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'Equivocal Masculinity: New York Dada in the Context of World War I'
by Amelia Jones
Publisher: Art History 2002
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Aerosol Kingdom: Subway Painters of New York City
by Ivor Miller
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi 2001
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Derided as graffiti by outsiders, hailed as "writing" by the artists themselves, spray-can art glowed as a whole new art genre in the 1970s. Its practitioners made New York City's subway cars their moving canvas. Though helpless in checking its... >
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Alfred H. Barr, Jr., And The Intellectual Origins Of The Museum Of Modern Art
by Sybil Gordon Kantor
Publisher: MIT Press 2003
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Growing up with the twentieth century, Alfred Barr (1902-1981), founding director of the Museum of Modern Art, harnessed the cataclysm that was modernism. In this book--part intellectual biography, part institutional history--Sybil Gordon Kantor tells... >
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Alfred Stieglitz: An American Seer
by Dorothy Norman
Publisher: Aperture 1990
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Norman draws upon her own close association with Stieglitz (1864-1946) and upon his own words (many of which she herself recorded) to present a warm portrait of the great photographer who was a focal figure of the modern art movement in America. Includes... >
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American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New Century
by Christine Stansell
Publisher: New York, Henry Holt and Company 2000
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From Publishers Weekly: They were novelists, artists' models, secretaries and chess whizzes; their ranks included Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Margaret Sanger and John Reed. A few were wealthy, many were poor, and they gathered in shabby saloons... >
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Around Washington Square: An Illustrated History Of Greenwich Village
by Luther S Harris
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press 2003
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Describing Washington Square, Henry James wrote that it was as if the wine of life had been poured for you, in advance, into some pleasant old punch bowl. Created in 1826 through the visionary efforts of philanthropist and New York City mayor Philip... >
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Art for the Masses: A Radical Magazine & Its Graphics, 1911-1917
by Rebecca Zurier
Publisher: Temple University Press 1988
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As the preeminent left-wing American magazine in the years before WW I, the Masses was not only a forum for writers (John Reed, Carl Sandburg, Sherwood Anderson, Walter Lippmann), but also a "museum without walls." Drawings and cartoons by Ashcan School... >
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Art Of The Steal: Inside The Sotheby's-Christie's Auction House Scandal
by Christopher Mason
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons 2004
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The Art of the Steal is the explosive inside story--the only book to tell the whole truth and dish the dirt--of one of the most fascinating big-business trials of the new century--the price-fixing scandal that rocked the auction world and put one of the... >
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Artists On The Left: American Artists And The Communist Movement, 1926-1956
by Andrew Hemingway
Publisher: Yale University Press 2002
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This remarkable book is the first to examine in abundant detail the relation between visual artists and the American Communist movement during the twentieth century. Andrew Hemingway charts the rise and decline of the Communist Party's influence on art... >
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Automat: The History, Recipes, And Allure Of The Art Deco Masterpieces
by Lorraine B Diehl, Marrianne Hardart
Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Publishers 2002
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A coin-operated glass-and-chrome wonder, Horn & Hardart’s Automats revolutionized the way Americans ate when they opened up in Philadelphia and New York in the early twentieth century. In a country where the industrial revolution had just taken hold,... >
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Beyond The Lines: Pictorial Reporting, Everyday Life, And The Crisis Of Gilded Age America
by Joshua Brown
Publisher: University of California Press 2002
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In this wonderfully illustrated book, Joshua Brown shows that the wood engravings in the illustrated newspapers of Gilded Age America were more than a quaint predecessor to our own sophisticated media. As he tells the history and traces the influence of... >
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The Bronx Then & Now
by Stephen M Samtur
Publisher: Back In THE BRONX 2002
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With more than 300 pictures, you can visit the old neighborhoods, candy stores, apartment buildings, department stores, schools, and 50 photos of movie theaters - the way they were then and the way they are now after years of changing. See what once was... >
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By the El, Third Avenue and Its El at Mid-Century
by Lawrence Stelter (Author), Lothar Stelter (Photographer)
Publisher: 2007
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This is a handsomely produced paperback of vivid photos and old-timers' reminiscences of the Third Avenue Elevated trains that dominated the skyline of Manhattan and the Bronx. Its 200+ photos are mostly from the years shortly before the El was abandoned... >
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The City Beneath Us: Building the New York Subway
by Vivian Heller
Publisher: W.W. Norton 2004
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THERE HAVE BEEN, and will be, other books on the New York City subway system, but none have had access to the wonderful photographic prints from the collections of the New York Transit Museum that are presented in this volume. Made from 8 x 10-inch glass... >
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Dancer Defects: The Struggle For Cultural Supremacy During The Cold War
by David. Caute
Publisher: Oxford University Press 2003
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The cultural Cold War between the Soviet Union and the West was without precedent. At the outset of this original and wide-ranging historical survey, David Caute establishes the nature of the extraordinary cultural competition set up post-1945 between... >
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Dark Lover: The Life And Death Of Rudolph Valentino
by Emily Wortis Leider
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2003
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Tango pirate, gigolo, powder puff, Adonis—all have been used to describe the silent-film icon known as Rudolph Valentino. From his early days as a taxi dancer in New York City to his near apotheosis as the ultimate Hollywood heartthrob, Rudolph... >
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De Kooning: An American Master
by Mark Stevens, Willem De Kooning, Annalyn Swan
Publisher: A.A. Knopf 2004
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Willem de Kooning is one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, a true "painter's painter" whose protean work continues to inspire many artists. In the thirties and forties, along with Arshile Gorky and Jackson Pollock, he became a key... >
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Decorative Architectural Ironwork
by Diana Stuart
Publisher: Schiffer Books 2005
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One of the world's greatest collections of architectural ironwork is on display in the five boroughs of New York City. Author and photographer Diana Stuart captures the magnitude and impressive array of historic exterior designs in 400 color photographs,... >
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Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, The Beat Generation, And America
by Dennis McNally
Publisher: Da Capo Press 2003
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Jack Kerouac--"King of the Beats," unwitting catalyst for the '60s counterculture, groundbreaking author--was a complex and compelling man: a star athlete with a literary bent; a spontaneous writer vilified by the New Critics but adored by a large,... >
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Diana Vreeland
by Eleanor Dwight
Publisher: HarperCollins 2002
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An epic self-mythologizer with an incredible aura of glamour, a great eye, and a genius for life, Diana Vreeland defined style for more than five decades as the fashion editor of Harper‛ s Bazaar, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, and Special Consultant to... >
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Digressions On Some Poems By Frank O'Hara: An Intimate Memoir
by Joe LeSueur
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 2003
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Joe LeSueur lived with Frank O'Hara from 1955 until 1965, the years when O'Hara wrote his greatest poems, including 'To the Film Industry in Crisis', 'In Memory of My Feelings', 'Having a Coke with You', and the famous Lunch Poems-so called because... >
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Factory Made: Warhol And The Sixties
by Steven Watson
Publisher: Pantheon Books 2003
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Factory Made: Warhol and the Sixties is a fascinating look at the avant-garde group that came together—from 1964 to 1968—as Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory, a cast that included Lou Reed, Nico, Edie Sedgwick, Gerard Malanga, Paul Morrissey, Joe... >
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Inside Grand Central Terminal: A Photo Essay
by Kurt Boone
Publisher: Tasora Books
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Inside Grand Central Terminal is a unique story about and written by Kurt Boone--with photography by John Sarsgard--a veteran messenger who rode all 22 major subway lines in a week picking up and delivering critical documents and packages to businesses... >
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Life on the Lower East Side: Photographs by Rebecca Lepkoff, 1937-1950
by Rebecca Lepkoff, Suzanne Wasserman, Peter Dans
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press 2006
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A young Rebecca Lepkoff, camera in hand, navigated the streets of the Lower East Side of New York in the 1930s and 1940s, before the Alfred E. Smith housing project largely demolished and forever changed its character. She captured the lives and times of... >
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Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks
by Miriam Berman
Publisher: Diane Pub Co 2004
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Through the decades, Madison Square has managed to remain one of the most vital places in the heart of New York City. It’s current visual profile of the Flatiron Building, Met Life Tower and New York Life’s golden pyramid sets the stage for a look at... >
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Mistress Of Modernism: The Life Of Peggy Guggenheim
by Mary V Dearborn
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin 2004
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Peggy Guggenheim emerges in Mistress of Modernism as the ultimate self-invented woman, a cultural mover and shaker who broke away from her poor-little-rich-girl origins to shape a life for herself as the enfant terrible of the art world. Peggy's... >
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New York Alleycats
by Amy Bolger, Greg Ugalde, Kurt Boone, Kevin Bolger
Publisher: Tasora Books 2007
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"New York Alleycats" is about bicycle messengers who race each other to see who is fastest bicycle messenger in the city. The story is told through short essays and photographs.
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New York's Forgotten Substations: The Power Behind The Subway
by Christopher Payne
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press 2002
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All over New York City, hidden behind unassuming historic facades, sits the gigantic machinery of the power stations that once moved the subways. For over a century, the 125,000-pound converters and related equipment of the substations remained largely... >
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On the Wall: Four Decades of Community Murals in NYC
by Janet Braun-Reinitz and Jane Weissman
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi 2009
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Energizing the visual landscape since 1968, New York City's community murals beautify, educate, protest, celebrate, and often motivate residents to action. Collaborations between artists and neighborhood groups, these painted walls reflect the social,... >
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So Others Might Live: A History Of New York's Bravest ; The FDNY From 1700 To The Present
by Terry Golway
Publisher: BasicBooks 2002
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This history of New York's bravest (the FDNY) is "a useful and relentless reminder of the scourge of fire--a weapon of terror long before 2001--and the routine heroism of the city's firefighters" ("New York Times"). 80 photos.
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Soho: The Rise And Fall Of An Artists' Colony: A Critical Memoir
by Richard Kostelanetz
Publisher: Routledge 2003
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The Rise and Fall of Artist's Soho documents how a little-known industrial neighborhood in New York unintentionally became--for a brief period--a nexus of creative activity. Part personal memoir, part cultural history, the book examines how a group of... >
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South Street
by Barbara Mensch; Introduction by Phillip Lopate
Publisher: Columbia University Press 2007
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South Street is Barbara G. Mensch's evocative tribute to the lost world of Lower Manhattan's Fulton Fish Market. For more than a century, a colorful, tightly knit community of fishmongers, many of them recent immigrants and children of immigrants,... >
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Street Graphics New York
by Barry Dawson
Publisher: Thames & Hudson 2003
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New York is the world capital of street graphics--a creative kalcidoscope of urban ephemera in the form of signs, symbols, graffiti, murals, and advertising. Its innovative ideas, styles, and mediums quickly become international. Street Graphics New York... >
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Summer In The City: New York Baseball, 1947-1957
by Vic Ziegel, Claus Guglberger
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams 2004
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Between 1947, when Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, and 1957, when the Dodgers and the New York Giants played their last season in the East, New York baseball teams appeared in ten World Series. In seven of those years, either the Giants or... >
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Taking The Train: How Graffiti Art Became An Urban Crisis In New York City
by Joe Austin
Publisher: Columbia University Press 2002
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In the 1960s and early 1970s, young people in New York City radically altered the tradition of writing their initials on neighborhood walls. Influenced by the widespread use of famous names on billboards, in neon, in magazines, newspapers, and... >
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The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art, and Music Drive New York City
by Elizabeth Currid
Publisher: Princeton University Press 2007
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Which is more important to New York City's economy, the gleaming corporate office--or the grungy rock club that launches the best new bands? If you said office, think again. In The Warhol Economy, Elizabeth Currid argues that creative industries like... >
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Where'D You Get Those? New York City's Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987
by Bobbito Garcia
Publisher: Testify Books 2003
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Shere'd You Get Those? New York City's Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987 is an insider's account that traces New York City sneaker culture back to its earliest day. Describing how a small and dedicated group of sneaker consumers in the 70s and early 80s proved... >
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