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Twentieth-Century American Art

Twentieth-Century American Art

by Erika Lee Doss

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

This survey highlights the key movements that defined art in the "American Century," including early American Modernism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Neo-Expressionism. (ART150, $29.95)

Ways of Seeing

Ways of Seeing

by John Berger

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Art critic, painter, essayist and Booker Prize-winning novelist Berger concentrates on how we look at art in this eye-opening and influential classic. (ART151, $16.00)

Art in Nature, Crystal Bridges Museum of Modern Art

Art in Nature, Crystal Bridges Museum of Modern Art

by Linda Deberry

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 64 PAGES

A concise primer to the collection, landscape and architecture of the Crystal Bridges Museum of Modern Art. (USA555, $9.95)

Moon Kansas City

Moon Kansas City

by Katy Ryan

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 204 PAGES

A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout Kansas City. (USM265, $16.95)

USA, Central Map

USA, Central Map

by Rand McNally Maps

  • MAP

A map of the central United States at a scale of 1:2,700,000. (USM47, $5.99)

 
Feeding a Yen, Savoring Local Specialties from Kansas City to Cuzco

Feeding a Yen, Savoring Local Specialties from Kansas City to Cuzco


by Calvin Trillin

  • FOOD
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 197 PAGES

A captivating, enthusiastic collection of essays on the subjects of food, life and local specialties. This slim book includes Trillin's priceless riff on bagels as bait to lure his daughters home from the West Coast, his quest for the best ceviche with Douglas Rodriguez, and 11 other ramblings. (WLD40, $15.00)

Bentonville

Bentonville


by Monte Harris

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compilation of the most interesting stories and photos of Bentonville, the birthplace of Walmart and longtime center of county government. (USM268, $21.99)

Hill Folks, A History of Arkansas Ozarkers and Their Image


by Brooks Blevins

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

A study of the region's history and the mythology that has sprung up around it. (USM63, $32.50)

Kansas City and How It Grew, 1822-2011

Kansas City and How It Grew, 1822-2011


by James R. Shortridge

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

A cultural geographer traces the growth of Kansas City on both sides of the river, disregarding state boundaries for a more complete regional portrait. An illustrated and comprehensive history, with 50 photos and 86 maps. (USM266, $39.95)

Paris of the Plains, Kansas City from Doughboys to Expressways

Paris of the Plains, Kansas City from Doughboys to Expressways


by John Simonson

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 125 PAGES

A gritty and glamorous look at Kansas City in the first half of the 20th Century, including all the seedy details about life during the Pendergast Era and the Jazz Age. (USM264, $17.99)

American Art Deco, Architecture and Regionalism

American Art Deco, Architecture and Regionalism


by Carla Breeze

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

In this homage to the art movement popular in the 1920s and 30s, Breeze uses 500 photos to highlight 75 examples of art deco architecture, with ruminations on recurring themes of regional pride and national identity. (ART162, $60.00)

Art & Place, Site-Specific Art of the Americas

Art & Place, Site-Specific Art of the Americas


by The Editors of Phaidon Press

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 375 PAGES

An extraordinary catalog of hundreds of powerful site-specific art works in 60 cities -- from Boston and Salt Lake City to Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro. This virtual bucket list of cave painting, mural, sculpture, stained glass, reliefs and land art is, by turns, inspirational, historical and spiritual. A hefty, large-format coffee table book. (ART170, $79.95)

Bold Epansion, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Bloch Building


by Scala Publishers

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 64 PAGES

A primer on the construction of the Bloch Building with attention to the history of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Illustrated with sketches, photographs and images of the museum's artwork. (USM267, $9.95)

Celebrating the American Spirit, Masterworks from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Celebrating the American Spirit, Masterworks from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art


by Christ Crosman

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 356 PAGES

A deep and diverse collection featuring full-page color plates and succinct text. Under scrutiny are works by Rockwell, Warhol, Lichtenstein and O'Keeffe. (USA489, $60.00)

Global Citizen, The Architecture of Moshe Safdie

Global Citizen, The Architecture of Moshe Safdie


by Donald Albrecht

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

An exploration of the renowned Canadian architect's buildings, which include Habitat 67 in Montreal, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. Features 130 images. (CND421, $35.00)

James Turrell

James Turrell


by James Turrell

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 128 PAGES

Published in tandem with an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, this photographic survey of Turrell's work focuses on major site-specific projects that reveal the artist's mastery of architectural installation and the techniques of the California light and space movement of the 1960s. (ART172, $50.00)

Native North American Art

Native North American Art


by Janet Catherine Berlo | Ruth Phillips

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

An expansive introduction to the variety of art produced by the native peoples of North America. (NAM14, $27.95)

The Body of Raphaelle Peale, Still Life and Selfhood, 1812-1824

The Body of Raphaelle Peale, Still Life and Selfhood, 1812-1824


by Alexander Nemerov

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2001
  • HARD COVER
  • 274 PAGES

Nemerov writes with clarity and intensity about the Americanist painter, his still lifes, formalist education and the early American subconscious. Hailed as a triumph of art interpretation. (ART173, $68.95)

The Great American Thing, Modern Art and the National Identity, 1915-1935

The Great American Thing, Modern Art and the National Identity, 1915-1935


by Wanda M. Corn

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 470 PAGES

A bold and wonderfully illustrated survey of the birth of American Modernism. (USA106, $52.95)

The Hudson River School, Nature and the American Vision

The Hudson River School, Nature and the American Vision


by Linda Ferber | New York Historical Society

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 220 PAGES

This survey of the Hudson River School of painters, including Thomas Cole and Asher Durand, demonstrates these mid-19th century artists' focus on natural landscapes through excellent reproductions. (NYS108, $50.00)

Thomas Hart Benton and the American Sound

Thomas Hart Benton and the American Sound


by Leo G. Mazow

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 200 PAGES

In his treatment of sound, music and meaning in the work of TH Benton's paintings, Leo Mazow shows how the artist channeled musical imagery into his works. Benton, he writes, was an accomplished musician and understood sound's capacity to convey meaning. (ART171, $84.95)

Great Plains

Great Plains


by Ian Frazier

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 292 PAGES

A marvelously digressive, wide-ranging account of 25,000 miles worth of travels criss-crossing throughout the Great Plains, combining first-rate reportage and history. (USW172, $16.00)

Norman Rockwell, A Life

Norman Rockwell, A Life


by Laura Claridge

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 592 PAGES

A provocative biography of the iconic American illustrator, detailing his life and work. (USE348, $16.95)

Portrait of an Artist, A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe

Portrait of an Artist, A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe


by Laura Lisle

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

Lisle shows how O'Keeffe was both changed and inspired by her Southwestern surroundings in this insightful biography of Georgia O'Keeffe. (USW221, $37.95)

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