Home, by Carson Ellis

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Home, by Carson Ellis

In this absolutely wonderful children’s book, illustrator and author Carson Ellis orchestrates an imaginary taxonomy of houses and different people who inhabit them.

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How to See: Visual Adventures in a World God Never Made by George Nelson

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How to See: Visual Adventures in a World God Never Made by George Nelson

“Seeing is not a unique God-given talent, but a discipline.  It can be learned.” - George Nelson

In "How To See: Visual Adventures in a World God Never Made" George Nelson expands upon the idea of SEEING as an artistic discipline. Nelson was a pioneer and jack of all (design) trades during the 20th century. He practiced and preached the idea of "Visual Literacy" which is the ability to decode nonverbal messages. He felt that anyone could learn to read images in the same way that they read words: through experience, exposure and practice. By discussing themes of communication, art, geometry, and variation with photographic examples and written text, "How To See" works as a primer for understanding visual literacy  and has become a cult classic among artists since it’s publication in 1977.

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Paper Airplanes: The Collections of Harry Smith

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Paper Airplanes: The Collections of Harry Smith

Harry Smith is a wildly fascinating man. He was a filmmaker, painter, musicologist, but he defined himself primarily as an anthropologist. Throughout his lifetime he collected numerous items. What remains one of his most mysterious collecting endeavors is his extensive collection of paper airplanes. Over the course of 20 years Smith collected these airplanes, annotating the date and street where it was found along the way.

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OYSTER: A Gastronomic History with Recipes

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OYSTER: A Gastronomic History with Recipes

Whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em, Oysters are as New Orleans as Jazz Music, Streetcars, and Sazeracs. On a daily basis we are inundated with images of oysters sandwiched in a po’boy or stirred into a jambalaya, yet many of us may not know the real history behind these famous mollusks.

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Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia by Andrew Blauvelt

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Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia by Andrew Blauvelt

Pop, Conceptualism, Land Art, Body Art, and Minimalism are typically movements that come to mind when one thinks about art of the 1960s.  In the catalogue, Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia, author Andrew Blauvelt delves into the more esoteric artistic exercises that echoed the political landscape of this era.  

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