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The Life & Work of Enrico Glicenstein

Glicenstein_Cover_Sholod (2) (2)Authored by Charlotte Sholod; Contributions by Charlotte Sztmya
ISBN 978-1555953843
Hardcover | 12 x 11 inches | 224 pages

Enrico Glicenstein (1870-1942) belonged to a pioneering vanguard of independent European sculptors of the 20th century who were credited with reviving the traditional art of direct carving – with a modern sensibility. At a time when most sculptors had turned away from a more ‘humanistic’ tradition of sculpture, Glicenstein remained uncompromising in his commitment to the human figure. Over 250 sculpted works celebrating the universality of human endeavor are detailed fully in this volume.

Life and Work of Enrico Glicenstein, authored by art historian Charlotte Sholod, begins with a biography of the sculptor, articulating his wide travels throughout Europe and his immigration to the United States in 1928. The story of his long and influential career as a prolific sculptor is accompanied by an 80-page catalogue featuring more than 250 of the works sculpted by the artist between 1896 and 1940.

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Star Crossed


by Bette Isacoff
ISBN 978-0-6157-5281-5
soft cover | 6 x 9 inches | 208 pages
Headwinds Publishing, 2013

Her parents said, “You’re marrying a seventeen-year-old Jewish high school student, a boy?”
His parents said, “You’re in love with a twenty-one-year-old Catholic senior in college, a woman?”
And then the fun begins . . . .

The year is 1968, when this sort of thing just isn’t done.
But it’s almost as if these two are drawn to each other by a series of unlikely circumstances beyond their control. Is it God, Fate with a sense of humor, or mere coincidence? The young, mixed-faith couple faces hardships, mishaps, and triumphs during their two year courtship at a time when such love was exotic and forbidden.

Richard and Bette manage to keep their unlikely romance hidden through clandestine post office boxes, dates in out-of-the-way places, a housemother who looks the other way, and a loyal roommate sworn to keep their secret. But that secret comes out in the worst possible way, when their engagement announcement appears in the local paper a week early . . . before Richard has worked up the nerve to tell his family.

The two confront outraged parents, scornful siblings, snickering friends, legal obstacles, and uncooperative clergy. How do you stay true to yourself and honor the one you love when your upbringing, your entire history is pulling you another way?

A story of triumph to inspire anyone involved in a relationship—traditional or not—Star Crossed is a touching memoir of humor, heartbreak, and hope.

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Amy Goldin: Art in A Hairshirt, Art Criticism 1964-1978

Essays by Amy Goldin, Robert Kushner and others.
ISBN 978-1-55595-342-3
soft cover | 9 x 6 inches | 220 pages; 15 color plates
Published by Hard Press Editions, 2012

Edited by Robert Kushner with contributing essays by Elizabeth Baker, Holland Cotter, Michael Duncan, Oleg Grabar, Max Kozloff, Irving Sandler, Joan Simon, and Emna Zghal, this is the first-ever collection of essays by influential art critic, Amy Goldin. Over thirty essays taken from the pages of Artnews, Artforum, Art Journal, New American Review, International Journal for Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Art in America and her personal journals during the 60s and 70s, have been selected by artist Robert Kushner and relayed with insightful accounts from prominent art world writers.

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Seeing Out Louder, Art Criticism 2003-2009

SaltzCover246 by Jerry Saltz
ISBN 978-1555953188
Hardcover | 6 x 9 inches | 300 pages
Published by Hard Press Editions in association with Hudson Hills Press, 2009

After a decade of serving as Art Critic for the Village Voice, Jerry Saltz, a one time truck driver turned seasoned art critic, has since 2007 held the coveted title of Senior Art Critic at New York Magazine. Picking up in 2003, shortly after the wrenching contested 2000 election, the attacks of September 11, and the ramping-up of the Iraq War, Seeing Out Louder brilliantly reveals the rise of the hyper art market, the capitulation to money, the dark politics that form the background of this bright period, to the collapse and fall of this market and those politics.


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Abstract Expressionism and the American Experience: A Reevaluation

sandler2[1]by Irving Sandler; Foreword by Raphael Rubinstein
ISBN 978-1555953119
Hardcover | 8.5 x 10.5 inches | 240 pages
Published by Hard Press Editions in association with Hudson Hills Press, 2009

When Irving Sandler published The Triumph of American Painting in 1970, this groundbreaking study quickly became the canonical account of Abstract Expressionism. Now, nearly 40 years later, Sandler, the preeminent chronicler of postwar American art, returns to the subject with this new study. Sandler focuses on two new aims: first, to present the fresh conclusions about Abstract Expressionism that he has arrived at since 1970, and, second, to counter what he sees at the distorted interpretations of the movement offered by some younger art historians. This new study focuses on the decade (1942-1952) when the Abstract Expressionists matured as artists and created their most important works, and also identifies the distinctly American character of Abstract Expressionism, in particular the painters Sandler sees as the movement’s most important figures: Jackson Pollock and Clyfford Still.


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George Stengel: New Hope Impressions

Stengel jacketby Thomas C. Folk
ISBN 978-1889097763
Hardcover | 10 x 11 inches | 100 pages
Published by Hard Press Editions, 2008

Hard Press Editions was approached by a private collector and admirer of George Stengel to catalogue his collection.  Stengel was an American painter taken with the French Impressionists, who returned to Pennsylvania and imitated their technique on American soil. The results are colorful snapshots of a time in American history when Industry greets pristine nature — waterways a-buzzing.  Stengel’s eye for his surroundings comes together in this book to present a well-rounded portrait of Northeast landscape.

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Marjorie Strider: Dramatic Gestures

strider_gesturescoverAuthored by Donald Kuspit
ISBN: 1889097632
Hardcover | 12 x 9 inches | 181 pages
Hard Press Editions, 2005

Before Pop art, before Feminist art, before “Performance…” there was Marjorie Strider, who heralded them all but refused to be pigeonholed into any one. Her “Triptych” (1963) inspired the infamous International Girlie Show at Pace Gallery which, alongside works by such artists as Warhol and Lichenstein, signaled the beginning of Pop art. But as Raphael Rubinstein notes in his introduction to Dramatic Gestures, “while her Pop paintings of the early 1960’s certainly deserve the renewed attention they are receiving, this should be a mere prelude to an appreciation of Strider’s work as a whole, and a wider recognition of her substantial, continuing artistic achievement.”

Showing at New York galleries before female artists were yet to be embraced, her signature urethane Ooze was, as Donald Kuspit notes in the book’s essay, “an inspired example of woman’s insurgency…as artistically radical as the Women’s Movement was socially radical.” And when she proclaimed the Art world narrow and elitist, she took her work to the streets, creating site-specific installations and three-dimensional “Framing” performances that spoke directly to the public en masse. Marjorie has even been credited with coining the term Performance art” as it is used today.

Though Strider is represented in books on Pop, Minimalist, Realist, Conceptual and Feminist art, critic Jon Perrault says, “it is my contention that she has carved out a unique place of her own… to paraphrase Rauschenberg’s famous saying about working in the gap between art and life, Strider works in the gap between painting and sculpture.” Michael Kirby called it “work that accepts both the two-dimensional and three-dimensional visions and, in fusing them, exists ‘interdimensionally.'” The result, said Phyllis Braff in the New York Times, “is sculpture that bursts, thrusts and generally astounds with its originality and wit.”


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Art: A Matter of Context

art_a_matterby Bernar Venet
Introduction by Bill Beckley
ISBN 978-1889097657
softcover | 7 x 9 inches | 200 pages
Published by Hard Press Editions, 2004

A collection of 22 provocative interviews and essays by and about world-renowned French Artist and Philosopher Berner Venet spanning the period from 1975 through 2003. Venet’s sculpture, painting, musical compositions, films and other serious studies in art are discussed with important French and American art critics. Venet’s work is in over 70 public collections around the world as well as hundreds of private collections. This book presents a strong lesson in the history and underpinnings of Conceptual Art.

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Straight From the Onion Vine, Book 1; Between

Onion Cover Comp-vs15by Jody Scott-Smith
(Available on Kindle)
For tween readers

“Straight from The Onion Vine” takes place in a small town. It could be one in New England, where Jody Scott-Smith now lives. Or more like Anchorage, Kentucky, east of Louisville where she grew up.
Author Jody Scott-Smith knows how important friends can be during the tween years. Her daughter Kelli’s friends were welcome anytime she was home. This gave Jody time to get to know them and hear what they had to say. Their situations and how they coped helped inspire “Straight from The Onion Vine,”  to be read by those who are preparing for high school.

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