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Country Pursuits

Malcolm Cormack

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has long been renowned for its fine collection of sporting art. Owing to Paul Mellon’s interest in this genre, the VMFA’s collection comprises not only British but also American and French works. With Country Pursuits: Sporting Art from the Mellon Collections in the... More


East 40 Degrees

Jack Williams

The Appalachian mountain chain once contained the highest and most dramatic mountains on earth. Worn down over time, these mountains still hold some of the most diverse climactic zones and singular geological formations in existence. In East 40 Degrees: An Interpretive Atlas, Jack Williams examines... More


Southern Built

Catherine W. Bishir

A leader in the fields of both regional architectural history and historic preservation, Catherine Bishir has collected essays covering three decades into one volume. Just as the subjects of her studies are at once regional and national, the essays included here seek to think globally while... More


Tigers and Sails and ABC Tales

Malcolm Cormack

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David Finley

David A. Doheny

Throughout his long and remarkable lifetime, David E. Finley (1890-1977) made brilliant contributions to the cultural life of this country. Yet less than thirty years after his death, his name is barely known. In David Finley: Quiet Force for America’s Arts, biographer David Doheny revitalizes... More


Re-creating the American Past

Richard Guy Wilson and Shaun Eyring, eds.

Although individually and collectively Americans have many histories, the dominant view of our national past focuses on the colonial era. The reasons for this are many and complex, touching on stories of the country's origins and of the founding fathers, the privileged position in history granted... More


Great Road Style

Betsy White

Linked historically, culturally, and geographically, the counties that make up southwestern Virginia and northeastern Tennessee are also connected by a shared decorative arts tradition. "Great Road Style," so called because of the region’s historical importance as a stage route connecting the... More


Lincoln Perry's Charlottesville

Paintings by Lincoln Perry with an essay and interview by Ann Beattie

Lincoln Perry is justly celebrated for his murals and edgy narrative figure paintings, with their saturated palette and multifaceted architectural compositions—Poussin refracted through de Chirico. This beautiful new book showcases his images of Charlottesville, Virginia—many of them multipanel... More


Exquisite History

The Printmakers Left

The first of a three-volume project titled Exquisite History, The Land of Wandering offers a combination of art and poetry centered around desire, nostalgia, and the restless spirit that leads us to wander. Created by the Printmakers Left, a group of artists and poets working collaboratively out of... More


The Arts of India

Joseph M. Dye III

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Trojan Goat

John D. Quale. Distributed for the University of Virginia School of Architecture

The first volume in the Urgent Matters series, Trojan Goat: A Self-Sufficient House traces the design and construction of the University of Virginia’s whimsically named, award-winning entry in the 2002 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. John D. Quale, the architectural advisor and... More


James MacNeill Whistler

David Park Curry

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Imagining Eden

Lyle Gomes.

"Because Eden’s genius resides in imagination, it is a mobile spirit; always found in place but never confined by place. The spirit of Eden migrates within us, animated through our imaginative responses to actual places in the material world, in our roles as gardeners and poets, painters and... More


American Art at the Chrysler Museum

Martha N. Hagood and Jefferson C. Harrison

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Capturing Beauty

David Park Curry

Drawn entirely from the collection of James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin of Austin, Texas—one of the largest holdings of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century American paintings still in private hands— Capturing Beauty showcases thirty Impressionist and Realist oils, watercolors, and pastels... More


Lots of Parking

John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle

When the automobile was first introduced, few Americans predicted its fundamental impact, not only on how people would travel, but on the American landscape itself. Instead of reducing the amount of wheeled transport on public roads, the advent of mass-produced cars caused congestion, at the curb... More


Portraits in the Massachusetts Historical Society

Andrew Oliver

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The Courthouses of Early Virginia

Carl R. Lounsbury

Court day in early Virginia transformed crossroads towns into forums for citizens of all social classes to transact a variety of business, from legal cases heard before the county magistrates to horse races, ballgames, and the sale and barter of produce, clothing, food, and drink. As marketplace,... More


Champion Animals

Malcolm Cormack

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Selections

Anne Barriault

Spanning more than five thousand years and representing a significant array of world cultures, this extensively updated, beautifully reproduced volume showcases masterworks of ancient Mediterranean and American art; Asian, African, and European paintings, as well as Byzantine and Western Medieval... More


Homeplace

Michael Ann Williams

Challenging many of the methods and preconceptions of conventional folk-architecture studies, Homeplace examines traditional houses in the mountains of Appalachia from the perspective offered by oral histories. Michael Ann Williams bases much of her study on interviews with some of the people most... More


Siting Jefferson

Jill Hartz

In the summer of 2000, the University of Virginia Art Museum mounted an unusual site-specific exhibition called "Hindsight/Fore-site: Art for the New Millennium," for which twenty-four artists created artworks inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s legacy. Artists included Agnes Denes, Ann Hamilton, Martha... More


The Woman behind the Lens

Bettina Berch

Try to picture Mark Twain, or Uncle Remus, or even Theodore Roosevelt. More than likely, you have a Frances Benjamin Johnston image in your mind. Johnston was a significant—and arresting—figure in early twentieth-century photography. Beautifully illustrated with forty examples of her work, this... More


The Architecture of Jefferson Country

K. Edward Lay

The great architectural significance of Albemarle County and Charlottesville, Virginia, rests, not surprisingly, on the continuing influence of Thomas Jefferson. Not only did Jefferson design the State Capitol in Richmond, his home Monticello, his country retreat Poplar Forest, and the University... More


Keeping Score

David Schwarz, Anahid Kassabian, et al., eds.

Keeping Score is a diverse collection of essays that argues for and demonstrates the current effort to redefine the methods, goals, and scope of musical scholarship. This volume gives voice to new directions in music studies, including traditional and "new" musicology, music and psychoanalysis,... More


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