New Art and Architecture Books


These are just a few of the new titles in the Arts Division’s collection. 
Click on the image to link to the Central Library’s catalog for holdings information 


Sir John Gilbert : Art and Imagination in the Victorian Age                                                        

Sir John Gilbert , (1817-97) was President of the Royal Watercolour Society, a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy, and illustrator for numerous papers, novels and children’s books.  His name has become lost among figures such as Leighton, Watts, Millais and Burne-Jones, yet the masterful, imaginative quality of his work is revealed in this volume. Beautiful illustrations and original research make this appealing to anyone interested in Victorian art and society.


James Jean’s art has been critically acclaimed and exhibited around the globe.  This monumental retrospective of his work over the past decade is both inspiring and disturbing.

Masterpieces from the Department of  Islamic Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Published to coincide with the historic reopening of the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum’s Islamic Art Department, this book presents nearly three hundred masterpieces from one of the finest collections of Arabic art in the world.

Roy Lichtenstein in His Studio

Engaging photographs taken by Lichtenstein’s administrative assistant provide insight into the processes the artist used to create his paintings.  Also included are photos of sketchbooks, scrapbooks, comic book clippings and other archival materials that document Lichtenstein’s career.

Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting

A well illustrated overview of the state of painting today, which documents the most recent concerns and ideas among contemporary painters.

Big Book of Gazebos, Pergolas and Other Backyard Architecture

Start dreaming about next summer’s backyard project.  With over 400 illustrations of gorgeous arbors, sheds, and gazebos, this book is a good place to find inspiration.

I.M. Pei: Architect of Time, Place and Purpose

Jill Rubalcaba tells the conflict-ridden stories behind six of Pei’s most celebrated buildings, all turning points in Pei’s distinguished career.  Although it  targets a middle school level audience, this book provides a fascinating introduction to the achievements and sensibilities of one of the premier architects of our time.

Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment

The definitive text on Roche’s acclaimed career as a designer of modern, urban structures.  His work includes the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Central Park Zoo, dozens of corporate headquarters, and designs for some of the earliest energy-efficient buildings.


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