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  • The Art of Mark Rothko
  • Mark Rothko: The Art of Transcendence
  • Mark Rothko  in Close-Up
  • The Art of Frank Stella
  • Frank Stella: From Minimalism to Maxmimalism
  • Frank Stella in Close-Up
  • Brice Marden
  • Jasper Johns
  • Maurice Sendak in Close-Up
  • Kurt Jackson
  • Vincent van Gogh: Visionary Landscapes
  • Eric Gill: Nuptials of God
  • Erotic Art
  • Erotic Art In the Renaissance
  • Erotic Art In the 19th Century
  • Egon Schiele Sex and Death in Purple Stockings
  • Max Beckmann
  • The Light Eternal: A Study of J.M.W. Turner
  • Early Netherlandish Painting
  • Glorification: Religious Abstraction in Renaissance and 20th Century Painting
  • Postwar Art
  • Sex In Art
  • Wild Zones: Pornography, Art and Feminism
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  • Fra Angelico
  • The Madonna Glorified: Karen Arthurs

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    Colorfield Painting

    Minimal, Cool, Hard Edge, Serial and Post-Painterly Abstract Art of the Sixties to the Present


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    by Stuart Morris

    A new study of Sixties post-painterly abstraction, also known as colorfield, ABC, Serial, Process, systematic, minimal or 'hard edge' painting.
    Painting in the 1960s produced some of art’s most lyrical and distinctive works: it was termed Colorfield, Hard Edge, Minimal,  and post-painterly abstraction, and was linked with Pop Art, Op (or optical) Art, chromatic art, kinetic abstraction, wholistic art, pure-painting, geometric abstraction, ABC Art, Cool Art, Non-gestural Painting, Non- Relationalism, Abstract Mannerism and Abstract Sublime painting.
    The painters linked in this new study with 'Colorfield', 'Hard Edge' 'Minimal' and 'Post-Painterly Abstraction' painting include Minimal artists such as Brice Marden, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Ad Reinhardt and Robert Ryman; Colorfield painters such as Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland, Sam Gilliam and Morris Louis; post-painterly abstractionists such as Frank Stella, David Novros, Richard Diebenkorn, Al Held, Jo Baer and Jules Olitski; and Hard Edge painters such as Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Mangold, Joseph Albers and Elisabeth Murray.
    Colorfield, Minimal, Hard Edge and Post-Painterly Abstract painting had a distinctly American (and New York) flavour to it, even if it was not produced in America or by US artists. In Bruce Glaser's "Questions to Andre and Judd", Donald Judd continually stressed the point that the new (Minimal) art was definitely American and non-European. The New World not the Old World. Time and again Judd insisted that the new art was to trying to get away from the European tradition. 'It suits me fine if that's all down the drain', Judd said. 'I'm totally uninterested in European art and I think it's over with.'
    Many of the Colorfield and Sixties painters have made extremely brilliantly colorful works in the 1960s, then turned back to the sombre colors of grey and black in the late 1980s and 1990s. Painters such as Brice Marden, Frank Stella, Jasper Johns and Jules Olitski are ambiguous about saturated color: they moved back and forth from monochrome greys and blacks to full color. In the late 1980s and the 1990s, painters such as Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, Jules Olitski and Larry Poons moved from bright color to muted monochrome. Mid-1990s works by Frank Stella were unpainted, using instead the natural colors of metal and wood; Brice Marden turned from his luscious monochromes of the 1970s and 1980s to the black-and-white of Chinese calligraphy in the Cold Mountain series and other works.

    AUTHOR’S NOTE: There are chapters on each of the key painters of the 1960s, whose works continue to inspire and entertain. I have revised the book for this edition, bringing it up to date. I hope readers will discover some new insights into many of their favourite artists.
     
     

    The third edition has been completely rewritten and updated. Includes many new illustrations.
     

    Painters Series   Notes, illustrations (including colour) & bibliography. 220pp    Large format

    Paperback     ISBN 1-86171-026-7  £19.99 / $29.99

    Hardback     ISBN 1-86171-129-8  £39.99 / $59.99

    Paperback     2012 edition   ISBN 9781861713940   £19.99 / $29.99

    Hardback     2012 edition   ISBN 9781861713735    £39.99 / $59.99

     



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     Minimal Art and Artists in the 1960s and After


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    by Laura Garrard

    All of the main practitioners and theoreticians of the still-influential 1960s Minimal art movement and style are studied here: Donald Judd, Robert Morris, Carl Andre, Frank Stella, Robert Ryman, Robert Smithson, Brice Marden, Dan Flavin, Eva Hesse, Sol LeWitt, and many land artists.
    There are chapters on Minimal aesthetics; Minimal painting and painters; Minimal sculptors and sculpture; and  Minimal art and land artists.
    Minimal artists studied in this book also include Agnes Martin, Hans Haacke, Piero Manzoni, Yves Klein, Ad Reinhardt, Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Serra, Robert Mangold and Tony Smith.
    Probably the premier Minimal artist (and philosopher) is Donald Judd; Judd stands at the centre of Minimal art, and no account of Minimalism is complete without placing Judd in the foreground. Judd is such an inspiring and provocative artist; his works form some of the most significant art of the past 50 years.
    Some Minimalists have been taken up by feminists as icons (Eva Hesse). Some continued to work in mainly Minimal art throughout their careers (Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella, Brice Marden, Carl Andre), while others moved into Process art (Robert Morris), Conceptual art (Hans Haacke), performance art, body art, installation art, and feminist art (Judy Chicago). Some dipped in and out of Minimal art (Gerhard Richter). These artists, and the art they produced, form the main subject of this book.
    Terms for Minimalism like ‘reductionist’, ‘Rejective Art’, ‘non-hierarchical’, ‘non-relational’, ‘non-anthropomorphic’, ‘Gestalt’, ‘environmental’, ‘Serial’, ‘Cool art’, ‘Know-Nothing Nihilism’ and ‘Idiot Art’, were also employed. As Harold Rosenberg pointed out, few art movements had so many terms applied to it, and so many different definitions. For an art that was supposed to be about all things ‘minimal’, it attracted a lot of discussion. ‘The rule applied is: The less there is to see, the more there is to say’.
    Many of the chief Minimal artists were not only artists, they also wrote plenty, publishing articles in the art magazines (Artforum, Art In America, Arts Magazine, Avalanche - all the ‘A’s - were among the chief art mags of the era). The Minimalists who theorized at length on art included Donald Judd, Robert Morris, Ad Reinhardt, Dan Flavin, Robert Smithson and Carl Andre; they were well-known for their written statements. Indeed, their essays and articles have become some of the key texts of the era (rather than the critics, or the patrons, or novelists, journalists and writers).
     

    AUTHOR’S NOTE: I have completely rewritten and revised this new (3rd) edition of Minimal Art and Artists. It includes new material, and I’ve updated the book. There are also new illus
     

    Painters Series   Notes, illustrations (including colour) & bibliography. 232pp    Large format

    Paperback     ISBN 1-86171-0259   £19.99 / $29.99

    Hardback     ISBN 1-86171-1123   £39.99 / $59.99

    Paperback     2012 edition   ISBN 9781861713926   £19.99 / $29.99

    Hardback     2012 edition   ISBN 9781861713742   £39.99 / $59.99
     
     

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    The Art of Mark Rothko


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    by Julia Davis

    Surveying all of the work of the celebrated American painter, from the early post-Surrealist figurative works, the 'multiform', cloud-like paintings of the Forties and Fifties, to the murals series and 'Rothko Chapels' in Houston, Harvard and the Tate Gallery; and finally, the late grey, brown and black works of the Sixties. Davis places Rothko within modern art - Surrealism, Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism, colourfield, 'cool art' and Minimalism - and with his contemporary artists: Newman, de Kooning, Gottlieb, Pollock,  Still, Avery, Motherwell, Johns, Stella.
     
     

    Painters Series  Notes, illustrations & bibliography. 145pp  ISBN 1-86171-040-2   £14.99 / $22.99   forthcoming
     



     
     

    Mark Rothko

    The Art of Transcendence


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    by Julia Davis

    Mark Rothko (1903-1970, born Marcus Rothkowitz in Dvinsk, Russia) is one of the great 20th century American artists. A huge amount of material that has grown up around Rothko. Like Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Leonardo da Vinci, Mark Rothko has been lionized by hundreds of art critics. Rothko remains a greatly admired painter.
    Abstract art of the Mark Rothko kind - the colourfield skeins of Morris Louis, or the black stripes of polychrome shaped canvases of Frank Stella, or the bold, black, calligraphic brushstrokes of Franz Kline - has yet to become as widely accepted as Gustav Klimt’s nudes or Sandro Botticelli’s Madonnas. In the art world itself, though, Mark Rothko is a highly celebrated painter. He appears in the 20th century Olympian pantheon alongside Jackson Pollock, Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.
    Mark Rothko’s art has been seen by critics as ‘transcendent’ (Ashton, Robertson), ‘a sort of spiritual Stonehenge’ (Brookner), ‘lavish self-indulgence’ (Kozloff), ‘Dionysian’ (Hobbs), ‘sensuous and and spiritual’ (Waldman), ‘enormous, beautiful, opaque surfaces’ (Selz), ‘enigmatic, gripping presence’ (Goldwater), ‘incandescent color’ (Greenberg), ‘haunting’ (Sylvester), ‘visionary simplicity’ (Sandler) and ‘tinted hallucinatory cloth’ (de Kooning). For poet John Ashbery, Rothko ‘seems to eliminate criticism’.

    Julia Davis covers Rothko's development from the post-Surrealist semi-figurative works through the radiant canvases of the 1950s, with their floating 'clouds' or 'forms', to the intensity and religiosity of the late mural sequences, the so-called 'Rothko chapels' of Houston, Harvard and the Tate Modern.

    A new edition, with a new introduction and bibliography, and many more illustrations.
     
     

    Painters Series   New 4th edition   Illustrations, bibliography, notes   140pp
     

    PAPERBACK   ISBN 9781861713148   £11.99 / $17.99
     

    PAPERBACK  ISBN 9781861713155   £29.99 / $39.99
     

     

     
     
     

    Mark Rothko in Close-Up

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    by Julia Davis

    This new book surveys all of the work of the celebrated American painter Mark Rothko up close.
    Taking in every period of Rothko’s artistic career, from the early post-Surrealist figurative works, the ‘multiform’, cloud-like paintings of the Forties and Fifties, to the mature works: the big commissions and murals series and the ‘Rothko Chapels’ in Houston, Harvard and the Tate Gallery, London. Finally, to the late grey, brown and black works of the Sixties.
    Juila Davis sites Rothko within modern art - Surrealism, Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism, colourfield, post-painterly abstraction and Minimalism - and beside his contemporary artists: Newman, de Kooning, Gottlieb, Pollock, Still, Avery, Motherwell, Johns and Stella.
     
     

    Art in Close-up Series   Bibliography, notes, illustrations   119pp  ISBN 1-86171-074-7  £19.99 / $32.00   forthcoming
     



     
     

    The Art of Frank Stella


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    by James Pearson

    A new study of the American abstract painter born in 1936, from the celebrated Black Paintings of 1959, through the Minimalist Copper and Aluminium paintings of the early Sixties, the exuberant Protractor series, the 3-dimensional Polish Village, Exotic Birds and Brazilian 'maximalist' works of the 1980s and 1990s. Employing the most up-to-date art criticism of Stella. Pearson also looks at Stella's contemporaries: Johns, Rauschenberg, Noland, Olitski, Louis, Ryman, Marden, Rothko and Newman among others.
     
     

    Painters Series  Notes, illustrations (b/w & colour) & bibliography. 153pp  ISBN 1-86171-038-9    £14.99 / $22.99 forthcoming
     



     
     

    Frank Stella

    American Abstract Artist


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    by James Pearson

    A study of the American abstract artist Frank Stella (b. 1936), surveying his career from the famous Black Paintings of the late 1950s up to the present.

    Frank Stella has become become among America’s premier contemporary artists. Unlike many contemporary artists, Stella has always worked in abstraction. His art is irrepressible, daring, hugely enjoyable, and refreshingly angst-free.
    This book begins with the celebrated Black Paintings of 1959, moves on through the Minimalist Copper and Aluminium paintings of the early Sixties, to the exuberant Protractor series, the expansion into three dimensions in the 1970s, and closing with the 3-dimensional Polish Village, Exotic Birds and Brazilian ‘maximalist’ works of the 1980s and 1990s.

    Employing the most up-to-date art criticism of Frank Stella, James Pearson also looks at Stella’s contemporaries: Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Morris Louis, Robert Ryman, Brice Marden, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman among others.

    A new edition, completely rewritten, and many more illustrations.
     
     

    Painters Series   New 4th edition   Illustrations, bibliography, notes   132pp
     

    PAPERBACK   ISBN 9781861713162   £9.99 / $15.99

    HARDBACK   ISBN 9781861713179   £30.00 / $45.00
     
     
     



     
     

    Frank Stella in Close-Up

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    by James Pearson

    An in-depth exploration of the American abstract painter. Born in 1936, Stella went on to become among America’s premier contemporary artists. Unlike many 20th century artists, Stella has always worked in abstraction. His art is irrepressible, daring, hugely enjoyable, and refreshingly angst-free.
    This book begins with the celebrated Black Paintings of 1959, moves on through the Minimalist Copper and Aluminium paintings of the early Sixties, to the exuberant Protractor series, the expansion into three dimensions in the 1970s, and closing with the 3-dimensional Polish Village, Exotic Birds and Brazilian ‘maximalist’ works of the 1980s and 1990s.
    Employing the most up-to-date art criticism of Frank Stella, Pearson also looks at Stella’s contemporaries: Johns, Rauschenberg, Noland, Olitski, Louis, Ryman, Marden, Rothko and Newman among others.
     
     

    Art in Close-up Series   Bibliography, notes, illustrations   122pp  ISBN 1-86171-075-5  £19.99 / $32.00   forthcoming
     



     
     

    Brice Marden


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    by Laura Garrard

    The American artist Brice Marden (b. 1938) is one of the great contemporary painters.

    Brice Marden's first works were the Minimalist monochrome panels of the 1960s, large, austere, 'implacable' oil and wax paintings characterized by a precise coolness. In 1975 Marden had a one-man show at the Guggenheim Museum.
    Laura Garrard looks at Marden's artistic career, from the early works, the multi-panel works of the 1970s, the Sea Paintings, Grove Group, Greek and landscape works, and the 'Annunciation Series' and Thira.
    In the 1980s, Brice Marden developed a 'calligraphic' or 'Oriental' art, which appeared in many prints as well as large canvases.

    Brice Marden studied at Florida Southern College, Lakeland, and Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1961. That year, he worked at Yale Norfolk Summer School in Connecticut. In 1963 he was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Yale University at New Haven. He moved to New York City, and worked as a guard in the Jewish Museum. At this time he was married to Pauline Baez, the sister of Joan Baez, the singer, and had a son, Nicholas.

    This is the only full-length appraisal available. Fully illustrated, with new illustrations. This book has been revised.
     

    Painters Series   Illustrations, bibliography, notes   196pp

    PAPERBACK   ISBN 9781861713766   £14.99 / $22.99

    HARDBACK   ISBN 9781861713773   £14.99 / $22.99
     
     

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    Jasper Johns


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    by L.M. Poole

    Jasper Johns is one of the most poignant and sensual of postwar artists, whose works command some of the highest prices for a living artist. Johns is the creator of the famous flags, targets, ale cans, numbers and letters series. Poole traces Johns' development from the Rauschenberg era to the multi-part Season paintings of the 1980s.

    American artist Jasper Johns was born in 1930 in Augusta, Georgia, and  grew up in Allendale, South Carolina. He moved to New York City in 1949,  where he remained for much of his life (more recently he has lived in  Connecticut). Johns was associated with artists such as Marcel Duchamp,  one of his heroes, and Robert Rauschenberg, with whom he lived in 1950s.  His ?rst solo show was in 1958 (at Leo Castelli in Gotham). Johns has  become one of the U.S.A.’s premier artists, guaranteed a mention in any  critical study or art history book of modern art and contemporary art,  American art, and avant garde art.
    Jasper Johns’ reputation was greatly enhanced in the late Eighties by  the boom in the economics of the art world: on November 9, 1988, Johns’  White Flag fetched $7 million in a sale of the Burton and Emily Tremaine  collection. Johns’ False Start went for $17 million the following day, from  Victor W. Ganz’s collection. These were huge prices for a living artist.
    Jasper Johns works very closely with his paintings, becoming absorbed  totally in the surfaces, as a his friend Michael Crichton wrote:
     

    when he is working, Jasper is totally concentrated on those surfaces. He lives  in those surfaces. The surfaces are his whole world, they are everything. He  loses himself in them. They are everything.


    Jasper Johns works intuitively, instinctively: ‘One works without thinking  how to work,’ he has said. And: ‘I have no ideas about what the paintings  imply about the world. I don't think that's a painter's business. He just  paints paintings without a conscious reason.’ Johns has faith in the power  of the unconscious: it would work out what needed to be done: ‘The thing  is, if you believe in the unconscious - and I do - there's room for all kinds  of possibilities that I don't know how you prove one way or another.’
     
     

    Painters Series   Bibliography, illustrations, notes   New, revised edition   80pp

    ISBN 9781861712905    £5.99 / $8.99
     



     
     

    Maurice Sendak in Close-Up

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    by L.M. Poole

    Just about the best children’s book author and illustrator of recent times, if not the most significant, Maurice Sendak ranks alongside Dr Seuss (Theodore Geisel) as one of America’s biggest talents in the world of children’s picture books. Now he’s having the Hollywood blockbuster treatment, with the release of Where the Wild Are, it’s a good time to reappraise the art of this astonishingly inventive book artist.
    And it’s not only Maurice Sendak that Hollywood is turning to in its hunt for more children’s fantasy literature: two huge recent movies, The Grinch and The Cat in the Hat, are based on Dr Seuss - and there’s Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, of course (with C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series on the way).
     
     

    Art in Close-up Series   Bibliography, notes, illustrations   132pp  ISBN 1-86171-076-3  £19.99 / $32.00   forthcoming
     


    Kurt Jackson

    Painting-Sea-Sky-Light-Land-Cornwall

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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    This is the first major critical study of the art of Cornish painter Kurt Jackson (b. 1961). Jackson's landscapes have been exhibited widely, and are becoming more popular. Every aspect of Jackson's art is analyzed, including his paintings of West Cornwall, the Scillies, France, Greece, the Mediterranean, and the themed projects: South Crofty mine, the Tinner's Way, the quarries, travellers, Porth, the Scottish paintings, the Long Field, the Glastonbury Festival and others. Jeremy Robinson also considers Jackson's place in the Cornish art scene, and in contemporary art  in the UK and elsewhere. Includes a biography,  and bibliography.

    The hardback edition has been updated again, and includes new illustrations.
     
     

    Bibliography, notes, illustrations

    PAPERBACK   168pp   ISBN 9781861710789    £14.99 / $22.99

    HARDBACK   1232pp   ISBN 9781861712721    £39.99 / $59.99
     

     
    REVIEW ON AMAZON:

    So useful to gain such insight into an artist's life and inspirations.


     



     
     

    Vincent van Gogh

    Visionary Landscapes


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    by Stuart Morris

    Few artists command such fervent devotion amongst art lovers and such high prices in the salerooms of the art world. Love him or hate him, van Gogh is one of a handful of artists who is now a cultural event. Morris's study concentrates on the paintings first, and employs van Gogh's eloquent letters as an æsthetic reference point. Much of the book is concerned with metacriticism - the way van Gogh has been critically received over the years.
    Vincent van Gogh is one of the most celebrated of painters. The mystery (or irony) is that his paintings  have commanded the highest prices in the auction rooms of the contemporary art world (88 million dollars, 53 million dollars, and so on), yet he only managed to sell one painting during his lifetime, and he lived in poverty (with financial support from his brother Theo).
    Why is Vincent van Gogh so popular? His legend has developed relatively rapidly. His art is loved by the critics and public. The crazy prices paid for single oil paintings are the manifestations of the fervour that van Gogh seems to generate. He is one of the handful of painters who cause great excitement every time exhibitions of his work are put on. One thinks also of Claude Monet, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonaroti and Pablo Picasso. These are artists that the public go mad for, so that when they are exhibited, there are huge queues trailing around the block.
     
     

    Painters Series    Bibliography, illustrations, notes   132pp    ISBN 1861711859    £14.99 / $22.99
     


    Eric Gill

    Nuptials of God


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    by Anthony Hoyland

    ERIC GILL (1882-1940) is one of the major erotic artists of the 20th century, and one of the key British modern artists. Gill is still a controversial figure in art. His personal life was notorious for its sexual relationships. Wyndham Lewis called his work 'excellent and ribald', while influential critic Roger Fry, one of Gill's supporters, said Gill's sculpture was 'the outcome of a desire to express something felt in the adventure of human life.'
    For Eric Gill, eroticism was a vital part of life, and should be openly displayed in art. He moved from nudes to Madonnas easily and simply: sex and religion were part of the same mystery for him.
    Eric Gill built eroticism into most of his depictions of people. 'Quite mad on sex', Gill wrote of Jacob Epstein, the sculptor, in his diary (December 9, 1913). The statement might equally apply to Gill. He thought of sex a lot, to put it mildly.
    Eric Gill has become a familiar figure in British modern art and life. He certainly looked the part of the Bohemian artist with his little skull caps, imitation monk’s habits, artist’s smocks and his penchant for bare feet and sandals (an early hippy? Yep). In his Fabian Society, Arts and Crafts and socialist period, Gill was described (in Blackfriars, 1941) by John Middleton Murry, a key member of D.H. Lawrence’s circle, as a ‘silent figure in a shabby mackintosh’ who rolled his own cigarettes. Gill the Monk. Saint Gill.
    For Eric Gill, eroticism was a vital part of life, and should be openly displayed in art. He moved from nudes to Madonnas easily and simply. The problematic and erotic relation between life and art, between the human beloved and the art object, is vividly expressed in the way Eric Gill started working in sculpture.
    By far the most common subject in Eric Gill’s sculpture was religious (and Christian): the nudes, acrobats, contortionists and divine lovers may receive more attention in art criticism, but the religious and Catholic sculptures are more numerous: there are Depositions, St Sebastians, Annunciations, Crucifixions, Holy Faces, Mary Magdalenes, angels, crucifixes, memorials, headstones, altarpieces, many Madonna and Childs, and of course the Stations of the Cross series.

    Fully illustrated (127 illustrations), featuring many lesser-known works by Eric Gill, as well as the works of his contemporaries, and from the history of erotic art.

    The new edition has been completely revised and updated, and includes many new illustrations.

    Illustrations, bibliography, notes   232pp

    New, revised edition   ISBN 1-86171-171-9    £14.99 / $22.99

    PBK   ISBN 9781861713216   £14.99 / $22.99

    HBK   ISBN 9781861713551   £34.99 / $49.99
     
     

    REVIEW FROM AMAZON:

    The issue consumed much of feminists' attention in the 1970s and 80s then - as the author points out with some sense of longing - the discussion faded into the background. Hoyland cheerfully brings the topic back to the table as his basis for discussing Gill's life and work. Gill gives the discussion plenty to work with. A large sector of his œuvre praises the unclad female form. Quite a few works feature couples coupling, sometimes with male genital exaggerations that call Japanese shunga to mind.



     

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    Erotic Art



    by Cassidy Hughes

    The wonderful world of erotic art from prehistory to the present day is explored in this comprehensive, detailed and fully illustrated survey.
    The major erotic artists of the Western tradition are featured (Egon Schiele, Thomas Rowlandson, Pablo Picasso, Titian, Jean Baptiste Dominique Ingres, Felicien Rops, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo da Vinci, Pierre Renoir, Amedeo Modigliani, Pierre Louys, Gustave Courbet, J.M.W. Turner, Edgar Degas, Michelangelo de Caravaggio, the Surrealists, Gustav Klimt, Gustave Moreau, Constantin Brancusi, and Eric Gill).
    Sections include: the female nude • male nudes • erotica in ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt • Oriental erotic art (Taoist, Tantric art from China, Japan and India, including many famous erotic woodcuts) • statuary and sculpture; • prehistoric artefacts (including Goddess art) • sexuality in art of the 18th and 19th centuries • photography and eroticism.

    ‘Erotic Art’ also includes discussions of topics such as art and pornography (illustrated with numerous examples) • the female nude • the male nude • censorship • sex and religion • sexuality and Christianity • pagan and mythological erotic art • phallic art • lesbian art • orgasm • voyeurism • artists and models.

    Fully illustrated. This book contains many illustrations which are rare. And an introduction and bibliography. 652 pages.

    ISBN 9781861712479.  £19.99 / $29.99
     
     





    Erotic Art In the Renaissance




    by Cassidy Hughes

    The history of erotic art in the Renaissance is explored in this detailed and fully illustrated survey.
    The major erotic artists of the Renaissance are featured, including: Titian, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo da Vinci, Artemisia Gentileschi,  Correggio, Diego Velasquez, Sandro Botticelli, Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio, Giovanni Bernini and Antonio Canova. Also included are the famous prints of Guilio Romano, Agostino Carracci and Friedrich von Waldeck illustrating sex positions. Plus many anonymous artists and works.
    ‘Erotic Art In the Renaissance’ also includes discussions of topics related to erotic art, such as art and pornography (illustrated with numerous examples) • censorship • the Madonna • Leda and the Swan • the female nude • the male nude • photography and eroticism • sex and religion • sexuality and Christianity • pagan and mythological erotic art • phallic art • lesbian art • orgasm • voyeurism • artists and models.
    The first part of this book on erotic art in the Renaissance uses short entries about aspects of erotic art (with examples from the whole history of erotic art). The bulk of the second part of the book focusses on the celebrated artists of the Renaissance whose work is considered erotic, as well as many anonymous works.

    Fully illustrated. This book contains many illustrations which are rare. And an introduction and bibliography.

    284 pages. Paperback

    ISBN 9781861715128. £14.99 / $22.99
     



     

    Erotic Art In the 19th Century




    by Cassidy Hughes

    The history of erotic art in the 19th century is explored in this detailed and fully illustrated survey.
    The major erotic artists of the nineteenth century are featured: Thomas Rowlandson, Jean Baptiste Dominique Ingres, Felicien Rops,  Pierre Renoir, Gustave Courbet, J.M.W. Turner, Edgar Degas, Gustav Klimt, Gustave Moreau, Aubrey Beardsley and William Bouguereau. Also, many anonymous artists of prints, paintings and photographs.
    ‘Erotic Art In the 19th Century’ also includes discussions of topics related to erotic art, such as art and pornography (illustrated with numerous examples) • censorship • photography and eroticism • sex and religion • the female nude • the male nude • sexuality and Christianity • pagan and mythological erotic art • phallic art • lesbian art • orgasm • voyeurism • artists and models.

    The first part of this book on 19th century erotic art uses short entries about aspects of erotic art (with examples from the whole history of erotic art). The bulk of the second part of the book focusses on the celebrated artists of the 19th century whose work is considered erotic, as well as many anonymous works. The appendices feature 50 pages with many more classics of erotic art of the 19th century.

    Fully illustrated. This book contains many illustrations which are rare. And an introduction and bibliography.

    316 pages. Paperback

    £ISBN 9781861715135.   14.99 / $22.99
     



     



    Egon Schiele

    Sex and Death in Purple Stockings


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    by D. Simon Eade

    For stylish Viennese artist Egon Schiele, sex and death were clad in purple stockings. Schiele's spindly, neurotic figures explore a world of narcissistic, Freudian sexuality. With his brilliant graphic skills Schiele fastidiously controlled discourses of desire, vanity and repression. This study relates Schiele to other Expressionist artists, such as Klimt, Kirchner, Beckmann, Nolde, Ensor, Mueller, Kokoschka and Rouault.
     
     
     

    Painters Series  Bibliography, notes, illustrations  65pp, new, revised edition  ISBN 1-86171-020-8    £7.99 / $12.50
     



     
     

    Max Beckmann


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    by Stuart Morris

    A monograph on the German Expressionist painter, ranging from the early religious works, through the brutality of his Night and carnival scenes, his many portraits, to the great series of mythic, 'Classical' triptychs of the 1930s and 40s which portrayed with an anguished clarity the pain and injustices of the 20th century. Beckmann ranks alongside Picasso, Grosz and Nolde as a painter of the 'atrocity exhibition' of modern history.
     
     

    Painters Series  Illustrations, bibliography, notes   84pp, new, revised edition   ISBN 1-86171-022-4    £7.99 / $12.50
     



     
     

    The Light Eternal

    A Study of J.M.W. Turner


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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A new appreciation of the passionate, incandescent art of Britain's greatest painter. Discusses all his major pieces, including the late vortex works, the Picturesque Views of England and the wonderful 'Colour Beginnings' watercolours.
     
     

    'In my view The Light Eternal is among the very best of all the material I read on Turner' (Douglas Graham, director of the Turner Museum, Denver, Colorado)

    'The Light Eternal is a model monograph, an exemplary job. The subject matter of the book is beautifully organised and dead on beam' (Lawrence Durrell)
     
     

    Painters Series  Bibliography, notes, illustrations  122pp  ISBN 1-871846-35-8    £14.99 / $23.50



     
     


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    Early Netherlandish Painting


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    by Rosalind Mutter

    A fully illustrated survey of Early Netherlandish painting, featuring all of the major artists, and many lesser-known painters.
    Rosalind Mutter contrasts the wealth of Northern European art with the Italian Renaissance painters, and finds the Flemish artists every bit as rich and profound as Botticelli, Mantegna, Piero, Masaccio or Bellini.
    Early Netherlandish painting, also known as Flemish painting, is characterized by figurative realism, its incredible sense of domestic interiors and details, luminous light, its 'realist' faces, and its fusions of a micro- and macro- cosmic vision.
    We concentrate here on painters such as Rogier van der Weyden (1400-1464), Jan van Eyck (c. 1390-1441, commonly described as the founder of modern oil painting), Gerard David (c. 1460-1523), Hugo van der Goes (1440-1482), Hans Memling (1433-1494), Joos van Cleve (c. 1485-1540), Jan Gossaert, also called Mabuse (c. 1475/8-1532), Geertgen tot Sint Jans (fl. late 15th 1485/ 95), Quentin Massys (c. 1465-1530), Joachim Patinir (c. 1485-1524), Dieric Bouts (c. 1415-1475), Petrus Christus (fl. 1442-1473) and Bernard van Orley (c. 1488-1541).
    One of the most celebrated aspects of Early Netherlandish or Flemish painting is its heartfelt, intense religious emotion. It is this aspect that interests us in this book. The new aesthetic vision of Early Netherlandish art was later applied to still life paintings, satires, landscapes, and portraits, but it is the religious works with which we are concentrating on here.
     
     
     

    Painters Series   Bibliography, notes, illustrations   240pp

    HARDBACK   ISBN 9781861711656   £39.99 / $59.99
     



     
     

    Glorification

    Religious Abstraction in Renaissance and 20th Century Painting


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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A study of the iconography, symbolism, abstraction and mythopoeia in Renaissance and modern art. Nine painters are explored in detail: Renaissance masters Fra Angelico, Fra Filippo Lippi, Sandro Botticelli, Piero della Francesca, Hans Memling, Leonardo da Vinci, Andrea del Sarto, and 20th century American abstract artists Brice Marden and Ad Reinhardt, whose Black Paintings mark the end of one path of religious art. Chapters include discussions of abstraction and figuration in sacred art; the hermeneutics of space, light, colour and abstraction; the iconology of the Virgin Mary, Christ and angels; the symbolism of geometry, numerology and colour.

    Jeremy Robinson's books include Rimbaud (1992), Lawrence Durrell (1995) and Detonation Britain: Nuclear War in the UK (1997). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of American poetry).
     
     

    Painters Series  With full index, bibliography and lists of over 650 artworks cited. Illustrated.  220pp  New, second edition   ISBN 1-871846-27-7  £15.99 / $25.00
     



     
     


    Postwar Art


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    by George Knighton

    A comprehensive survey of painting, sculpture, performance art and installations, taking in Abstract Expressionism, land art, Superrealism, Conceptual art, ABC or Process Art, Pop Art, the New Figuration, and artists such as Warhol, Oldenburg, Koons, Johns, Oulton, Hesse, Kahlo, Smith, Hockney, Mapplethorpe, Kitaj, Morris, Kiefer, Schnabel, Judd, Serra and Horn.
     
     

    Bibliography, illustrations, notes  124pp  ISBN 1-898283-07-9    £11.99 / $17.99
     



     
     


    Sex in Art

    Pornography and Pleasure in the History of Art: Special Edition


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    by Cassidy Hughes

    A comprehensive and detailed survey of erotic art from ancient times to the modern era.

    All of the major erotic artists of the Western tradition are analyzed (Egon Schiele, Hans Bellmer, Thomas Rowlandson, Pablo Picasso, Titian, Jean Baptiste Dominique Ingres, Felicien Rops, Leonardo da Vinci, Edgar Degas, and Eric Gill).
    Other chapters include erotica in ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, Oriental erotic art (Taoist and Tantric art from China, Japan and India), gender and eroticism in Renaissance art, and the sensuality of sculpture. Each chapter contains illustrations. A discussion of the complex relationship between art and pornography provides the central critical axis for this challenging book. Each of the major views on erotica and porn are examined, from each political persuasion and argument. There are also chapters on censorship, on feminism, and the relation of erotic art to erotic literature.
    There are individual sections on many of the key erotic artists, such as Michelangelo Buonaroti, Leonardo da Vinci, Eric Gill, Gustave Moreau, the Surrealists, Jasper Johns, Constantin Brancusi, Egon Schiele, and Gustav Klimt.

    Cassidy Hughes is a writer and photographer. His previous books include Images of India (1982), Petrarch, Dante and the Troubadours (1992) and Sex in Art (1993). His photographs have been exhibited in London, Rome, Hong Kong and New York (among others). He lives near St Just in West Penwith, Cornwall.
     

    This new, special (4th) edition contains many new illustrations (some of which are rare), a new introduction and bibliography.
    The text has been completely revised and updated.
     

    Bibliography, index, 158 illustrations  New, special edition  464pp

    PAPERBACK   ISBN 9781861713322   £24.99 / $36.99

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    Wild Zones: Pornography, Art and Feminism


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    by Kelly Ives

    A perceptive and ironic exploration of the controversial debate surrounding pornography and feminism, and how it relates to art and literature. Ives discusses the key points of the many-sided discourses of censorship, the politics of representation, violence, sexuality, æsthetics and law. She discusses pornography in film, TV, painting, theatre and literature as well as in magazines. Other topics include the new 'women's pornography'; lesbian porn; and S/M, gay and queer practices. An important contribution to feminist criticism.

    Kelly Ives teaches women's studies and feminist theory at the University of California. Her books include Reading the Silences (1988), on writers such as Jane Austen, Emily Bronte and Virginia Woolf, Lesbian Tracks (1991), on lesbianism in pop music, Wild Zones: Pornography, Art and Feminism (Crescent Moon, 1994) and Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva: The Jouissance of French Feminism (Crescent Moon 1996).
     
     

    Bibliography, notes, illustrations

    PAPERBACK   268pp   ISBN 9781861712929   £14.99 / $22.99

    HARDBACK   268pp  ISBN 9781861712776  £39.99 / $59.99
     

     
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    Giovanni Bellini


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    by Julia Davis

    Giovanni Bellini (c. 1430-1516) is the author of some of the most exquisite of Renaissance paintings. He is, in a sense, the painter's painter, who had a long career, like his pupil, Titian, in painting. He influenced many artists, among them Titian, Giorgione, Vecchio, Sebastiano del Piombo, and Albrecht Durer. His influences include Andreas Mantegna, his father, Jacopo Bellini, Antonello, and Donatello.
    Giovanni Bellini does everything in his paintings that Renaissance painters are supposed to do: he painted beautiful pictures, devotional images, of the Madonna, Christ and various saints; he painted mythological scenes, and scenes from history; he refined and defined Early Renaissance space, bringing it into the High Renaissance; he inaugurated a new feeling for landscape; he remained true to the sacred and emotional aspects of painting to the end of his career; he developed the various formats of Renaissance painting - the small, private devotional pictures, the large, public altarpieces, a host of secular portraits and large-scale friezes.
    One might see Giovanni Bellini as supremely a high Renaissance artist, especially in his later altarpieces, where his sense of space seems in tune with Titian or Raphael. Bellini's style is very sweet. His paintings are full of a love for painting, and a love for his subjects. The ambiguities in his works do not arise from his intentions, which are, as with so many Renaissance painters, to be as exalting as possible. So his Madonnas and saints are lovingly painted.
     
     

    Painters Series   164pp   Illustrations, bibliography, notes

    The hardcover edition comes in a smart case laminate cover, with a matte finish, in full colour.
    Fully illustrated (94 illustrations), with many new illustrations for this edition.

    ISBN 9781861715421.  £19.99 / $29.99  HBK

    ISBN 9781861711649    £11.99 / $17.99  PBK
     
     

    Giovanni [Bellini] wanted to surpass his father, within the very space of the lost-unrepresentable-forbidden jouissance of a hidden mother, seducing the child through a lack of being... He aspired to become the very space where father and mother meet... Bellini penetrates through the being and language of the father to position himself in the place where the mother could have been reached. He thus makes evident this always-already past conditional of the maternal function, which stands instead of the jouissance of both sexes. A kind of incest is then committed, a kind of possession of the mother, which provides motherhood, that mute border, with a language; although in doing so, he deprives it of any right to a real existence (there is nothing “feminist” in Bellini’s action), he does accord it a symbolic status.

    (Julia Kristeva, from "Motherhood According to Bellini")
     



     
     

    Leonardo da Vinci


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    by James Pearson

    Leonardo's art is the apotheosis of Renaissance - and Western - art. He depicted angels, Madonnas and saints in ever-mysterious images. His sfumato paintings remain some of the most hypnotic in art. The sheer intensity of Leonardo's curiosity and his spectacular inventiveness in the fields of science, botany, geology, anatomy, medicine and warfare make him more than worthy of the name 'universal genius'.
    The most erotic artist of the Renaissance, the one who created the darkest and the strangest images, who created the most hypnotic smiles in art, who took Western painting to the highest point it has reached, was not Michelangelo Buonarroti, Andrea del Sarto, Fra Angelico, Sandro Botticelli or Piero della Francesca, but Leonardo da Vinci. He is the creator of the Mona Lisa, and '[t]he Mona Lisa is without doubt the most famous work in the entire forty-thousand year history of the visual arts' writes Roy McMullen.
    Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most celebrated of artists. He is the artist-as-hero, the artist-as-genius - undisputed genius (like William Shakespeare or Sophocles). Leonardo is exalted for his amazing mind, his scientific curiosity, his ideas on botany, anatomy, architecture, weaponry, engineering, etc. He wrote copiously, on art and painting, and philosophy; subjects studied in his notebooks include geology, optics, acoustics, music, mathematics, anatomy, hydraulics, ballistics, weight, movement, naval armaments, flight and so on. He 'invented', or rediscovered, the bicycle, an early form of military tank, the helicopter; he understood the principle of gravity before Newton, and explained why stars twinkled before Kepler; he prefigured Bacon, Galileo, Huygens, Cuvier and Halley, among others. Nothing is neglected in Leonardo's 'scientific' curiosity about the world. Artists have long studied all manner of things, despising the relatively recent notion of 'specialization'.
    Fully illustrated.
    Painters Series  Bibliography, notes, illustrations   ISBN 1861711637  186pp   £14.99 / $22.99     NEW EDITION
     



     
     


    Piero della Francesca


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    by Naomi Haskell

    One of the major artists of the Quattrocento, Piero della Francesca, who died in 1492, turned mathematics and perspective into a mysticism of space and light. Piero's graceful planar geometry was a precursor of Cubism and 20th century abstraction. Haskell concentrates on Piero's series of monumental Madonnas, the magnificent Madonna della Misericordia and the mysterious pregnant Goddess, the Madonna del Parto, also his Arezzo fresco cycle, the Resurrection, and the enigmatic Flagellation.
    Piero della Francesca has one of the most special and distinctive forms of space in painting. The bright, timeless spaces of Piero are instantly recognizable, and critics sometimes evoke Greek sculpture in connection with Piero's paintings. One might also see in his hermetic, ritualized and timeless paintings the art of Chinese landscape painting, with its evocations of emptiness, which hints at the radical void of Eastern mysticism (in Zen Buddhism and Taoism). Piero's hypnotic art coolly melds science with art, space with spirit, the personal with the cosmic, and history, myth and religion with time.
    Like the art of ancient Greece, Piero's paintings rejoice in eternal brilliance, an architectonic precision, a 'Classical' feeling for proportion and harmony. In Piero della Francesca's epoch, perspective, proportion and geometry attained a fetishistic quality. 'Seeing was theory-laden' as Michael Baxandall put it. Piero's sense of mathematics and perspective took in commercial arithemetic on the one hand, and the transcendent purity of the Pythagorean solids on the other.
     
     
     

    Painters Series   136pp   Illustrations, bibliography, notes    ISBN 1861711611    £14.99 / $22.99     NEW EDITION
     



     
     

    Fra Angelico

    Art and Religion in the Renaissance


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    by Rosalind Mutter

    Beato Angelico is the Quattrocento painter of Florence whose Annunciations, Enthroned Madonnas and San Marco frescoes are amongst the greatest works of the Renaissance. Rosalind Mutter founds her reading of Angelico on the San Marco Museum in Florence, with its deeply moving series of monk's cells and frescoes. The author interprets Fra Angelico as one of the greatest religious artists of any era, whose simple, bright and holy images are among the most profound in Western art.

    Fra Angelico, known by various names, including Fra Giovanni Beato Angelico da Fiesole (1399?-1455), is one of the very few painters of the Italian Renaissance who painted religious pictures exclusively. Almost all Angelico's paintings are religious - he did not paint secular portraits, like, say, Giovanni Bellini or Ghirlandaio. It was Vasari who stressed Angelico's purity, holiness, faith, humility and devout nature, and this description of Angelico as a holy monk-like painter persists throughout the centuries. John Ruskin called Angelico 'an inspired saint'.
    It is in San Marco in Florence that Angelico's 'saintly' reputation was forged. He (with assistants) painted fifty frescoes at San Marco. The paintings reveal a traditional form of Christian worship: Angelico's is a conventional kind of Christian theology and devotion. Some critics emphasize Angelico as a stylist. Of course, Angelico did not separate style from content in the way modern critics do. Clearly, they are part of the same thing. For the Renaissance religious painter, the aim is to come up with a style, colouration and technique which accords with one's beliefs, as well as flattering the faith of one's patrons. So Angelico's 'sweet style' stems from his blending of painterly technique with religious understanding.
    Fra Angelico stands at the transition between the mediaeval and Renaissance worlds. Angelico's 'feelings are in the Middle Ages', Bernard Berenson wrote, yet he was distinctly a Quattrocento, Renaissance painter. His art combines the timelessness and rigidity of icon painting, where figures are caught in bright, static, hieratic motions, with the new painterly explorations (in form, style and space) of the Quattrocento period.
     
     

    Painters Series   114pp   Illustrations, bibliography, notes    ISBN 1861711629    £14.99 / $22.99    NEW EDITION
     



     
     

    The Madonna Glorified

    The Paintings of Karen Arthurs and the Exhibition Hours of the Virgin


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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A catalogue of the colourful abstract art of the young painter Karen Arthurs, to coincide with her first one-woman show. Puts her work into the context of Renaissance and 20th Century art (Leonardo, Botticelli, Marden and Newman) and includes discussions on symbolism; depicting the divine; the Madonna; feminist, contemporary, abstract and Goddess art.
     
     

    Painters Series  Bibliography, illustrations, notes  72pp  ISBN 1-871846-06-4    £7.99 / $12.50
     



     
  • Colourfield Painting
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  • Mark Rothko: The Art of Transcendence
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  • Frank Stella: From Minimalism to Maxmimalism
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  • Jasper Johns
  • Maurice Sendak in Close-Up
  • The Art of Kurt Jackson
  • Vincent van Gogh: Visionary Landscapes
  • Eric Gill: Nuptials of God
  • Egon Schiele Sex and Death in Purple Stockings
  • Max Beckmann
  • The Light Eternal: A Study of J.M.W. Turner
  • Early Netherlandish Painting
  • Glorification: Religious Abstraction in Renaissance and 20th Century Painting
  • Postwar Art
  • Wild Zones: Pornography, Art and Feminism
  • Giovanni Bellini
  • Leonardo da Vinci
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  • The Madonna Glorified: Karen Arthurs



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