Sunday, November 27, 2011
SURREALISM and MODERNISM: From the Collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Edited by Eric Zafran & Paul Paret
First ever survey of this museum's collection of excellent modern art - The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art's remarkable collection of modern art is due to a succession of adventurous directors and curators. This book showcases the museums collection and provides fascinating details about how it was acquired. Richly Illustrated with the artworks in color and photos of the artists and their studios in black and white.
Many of the works - the surrealist paintings in particular - were bought directly from the artists or from their first exhibitions. The famed Atheneum director Chick Austin mounted the first Surrealist exhibition in America in 1931 and bought works from the then barely known Salvador Dali - works by de Chirico, Ernst, Matta, Tanguy and Calder soon followed. Then in 1934 the Atheneum had the first great American retrospective of Picasso and the museum bought a small neo-classical piece to add to its collection.
Later, Marini, Georgia O'Keefe, de Kooning, Jackson Pollack and many others works were added to provide a broad overview of artistic trends from the last century. An excellent book.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art w/ Yale University Press - 2005 Edition - 151 Page Hardcover - Richly Illustrated with the artworks in color and photos of the artists and their studios in black and white - PRICE: $30.00
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Friday, November 25, 2011
DARK STAR: The Satanic Rites of Gilles de Rais - by Various Authors
The spectre of Gilles de Rais the satanist child-killer, eclipses French history like a 'dark star'. A fallen general, once the champion of Joan of Arc, whose experimentations in cruelty led him through the very Gates of Hell.
His obscene crimes and decadent aristocratic glamour have created an enduring legend of mythic proportions. This collection of essays, quotations, excerpts and fiction from some of the most famous authors in recent centuries evoke a chilling portrait of one of the most sinister figures in the annals of European history and mass murder.
After Joan of Arc was captured, Gilles de Rais fled to the safety of his castles in France where he began a steady spiral downwards - one of his first murders was committed in the presence of the sadistic sorcerer Prelati - in Prelati's chambers in the castle - Gilles seized a young boy and slashed his throat - from that moment on he had found his one true passion in life - the torture and murder of children - and where ever he went, children would disappear, never to be seen again - the final number of his victims will never be known but some say it could be as high as 800 deaths....
Marquis de Sade
and many others.....
Creation Books - 2005 Edition - 302 Page Paperback - No Illustrations - History/ True Crime/ Collection/ Satanic/ Mass Murder - PRICE: $15.00
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