1975's "Barry Lyndon," and 35 Clint Eastwood movies.
December 22, 2010
Still searching for that perfect gift for your brother-in-law or a persnickety client? Coffee-table books might fit the bill, what with that suitable heft and an undeniable quotient of cool. Here we offer a few last-minute selections for those gaps on your list: Beginnings Anne Geddes Anne Geddes Publishing, $50 The Aussie photographer was contemplating a hiatus from her studio when she came across an exhibit of birds' nests. This unexpected encounter turned into the inspiration for her latest collection of baby photos, "Beginnings.
February 14, 2010 |
Chinese New Year is coming soon (on Western calendars, it's Sunday), but if you can't make it to the Middle Kingdom to marvel at fireworks, here's a quieter option. Check out "China" (Abbeville Press, 244 pages), a new, epic photo book that is to most coffee-table volumes what the Great Wall is to your backyard fence. Measuring nearly 12 by nearly 18 inches and contained within a sturdy slipcase, it features 238 images -- most by photographer Ming Tan -- and 12 gatefold panoramas.