Mark Avery has a nice review of Liverpool University Press’s Birds of the Heart of England, one of the livelier spots for birders!
Hear Sex and Buildings author Richard J. Williams discuss his search “for the places form meets libido” in this Times Higher Ed podcast! THE calls the book “an adventurous sex-travelogue, beautifully written and pleasurable from cover to cover.”
On Sunday, September 1, 5:00 PM, Clifford Ross will be joined at BookHampton in the East Hamptons by scholar and activist Orville Schell in a signing and discussion of art, culture, and their work together in China. A thirty-minute discussion will begin at 5:30 PM and will be followed a Q & A and book signing. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"There’s a curious visual contrast in theoretical physics, which uses some very big machines to look at some of the smallest pieces of matter. Sadly, these grand machines are often built away from the public eye. But New York City-based photographer Stanley Greenberg has been photographing atom-smashers and other massive machines used in physics experiments for the past several years.”
The Telegraph has an excerpt from Rosebud Sleds and Horses’ Heads: 50 of Film’s Most Evocative Objects, publishing this month with Intellect. Did your favorites make the list?
The 10 Most Evocative Objects in Film | “From Dorothy’s red slippers to Mrs Robinson’s stockings, Dirty Harry’s Magnum to Sheriff Woody himself, Scott Jordan Harris picks out ten of cinema’s most evocative objects.”
A hint: with whiskey.
This fall’s The Modern Art Cookbook opens a window into the lives of artists, writers, and poets in the kitchen and the studio throughout the twentieth century and beyond. From Joyce to Manet, Mary Ann Caws explores a panoply of artworks of food, cooking, and eating from Europe and the Americas, while supplying numerous recipes from these artists.
This week the Huffington Post features a slideshow of these artworks and recipes from this “mouthwatering” book, calling it “the perfect gourmet tour through art history.” Enjoy a first look at this gorgeous volume!
"As Ribbat points out, neon has often become the site of dispute between those who want to celebrate modernity and those who resist it. Its bright glow screams artifice. However, the paradox is that neon lightmaking is an artisanal craft."
Slate discusses the complicated history of neon in this review of Christoph Ribbat’s “intriguing” Flickering Light.
"Bedford followed in the footsteps of a generation of scenic artists who invested their watercolors with the perspective of romantic sensibility. In a sumptuous new record of his work on the royal journey, the remoteness of Egypt and the once-named Holy Land is evident from the first."—from the NYRB, "When the Ruins Were New," on Cairo to Constantinople: Francis Bedford’s Photographs of the Middle East
Photo: Francis Bedford: The Street Called Straight, Damascus, April 30, 1862
The Tradescants’ Orchard is the Boston Globe's “The Find” for July 6:
"Hundreds of years after a British book collector passed away, his volume of 66 luscious watercolors of orchard fruits has taken on a new life. The charming illustrations have been reproduced in facsimile in The Tradescants’ Orchard: The Mystery of a Seventeenth-Century Painted Fruit Book (Bodleian). Here and there, the unknown artist painted a bird, a frog, an insect, even a miniature squirrel. Were the pictures created merely for pleasure or as a catalog for a traveling salesman? The coauthors, plant scientist Barrie Juniper and art historian Hanneke Grootenboer, suggest that a new generation of detectives take up the mystery that has bedeviled them.”